DIY HDTV bias lighting - £1 - £2 from poundland - See description for details
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DIY HDTV bias lighting - £1 - £2 from poundland - See description for details

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Found 12th Jan 2013
Being a videophile I have been looking at HDTV bias lighting and you can get solutions from Antec from overclockers, dabs and aria if you have USB ports on your TV e.g..

overclockers.co.uk/sho…A0g

These are basically adhesive usb led strips.

This improves both the viewing 'comfort' and actually improves picture quality of blacks etc, (visually rather than literally before anyone has a go) plus I think it looks quite cool.

Today I bought 2 x USB Christmas lights from poundland (Star Shaped Mofo's)

After gently twisting off the crappy plastic stars and taping to the back of my TV I achieved the exact effect I wanted. Being USB these will turn off and on with the TV and make it much gentler watching TV in the dark.

If you want to see more about the benefit of bias lighting, see here:

youtube.com/wat…BaI

The product I am talking about was posted here :

hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…456

A photo of my completed setup in the bedroom with 2 x USB lights is here (it looks a lot better than the photo can capture):

imgur.com/SaAGm

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Nice idea, have heat (how many Kelvin I am not so sure).

I've never had the time to properly look into but its something I was considering in my house, very informative post thank you

Maybe it's just the photo but spots of lighting don't look good

Heat because its a good deal and because I just love inventiveness, with a hint of recycling too?

Poundland also sell a crappy USB 1.0 4 port hub, so it would be possible to run 4 of these if the total drain is within the capability of one usb port! Did that make sense?
Edited by: "kenwebb1953" 12th Jan 2013

+1 to the above post, useful info, thank you

Original Poster

I understand the photo of my setup isn't great but I can only say that it look much 'gentler' than the photo picks up, might try some diffuser material like tracing paper over each one to spread out the light. The LED's are quite directional so it's a case of taping them far enough into the TV for the light to spread. All I can say is that it is a much more 'comfortable' viewing experience in the dark. Not sure why my Galaxy Note II takes such a 'harsh' photo of the setup...

Nice idea, ideally I would use old 12v supply if you have one and some white cold cathodes 4 even strips around the tv but you would be talking around the £10-15 to get it done but for £2 it's hot from me

If you want a continuous light around the rear of the tv, I am thinking of using led rope light which can be bought in different lengths from tlc electrical (link below), and they also sell an assortment of connectors etc. It would end up costing a little bit more than a poundland item, but your guaranteed to get the effect you want.

tlc-direct.co.uk/Mai…tml

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nigel959

If you want a continuous light around the rear of the tv, I am thinking … If you want a continuous light around the rear of the tv, I am thinking of using led rope light which can be bought in different lengths from tlc electrical (link below), and they also sell an assortment of connectors etc. It would end up costing a little bit more than a poundland item, but your guaranteed to get the effect you want. http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Lighting_Menu_Index/Lighting_Disco_Index/Duralite_Rope_Lights_LED/index.html



I have been looking at many solutions to this and agree this is a great idea but I just needed to avoid using another plug and have a wire to the TV and wanted something to turn on/off with the TV. Most LED's seem to need 7V+ before they are happy except the antec solution which I feel is a rip-off. Any other experience or photos of setups of bias lighting would be appreciated though!!

will look into this cheers for sharing OP

Terrible lighting.

The picture the OP posted of his setup, you can't even see the lights, that's how weak they are, as a result these won't improve the "viewing comfort" or the blacks. You need for ambient lighting for that. These are just knockoffs, these are the real deal ikea.com/gb/…24/

The Ikea Dioder lights also change colour or you can change the colour to whatever you want.

Here's how the OP's lights look:

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/2011/saagm.jpg

Here's how ambient lighting should look:

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/6089/pict0489r.jpg

You get what you pay for.


My desktop comp has an ambx kit behind it that does a similar effect, but is far more immersive for media/gaming.

never knew about this but them ikea led would look great behind my panny above fireplace mute get them .so they would actually improve the viewing on screen

kalel786

Terrible lighting.The picture the OP posted of his setup, you can't even … Terrible lighting.The picture the OP posted of his setup, you can't even see the lights, that's how weak they are, as a result these won't improve the "viewing comfort" or the blacks. You need for ambient lighting for that. These are just knockoffs, these are the real deal http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00202324/ The Ikea Dioder lights also change colour or you can change the colour to whatever you want.Here's how the OP's lights look:Here's how ambient lighting should look:You get what you pay for.


Yeah £2, what you expect? Knockoffs mad me lol though X)

I got a bulb holder with pre fitted switch, wire & plug from Wilkinsons, added a 7w mini globe energy saving non led bulb from same shop, hung this on the back of the iMac's screen to get an excellent effect, albeit soft white otherwise like last photo above. Allows me to turn off the main room lighting. Total cost circa £6, v. pleased.

wilkinsonplus.com/ele…31/
Edited by: "buglawton" 12th Jan 2013

Hmm after much consideration this is balls

I use a Philips living colours light works great

Can't argue with the price and good thinking using the USB port to power it, but I don't think the end result is as good as the real thing. I use the IKEA DIODER setup myself, bit pricey at £30 for the multi-coloured version but it looks stunning and is fully adjustable to suit the room and your mood ikea.com/gb/…24/

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kalel786

Terrible lighting.The picture the OP posted of his setup, you can't even … Terrible lighting.The picture the OP posted of his setup, you can't even see the lights, that's how weak they are, as a result these won't improve the "viewing comfort" or the blacks. You need for ambient lighting for that. These are just knockoffs, these are the real deal http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00202324/ The Ikea Dioder lights also change colour or you can change the colour to whatever you want.Here's how the OP's lights look:Here's how ambient lighting should look:You get what you pay for.



Kalel786, Believe me I know what I am talking about, I setup AV technology for a living, I understand the difference between your two photos but bias lighting should be white, and warm and, if we want to get technical, 6500 Kelvin. I also have an AMBX kit for my PC but unfortunately TV's have no drivers for the setup therefore for it's about creating a easy watching experience on, in my case, a bedroom TV. I achieved what I wanted for £2 which was some ambient light which turns on/off with the TV rather than other solutions. For those who have no experience for bias lighting, I would suggest start here and see if it works for you, then upgrade to Antec (USB), then upgrade to a powered solution.

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J400uk

Can't argue with the price and good thinking using the USB port to power … Can't argue with the price and good thinking using the USB port to power it, but I don't think the end result is as good as the real thing. I use the IKEA DIODER setup myself, bit pricey at £30 for the multi-coloured version but it looks stunning and is fully adjustable to suit the room and your mood http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00202324/



That's great, didn't know that existed, is there an IR remote version of this?

i just switch the main light on in the room !or sometimes i sellotape 3 tea lights to the top sides and bottom then light them very cheap ill try upload a pic

Have a look on you tube.....'bias lighting'.....quite a few vids. mainly Antec Halo 6 lights.

I cant believe this has so much heat, Im off to post Rainwater as a freebie in the freebie section

Nice post Andy, been interested in doing this for ages, not just a good deal but inventive DIY , I love it thats the best type of Hot UK deal..Voted super HOT

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/agdrag/DSC00790.jpg

An old ( and not very good) picture, using lights from Ikea. But I like the idea of having usb

boomish

Nice post Andy, been interested in doing this for ages, not just a good … Nice post Andy, been interested in doing this for ages, not just a good deal but inventive DIY , I love it thats the best type of Hot UK deal..Voted super HOT

its not reallya deal is it???more of a project

What about those little single circular led lights in the pound shops. They use batteries of course but you can stick them to the wall behind your set to get a similar effect of the OP's I would have thought??????

Well done. Go watch TV in the dark and ruin your eyes, eh ?

im going to post pic of my shed im building tommorow

toiletseatlicker

What about those little single circular led lights in the pound shops. … What about those little single circular led lights in the pound shops. They use batteries of course but you can stick them to the wall behind your set to get a similar effect of the OP's I would have thought??????



You really want the lights to be shining on to the wall, not from it.

Original Poster

Ok, I just want to make the distinction between ambient lighting such as ambx and what I have posted. This is bias lighting. A consistent, white light that eases the gradient between a tv watched in the dark and the wall surrounding it. If you want to know more about why this is a good solution see my op. This is simply a cheap solution to those that have, let's say a bedroom tv that they watch before snoozie time, rather than something that will turn the wall green when the hulk comes on.

Damn wish I'd done about this bias lighting last week. Could've kept the Christmas tree up and hid it behind the TV.

set some torches up shining on to the wall?

better still ...this is a wacky suggestion but......buy a tv with ambi light???there i threw it out there insane huh??

Nice idea, I have a Philips living colour lamp behind my tv which is pricier but works well! It's the larger one with a remote.
I set it to a nice blue which has definitely reduced eye strain!
Note it's dark othe sides due to my column speakers

http://i.imgur.com/uZIdQ.jpg
Edited by: "cRuNcHiE" 12th Jan 2013

andyc1976

I understand the photo of my setup isn't great but I can only say that it … I understand the photo of my setup isn't great but I can only say that it look much 'gentler' than the photo picks up, might try some diffuser material like tracing paper over each one to spread out the light. The LED's are quite directional so it's a case of taping them far enough into the TV for the light to spread. All I can say is that it is a much more 'comfortable' viewing experience in the dark. Not sure why my Galaxy Note II takes such a 'harsh' photo of the setup...



I've used xmas lights before too and the results were pleasing I've currently got one of those ikea ones where you can keep adding strips of led lights. I like the idea of using USB though, I hadn't thought of that before

It anybody is looking for a project this is a pretty good one. HERE.

marvel1975

better still ...this is a wacky suggestion but......buy a tv with ambi … better still ...this is a wacky suggestion but......buy a tv with ambi light???there i threw it out there insane huh??


but can you find a good deal on an ambilight TV?

kpmatthews

marvel1975 better still ...this is a wacky suggestion but......buy a tv … marvel1975 better still ...this is a wacky suggestion but......buy a tv with ambi light???there i threw it out there insane huh??but can you find a good deal on an ambilight TV?

cant find a good deal for a rolex ,but i wouldnt build one with stuff from poundland

Heat to poster just for the fact that you own a Samsung Note 2
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