Upgrade Your TV and Gaming Experience With These Bias Lights – How-To Geek
Bias lighting is a great way to not only make using a computer or watching TV more comfortable but to add a little ambiance and style to your home office or living room. Here are some examples of traditional, smart, and adaptive bias lights for your home worth looking at.
What’s Bias Lighting?
Never heard of bias lighting? There’s no time like the present to learn about the eye-fatigue-preventing lighting style. For a deep dive into the topic, including tips on lighting placement and color temperature, do check out our guide to bias lighting.
In short, though, bias lias lighting at its most basic is simply a relatively dim light source placed behind a computer monitor, TV screen, or even around a projection screen in a home theater, that introduces a small amount of indirect light into the environment without directly shining it into the viewer’s eyes.
That small amount of light helps your eyes work better and with less strain, both increasing your comfort as well as creating better contrast on the screen. And, when you get into the fancier bias lights, you’ll even find neat features like adaptive lighting that syncs up with the content on the screen for a real wow factor.
Traditional Bias Lighting: Simple White for Simple Comfort
The most basic form of bias lighting is simply a white light of some kind, preferably 6500K in lighting temperature, placed behind the display. If your TV sits at an angle in the corner that light could be as simple as a 6500k LED bulb shining at the wall, but more traditional along-the-wall placement requires something slimmer like an LED strip.
Thanks to the ever plummeting cost of LEDs though it’s cheaper than ever to add some LED bias lighting to your computer monitor or TV. We’d caution you against going too cheap, however, because you still want to ensure that the LEDs have good quality control and accurate color temperature.
A lot of people opt for a simple LED strip like this Hamlite model. It has a 6500k color temperature, dedicated white LEDs, and it’s USB powered.
The more advanced options we’re about to look at require always-on power, so if you don’t want to fuss with switches or remotes and just want the lights to turn on when the TV turns on, using the USB port on the back of the TV (or on your computer) is a clever way to link the power state of the lights to the power state of the display.
To get all the functional benefits of bias lighting without any fuss or frills, you really can’t go wrong with a bare-bones white LED strip or a white LED bulb. There are, however, some benefits to moving up to smart home-integrated bias lighting and even adaptive bias lighting.
Smart Bias Lighting: Hey Google, It’s Gaming Time
Bias lights are great for computer monitors too. Govee
While there’s nothing wrong with sticking with the most basic option, mixing in lights with smart home integration offers some perks.
If you have the room set up for any sort of integrations related to watching movies, gaming, or similar activities, you can simply add the smart bias lighting into the mix …….