Is a “Black Hole” an Ideal Home Theater?
Everyone seems to have different preferences for lighting in their home theater, but there are a lot of people who like having a “black hole.” I’m not one of them as I prefer an extremely small amount of light in my viewing environment.
An interesting article over at CE Pro explains that viewing in total darkness causes the eye to perceive less color than it should.
How do you handle lighting in your viewing environment?
In an attempt to create a dark theater-like viewing experience, most homeowners want to completely shut off their lights to watch a movie.
But is that the best thing to do?
Not necessarily, according to several sources. The light level of a home theater – both too bright or too dark – affects the amount of color your eyes absorb from the display image.
According to Jim Sullivan, president and co-founder of Entertainment Experience, a room that is too dark will force your pupils to open wider to allow more light in. But that also means the screen will “lose color”
“In a movie theater, the film is processed to increase the color three times to compensate for a dark theater,” he says. But in the home, no such compensation is taking place when a consumer sits down to watch TV or a Blu-ray movie.