Blackout Shades

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  1. AndyDL

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    I don't know where else to put this...
    I think I might've convinced my father on the excellent-reviewed Toshiba 40H81(?) HDTV. He's worried about glare, though. So am I, actually. [​IMG]
    Does anybody know of any really nice blackout shades? We have a lot of windows in our family room, and there really is no other place we can put this TV.
    Suggestions?
    Thanks!
    Andy
     
  2. Randy G

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    Check out this month's Audio Video Interiors. I recall seeing a picture and blurb about them in somebody's luxury home...forgot which one though.
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  3. Jah-Wren Ryel

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    I have the predecessor TW56x81 and like many could not stand the glare that the "screen protector" caused. Even with shades drawn, the ambient light leaking through caused too much glare. There is info floating around on removing the screen guard and it took me about an hour to do it, after that I am able to watch it with all the windows open on a bright and sunny day with no problem.
    There were reports that the newer screen guards are not as bad in terms of glare, but after looking at them in a best buy, I think the current toshibas could still benefit greatly by having their screen guards removed. If there are no small children bearing peanut butter or maple syrup in the household, then the screen guard doesn't buy you anything. My cat has been known to slide down the front the now exposed fresnel lense (and he is not de-clawed) without causing any harm at all.
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

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    Jah-Wren,
    And when your cat does eventualy scratch your Fresnel lens
    and you have to fork out $500-$700 to replace it you will
    wish you had kept the protector on, glare or no glare.
    My 61" RCA came with an exposed Fresnell Lens and I simply
    could not stand having it exposed to the elements. To start
    they are mierable to keep clean and I have a Doberman running
    around who is shall we say "Sloppy" I got tired of trying and
    I do stress "trying" to keep the screen clean. I pondered buying
    a "Super Sheild" from RCA ($300.00) and that was not a realistic
    option. I was not about to pay 3 bills for something that should
    cost $50 at the most. So I tore my screen apart and measured
    the actual lens and had a piece of 1/8" Lucite cut to size
    and I installed that in front of the Fresnel Lens and reassembled
    the screen. Yes I do get some glare on occasion but the fact
    that my screen is now safe not to mention the drastic increase
    in picture sharpness (I can run with my sharpness control nearly
    turned off!) was well worth it..
    I am going to replace my drapes with verticle venetian blinds
    and that will eliminate any and all glare for good.
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    COOL. [​IMG]
    Those Hunter-Douglass shades look pretty spiffy.
    Thanks for the info., guys.
    Andy
     
  7. Michael Lee

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    There are three ways you can do the HunterDouglas Blackout Duettes.
    1. Conventional manual with a string to raise them.
    2. Battery operated PowerRise remote control (reasonably priced motorized remote control)
    3. Heavy duty motorized remote control EasyRise for large sizes (expensive)
    This is not a product you should try to buy on the internet. Have a local dealer come out and look at your situation, measure and install them. You want the benefit of the lifetime warranty. Of course the internet people will tell you they offer the warranty, and they do, but try and get them to respond to you if you need anything.
    Be aware that these shades completely stop light, but light does leak around the edges. You can stop this with hanging drapery side panels or wooden channels that you build. Perhaps with RPTV you can live with the edge leak. With FPTV you usually can't.
    We use both approaches to stop the edge leak in our HT with absolute total blackout.
    http://www.kathiejohnson.com/HomeTheater.html
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    Hey Michael Lee, How about some detailed pics of the shades and install when you get a chance? I would love to see them.
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    Deane is the expert on this as I followed her threads in the AVS Forum. It led me to make my decision. I agree there is a very slight spillage of light on the edges. Since my Stewart GrayHawk covers that pretty easily, there is no light leakage in my situation.
    I am so glad that I did not order these on the internet. Someone must come to your house and make the measurements. I was way off and I thought I was being accurate.
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    Don't use horizontal wood blinds. I have these and while they look very nice they are terrible at blocking out light. Thin slivers of light come through and I can see them reflected on my RPTV. I think I am going to get some inexpensive heavy duty rollup shades to use in additon to my wood blinds. I have large fabric valances that will hide the rollup shades when they are not in use. Anyone have any other ideas that would help with the wood blinds? Thanks.
    Jay
     
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    Jay, compare prices on the HunterDouglas blackout Duettes with the roller shades you would use.
    The Duettes are much nicer and worth more investment. I'd just hang them in front of the wood blinds, or behind on the inside of the window frame if they will fit. Keep edge leak in mind.
    We have two sets of motorized Duettes on our windows. One set is the usual light filtering non-blackcout shades, then there is a second set of motorized that come down in front of them. We have 100% darkness for FP.
    http://www.kathiejohnson.com/HomeTheater.html
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    Where is a good place online to purchase these shades? And also what is a ballpark figure $$$ that people are paying?
    Thanks
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    Hunter Douglas makes another product that is a 2 part shade. What I mean by that is that when you drop the shade you start out with a nice decorater freindly shade that is full length, then you keep going and your blackout shade comes down. These do not come motorized and have to be dropped manually. Dont know if WAF is an issue but these helped get the blackouts in my family room. Dont recall the moniker on those but should be easy enough to figure out if you get with someone that carries the line.
     
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    I spent some time today with the HunterDouglas corporate Vice President in charge of the Duette division. He was very interested in the HTF and the use of HD product for home theater room darkening. He is planning to monitor this forum and the AVS forum to get a better feel for the shade needs for home theaters.
    It gave me an opportunity to request some new product, such as a motorized rod at a reasonable price for screen curtains. I also discussed control functions such as interfacing with Pronto and Crestron.
    I now know that HD is becoming aware of the home theater market and the needs. Once again this forum is providing a link between a major company and the consumer. We should all benefit.
    Deane
     
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    I am definately going to look at some Hunter Douglas shades then for my sliding glass door in my living room..
    I need something with waf, that will also keep all the light out!
     
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    I do not really have any input,reading this because I need to work on light control myself.I just wanted to thank Deane for one heck of a website!Very well put together and a very nice system
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