I was intrigued by the instructable explaining how to add biased lighting to your LCD monitor.
My monitors are CRT and sit in a spot that does not allow biased lighting, but my big screen TV could be a candidate.
Now I can watch TV for hours on end without eye-strain.
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Step 1: Inspiration
Biased lighting on the cheap gave me this idea, so essentially this is his instructable, modified for my situation.
Check out his tutorial here. https://www.instructables.com/id/EE79YDCL0REQZJI1AZ/
This is a pic from his tutorial below.
After the jump is my how-to.
Step 2: The Parts
-1 fluorescent bulb from Lowes that stated it was 9 watts and comparable to a normal 40 watt bulb in regards to brightness. It was the lowest wattage I could find without getting a REALLY low wattage bulb for a appliance. I didn't know what size to get since the LCD was much smaller then my TV, so I had to wing it.
-1 light-bulb socket. One of those cheap-O 99 cent ones.
-1 old extension cord with its head lopped off.
-1 clamp of some sort that is the size of the bulb holder.
-2 SHORT screws
Step 3: The TVs Arse
The back of my TV has some sort of blank spot in the middle of it, seemingly made for this Instructable.
I can only assume the blank spot has some terribly important circuit board housed inside of it. I recall this from taking apart a monitor a few years back.
Since I don't have time to be cautious, (read smart), I will plunge ahead with the drill.
Step 4: Drill Me Baby
Here I am, drilling into my TV that I really never have been able to afford, and will never be able to replace if I damage it.
IN this pic you can see me affixing my chopped up extension cord, my light-bulb socket, and my metal clamp from the plumbing aisle.
Make note that I am using VERY small pan head screws. Even after they are screwed into the TV, I daresay there isn't more then a bump in the plastic on the inside on the TV on the flat spot.
The manly end of the extension cord got plugged into my cable box switched outlet. Now when I turn my cable box on and off, the light does the same.
Step 5: The TV Still Works!
Since I am a fancy man with fancy tastes, it's now Miller High Life time.
Celebrate the joy that is a working, post-modded TV.
Step 6: Yes, This Looks Like Crap.
My picture looks like crap, but this is the best I could come up with after about 10 pictures and 30 minutes in Photoshop.
The light looks very yellow/orange in the picture, but this is not how it looks to my eyes in person.
Apparently my camera is really confused as to what I am trying to take a picture of so it came out either way too bright, or way to dark.
In real life, the biased lighting on the cheap "big screen edition" did just the trick. The picture is clear as a bell still, and the off background light helps keep the eyestrain down as well as make it easy to find the martini in the dark during a movie.
My only annoyance is the thermostat above the TV. It makes the whole setup look silly.
Thanks Bowdie for the idea.