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Randy Miller III
09-21-04, 08:26 PM
Watching movies, that is!

Call me crazy, but I absolutely can't stand watching a movie with all of the lights out (and that's not just because I'm occasionally taking notes!). Whether or not it's better for your eyes, I really prefer having a few smaller lights on during most any film...action, comedy, doesn't matter. How about you guys?

asianxcore
09-21-04, 08:27 PM
no lights.

my TV is near my window, and I get kind of a glare/reflection which is sort of annoying :)

Mountain Biker
09-21-04, 08:38 PM
I prefer the lights on as well

FinkPish
09-21-04, 08:40 PM
I like it with a little light on... and shoes on.

Kumar J
09-21-04, 09:43 PM
Lights on

DonnachaOne
09-21-04, 09:45 PM
Lights off. Maybe a candle lit, so the light is soft and unintrusive.

A fire in the fireplace is also nice.

matome
09-21-04, 09:49 PM
Always lights off

cultshock
09-21-04, 09:53 PM
Lights off. The darker the better. I don't mind watching regular TV with the lights on, but I hate watching movies that way. My set up is in the basement, so no light from any windows either. The more it's like a movie theatre, the better (well, except for morons yapping on their cell phones, or idiots kicking the back of my seat, of course!)

fumanstan
09-21-04, 10:18 PM
Lights on.

Corvin
09-21-04, 10:20 PM
I prefer a soft light.

Numanoid
09-21-04, 10:33 PM
I have an LCD projector, so it's always lights off, not necessarily by choice.

If I'm watching a tube TV, I prefer to watch comedies with lights on, and dramas and action movies with lights off. For some reason, comedies always seem funnier with the lights on.

FantasticVSDoom
09-21-04, 11:04 PM
I have to watch with the lights off because of the TV. I get a wicked glare on the TV when the lights are on, and it drives me insane.

Darkfriend
09-21-04, 11:12 PM
Lights off baby! (in my living room)

But I do have a bit of light coming from my hallway.

gcribbs
09-22-04, 12:16 AM
lights off.

ToddSm66
09-22-04, 12:38 AM
Absolutely no light.

I've gotten to where I can't sit down to watch a movie anymore until it's dark outside as well - too much light coming in through the windows during the day.

PorkChopExpress
09-22-04, 01:22 AM
Like it dim, unless it's a horror, in which case I shut of all the lights turn up the volume for added effect.

ArchibaldTuttle
09-22-04, 01:33 AM
The main thing is too avoid glare, or visible reflections on the screen, but in general lights off.

the narrator
09-22-04, 02:08 AM
lights off

Jackskeleton
09-22-04, 02:17 AM
You folks are crazy for leaving the lights on. Light off unless it's completely dimmed to a point where it's almost all dark.

Kicker_of_Elves
09-22-04, 02:43 AM
Lights off, pitch black with nothing but the movie to light your night.

eedoon
09-22-04, 06:33 AM
Softer lights work for me. I would like to go lights off all the way, but the black level of my monitor is horrible (I watch my movie on PC), and I don't think I'm going to watch my movie with no light unless I had front projection display.

Trigger
09-22-04, 06:33 AM
lights off and someone's hand down my pants... mine, yours, whoever...

TheMadMonk
09-22-04, 07:55 AM
Lights off (projector).

Maxflier
09-22-04, 09:41 AM
Lights off.

matome
09-22-04, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by ToddSm66
Absolutely no light.

I've gotten to where I can't sit down to watch a movie anymore until it's dark outside as well - too much light coming in through the windows during the day.

Same way here!

Geofferson
09-22-04, 09:54 AM
I prefer soft backlighting (I have theater lights behind my tv that give off very soft, dim light and glare is avoided).

B.A.
09-22-04, 10:42 AM
Lights off.

The wife likes at least one on - so it depends what we are watching and who picked the movie.

Adam Tyner
09-22-04, 11:07 AM
As dark and cavelike as I can possibly get my room to be. I try not to even watch movies until it's completely dark outside.

DVD Smurf
09-22-04, 11:43 AM
Dimmed lights...

NaturalMystic79
09-22-04, 11:49 AM
Lights off or dimmed.

Holly E. Ordway
09-22-04, 11:54 AM
Dimmed lights but not totally dark. I turn on a light in the adjoining room very low (it's on a dimmer switch, so I dial down quite low) to get some soft light without glare, but nothing too bright.

Mordred
09-22-04, 02:40 PM
Lights off.

Of course the glow from my Receiver, DVD player and Cable Box provide almost enough light to read by even when the TV is off.

gmal2003
09-22-04, 03:04 PM
Lights off, no glare, looks better

chente
09-22-04, 03:55 PM
a single soft light behind me. I don't like it completely dark when I'm watching a movie.

King Jaspo
09-22-04, 04:00 PM
Lights and pants off

calhoun07
09-22-04, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by King Jaspo
Lights and pants off

That's exactly what I am talking about.

eedoon
09-22-04, 10:40 PM
Originally posted by Adam Tyner
I try not to even watch movies until it's completely dark outside.

:up: I do that also. Watching movie while it's still daylight kinda disctract me.

George T
09-23-04, 12:05 PM
Soft light for me. Watching TV in the dark hurts my eyes.

Josh H
09-23-04, 12:15 PM
I usually keep a lamp on. The best was having a Lava lamp on top the entertaiment center, made for good ambient lighting. But unfortunatley the lava lamp was my ex's and I haven't been willing to shell out the $$$ for a new one.

Rival11
09-23-04, 12:46 PM
No lights, absoultely no lights!!!! And shame on all you who use the dreaded lights!!! :)

tofu
09-23-04, 12:58 PM
Lights off with a night light in the hallway to light the way to the bathroom :D

cheapskate
09-23-04, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by Numanoid
If I'm watching a tube TV, I prefer to watch comedies with lights on, and dramas and action movies with lights off. For some reason, comedies always seem funnier with the lights on.

Me too - although I'm not sure why. Maybe sitting in the dark and laughing is just ... creepy.

But horror movies? Lights OFF - My Little Pony Nightlight - ON

Johnny Zhivago
09-23-04, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by Geofferson
I prefer soft backlighting (I have theater lights behind my tv that give off very soft, dim light and glare is avoided).

Ditto, although I could only find 5000K flo bulbs (instead of the recommended 6500K). Works great, much better than pitch black (eye strain) or having the lights on. I'm surprised no one else mentioned backlighting until you did...

http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/accessories/backlighting.html

Cygnet74
09-24-04, 01:25 PM
lights out. but, i have a 120-inch diagonal 16x9 front projection screen in my living room. the glow from the screen alone lights up the room.

Cornholio
09-24-04, 02:36 PM
no lights= no glare and better atmosphere

i love pulling down the shades turning off the lights and watch a good flick.


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