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Here’s how you can block excess light in a home theater room

Excessive light and noises are usual spoilers for many people when it comes to enjoying a movie or TV show in the home theater room. The projection screen in the home theater room comes with a good amount of features that enhances the image quality, brightness, and colours. 

The new-age features in the projection screen can be a great help in avoiding the extra lights in the home cinema, but for these features to do full justice in your home theater room and not wash out the picture quality due to excess light. 

The light needs to be controlled in the home theater room that will result in an engaging visual experience while watching your favourite movies and TV shows. Through this blog, we’ll take you through different methods on how you can block excess light in a home theater room. Let’s get started. 

Use blackout curtains on windows to prevent excess light

You can try the curtains of dark colours on the windows to produce a shady environment in the theater. Use the curtains that are bigger in size from the size of the windows. 

By using the larger size curtains, it will not allow the light to make a leakage of the light from the small spaces. It is easy to manage the light appearing from the small holes by using black curtains.

There should be a little distance within the wall and the curtains by using the rod near to the walls. It will produce good results in the theater room.

Benefits of blackout curtains:

  • Preventing light from entering into your room 
  • Durable 
  • Soundproof
  • Temperature insulation 
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning 

Keep the theater room colour on the dark side 

You should use the paint of dark colours to reduce the impact of reflection of the light particles in it. You must try to recognise the dark colours for your home theater. The paints of darker colours like black, blue, navy, and forest colours will do complete work for you.

You must use the modified colours of black and blue; the flat black colour will also reflect the immense amount of light. You can set the speakers for this purpose and also increase the length of the HDMI cable. 

Directed Lighting 

When lighting is fixed in a room, it is mostly meant to increase the light in all areas of the room. Though, when you have a home theater, you need to have light in some areas of the home theater room. 

For instance, to locate remotes while leaving the area with your screen in the darkness. One way is to set up a secondary system of recessed or track lighting that aims light towards the seating position and away from the screen.

It’s an effective idea to have this lighting as a secondary system from your primary lighting system. With this, you can use your dim lights for searching remotes and other stuff you might want while watching your preferred content and use your primary lighting system for cleaning or locating lost items. Various models can be managed by remote control as well. 


Use limited reflective objects

Mirrors and glass tabletops reflective objects like such in your home theater room can amplify other light sources, supplying you unintended light in your room. 

The issue with reflective objects isn’t only the light itself. It is quite possible to manage reflective objects in such a way as to reflect the light the way you want. 

The obstacle is when you include elements like objects and people into the room that isn’t significantly stationary. 

This may intervene with the path among light sources, reflective surfaces and the surfaces they project onto.

Therefore, with reflective surfaces, the issue is not so much about arrangement according to your needs. It’s that effective usage of your home theater space will mostly conflict with your arrangement.

Effectively use smart lighting 

An alternative solution to control the excess light is to install smart lighting. Smart lighting lets you control a variety of attributes about your lighting including not only brightness but also colour profile. You can find smart lighting for almost every lighting requirement and it can be managed by your smart devices. 

Smart lighting is particularly beneficial in a home theater setting as ambient light. As there are apps capable of pairing with your display device to broadcast a matching colour profile for your smart lighting. 

Consider Darker Furniture 

Similar to your walls, your furniture reflects light and the brighter your furniture, the more light it reflects. The more dark surfaces you have, the more light is consumed by it hence less uncontrolled light reflecting around the room. 

With the colour, one thing to look out for is material. Metal furniture and a lot of wooden furniture is shiny and can easily reflect light. Various kinds of vinyl upholstery are also reflective. So avoid glossy surfaces. Unvarnished wood, suede, velvet are all ideal materials to have in your home theater room.


To sum it up, you can get many benefits from blocking the light in the home theater room. Your visual experience will be highly engaging. As lights in your home theater room will be proper, your viewing experience will be uninterrupted as there will be no distraction due to ambient light or excessive light from windows.