Modern computer monitors offer fantastic resolutions and high-grade viewing angles. They can occasionally, however, suffer from screen glare. This leads consumers to wonder how to reduce reflection and glare.

How to Reduce Reflection and Glare in Monitors

If you can see your own reflection or window and light reflections on your computer screen, that is typically an indication you are suffering from monitor glare.

Ways to Stop Screen Glare

There are a number of ways to significantly reduce reflection and screen glare. In some cases, following these steps will eliminate glare and reflection entirely.

Adjust the Monitor Tilt

The easiest way to reduce some glare and related screen reflections is to simply adjust the display’s tilt and swivel mechanisms. Adjust the monitor’s tilt slowly, keeping an eye on reflections and glare. In most cases, you will eventually come across a relatively lag-free location for the monitor to rest. The same goes for swivel.

Tip: The easiest way to reduce some glare and related screen reflections is to simply adjust the display’s tilt and swivel mechanisms

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Change the Background and Text Colors

Another relatively simple way to reduce glare and reflection is to change the monitor’s background and to adjust the text colors. Generally speaking, one should use light characters on a dark background for minimal screen glare. Another option is to use white characters on a blue background. Either of these adjustments should limit reflections from outside sources. As a warning, dark characters on a light background could increase screen glare.

Tip: Another relatively simple way to reduce glare and reflection is to change the monitor’s background and to adjust the text colors​

Warning: As a warning, dark characters on a light background could increase screen glare​

Improve Lighting

If household lighting fixtures are adding to your screen glare problem, then it may be time to change up your lights. Use indirect lighting and task lights for the best results and try to stick to lights that offer brightness adjustability options. Also, try to avoid sitting with overhead lights directly in your field of view, as this can increase reflections.

Tip: Use indirect lighting and task lights for the best results and try to stick to lights that offer brightness adjustability options​

Warning: Also, try to avoid sitting with overhead lights directly in your field of view, as this can increase reflections​

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Accessories and Add-ons

There are a number of third-party accessories and add-ons that are designed to reduce or eliminate screen glare and unwanted reflections. One such item is called a glare guard, which can be affixed to the edges of the monitor. A similarly designed option is called a monitor visor. You may also want to invest in a high-quality polarized light filter, particularly if your workstation is near a window or another source of natural sunlight. Make sure to do your research to ensure that the accessory or add-on can easily fit on to your display.

Tip: There are a number of third-party accessories and add-ons that are designed to reduce or eliminate screen glare and unwanted reflections​

Warning: Make sure to do your research to ensure that the accessory or add-on can easily fit on to your display​

STAT:

If you’re shining a light on a highly polished glass surface, about 96 percent of the light will go straight through, and four percent will be reflected.

By adjusting the screen brightness to a proper level that does not cause eye fatigue, you can reduce blue light by a total of 60-70%.

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How to Reduce Reflection and Glare in Monitors FAQ

Should I use a monitor hood?

Monitor hoods are a boon for professional video and photo editors, as they help protect against outside ambient light. They also help with screen glare and unwanted reflection.

How does blue light damage your eyes?

High energy blue light can be damaging to the retina and lens of the human eye. It is for this reason that blue light filtering devices exist.

What is an anti-glare screen?

Manufacturers have begun marketing anti-glare screens or anti-glare monitors. These displays feature a layer of coating that helps to reduce glare. The effectiveness depends largely on the display itself and whether or not it is glossy or matte.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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