Computers & Electronics

Stop sun glare on monitor outside

  • Last Updated:
  • Mar 19th, 2010 2:13 pm
Tags:
None
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 19, 2003
3403 posts
423 upvotes
Kingston

Stop sun glare on monitor outside

What can be used on a computer monitor to stop the sun glare?

At the store I work for we have cash registers outside in the summer and sometimes they are in direct sunlight so it is almost impossible to see anything on the screen. I asked our admin if she could order us something and through Lyreco Office Products the cheapest she said she could find was a filter for around $160 each. I checked Staples.ca and they are really expensive there too. But they are privacy filters and I think that is different than what I want. Those make it so someone beside cant peek at the screen. I just want something to block the sun. We will probably need 4 so it can't be that expensive. Also its for the old crt monitors.

Anyone know where I can buy them?
Thanks!
8 replies
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 19, 2003
3403 posts
423 upvotes
Kingston
jbnc_ wrote:
Mar 19th, 2010 12:31 am
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Compubody-Sock/


..sorry this prob wont do, but its a good laugh :D
lol thats hilarious! Nope cant do that
coolspot wrote:
Mar 19th, 2010 12:32 am
Can you put up some reflective film on the Window? That will help cut down the glare.

Otherwise a glare / privacy filter should work well:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/ ... %20Filters

(TigerDirect is just an example, shop around for the best price :) )
There are no windows. Its right outside out in the open. So Direct sunlight.

Privacy and glare filters are the same thing? The cheapest on that site is $100 I was hoping to find something around $25. Maybe upto $40 but that would be pushing it. I have to get this approved first. We dont even have LCD monitors yet.. I dont think they will approve $100each screen filters.
Deal Guru
Oct 6, 2005
14656 posts
1457 upvotes
Tha DraGun wrote:
Mar 19th, 2010 12:45 am
Privacy and glare filters are the same thing? The cheapest on that site is $100 I was hoping to find something around $25. Maybe upto $40 but that would be pushing it. I have to get this approved first. We dont even have LCD monitors yet.. I dont think they will approve $100each screen filters.
No, privacy filters are polarized so people cannot view your screen unless directly behind. However, since they're polarized they should help with glare (test first).

Glare filters are "clear" plastic screens that asborb and do not reflect light - therefore reducing glare.


Since you're outdoors, a glare filter probably won't do - you'll need a monitor hood, if your company is too cheap to buy a proper one, build one out of cardboard.
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Feb 10, 2007
9159 posts
792 upvotes
search on ebay for "anti glare screen protector"
[self promotion rule violation, removed twice already][self promotion rule violation, removed twice already][self promotion rule violation, removed twice already][self promotion rule violation, removed twice already][self promotion rule violation, removed twice already]
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Apr 8, 2004
5811 posts
30 upvotes
The technology that would be ideal for this is actually a transflective screen (used often in daylight readable/automotive applications), but those are incredibly expensive. Go for the DIY/hood solution.
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 19, 2003
3403 posts
423 upvotes
Kingston
thanks for the ideas. I tried making a hood out of cardboard last year and even that didnt help. There was just too much sun. Maybe I'll try it again... make it out of wood this time or somethin.
Sr. Member
User avatar
Jul 24, 2008
762 posts
25 upvotes
maybe set up an big umbrella to make a little shade??

AND

wear polarized sunglasses (I don't know if this actually works.. but I think they are supposed to reduce glare??) :D


AND

crank the brightness and contrast on the monitor (if it's a laptop.. you gotta find the setting in windows)
× < >

Top