For a long time, we have been looking for a large TV for our editorial office that meets several important criteria. Of course, it must have the highest quality image, a fairly high resolution, a game mode, excellent sound and, of course, an eye-pleasing design
The last criterion that a top TV for the newsroom should meet is a unique function that not only attracts us, but also amazes, for example, visitors at various meetings. We managed to find exactly such a TV.
Parts of the series (gradually added)
A unique feature? You won’t find anything more visual than Ambilight
It is already clear from the 1st part of our series that at TECHBYTE we finally decided on a television from the Dutch brand Philips. As I mentioned above, there are many reasons. It has a fantastic picture, a built-in soundbar and a unique function that is truly unmatched. Today’s article will be about Ambilight, which is integrated into the 65OLED936 TV in its best form.
What is Ambilight?
Ambilight is the backlight that the TV projects on the wall in real time. Philips says that with such whimsical backlighting, which exactly copies the colors on the screen, it expands the image and makes the actual diagonal of the TV optically much larger.
Since the Philips brand has a patent on Ambilight for 20 years, no one else can incorporate the same function into their TVs. In other words – for people who love lighting of all kinds, Ambilight is the real deal. Unlike LED strips, which cannot copy colors based on the image and therefore do not even enhance the mood, Ambilight is a built-in solution specially tuned to perfection. Thanks to the fact that the colors produced by Ambilight spread around, the TV is more pleasant to watch, and the image at the same time looks more natural and soft.
A brief history of Philips Ambilight
Philips researchers came up with the Ambilight solution in 2002, while the company introduced the first TV with such a function two years later. Since then, the company has gradually improved the implementation and overall effect of the Ambilight function year after year, until it has evolved into its current form.
- 2002 – An idea was born at the Philips Research and Lighting research center.
- 2003 – Philips presented the first demo of the Ambilight function.
- 2004 – Introduced the first Ambilight TV. It had cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) on the sides that produced the same color according to what was happening on the screen.
- 2005 – Introduced the first “stereo” Ambilight TV with CCFL lights, which were already able to shine in independent colors.
- 2006 – Philips sold its millionth TV with Ambilight.
- 2007 – The first TV with Ambilight lighting on all 4 sides. The light source is no longer CCFL, but Ambilight Spectrauses LEDs capable of changing color and intensity.
- 2008 – Philips has implemented new LEDs in all new TVs.
- 2010 – Ambilight adaptive mode introduced.
- 2011 – Introduced Ambilight Spectra XL creating an extra large Ambilight effect.
- 2015 – Introduced Ambilux function – pico projectors that transmit the image on the TV to the wall behind it.
- 2017 – Philips presented the first OLED TV with Ambilight function.
- 2018 – Philips has integrated Philips HUE with the Ambilight function. Bulbs and other lighting from Philips HUE understand the TV and can deepen the experience of watching TV even more.
- 2022 – TECHBYTE chose the Philips 65OLED936 OLED TV with Ambilight as the TV for the editorial office.
How is Philips Ambilight used?
The good news is that new Philips TVs already come with a picture-responsive Ambilight preset. The function is best enjoyed if the TV is placed in front of a white wall (it is recommended not to put it too close, the light needs at least 15-20 cm to diffuse to bring the desired effect). However, you won’t spoil anything with a different color of the wall. After activating Ambilight, the TV starts to analyze the colors from the image in real time, which it projects onto the wall without delay, creating an inimitable experience.
Philis also offers an entire ecosystem of colored lighting under the name Philips Hue. The excellent news is that Hue also understands Ambilight technology, thanks to which you can extend the color presentation of the TV with colored bulbs or mood lighting that you already use or plan to import.
However, it is necessary to realize that Ambilight is not the same on all models. Cheaper TVs can have Ambilight LEDs on three sides, but the model we’re testing already has it on all four sides.
What are the settings on the TV?
As I mentioned, the Philips 65OLED936 starts the Ambilight backlight reacting to the current image on the TV already in the basic settings. However, that is far from all you can set. Right in the settings, in the Ambilight section, you can choose, for example, that the light does not copy the image but the sound, that it is turned off completely, that it has even brighter colors, and so on. You can access the settings via the main menu or by pressing a separate button on the TV remote control.
A very nice feature is the lighting of the wall in the colors of the flag. So you too can wear the Slovak tricolor, for example during your favorite sports evenings. In addition, the Ambilight Sleep function is also hidden in the settings, which, as the name suggests, will help you fall asleep.
The TV will simulate the sunset, for which you can choose a soothing sound such as the sound of rain, a crackling fire or the sounds of a summer evening. When you activate the function, the screen will turn off, the sound you selected will start, and the Ambilight function will begin to simulate the setting sun until it turns off completely. It is up to you whether this process will take 5 or 30 minutes.
TV with Ambilight: A captivating experience that will win you over
All in all, this is a feature that literally enlarges the TV even beyond its borders. Watching movies or series in the evening thus takes on a completely different dimension.
Maybe all those who watched the movie with us in the evening commented sooner or later that they didn’t hurt so much while watching, or they did not burn the eyes. This is also one of the advantages brought by such a refined function. This is further proof that even 20-year-old technology can surprise and amaze, especially when it comes to its best version.
This article was created in cooperation with TP Vision.