We usually see mirrors turning into TV screens in science fiction movies. The time has come where you can have a mirror TV in your own home. Now you can watch your favorite shows in a more next level experience.
Almost all homes have one or two televisions and the technology of television has indeed come a long way from the basic box of black and white screens to colored screens to flat screens to smart TVs then now, the mirror TVs! The evolution of TV is endless, which is also reflective of the ever-changing entertainment needs of society.
If you are wondering what is this Mirror TV is this is basically a mirror that turns to a TV with the screen in place. And when you turn off the TV, it reverts back to a simple mirror. Amazing, right? This technology is becoming a popular installation in different areas including but not limited to your living room interior, your bathrooms, your kitchens, or your pool area.
Most of the available TV screen sizes are from 15-inch to 55-inch, and there are two different designs:
- Standard Design Mirror TV
This is for in-wall or on-wall installation. These TVs are being supplied as “all-in-box” set for standard installation and have fixed screen and mirror sizes.
- Custom Design Mirror TV
These TVs are always made “by project” basis to fit the exact design of the customer’s interior. The mirror glass is made to meet the specific size that is needed to fit with customer’s interior.
If you are wondering which mirror type is being used for mirror TV production, there is a semi-transparent mirror type that is being used for the production of mirror TVs. This is just a little play on physics that makes the screen disappearing effect work. This transparent mirror type reflects some part of incident light to obtain the mirror effect when the screen is off but transmits light from the screen hidden behind the mirror surface to let the image be seen when the TV is turned on.
The technology basics or the things that you should consider as most important to know when you choose a mirror TB is the mirror transmission rate or the reflectance rate and of course, the brightness of the screen.
The transmission and reflectance are like yin and yang. It is some kind of a balance because reflectance rate plus the transmission rate should be equal to one, so the more reflectance that you want for a perfect mirror performance when the screen is turned off, the transmission is less for TV performance when it is on. Thus, there is an inverse relationship between the two, but never will it be less or more than one. The normal range of transmission varies from 0,3 to 0,7 and inversely, the reflectance rate is from 0,7 to 0,3.
The screen brightness is the most important factor of the mirror TV. You must see to it that the brightness will adapt also according to where you place the mirror TV. You wouldn’t want it to be too bright or too dark. This is why manufacturers are using the brightest panels for a good mirror TV performance.
If you are thinking about giving your home a different feel, you should try considering placing mirror TVs in your home. Mirror TVs have been embraced positively by interior designers and architects because of the reinvention of plain TV to a more stylish presentation. It is the perfect elucidation of incorporating technology and style in your home.
In the past years, high-end customers composed the majority of the mirror TV market considering the cost of the item. But now, there is already a shift catering not only the high-end customers but also to the middle-class. If you think of getting your own home a reinvention, below are some insights why mirror TVs are a run for your money –
On bathroom ideas:
- By Audio-Video Solutions, Inc.
“Having a concealed TV behind a two-way mirror, making it appear like a full-size mirror when the TV is off and then when you turn it on, the TV magically appears!”
- By Seura Home Automation & Home Media
“By embedding a thin liquid crystal display (LCD) behind a mirror, this is another smart trend in mirror TV technology. Having most often used in bathrooms, these mirror TVs can remain completely in hiding when they are turned off, but by switching it on, you can instantly catch up on news, get weather updates, or the daily traffic report while you get ready in the morning.”
On living room ideas:
- By Seura Home Automation & Home Media
“Having a TV disguised a mirror, these televisions with mirror glass is not that new. But, when you position your TV over a chest so that it can look like a mirror, this helps blend your TV into the surrounding décor. The mirror’s dark frame will mimic the color of the folding screens, and the warm beading color on the frame will then pick up the same color in the rug border.”
- By Smart Touch Design
“You do not need obtrusive speakers in the walls, on the shelves, or on your prized historic built-ins to be installed on your home theater. A mirror-covered TV is already paired with ceiling mounted speakers. A number of these ceiling-mounted speakers come with “steerable” tweeters so that you can aim the sound at the main seating location in the room – like the sofa across from the TV. This way the surround-sound is going to really surround the television watchers.”
On pool are ideas:
- By PictureFrame.TV
“A full mirror TV wall – Who wouldn’t want a pool area with a full-length TV mirror.”
If it seems that you are still not convinced with the insights mentioned and is still figuring out whether you want to install one for your home, there are a lot of brands and style ideas that you may want to check on the internet. With mirror TVs, you are giving your home a very futuristic feel and seriously leveling up home entertainment. You can watch TV anywhere without having them eat a lot of space in your house.