If you are like me, you enjoy watching your favorite shows and movies on a big screen TV.
However, sometimes the brightness can be too intense.
Today, I am going to show you how to adjust the brightness of your Samsung TV.
Keep reading to learn more!
When you turn on your Samsung television, how do you change the image settings?
Make changes to the image settings in four simple steps.
Step 1: Select a menu option from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Select the Settings option.
Step 3: Launching the image is the third step.
Step 4: Adjust the Image Mode or Advanced Settings as needed.
Note: Please keep in mind that the information contained in this section applies to the vast majority of Samsung LED/LCD and QLED television models. Based on the model series and year, the appearance of the screen menu, setting labels, and options may be different.
Prior to the Start of the Project
Prior to adjusting the picture settings on a Samsung 4K UHD TV, make the following checks to ensure that you have the best viewing experience possible:
Positioning the television: Make sure that you can see the screen directly in front of you. Avoid putting it in a position where you have to look up, down, or at an angle to the screen in order to use it effectively. With each step away from the center, the colors fade and the contrast narrows even further.
The lighting in the room is dim: A reflection of light from windows or lamps to the side and across from the television reflects off the screen. In the event that light strikes the screen, it will distort the image, regardless of whether the screen is “anti-glare” or “anti-reflective.”
Because of the curvature of the screen, reflections are further distorted. It is possible to improve the quality of a television picture by using lamps that can be dimmed or turned off, as well as drapes and shades that can be drawn or closed.
On the television, select the Home Mode option. It is possible that you will be asked whether you want to use Home, Retail, or Store Demo Modes during the initial setup. This mode’s picture settings are all set to the maximum, resulting in an overly bright image with intense color and contrast that is better suited for dealer showrooms than the other modes.
Home Mode can also be accessed by going into the TV’s System Settings and following the steps outlined herein.
How to Change the Picture Settings on a 2018 Samsung TV
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If you’re concerned about the quality of your images, you can change the display to your liking.
When it comes to adjusting the display settings, whether it’s tweaking the not-quite-perfect color that comes out of the box, adjusting the brightness to match the unique lighting in your room, or trying to fix colors that have gone wonky after your toddler got his hands on the remote, the settings are simple to use once you know where to look.
For this purpose, both the Quick Settings menu on the home screen and the separate Settings menu are available.
1. Select the Quick Settings option.
Picture Mode can be accessed by going to the Home menu, then to the Settings tab, then to the top Quick Settings menu, and finally to the Picture Mode icon on the far left. By selecting the icon, you can cycle through the TV’s four display presets, which include Dynamic, Standard, Natural, and Movie, among others.
2. From the drop-down menu, choose Picture Settings.
In addition, you can access the Expert Settings controls by pressing up from the Picture Mode icon, which allows for finer-grained control.
3. From the drop-down menu, select Expert Settings.
When you do this, a rotating carousel of sliders appears, allowing you to adjust a number of specific settings such as the image’s backlight, brightness, and contrast, as well as its sharpness, color, and tint.
4. Go beyond the sliders in your exploration.
Scrolling down the page will bring you to the settings for features like Digital Clean View, Auto Motion Plus, local dimming, and HDR controls, as well as color and white balance presets.
Choosing the Most Appropriate Picture Settings for Your Samsung 4K Television
1. On the Samsung TV Smart Hub, navigate to the Settings menu.
2. Select System from the drop-down menu.
3. Select Expert Settings from the drop-down menu.
4. Select Usage Mode, followed by Home Mode, and then click OK.
Intelligent Picture Presets for Your Photos
If you have a Samsung 4K QLED, Frame, or Serif series TV, you may have two options in the General Settings menu that automatically adjust the picture quality to suit your viewing preferences.
Intelligence in the Mode
In order to provide the best viewing experience possible, the television must be able to recognize and analyze the room, the content, and the television usage patterns. This mode is completely opportunistic.
Lighting That Is Adaptive
The TV automatically adjusts the LED backlight output based on the amount of light in the room, which is determined by ambient light sensors.
1. From the smart hub, go to the Settings menu.
2. Click on the picture.
3. Select the Picture Mode option.
The Samsung Preset Picture modes consist of the following:
Dynamic: Uses high levels of contrast, brightness, and sharpness to create a dynamic image. This setting should only be used in situations where there is plenty of natural light or a bright room.
In most cases, this setting is selected when you first turn on the television and provides acceptable viewing for video and movie source content. Suitable for the majority of viewing environments, the Standard model is also EnergyStar compliant.
Natural: This mode has a more subdued appearance than both the Dynamic and Standard modes described above, which helps to reduce eye strain.
Suitable for watching movies, this preset has the appropriate brightness, contrast, and color temperature levels set. It is dimmer than Dynamic or Standard and has a warmer color temperature than Dynamic or Standard. The best picture preset to use in a darkened room, similar to a movie theater, is called “Movie Theater.” Movie mode also disables any additional processing, allowing movies to maintain the motion of a film.
My Samsung TV is losing brightness: How can I prevent my Samsung TV from dimming automatically?
Samsung TVs have an Eco Sensor function that can detect how bright a specific room is and then adjust the screen brightness to provide the best viewing experience possible.
When the Eco Sensor is turned on, the screen of your Samsung TV will become darker if the room is dark and brighter if the room is well-lit.
This feature is designed to help you save money on your electric bill by dimming the brightness of your television when it is not in use.
However, if your Samsung TV is automatically dimming and you are dissatisfied with how dark the screen becomes, you can disable the Eco Sensor by following the steps below:
- On your computer’s screen, select System from the Screen Menu.
- Choose Eco Solution first, then Eco Sensor.
- Toggle the switch to the off position.
What Should You Do If Your Newer Samsung TV Is Constantly Dimming?
On newer Samsung TVs manufactured after 2016, a similar technology that functions similarly to the Eco Sensor in older models is used. If you’re experiencing excessive dimming on a Samsung TV made after 2016, turn off the Ambient Light Detection feature.
To accomplish this, you must:
- Navigate to the Settings menu.
- Select General, then Eco Solution, and finally Ambient Light Detection.
- Toggle the feature on or off by clicking the slider.
If turning off the Eco Sensor does not prevent your Samsung TV from automatically dimming, check to see if the power-saving settings are turned off. If it continues to darken, it could be due to the pulse width modulation technologies used by your Samsung TV.
The brightness of your TV will be controlled by pulse width modulation depending on the movie scenes you’re watching. Instead of detecting ambient light, pulse width modulation will reduce the brightness if you’re watching a particularly bright scene.
To prevent your TV from automatically dimming due to pulse width modulation, you must do the following:
- Enter Service mode by holding down the mute button and pressing the numbers 1, 8, and 2. Then, press the power button.
- Your Samsung TV will restart and display the Service menu, which includes five options: Option, Control, Debug, SVC, and ADC/WB.
- Select SVC, followed by Other Settings.
- Select CAL Data Restore. You’ll see a prompt, so simply press OK to proceed.
- Return to the Service menu, but this time select Advanced rather than SVC.
- Press the 0 buttons on your remote control four times until more items appear on the menu.
- Select Picture 2D, followed by SubSetting.
- Look for PWM Mid and PWM Min and set their values to 100.
- Change the value of PWM MOVIE INI to 100 as well.
Personalize Your Picture Settings
Although Samsung’s preset and select viewing mode picture settings provide a quick way to improve picture quality, Expert Picture Settings contains several additional manually-adjustable picture settings that correct specific viewing problems.
Locate and Utilize Test Images
Use standardized test images tailored for TV picture “calibration” as setting references before adjusting the options in Expert Picture Settings. You can get these images from an app or a disc, such as the ones listed below:
The THX Tune-Up App (Android and iOS)
WOW (World of Wonder) by Disney (Blu-ray Disc version)
UHD HDR (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player Required) and HD Benchmark (Blu-ray Disc Player Required) Test Discs from Spears and Munsil.
Using Professional Picture Settings
Go to Expert Settings in the Picture Menu to further customize your picture settings—view the results on the test images.
You should keep a written or typed record of all changes for future reference.
Here are the options available to you.
Because of differences in how each person perceives color and contrast, the “best” setting points may vary slightly.
Backlight: Controls the intensity of the backlight. In most cases, a setting of 15 (on a scale of 0 – 20) works well.
Brightness: Makes the image’s dark areas brighter or darker. In most cases, a setting range of 45 to 55 works well.
Contrast: Makes the image’s bright areas brighter or darker. For movies, a setting of 80 to 85 works well; for video sources, a setting of 90 to 100 works well.
Sharpness: The sharpness setting boosts edge contrast to make objects stand out more, but the resolution remains unchanged. A picture with too little sharpness appears soft, while a picture with too much sharpness appears harsh. If you use this setting, use it as little as possible (25 percent or less).
Color: Changes the intensity of colors (saturation). Too much color will appear intense, while too little color will appear subdued or even “grayish.” A temperature range of 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
Tint: This option modifies the amount of yellow/green and red/magenta in the image (you use this primarily to improve skin tones). Unless the color of the input source is too green or too red, you should set this control to “0.”
Apply Picture Settings: You can apply all of the above settings to individual inputs or to all inputs at the same time.
Additional options are available below the Apply Picture Settings option.
Although useful for addressing the specific picture quality issues listed, the following setting options may have an impact on other TV functions, such as audio-video synchronization.
Our Final Thoughts
If you are dissatisfied with the picture setting results or find some of the setting options confusing, you can have a certified technician assess and calibrate your TV’s picture settings using additional equipment.
Contact your local Samsung TV dealer or an ISF (Imaging Science Foundation)-certified TV calibrator.
Frequently Ask Questions
Why is the screen on my Samsung TV so dark?
It’s a function that Samsung consciously included. The ambient light detection feature, also known as the ECO Sensor on some older models, uses light sensors to determine how bright the screen should be in order to save energy.
How do I change the TV’s brightness?
Your TV remote control’s Quick Settings button should be pressed. Picture settings can be selected by pressing the Left arrow button, followed by the Enter key. Select Brightness by pressing the Down arrow button, and then press the Enter key.
Why is the TV on full brightness so dark?
Check to see if the TV’s ambient light settings are automatically dimming it if your TV screen is too dark, even at full brightness, before attempting to adjust the brightness and contrast in the picture settings menu. Automatic screen dimming can also result from power saving mode.