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Philips TV Blue Tint (Causes and How to Fix)

As an owner of a Philips TV, I was frustrated to find my TV had a strange blue tint. After some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved this issue and some other solutions I discovered for anyone else who might be facing the same issue.

Incompatible Video FormatCheck compatibility, refer to the user manual of the external device to change the video format
Faulty HDMI CableEnsure cable is firmly plugged in, check for signs of wear or damage, replace if necessary
Blue Color TemperatureAdjust temperature and saturation levels in picture or display settings
Screen Backlight DefectsReplace backlights (DIY or seek professional help)
Screen Cathode-Ray (Picture) TubeConsult an experienced repair service, request replacement of all three picture tubes (red, green, and blue) if needed

What Causes Philips TV Blue Tint?

The Philips TV’s blue tint might be caused by five main reasons. Possibly, the color temperature settings need a reset, or the Philips TV doesn’t support your source device’s video format. Additionally, the blue tint can be caused by defects in the HDMI cable, the screen backlight, or its picture tubes.

Incompatible Video Format on Source Device

Although there are several culprits behind the blue tint, Philips only responded to this problem on their website.

Philips TV allows you to connect multiple external devices, including Apple TV box, set-top box, DVD, and DVDR. 

Those external devices are designed to scan the Philips TV specifications. Then, the devices should only show the supported format choices to the user. However, some external devices might not respond to the Philips TV specifications.

How to Fix Philips TV Video Format?

Regarding video format, Philips TV exclusively supports refresh rates ranging between 50Hz and 60Hz.  

Therefore, check if the video format on your source device is compatible with the format supported by Philips TV. If it’s incompatible, refer to the user manual of your external device to change the video format.

Faulty HDMI Cable

Some users have fixed the Philips TV blue tint by simply unplugging and plugging the HDMI cable back again. Indeed, the HDMI cable can be the culprit in different ways.

How to Fix Philips TV HDMI Cable?

First, check if the cable is firmly plugged into Philips TV and the other device. Next, look for any signs of wear or damage on the cable wire and terminals.

If the first two checks give negative results, try the cable on a different device and confirm it works well. Similarly, check if the blue tint on your Philips TV is gone while using a different HDMI cable.

Color Temperature Settings

This is the simplest solution on our troubleshooting list. Let’s note first that color temperature visually describes colors, mostly ranging between red and blue hues. Warm colors below white are reddish, and cold colors above white are bluish.

How to Fix Philips TV Blue Color Temperature?

All you have to do is to head over to the picture or display settings on your Philips TV. 

From there, tweak the temperature and saturation levels till you reach the desired display hue. If it doesn’t work, try changing the display settings of the external device.

Sometimes, however, the Philips TV screen color will remain unresponsive to the display settings changes. In that case, try setting the color temperature to the warmest level and then view a white screen. If the blue tint is still prevalent, then the screen backlights are likely defective.

Screen Backlight Defects

LCD screens need illumination from backlights because they don’t produce light by themselves. We recommend testing your device when shopping for discounted Philips TVs since backlight issues are most common among used or old stock devices.

How to Fix Philips TV Backlight?

Unfortunately, screen backlight defects require taking the TV apart to replace the backlights. Some enthusiasts are brave enough to take their TV apart at home. However, we still recommend referring to professionals in the TV repair field.

If your Philips TV is still within the warranty period, opt for a replacement TV or the manufacturer’s professional repair service. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay another repair service for backlight replacement.

Screen Cathode-Ray (Picture) Tube Defects

If you’re lucky to own one of those bulky Philips TVs from the good old days, the blue tint might be caused by picture tube defects. 

Simply put, the blue might occur when the coolant layer between the picture tubes turns cloudy as it breaks down over time. The coolant fluid starts with a blue tint and ends up in brown.

How to Fix Philips TV Color Tube?

What you’ll need to do is to consult an experienced repair service and let them examine your Philips TV color tube. If they find a defect in any picture tube, request a replacement of all three picture tubes, namely red, green, and blue.

Wrap Up

Read more: Why is my Philips TV making a clicking sound?

Let’s recap the solutions to the Philips TV blue tint issue. 

First, check the compatibility of the video format with Philips TV. Next, resolve possible HDMI cable issues by replacement or firm fixation. After that, try to make the screen’s color temperature warmer from the TV display settings.

Finally, the possible screen backlights and picture tube defects will require professional examination. If the results are positive, you’ll need professional repair services to replace the defective parts.