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IPS Glow, Backlight Bleed and Dead Pixels Explained

By September 23, 2016 One Comment

If your new gaming monitor doesn’t look quite right, it might suffer from monitor defects such as IPS glow, backlight bleed and dead pixels or stick pixels. You were probably excited to play games with your awesome new gaming display, but these kind of defects can be quite distracting and annoying. The good news is that some of these monitor defects can easily be fixed by you, and if not, your warranty should cover it, if it’s bad enough.

IPS Glow

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IPS glow, not to be confused with backlight bleed, is a monitor defect that occurs on many IPS displays. It’s basically a glow that is present when viewing dark content, and this is simply due to the way that IPS panels work (including PLS and AHVA, which are IPS-type panels as well). The only thing you can do if you don’t want excessive IPS glow, is to check the user reviews of that particular IPS screen and see if there’s excessive IPS glow on that monitor model.

Backlight Bleed

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Similar to IPS glow, an effect called backlight bleed is when light leaks around the corners in an LCD display. This is due to the way these displays work; they use a light behind the panel that faces the display. Because this light always faces the screen, an LCD panel can not show true black color. Backlight bleeding is simply some of the backlight leaking through. It won’t damage your monitor or PC in any way, so don’t worry. If you got excessive backlight bleeding, you might be able to return it for a new one, but there are stories of people not being able to RMA it due to the way LCD panels simply work. Unfortunately, there’s no easy and straightforward way to fix the backlight bleed yourself.

Dead pixel and stuck pixel

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Unfortunately, defects like stuck pixels/dead pixels are pretty common. You open up that brand new monitor and suddenly you notice a dead pixel, something that can’t easily be unseen. When you first get your monitor, you should a calibration of it first. Check the whole display to see if there is a dead pixel or a stuck pixel. Luckily, there are tools to do that, such as Dead Pixel Buddy. Just put up the black background, go to fullscreen and then cycle through the different colors. Keep an eye on pixels that are displaying the wrong color.

Dead pixels (or stuck pixels) can be formed already in the manufacturing process. You can RMA your monitor if your new monitor has enough dead pixels as per the monitor’s warranty.

Stuck pixels can be fixed, usually with a little gentle pressure on the spot. Dead pixels can not be fixed, so you’ll have to do an RMA if you wish to get a new monitor.


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Another phenomenon called clouding is an unfortunate one. This is clearly not backlight bleed and IPS glow, as there are “clouds” of unpleasant glow in your display. This is usually due to the monitor being physically damaged and there’s nothing you can do about it except get a replacement if you can return it.


Burn-in is a monitor defect associated with OLED panels, but also happens to other panel types as well. This happens when there’s a static image on the screen for too long. The afterimage of that image will stay on the monitor for a little white and it looks unpleasant to look at. You can’t do anything about burn-in and it will permanently damage your monitor.

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  • Brandon Coyle

    For Burn-In there are scrubbers that will help with a ton of them or even get rid of it entirely. Most Burn-Ins are temporary (Image Retention). Only under very extreme examples does this result in permanent damage on newer OLED panels. This doesn’t really apply to monitors since there are no real available OLED monitors, but somebody might be using and LG OLED as a monitor.