Why are remotes black?

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (25323 posts) -

Today I spend 15 minutes looking for a tv remote. It ruined my day. Why are the vast, vast majority of remote controls pure black or very dark grey? It makes them very easy to lose. Making them bright orange like traffic cones would be a better idea I feel.

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#2 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26735 posts) -

Because most TVs are black.

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#4 Posted by thegerg (18283 posts) -

How loose is it?

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#5 Edited by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

Was your father abusive?

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#7 Posted by uninspiredcup (25323 posts) -

@Kevlar101 said:

Was your father abusive?

Well that escalated quickly.

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#8 Posted by KiIIyou (27180 posts) -

they evil :o

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#9 Posted by thisSonicBoom (38 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

@Kevlar101 said:

Was your father abusive?

Well that escalated quickly.

^ this.

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#11 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (7431 posts) -

likely because it is harder to see dirt and such on it.

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#12 Posted by Boddicker (4347 posts) -

@Maddie_Larkin said:

likely because it is harder to see dirt and such on it.

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#13 Posted by comp_atkins (34387 posts) -

market a bright orange one then

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#14 Posted by elkoldo (1775 posts) -

Hey don't be a racist! :D

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#15 Edited by korvus (10713 posts) -

Reading some of these threads makes me happy that something like this is even considered a "problem" (so to speak). Not being condescending, either...I just remember not having money to eat or for gas for a hot shower; at that time something like this (if I had a TV =P) would have never occurred to me =)

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#16 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

"African-American"

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#17 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -

I don't like where this is going

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#18 Posted by Treflis (13341 posts) -

So you're telling us you've had a very slow and dull day today.

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#19 Posted by bowchicka07 (1104 posts) -

@lostrib said:

"African-American"

LMAO

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#20 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (12684 posts) -

uninspiredcup a racist confirmed.

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#22 Posted by EJ902 (14471 posts) -

Because most tvs are black. Most tvs are black because it goes with everything and a black tv will struggle to look out of place in any home decor environment. Then again there was that period in the early 2000s, when preferences in interior design shifted to more simplistic decoration with brighter colours; archaic black boxes looked out of place amongst lavender wall paint and laminate floorings, adorned with dried sticks in pale brown vases; thus the preference in television aesthetic design tended toward modern silver schemes, reflecting their position in the modern home as CRT TVs reached their technological peak. Thus, during this period, remotes became a much brighter shade of grey, a scheme which is sliding out of fashion once more as new televisions on the cutting edge of technology prefer to portray themselves as sleek machines of the future, and only a glossy black remote is acceptable.

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#23 Edited by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

At least It comes with a smile

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#24 Posted by PsychoLemons (3169 posts) -

It puts less effort to colour the remotes that way.

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#25 Posted by gamerguru100 (12687 posts) -

@bowchicka07 said:

@lostrib said:

"African-American"

LMAO

Seconded

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#26 Posted by Gaming-Planet (18753 posts) -

Because they've conditioned us to associate black, long, remotes as tv remotes.

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#27 Posted by konvikt_17 (22378 posts) -

Mine is grey

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#28 Posted by sukraj (27300 posts) -

I like the color black

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#29 Posted by thereal25 (1379 posts) -

If you look over the history of technology like tvs, music players, etc. you'll find that the popular colour alternates between black and silver every few years.

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#30 Posted by XilePrincess (13130 posts) -

I put glow or reflective tape on the back of mine. They always get lost in my blankets which are, for the most part, also dark.

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#31 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (3151 posts) -

Here's the much more important questions -- Why did looking for something for 15 minutes ruin your day? And second, if losing things has such a detrimental impact on your emotional well-being, why aren't you more careful about where you put your belongings?

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#32 Posted by indzman (27735 posts) -

Because white or grey remotes will get dirty or look dirty with regular using , thats why black colour is used in remotes as dirt won't be noticiable on black surface. You might notice white switches in your home often get dirty.

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#33 Edited by The_Mancunian (25 posts) -

the old age question! I've often wished the remote control could have one of those devices you attach to keys, and when you whistle or something, it sounds an alarm. mine is always going missing!

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#34 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

@indzman said:

Because white or grey remotes will get dirty or look dirty with regular using , thats why black colour is used in remotes as dirt won't be noticiable on black surface. You might notice white switches in your home often get dirty.

That's actually the best answer and makes the most sense. My old white 360 controllers look grey now from all the hours of playing and sweating.

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#35 Posted by Dogswithguns (11359 posts) -

You still watch TV.. ?!

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#36 Posted by BiancaDK (19082 posts) -

@XilePrincess said:

I put glow or reflective tape on the back of mine. They always get lost in my blankets which are, for the most part, also dark.

but how does one deal with such shitty looking remotes then

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#37 Posted by XilePrincess (13130 posts) -

@BiancaDK said:

@XilePrincess said:

I put glow or reflective tape on the back of mine. They always get lost in my blankets which are, for the most part, also dark.

but how does one deal with such shitty looking remotes then

I'm not overly concerned with the aesthetic appearance of my remotes.

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#38 Edited by deactivated-585ea4b128526 (612 posts) -

Put a button on the tv, that when pressed, cause the remote to light up and make noise.

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#39 Posted by TAMKFan (33250 posts) -

I have a grey remote and it's not a very dark grey either. I never really lose my remotes, whether they are black or not.