Outdoor TV Options Compared


When planning an outdoor TV screen or digital display, you have three choices: standard TV, weatherproof TV, outdoor TV box. I will try to give you a brief overview of the options. The best advice is to do your research to make sure you understand the options and make the right choice for your application.

As Americans continue their migration to the warm climate, industries associated with outdoor living have also experienced significant growth in their activities. Companies supplying outdoor kitchens, outdoor furniture, outdoor recreation and landscaping have experienced a steady growth market over the last decade. We settle in more temperate climates to enjoy the outdoors for longer periods. Even in the coldest northern states, we are seeing growth in outdoor living. My expertise in audio-video integration, I will focus on a growing segment of the market, outdoor television.

In my 20-year career in home and business entertainment products, outdoor TV screens have grown from a small majority of wealthy customers to a standard feature in every home. The desire to extend the living space outside, watch the game by cooking burgers or perhaps watching a movie in the evening while relaxing on the terrace has been a driving force in the expansion of outdoor living products.

To return to my first experience with outdoor TV, the only choice we had was to choose an inexpensive TV, do our best to protect it from the elements and hope for the best in terms of durability and longevity . Some TV media manufacturers have introduced outdoor protective enclosures, but the prices were very high and, again, only for the rich. When you combined the high price of plasma or LCD TVs at the time with the high price of the TV case, the cost became prohibitive for almost all customers.

When installing a standard TV, the expected life of the TV has been significantly reduced due to the infiltration of moisture and particles in the electronic components and possible damage from the TV due to debris suspended in the air. Some customers were very lucky and their television lasted a few years. Many have not been so lucky. This is one of the reasons why the market has been restricted to the wealthiest customers who could afford to replace their outdoor TV if necessary. Of course, TV manufacturers would void any warranty on an indoor TV used in outdoor conditions. This is still the case today.

You have three options for outdoor TV applications and commercial digital signage.

1] As stated above, buy a cheap indoor TV and hope that everything will be fine.

2] Buy an outdoor TV with added value from third parties.

3] Buy an outdoor television speaker.

There are advantages and disadvantages with each solution. I would suggest that you do your research to choose the best solution for your application.

Option # 1, standard television placed outside;

The biggest change from what we've already seen with option # 1 is the huge price reduction for flat screen TVs. Anyone who bought one 10 years ago and went to buy a new TV had that experience first-hand. Beyond that, the same potential problems still exist. If you choose this option, be prepared for the possibility that your TV can simply become a "pouf" one day to never shine again. Ironically, this will happen of course in the middle of the game or during the film's decisive stage, which is neither a fun experience. I can not tell you how many times we receive calls from customers whose TV has decided to stop working at the most difficult times.

Summary of option # 1; for those who have a limited budget and who have a little bit of a player in them, that's the right solution. Just keep in mind that time is running out since the first day you set up your TV on the outside. I would recommend buying a new TV for your family room and moving the old TV to the outside. It will be less painful when he decides to "pofé" you.

Option 2: Weatherproof TV;

As the outdoor living market continued to grow, a few companies launched Weatherproof TV. The weather-resistant TV offers an attractive stand-alone package that fits perfectly into most designs. Most of the weatherproof TV models on offer came from "value-added manufacturers". These are manufacturing companies that take an existing product and customize it for more specialized applications.

The process;

1] use a standard indoor TV

2] disassemble it

3] bad weather components

4] reassemble it under their brand.

A list of manufacturers of outdoor TVs; LG, Hitachi, Vizio, JVC and Hisense as "model donors" for their TV.

The weather-resistant TV offers a solution for protection against rain or water infiltration, but offers little or no protection against vandalism or airborne debris striking the screen. A review of their websites shows no mention of the protection capabilities of

Weatherproof TV is also available at a great price. The price could be 5 or more times the price of a standard TV. This is still the case today. Although these TVs offer protection against the weather, they.

Here is an example from the Best Buy website of 9-10-2014.

Outdoor TV – SunBrite Signature Series TV – Class 55 "- LED – 1080p – 60Hz – HDTV $ 4,100.00.

Standard TV – VIZIO E Series – Class 55 "- LED – 1080p – 120Hz – Smart – HDTV $ 680.00.

Option # 2 Summary ; When the aesthetics of design is the most important element of your project, that the price / budget ratio is not a concern and that the protection against vandals or debris is not a problem, the TV Weatherproof is the right choice.

Option 3; Outdoor television box;

In recent years, a popular alternative has emerged, the outdoor television box or the outdoor TV cabinet. The advantage of the outdoor TV cabinet is that you can place any flat screen TV on the outside and protect it from the elements and potential vandalism. The prices of these units range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the size, quality and level of protection offered.

Let's take our 55 "TV from the top at $ 680.00 The price of a weatherproof and vandal resistant outdoor TV stand will range from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 Add to that the price of TV and you will always be well below the cost of weather-resistant television When we look at commercial applications for restaurants, sports facilities, digital advertising requiring multiple screens, the potential savings could be considerable.

The two main building materials used for the enclosure / cabinet are:

1] polyethylene , is the most common plastic. Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer consisting of long hydrocarbon chains. a durable plastic with good properties of use on the outside.

2] powder coated steel, Powder coated products are more resistant to degradation of coating quality due to impacts, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light and other extreme weather conditions. In return, this reduces the risk of scuffing, peeling, abrasion, corrosion, discoloration and other wear problems.

Proper research to meet your specific needs is necessary to ensure you make the right choice.

Outdoor plastic cabinet

Advantages; the plastic is waterproof, durable, high temperature of operation and light.

The inconvenients; the material can not withstand heavy loads and then tends to flex or bend in larger sizes. This limits its effectiveness to smaller TVs.

Steel cabinet

Advantages; waterproof, solid rigid material, great operating temperature, durable when powder coated, can be manufactured to accommodate large televisions.

The inconvenients; steel cabinets are heavier than plastic housings.


Advantages; solid material, used in bullet-proof glass applications.

The inconvenients; Less light transmittance than glass, a tendency to scratch that can not be repaired, turn yellow during prolonged exposure to the sun, high reflection and reflections of the material.

Optically bonded tempered glass

The inconvenients; heavier than polycarbonate, would break with a significant impact

Advantages; high visibility, high light transmission, hard to scratch, can repair scratches, low reflection.

Option # 3 Summary When a balance between performance and appearance is required, there is no better choice than an outdoor TV case.

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