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Outdoor Week: Made For the Shade…and Sun

Explaining the importance of purchasing an outdoor TV to clients.

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There are many reasons clients consider buying an outdoor TV. Whether it’s time with family or relaxing by the pool, decking out the home’s outdoor space to maximize entertainment value, comfort, and versatility is key. Whatever the reason, outdoor TVs provide endless entertainment opportunities while surviving the elements of an outdoor environment. However, some clients may want to avoid the price of a true outdoor TV and demand an indoor TV be hung outside. Here are some reasons to share with them as to why that is a bad idea.

Outdoor Elements

Indoor TVs use plastic construction, rely on passive airflow for cooling, and have zero protection against moisture, temperature changes, or other hazards. Condensation adds up fast, wind gusts can be unpredictable, and anything like rain, snow, and dust can blow right past a covered deck or patio. This is exacerbated if you live near the ocean, as salt air can quickly damage and alter the quality of your TV. Additionally, TVs that are not all-weather will quickly overheat beyond safe operating temperatures on a hot day, even in the shade, and will not keep warm in freezing temperatures.

Peerless-AV Neptune Partial Sun Series
Peerless-AV Neptune Partial Sun Series

On the other hand, outdoor TVs are fully equipped to withstand extreme conditions. They are built using full-metal enclosures and rust-resistant powder coat paint to elongate the TV’s usage in the outdoor elements. Outdoor TVs are also designed for proper thermal management in outdoor environments, keeping the internals cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And every seam, screw hole, speaker grille, and gap on the TV exterior is either glued, caulked, or fitted with gaskets and filters to keep unwanted material out. The bottom line is that when it comes to TVs, anything that will be used outside needs to be purpose-built for outdoor use.

Brightness and UHD

After narrowing down your outdoor TV options, it’s important to consider the brightness and definition of your outdoor TV. Many want the highest quality TV, however, remember that not all TVs can truly support a 4K resolution. With so much natural light competing for attention, the TV’s resolution and brightness must be as crisp and clear as possible. This is possible with a combination of anti-glare coatings, specialized filters, higher-than-average screen brightness, and even automatic picture adjustments that adapt as the sun goes down.

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Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

There is a distinct difference between water-resistant and waterproof. Water-resistant means a device can resist water intrusion to an extent but cannot withstand being submerged in water. Meanwhile, waterproof means a device is impermeable to water and can be fully submerged and still functional. To ensure a long life for an outdoor TV, checking and understanding how much water it can or cannot withstand is a vital element.

Investing in an outdoor TV can significantly enhance your outdoor living experience, whether you’re hosting a backyard movie night, watching the big game with friends, or simply enjoying some quiet time in the fresh air. With their durability, weather resistance, and high-quality picture, outdoor TVs are a valuable addition to any outdoor space, providing entertainment and relaxation for years to come.