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Nine Ways to Reduce Glare on Your Outdoor TV Cabinet

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How to Reduce Glare from Your TV or Display

When considering an outdoor TV cabinet, choosing a durable, weatherproof and quality enclosure are very important.  One aspect customers often neglect is sun glare. Even the best set up can sometimes be impacted by glare. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to reduce glare. Here are nine steps you can take to ensure a better viewing experience for everyone.

1.) Fight light with light! The most effective way to reduce or really cut through any glare and reflection is to have a very bright TV or display. Standard TVs have a nit of around 200 to 250 nits which is not very bright. Using a 700+nit display will drastically reduce the amount of glare that is being seen. You can find TVs with high nits by clicking here.

2.) If using a lower nit (brightness) TV, make sure to turn up the brightness and or backlight, adjust the contrast, color intensity and other settings to provide a better picture in an outdoor environment.

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3.) Using an anti-glare front panel in most situations will definitely help reduce glare but not always. Although the anti-glare front panel does dissipate light which will then greatly diminish the reflection you would typically see on a clear front panel, it can also create a washed out look if not positioned correctly or mounted in the right location. In some instances, it may be better to use a clear front panel. ex. If you are getting direct sunlight on the screen but you have a dark wall in front of the enclosure, it would be better to use a clear front panel. If an anti-glare front panel was used, it would create a washed out look due to the refraction of sunlight hitting the front. Finally, if you are experiencing a lot of direct sunlight but your TV and enclosure are facing an open bright area then a clear front panel would look like a mirror.

4.) Use a tilt or a tilt and swivel mount which gives you the ability to adjust the TV to angles that will reduce the glare.

5.) Having a darker backdrop scenario in front of the enclosure will help with glare and reflection. So, If you are able to mount the unit where there is a darker colored wall, bushes, or any other dark colored structure in the front area, it will help with elimination of a large amount of glare you may otherwise typically see.

6.) Do not place the TV and enclosure in a location where there is a lot of open bright space in front of it. ex. If you place the enclosure on a wall that points directly out into a open parking lot or an open field, that has no tree cover and is very bright, it will create increased reflection and glare.

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7.) Mount the unit at lower levels so you’re not seeing the sky reflecting off of the polycarbonate front shield. If you mount a TV in a location where it is well above your direct eyeline, you will most likely see the open sky and sun reflecting off the front panel which will cause reflection and wash out.

8.) Place a sunshade over the enclosure if it must be mounted at a higher level to try and block the sky and sun creating the reflection or glare and washout issues.

9.) Open the enclosure for a direct view. When in the open position, the front panel does act as a sunshade to an extent. 

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