Outdoor TV vs. Outdoor TV Enclosure
Be it winter or summer, you should never be banished from your yard for months. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of people bringing the indoors out and getting a weatherproof TV, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors all year round. However, if you’re new to this game, the information can be a little overwhelming.
Fundamentally, beyond dangerous and rife-with-hassle ideas such as pulling an indoor TV to an open window, you’re down to two choices: an outdoor TV (often called a weatherproof TV), or an outdoor TV enclosure. The first is a specifically designed all-in-one weather resistant TV which you install outside. The second, TV enclosures, allow you to use a regular TV with a kit to remove the outdoor problems.
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Outdoor TV Questions & Answers
Are outdoor TVs weatherproof?
It doesn’t matter where you are geographically, you have a weather problem when it comes to having a TV outside. Whether your TV’s enemy is heat, cold, humidity, or rain, there’s no point in having an outdoor TV that can’t handle it. Given that a decent TV will set you back a buck or two, you really don’t want to be mixing electronics with good old American weather.
This means your outdoor TV has to solve a weather problem.
Secondly, no matter where you are, security is an issue. If you’re in an urban area, then unfortunately the local opportunist is probably your outdoor TV’s biggest security risk. However, if you’re rural, you can’t ignore this issue either. Local wildlife are just as intrigued by outdoor TVs as they are drawn to your garbage cans.
This means your outdoor TV has to solve the security problem.
So, to solve these problems, weatherproof TVs and outdoor TV enclosures have different solutions, and this is where you can really start comparing them.
To solve the weather problem, a specific weatherproof TV usually offers a less valuable TV in an integral casing to ensure it is waterproof, as well as allowing for insulation against the cold and airflow to reduce humidity. This is great in theory. However, firstly you compromise on the quality of the TV and the picture. Secondly, if things go wrong - and they might, given this piece of equipment is outdoors - it’s very hard to fix electronics which are inside an integral casing and still ensure it is waterproof thereafter. Therefore, many people prefer solutions like outdoor TV cabinets.
What is the best TV for outdoor use?
The great news is that actually most any TV can be great outdoors as long as it is protected in a weatherproof outdoor TV cabinet. The one big thing that always helps is the brightness of the TV which is also knows as the nits. The brighter or higher nit the TV the better it will look when placed in direct sun or even placed in a location where there is a lot of open bright area in front of the outdoor TV or outdoor TV enclosure. So, it is always recommended that no matter what TV you are using outdoors that you adjust your brightness, back light, and contrast to get the best picture.
Can a regular TV be used outdoors?
Even if it is well placed out of direct rain, a regular TV should not be used outdoors unless it is properly protected with some type of specific built-to-last outdoor TV enclosure. There are many weather and environment threats like rain or bugs to consider.
Can I use my indoor TV outdoors?
An indoor TV should not be placed outside unless it is enclosed in an outdoor TV enclosure. There are many things that will render your standard indoor TV unusable in a pretty short period of time if left outside. Aside from the issue that if it gets rained on it will most likely be broken immediately, other things that significantly shorten the lifespan of an indoor TV being used outdoors even if well protected under an overhand are things like bugs, moisture, condensation, flying objects, and good old theft.
Do you need an outdoor TV for a covered patio?
It is recommended to weatherproof your TV even under a patio. Rain could still damage the electronics. Bugs could crawl in the TV and fry it. There are many risks. So, an outdoor TV solution is recommended.
How long will a regular TV last outside?
This is a complicated question. Not every TV is designed the same. Some may last longer than others. Many will burn out within a year or sooner, especially in particularly hot, humid, or cold climates.
How do I proof my TV for outdoors?
Outdoor TV cabinets solve the weather problem by creating an absolutely fit-for-purpose enclosure. This enclosure is weatherproof by preventing water ingress, ensuring airflow to reduce humidity, while being insulated against extreme temperatures. You can put any TV you like in it. You can also protect media devices like Roku or Apple TV within the enclosure behind the TV. Outdoor TV cabinets such as The TV Shield are designed to be opened and closed. Therefore, even when the TV has problems, or you want to replace it, it’s designed to come out with ease.
For the security problem you need to take a look at the specific product you’re considering – whether that’s a weatherproof TV or an outdoor TV enclosure. However, typically, outdoor TVs might fare well against the local opportunist who can’t get it off the wall – they may not fare so well against a willful raccoon armed with a stone because the screen is not protected behind an enclosure. The TV Shield, however, is shatterproof -making it tough against wildlife, but also has two metal-chambered and keyed locks to stop a would-be thief. And, when it comes to actually watching the TV, you get to lift the screen’s cover off, if you want.
Weatherproof TV vs outdoor TV enclosure – the costs
This is another aspect where you really start to see the pros and cons come down in favor of the outdoor TV enclosure. Weatherproof TVs come with a fairly eye-watering price tag. For a mid-range outdoor TV you’re looking in the region of $4000, but don’t be surprised if, for the features you need to really combat the weather and security problems, you end up heading towards $7000.
On the other hand, these outdoor TV enclosures start at just $399. Even if you need to buy a TV to go in it (if you don’t have an old one to hand) and need a complete outdoor TV kit, then you’re still looking at massive savings - with prices under $800.
So the verdict? Outdoor TV enclosure – always.
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