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Placement And Setup of Outdoor TVs

1/22/2015 2:47 PM Posted By admin admin

Take Time To Plan The Setup And Placement Of Weather Resistant TVs


Homeowners, restaurants, bars, stadiums, resorts, and more are taking their television sets outdoors. As we embrace outdoor living to its fullest, that often means bringing our creature comforts with us, including the TV. Weatherproof TVs make it possible to stay informed, watch your favorite shows, or catch a movie under the stars, but setting up outdoor TVs isn't as straightforward as moving indoor television sets outside.


Tips For Installing Outdoor TVs


Proper planning is essential for installing outdoor TVs. Installation requires special know-how and planning to create a truly enjoyable outdoor television watching experience. Besides planning for uncertain weather conditions, you'll need to take into consideration placement based on shelter, sun/shade, power, and accessibility.


1. Make sure it's a weather-resistant TV. Indoor sets do not have the features or capabilities necessary to function well outside. Outdoor TVs are specially designed to withstand weather conditions. If the TV is going to be used permanently or primarily outside, make sure it's engineered to withstand the demands of outside use.


2. Review power demands. You've probably considered where to place the TV based on where your power outlets are located, but have you considered the overall power demands the TV or TVs will create? Make sure your electrical system can handle the increased power demand to avoid unexpected surprises once installation gets underway.


3. Choose placement wisely. Part of your planning process should be deciding on the location of the TV and how it will be mounted or placed. Drop or ceiling mounts, for example, would not do well in windy areas. Sunny locations may require outdoor TVs that are engineered for full or direct sun. Articulating mounts can get around both of these problems, as they allow the TV to be rotated or positioned manually to avoid the sun or face the audience, wherever that may be.


4. Getting a signal. Determine how you will get content to the television. You can get a signal in any of the usual ways – cable box, satellite, etc. – but you need to have the proper wiring in place. You might also be able to use Wi-Fi or even a media player. Just make sure any equipment you use is weather proof.


5. Use appropriate mounting hardware. Just as you'd check to make sure the mounting hardware you used indoors can accommodate the weight and size of the TV, do the same for your outdoor TVs. There's one other thing to think about with weather proof TVs: Make sure the mounting hardware is also weather proof! Outdoor mounts should be rated for outside use. Regular/indoor mounts can't hold up to weather extremes and are often not strong enough to handle the extra weight of outdoor TVs. Using indoor-rated hardware can result in rusted, weakened, or unstable mounts and brackets, which are a safety hazard for both the TV and the people around it.


6. Pay attention to cabling too. Like the mounting hardware, cables need to be rated for outdoor use. Using indoor cables outside can lead to early breakdown and cracking, which can cause a loss of power to the TVs or even safety hazards like electric shock, fire, or electrocution.


Planning Pays Off


It may require a little more effort than you're used to, but taking time to plan for installing outdoor TVs will pay off in the long run. Nothing is more disheartening than getting yourself or your customers excited about the idea of an outdoor theatre system or outdoor LEDs only to run into installation problems. Give yourself time to properly plan your outdoor display and you'll reap the benefits for a long time.