5 Things to Consider When Buying an Outdoor Television

Placing a TV outside can entertain, inform and keep people close to the action. Many restaurants, businesses, and residential homes want to enjoy outdoor TV but you you need to know how to install them correctly and you need to know that only certain types of televisions can be used outdoors! These models are designed & engineered to be safer and handle the elements, with a better outdoor viewing experience than their indoor cousins.


Be sure and choose a model that is rated for outdoor use. Watching TV outdoors can be a relaxing way to spend a warm summer evening. But you need a outdoor TV designed to reduce glare even on a cloudy day. Choosing the proper size screen for the viewing area is essential. Most likely you will need a larger screen because usually in an outdoor atmosphere you will further away from the screen than indoors. Another reason for purchasing an outdoor model is they are more resistant to moisture, temperature, wind and insects. Because if those problems outdoors if you use an indoor TV outside the manufacturer’s warranty would probably not be valid.  >>   Shop Now


Just like the TV, its outdoor mount needs to be rated for outside use as well. A regular mount – meant for inside use – can deteriorate under extreme hot and/or cold conditions. An indoor mount starts to look bad, it rusts, and it could even fall apart. It needs to be able to withstand all of the elements, just like the TV. Sturdy outdoor mounts are made to handle the weight of outdoor displays, which are typically heavier than the average flat screen.


One of the top factors you will want to consider is the location that you intend to place the TV. Does the location you have in mind receive too much direct light during the most common TV using time? Is there a splash offender like a pool nearby? Are you planning on placing the TV high enough that it can be seen from several areas and angels? If placed above a fireplace – is the heat too close to your TV? These are all things to consider when looking for that prime location for your outdoor TV. Even though the TV is meant to stay outdoors, it is smart to reduce and avoid outside elements as much as you can to prolong the lifespan of your TV.  To enhance your viewing experience, place your outdoor TV screen facing north, so the sun is behind your TV. Place your TV at least 6 feet away from a fireplace or BBQ.


Speakers pose yet another challenge when deciding the perfect outdoor television location. You will want bigger, more powerful,high quality audio quality speakers since the sound will need to accommodate a larger viewing area. You will probably want to connect the TV to external speakers. The speakers will have to be rated for outdoor use. There are many choices for speakers. You may want small portable speaker and you can even find eco-friendly solar powered models. If you are a business you can purchase much larger speakers that will provide more robust sound. Depending on your location, you may have to take into consideration any noise laws in your neighborhood.


If you do not have readily available electrical power near your TV placement location you will need to hire a licensed electrical contractor who is qualified in install safe outdoor electrical wiring. This will likely require laying cabling from the existing outlets to the TV and the speakers. As you can see  installing a television outside requires much more than just bringing your inside set outside and plugging it in. Unless you have previous outdoor TV installation experience, the best thing to do is hire a professional.