Do you have a lovely outdoor entertaining area and considering an outdoor TV for watching a movie or sports? Adding an outdoor TV can enhance your outdoor entertainment experience, but there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure the best performance, longevity, and safety for your setup.
6 Considerations for Adding an Outdoor TV:
- Weather and Dust: Look for outdoor-specific TVs. Choose one based on where you plan to locate the screen. Also, an outdoor TV can handle temperature changes. Depending on your location, if you have an enclosed deck or patio, you could use an indoor TV and cover it or enclose it when not in use. You will want to bring the TV indoors for storage during winter months.
- Sunlight: Place your TV in a spot where there will be less glare optimally. An outdoor TV offers a brighter display and UV protection to prevent damage and fading.
- Size and Mounting: Consider the viewing distance to ensure appropriate TV size. The display’s quality and the screen size factor into what to purchase; however, much of it may come down to cost and personal preference. Use mounts designed for outdoor use that can handle the size and weight of your TV. Ensure the support is securely anchored, preferably on a wall or a stand.
- Sound: As the outdoor environment can be noisy, you may want to add speakers and a soundbar. Use this guide to help you understand where speakers should be placed and how many you will need.
- Connectivity: TVs with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allow you to stream any of your services. However, you will want to consider the location of the TV and signal strength. You can connect to your router directly using a special cable, requiring someone to run the line and hook up your TV.
- Security: Consider enclosures with locks or setups where the TV could easily be removed when not in use. Add security cameras and outdoor lighting to secure your outdoor TV.
An outdoor TV is a fun idea that could be used through the fall sports season! I recommend calling an expert to ensure you cover all the details; check out this guide for further information.