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I'm having a LCD delivered this week form Dell and its going to be frigid all week. Is there any danger that the cold could harm the TV in any way?
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I once left my 60GB iPod in my car overnight where the static temps were below 0F. When I got in my car the following morning I was greeted by a severely internally cracked and unusable screen.

Although I would hope that any shipping company wouldn't leave any kind of electronics outside in extremely cold conditions, I personally wouldn't want my new LCD TV left out in sub-freezing conditions for extended periods of time.

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I have a 15" monitor (standard PC one) in my tuck never a real problem, on very cold days (<15deg) I have to let it warm up a bit before it works but other then that no problems.

Many cars and tucks come with TVs built in now.
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I am interested in this as well. My parent just bought a new 5th wheel trailer, which has a 20" or so Sharp LCD in it. Here in alberta, it is not uncommon to drop down to -35 degrees for a week at a time.
I told them to take it out for the winter (they wont use the trailer at all until May), but I am not sure if that is necessary. If it is not being turned on at all, is it a bad thing to have the LCD sitting in the cold?

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The extremely cold temperatures and then quick application of heat, power on, can result in condensation and shorts inside of the television.

If the television is warmed up to room temperature it should function properly without issue, but, depending on how cold it is outside it might take a number of hours for the television to warm up.
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Your LCD is more like an IC than a slab of glass. Just let it warm up some to avoid excess thermal shock. Be more concerned with taking something very cold into a warm, moist room, unless it's ok to hose down the inside of it.

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So my TV is arriving tomorrow morning and the weather is going to be in the low 20's. Should I still let it get acclimated to my apartment temperature?
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So my TV is arriving tomorrow morning and the weather is going to be in the low 20's. Should I still let it get acclimated to my apartment temperature?

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how long to be safe?
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long enough for the tv to reach it's minimum operating temp as stated in the manual + an hour to make sure all the internals are at atleast that operating temp (it will warm up from the outside-in)

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It's getting delivered in the morning and then I have to go to work until 6 or so. Will this be plenty of time?
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It's getting delivered in the morning and then I have to go to work until 6 or so. Will this be plenty of time?

Yes, it will be fine.
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If it were a frozen turkey, you would need to wait till tomorrow.

In both cases, keep it in its container. (You do not want to let air in the TV.)

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I had my tv delivered on monday. The delivery guy said not to turn on the tv for about two hours because it had been in his truck in 10F weather for a good four hours. I cant really say if it helped or not but i can say that i dont have any problems with my set.

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