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I just have a question about putting an HDTV outdoors. I am looking to put a TV outside, but am unsure of how to do it correctly. The TV will be out of direct sunlight, in a covered area so no rain would get in. However, the area is not heated or cooled. I was wondering if there are any options for some sort of casing that can protect the tv from extreme temperatures? Sound is not an issue as this TV would be connected to a 5.1 system. I have come across special TVs made for outdoors, but those are way out of my budget. Thanks for all your help.
 

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Sunbright makes such panels but they are costly. Though you think no rain gets in Moisture and dust will if in the elements.


You may want to consider a qualilty BUDGET panel where you could live with it's reduced lifespan and eat that loss. As the TV has to vent it'll not be possible to protect it from all the climatic elements - you may not think rain will get in but moisture will as will dust/dirt.


As to extremes - you need to define your region and climate extremes as you simply should not use any such panel electronics during those temperate extremes in the owners manual - no electronics should be operated during those extremes. I don't have them precisely in my mind but you can look them up in the panels owners manual and each panel pretty much mirrors those rec's.


You may be able to operate above and below listed temps but the risks increase toward failure.


Get a bright panel with glare fighting non-reflective screen or buy someones used panel and minimize any future loss risk . Good Luck!
 

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Sunbright makes such panels but they are costly. Though you think no rain gets in Moisture and dust will if in the elements.


You may want to consider a qualilty BUDGET panel where you could live with it's reduced lifespan and eat that loss. As the TV has to vent it'll not be possible to protect it from all the climatic elements - you may not think rain will get in but moisture will as will dust/dirt.


As to extremes - you need to define your region and climate extremes as you simply should not use any such panel electronics during those temperate extremes in the owners manual - no electronics should be operated during those extremes. I don't have them precisely in my mind but you can look them up in the panels owners manual and each panel pretty much mirrors those rec's.


You may be able to operate above and below listed temps but the risks increase toward failure.


Get a bright panel with glare fighting non-reflective screen or buy someones used panel and minimize any future loss risk . Good Luck!

Thanks for the reply Westa
I am located in Vancouver BC where the coldest it gets is -5C (23F) and the warmest it gets is around 38C (100F), so I'm trying to see if there is a way for it to work. I'm sure there must be a place or way to get some sort of custom case made (possibly with non-glare plexiglass) that provides ventillation. If no such option exists, I don't know if the temperatures would be too extreme to leave the TV out and have it covered when not in use as to prevent dust from getting in. However, I hope is a way around it or other reasonable options. Thanks once again for the help!
 

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Moisture, especially on the humid-coast, will get in and shorten the life span considerably. Wind will blow rain and dust into it. Little bugs will crawl in and nest in the warm area. The TV needs to vent as mentioned by the previous poster, so a case needs to vent too. This may protect against the rain and dust, but moisture will still get in. However a decent vented case will prolong the life considerably. -5°C may ruin the LCD, not sure of the operating specs. I'd consider having it mounted so that it can be brought inside for the colder part of the year.
 
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