Using TVs outdoors is a fairly modern concept and has been brought about by two innovations; first, the introduction of flat panel TV devices like LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and plasmas, secondly, the increase in availability of protection for outdoor TV enabling them to operate outside in all weather conditions.
LCD and plasma screens are now commonly seen outside operating as part of an outdoor digital signage campaign or as information or entertainment screens. As these devices are thinner and less bulky than their CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) predecessors they are less obtrusive when used as signage.
Protection is of course crucial for an outdoor screen. There are not only the weather elements to consider when using an outdoor screen but also the physical protection for the device too, especially if it is to be left in an unsupervised or unmanned area.
Both forms of protection can be achieved by using an LCD enclosure which will house pretty much any size, make or model of LCD or plasma screen. These protective LCD cabinets are weatherproof and water resistant and able to cope with other outdoor elements too including snow, sleet, dew, hail and wind blown dust – all of which have the potential to disable a screen.
LCD enclosures also protect against heat variations. Most LCD and plasma enclosures contain air circulation fans to help transfer heat away from the television. In extremely hot areas, these have to be complemented with air conditioning, while in colder climates with regular sub-zero temperatures, heaters are often used to ensure the inside of the enclosure does not fall below the optimum.
With any screen placed outdoors, protection from impact, vandalism and theft is a must. As LCD enclosures are made from steel they provide a rugged and tough protective barrier, and once installed, shatterproof screens protect the face of the TV device ensuring that even the most determined vandal can’t disable the screen.