Using Standard TVs Outside

Since the rise of the flat screen TV, such as plasma or LCDs (liquid crystal display), TVs have expanded out of the home and are being used for all sorts of other tasks.

Digital signage is one of the most common out of home LCD uses, and these advertising screens are now a common sight around shopping malls, retail locations, airports and stadiums.

And advertising is not the only use for these out of home screens. A lot of information is now provided to us using display screens such as train timetables or location maps and these displays are not just found indoors, either.

Outdoor digital signage and outside information screens are also becoming common but before any screen can be taken outside, for whatever purpose, it has to be protected first.

The types of screens used indoors are quite often the same displays used outside. However, when they are placed outdoors, the LCD TVs are housed in LCD enclosures to protect them from the weather and other outdoor elements.

These outdoor TV enclosures provide the perfect environment for running TV displays, whether they are LCD, LED backlit, or plasmas. The enclosures don’t just ensure the screens are kept out of the weather elements, although that is obviously an important aspect of outdoor TV protection, but they have other qualities too.

Temperature can be as disabling for an LCD or plasma as much as the weather can. A screen that is allowed to run too hot will soon over-heat and potentially fail, while a screen in very cold conditions, such as during the winter when temperatures fall below zero, can also fail.

LCD enclosures have climatic systems inside the enclosure, so whatever the ambient temperature is, the interior of the enclosure remains at the optimum for running a display.

As LCD enclosures are made from steel they also provide good physical protection against impacts, vandalism and theft – essential for most outdoor screen use as often they are left unsupervised.

When it comes to using a display outdoors, there is no need to spend a fortune on the latest waterproof TV when all the protection that is required can be achieved using a more inexpensive solution: the LCD enclosure.

This post was written by Richard N Williams

Richard N Williams

Richard N Williams is a writer and journalist based in Birmingham, UK. He has many years of experience writing about all aspects of the internet and digital technology. He is the author of several technology related books and his articles have appeared in various publications, trade magazines and online journals. Richard N Williams Google+

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