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Outside TV options?

Is there a reason to select a LCD TV versus a Plasma TV for the outside? I have a covered area so I am not worried about rain or sun, but I live in Florida so I have to deal with heat and humidity issues. It seems that most restaurants have gone the LCD rout, but Plasma TV's are pretty competitive right now at the 42 inch range. Any insight would be greatly appreciated?

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How hot & how high of humidity are we talking about?

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outside tv

I am in Central Florida, so high humidity of up to 90% and probably a heat index of around 110 during the summer months accounting for the high humidity.

Thanks for any insight.

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Plasma is out then

Operating rating on Panasonic plasma is 110? max & 80% humidity max.

For LCD or LCD-LED each model & brand is going to have different operation temp & humidity ranges, the problem is mostly going to be humidity, there are probably a few models & brands out there that can handle temps around 115? max.
To find the info you need, look under the technical specs of the manuel of tv your looking at, normally it is the last few pages.

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You may be SOL

I'm not aware of any consumer models that are designed for such extreme heat/moisture combination like outdoors in FL. Unless it resides inside some sort of climate controlled container (=$$$$$), you will probably need to do a little research. I suggest contacting either a higher end A/V installer in your region, or a reputable establishment (hotel/bar/etc.) with such displays already installed under similar conditions.

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I am going to vote for LCD for no particular reason.

Well..maybe because it uses less power therefore creating a little less heat in itself. Otherwise I don't see any difference in the TVs constructions. Just my 2 cents.

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