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Special requirements for outdoor tv?

by korb71 / January 19, 2007 12:44 AM PST

I am building a screened in porch. I want to have a wall mounted tv in my porch. Is there anything wrong with using a normal LCD TV in this situation, assuming I keep it covered when not in use and bring it inside during the winter?

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by Riverledge / January 19, 2007 6:49 AM PST

WITH HUMIDITY, DEW POINTS, temperature being so unpredictable....I would not do it.

Good luck, river.

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(NT) You found the caps lock!!! ;-)
by Coryphaeus / January 19, 2007 8:01 AM PST
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by Riverledge / January 19, 2007 9:34 AM PST

sorry, river.

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An print ad last summer showed a waterproof plasma beside a
by NM_Bill / January 19, 2007 1:52 PM PST

pool with a garden hose squirting the premium price set. That could be Googled for.

For a regular LCD. Well, how protected from the elements, fly poop, etc.? It is an expensive, delicate piece of equipment. Water leak down that wall? Temperature range from zero to ?

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Outdoor TV popularity
by azmadman00 / August 3, 2008 1:50 AM PDT

I just set mine up so let me share my experiences. Here in arizona(as in other areas of the country) outdoor TV's are very popular. Perhaps the climate is better here for nearly year round use. For LCD screens and many flatpanel type tvs, the operating humidity range is generally between 10-80% and operating temparature range is 10-40C(50-104F). Perhaps a little cautionary on the range- but it is a Liquid Crystal Display(LCD)--liquid being the key word here. 32F == freezing.
The storage temperature is much lower, generally -20-60 C(-4-140) LCD's can operate normally as long as it has warmed to room tempartures before turning it on. Here is a link on the subject:

If I lived in a colder climate I would be storing it for the winter like you do with the pool supplies.

To add, Flat panel TV's are getting rather inexpensive so having one outside covered on the patio is very feasible.

You should have a good outdoor Flat panel TV cover and decent cabling connection for the HD reception. In AZ, we have monsoon seasons so dust is an issue. A good site I used was

Hope this helps

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