|TVs adapted for outdoor use require filtration systems to protect their components from dirt, sand and insects.|
TVs designed for outdoor use can be placed in locations that would be considered dangerous for interior models. This gives designers the versatility to place fixtures where they would never have had a home before.
“We have customers that want them on a ski hill,” said Gretchen Gilbertson, co-founder and CEO of Seura. “Resorts with large outdoor areas want TVs near hot tubs for guests to watch sports on, and outdoor TVs can be engineered to suit those elements.”
Often these devices have to withstand temperatures between 30- and 140-degrees Fahrenheit. “There are instances where guests won’t be outside using the TVs, but the product will still be outdoors and can withstand the environmental conditions,” Gibertson said.
The biggest challenge in these environments is not providing filters and heating controls to keep the machines running, but to keep the TV’s screen visible in direct sunlight.
“A lot of times you can’t see most TVs outside due to dim LCD screens with weak refractive elements,” Gilbertson said. “TVs with anti-reflective coating are a must for refracting sunlight.”
Craig Miller, Sr. area sales manager, flat-panel displays/hospitality for Panasonic, recommends an LED or LCD display with at least 700 candelas per square meter of luminance to provide the necessary brightness to keep the screens visible outside during daytime. For displays in direct sunlight, however, Miller recommends a screen with up to 1,000 candelas per square meter.
“Anti-glare overlays can also help increase outdoor visibility,” Miller said.