There’s nothing better than gathering friends together for a big game BBQ. But even with the best backyard intentions, your guests will be gathered inside, around the tube, for the main event… and someone will be stuck at the grill- shouting out for an update on the score. Installing a TV outdoor enhances your outdoor entertainment to a whole new level. With these 5 tips you can install a TV outside and keep the party centered in your manicured backyard.
#1 – LOCATION IS KEY!
One of the top factors you will want to consider is the location that you intend to place the TV. Does the location you have in mind receive too much direct light during the most common TV using time? Is there a splash offender like a pool nearby? Are you planning on placing the TV high enough that it can be seen from several areas and angels? If placed above a fireplace – is the heat too close to your TV? These are all things to consider when looking for that prime location for your outdoor TV.
Even though the TV is meant to stay outdoors, it is smart to reduce and avoid outside elements as much as you can to prolong the lifespan of your TV. Choose an outdoor location for your TV that will provide the most protection from the elements, ideally under a pergola or gazebo. The #1 issue with outdoor TV is the exposure to heat, avoid this by placing the TV in a location that doesn’t gets direct sunlight. To enhance your viewing experience, place your outdoor TV screen facing north, so the sun is behind your TV. Place your TV at least 6 feet away from a fireplace or BBQ.
Once you find that perfect location – what installation method do you go for?
Existing wall – A wall on your deck or your fence makes for a sturdy attachment surface and is easier than having to build a structure or require concrete footings.
Pole mounted – Going this route gives you the freedom of where you can locate it. You’re not bound to your existing fence or structures.
Ceiling mounted – Installing a TV outdoors using a ceiling pole bracket is common to see at restaurants in outdoor patio areas that have a covered ceilings. Typically, the TV is mounted higher in the air so the TV can be viewed by large crowds.
#2 – OUTDOOR TV CABINET ENCLOSURE
Even with an outdoor rated TV, having your TV exposed to the outdoor weather conditions 365 days a year doesn’t make for a good scenario. Consider placing your TV in a cabinet to protect it and prolong the life span. With a cabinet you can take weatherproofing measures like sealing the seams with calking and placing weather-strips around the perimeter to avoid from any moisture or cold air sneaking in causing condensation. With the TV cabinet it assures you of a perfect shield for your TV. With placing your TV behind closed doors you’ll reduce the risks of vandalism and theft.
You can find easy to follow, step- by-step instructions to build an outdoor TV cabinet here. This TV cabinet was designed for ultimate viewing pleasure with the doors opening to the side. Choose from a selection of TV cabinet sizes to accommodate your TV size. All the plans are designed with space for a sound bar to amplify the volume.
#3 – DO I REALLY NEED AN OUTDOOR RATED TV?
It is very common that people opt against the outdoor rated TV’s to save a little money. If you go this s route, you may find yourself spending more money in the long run. Most TV’s warranties are voided if placed outside. Outdoor rated TV’s from companies like SunBrite are engineered with an extra-bright, non-glare LED panels to optimize outdoor viewing. SunBrite televisions feature either all-weather outdoor-rated high impact resin or powder coated aluminum exteriors that protects the internal components from the damaging effects of rain, snow, dirt, and insects.
#4 – WIRED OR WIRELESS CABLE SET-UP?
It’s not as easy as dealing with your inside TV with your cable and outlets at your convenience. There are two routes to go with your outdoor cable setup – wired or wireless. A wired installation is the most reliable method to connecting your outdoor TV and wireless can be easier and less involved. Talk to your cable company about their wireless cable options. Ideally, your cable box is small enough you can slip it behind your TV to make for a sleek look without the bulky components. Whichever route you choose to go with- make sure you protect any loose wires with outdoor rated conduit or pipes. A normal cable can wear down faster and it can crack when it is exposed to the elements. There are cables that are designed with a layer for preventing the UV light from tampering with it. For your outlet, it is recommended to use a GFCI outlet, a ground-fault current interrupting outlet for safety protection.
#5 – TURN UP THE VOLUME!
Amplify all the goodness coming out of your TV throughout your backyard with a sound bar. This can be placed right below your TV. Without the sound bar you might find your TV hard to hear with all the outdoor noise. Don’t forget how loud your crowd can get when a sports game is on and die-hard fans are routing their team on. A sound bar is specifically designed to increase the sound coming from the TV to its fullest. There are wireless sound bar options available.