The first step to installing an outdoor TV is to purchase one of the best outdoor TVs that is available today. An indoor flatscreen doesn’t have the muster to double as an outdoor television. You can purchase a protective cover for an indoor TV to turn it into an outdoor TV, but that’s the only exception to the rule.
A specialized outdoor TV is not the same as an indoor TV.
Then you need to choose where the installation should occur. Here are some location options to consider.
#1. Protect the TV from the elements. An outdoor television might be weather-resistant, but most are not waterproof. You will want to avoid any installation where the potential of submersion can occur for an outdoor TV that isn’t waterproof. Consider placing it under a canopy, an awning, or an overhang of some type so that when it rains, the moisture can be funneled away from the unit.
#2. Avoid direct sunlight. Even though the materials, cables, and installation brackets for an outdoor TV are usually UV-resistant, direct sunlight can make it difficult to view a television screen. Even an anti-reflective screen can’t combat the glare of direct sunlight. Pick an area where shade is available on a regular basis. If one is not available, then make sure your TV has a high-temperature panel and a direct sunlight brightness setting.
#3. Make sure power is available to the unit. The perfect installation point requires a power source for the television to operate. If submersion is a possibility, such as over the pool, you need the power source to cut-off automatically if water is sensed to avoid the potential for a tragic accident. Routing power to a specific location can cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars, so look at what you’ve got available right now and plan the installation from there.
#4. Know what will be on the screen. Installing an outdoor TV is important, but knowing what you’ll be watching is just as important. A good installation point for the TV may not work for a media player that doesn’t share the same weather resistance. If you’re not directly wiring a signal to the TV, then consider making an investment into a wireless point-to-point transceiver so you can get the right content on your TV.
#5. Take advantage of your patio. If you have a porch or patio, then you have the perfect place for a television. Most will have power close to where the TV can be installed. You may even be able to affix the brackets to the exterior of your home, which will limit your costs. Just be sure to check with your local HOA rules and building codes before starting the project so you don’t find lecturing letters in the mail about your new television.
#6. Consider mounting the TV. Outdoor televisions can be pole-mounted or ceiling-mounted if an existing wall or fence isn’t available for the unit. If a mounted installation isn’t possible, then all-weather cabinets can give you a nice option and give your new TV some added protection.
Most people don’t think about the location where they’ll install an outdoor TV until they complete the purchase. That can cause numerous unnecessary hidden expenses if advanced planning had been done. Look at your various installation options now, then choose a TV that works with what you can support, for the best possible outcome.