LCD or LED Outdoor TV

Some of you might ask, what’s the difference between LCD and LED? And what is the best outdoor TV for semi or full outdoor use?

The correct solution for a semi-outdoor TV is a TV enclosure. The correct solution for a full outdoor sunlight readable and all weather terrain piece of hardware is a pure LED screen.

How is LED and LCD different?

A pure LED screen does not use LCD technology. All consumer grade or televisions built for the residential market have an LCD front panel and are enhanced by using LED backlights. Pure LED panels do not have an LCD front cover. They are LED light emitting diods and dots in their purest form.

The benefit of an outdoor TV using pure LED technologies is it’s ability to handle the Australian sun, or any other sun bright enough to make temperatures gradually climb and increase during the day. Other climates might not have this issue of harsh, direct facing sunshine. However in Australia any LCD that would be placed outdoors would start to go black (known as liquid crystallisation) and eventually damage the LCD panel. The Octopus LCD TV enclosures is a product that safely attempts to keep the temperature stable so the LCD does enter the liquid crystallisation state. However in areas like NT or WA where average temperatures sore above any other state the correct solution for an outdoor TV or outdoor monitor is pure LED technologies or incorporating a TV enclosure with air conditioning. Most will see that air conditioning is a more expensive solution, whereas fan based is much more cost effective.

So which technology is right for me?

That’s easy. Octopus put together these simple guidelines to make sure you select the right product for your outdoor advertising or outdoor entertaining project.

  1. Chose what is the best viewing distance that your outdoor TV screen needs to be viewed from.
  2. Then consider if it is semi-shaded (semi-outdoors) OR if it’s completely in the sun for most of the day.
  3. Next work out what content you want to display on the outdoor TV or outdoor monitor. Typically if the content is for close viewing (1-5mtrs) then you should be more inclined to select LCD technology (LED backlit)
  4. Then think about the size of the TV you would prefer. Larger than normal consumer grade LCD screens can mean you need an LCD video wall.
  5. LCD Video walls can get big but you might not like the bezel or the splice when the televisions are joined together. Plus these are strictly for use indoors NOT outdoors.
  6. A digital display with no bezel can be achieved using a low pixel pitch, pure LED solution including black led chips. These can be more expensive but the prices are changing as the technology becomes more affordable and consumers more aware of the screens.
  7. If your display is going to be in direct sunlight during most of the day, then correct solution is a pure LED panel made with no LCD involved. Products that claim to be an outdoor TV and can be placed in direct sunlight for long periods of time have good sales teams….!!!
  8. However, If you did want to put an old LCD TV outside because you did not want to throw it out consider a neat roller shutter.

Fan based outdoor TV’s cannot manage the temperature mediums required unless they offer a huge fan based circulation system and specialised UV resistant glass on the front cover. However, both of these options provide 2 distinct problems. They are 1) noise from the huge amount of fans inside the TV and 2) the UV resistant glass reduces visibility of the actual TV inside the product. These outdoor televisions currently being sold in Australia are also extremely heavy, because of the thick metal housing – so installing them or removing them is an absolute nightmare for the installation team. The other issue with these integrated outdoor televisions is when they need repairing it’s almost impossible to fix, because it’s been sealed up so it passes the required IP (ingress protection) certification.

The correct LCD or LED Outdoor TV solution?

Custom outdoor TV LED screens are the correct solution for a proper, bullet proof,  super highly visible outdoor TV, or outdoor TV monitor solution. These LED modules are being used in traffic light signals and most of the LED signs you see in and out of businesses. The other cost effective solution is an Outdoor TV enclosure which are the correct solution for semi-shaded applications OR climates that do not have lots of direct sun. These TV enclosures are also perfect for use indoors where security is an issue. They also server their correct purpose and that is to secure and waterproof the TV inside them.

For more information please contact Peter on 02 8517 5111
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