‘Where can I place my new outdoor TV?’

‘Where can I place my new outdoor TV?’

SunBriteTV expert tips & advice on creating an outdoor living space TV by the pool? Great idea! TV in the garage? You bet. Patio TV, deck TV … watch the game while grilling outside with friends? Yes, yes and wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way. There are plenty of options to get the best outdoor living and outdoor entertaining with your new SunBriteTV. We’ve seen amazing custom installations by our authorized dealers, and we’ve seen awesome outdoor TV settings by home-owners with their own audio/visual direction. In this blog post, SunBriteTV experts share wisdom and advice about mounting and positioning your outdoor television for complete, long-term enjoyment. Outdoor TV Living Pool-side is always a popular placement location for a SunBriteTV. We’re on-board with that, but keep in mind a few safety tips. “Get a GFCI outlet, a ground-fault current interrupting outlet,” advises SunBriteTV engineer Larry Benson. “It’s pretty standard and a best-use outlet for outdoor installations of any kind.” Keep the TV away from standing water. A good rule-of-thumb is to keep the TV at least six feet away from pools of water. Some call it the “MC Hammer” rule. The TV should be placed far enough away so that – if you’re standing in water – then “u can’t touch this!” You can also check your city or county’s electrical code to understand any additional requirements. Pick a location for your outdoor TV away from festive, running children, who may have a habit of tossing objects around, such as Frisbees, volleyballs, pool toys. Although, as this video by Digital Trends details, SunBriteTV can handle a lot of abuse: No Indoor TVs Please Don’t...
SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Installation Recommendations

SunBriteTV Outdoor TV Installation Recommendations

Installation Tips & Advice for Weatherproof TV Best Performance SunBriteTV engineers and product specialists offer the following tech insight on successfully installing your SunBriteTV weatherproof HDTV – on the patio, deck, yard, pool-side – to enjoy maximum outdoor entertaining. How do I get HD content to my SunBriteTV? “A wired installation is a reliable method to connect any source to a device,” says Larry Benson, SunBriteTV Engineer. HARD WIRE SunBriteTVs are typically utilized in situations where the video source – the cable or satellite box or a player – is located inside a house or other secure weather-safe location near the SunBriteTV. There’s HDMI and There’s Balun An HDMI cable can be used to get from the video source to your SunBriteTV outside, but only if the distance to the TV is less than 30’ (feet). If the distance to your TV is more than 30’ – for example, from your video source to your SunBriteTV on the patio or outside kitchen – then, we recommend using powered baluns. Um. What’s a balun? Basically, a balun is a transmitter-receiver device. The “connection” used for a balun is a Cat5/Cat6 network cable. We recommend using a balun as a hard-wire option for setting up your SunBriteTV for 2 reasons: The Cat5/Cat6 cable used with the balun can be cut, or customized, for your specific outdoor setting (see images below). Many baluns include an IR remote control extender – or repeater – to get IR commands from the video source hand-held remote control, through the balun system back to the video source. This allows smooth channel changes and control of your...

It’s an outdoor TV! A TV FOR outdoors.

Some people aren’t even aware it exists. Behold, the outdoor TV: Not just any ol’ indoor TV thrown outside. THAT would be dangerous. But a television designed, engineered and crafted for a permanent home in an outdoor living space – a patio, deck, outside kitchen, pool area. A TV designed to withstand rain, snow, heat, cold, salt air, insects, paint-balls and bears, and still keep its savvy look. A 4-star rating by Gadget Review, included as “Gear to Rule the Tailgate” by Maxim, featured as a “top gadget” on NBC’s Today Show, called “a fantastic add-on to your home entertainment ecosystem” by Home Theater magazine — SunBriteTV outdoor TVs have their fans and kudos. Well-known within the consumer-electronics industry, but little known to the casual consumer, SunBriteTV is now making its mark on home entertainment, home improvement and just plain fun-at-home activities for consumers who were previously unaware that they really CAN have a TV outside – and feel safe about it. Yes, Virginia, there really are TVs imagined, engineered and created for outdoors! Homeowners who venture outside with their inside TVs usually get a surprise if the climate or outdoor conditions change suddenly. Even a quick splash from the neighbors’ sprinkler is enough to zap sensitive indoor TVs. “Most all indoor TVs have slots on top for convection cooling,“ explains Larry Benson, SunBriteTV engineer. “As soon as you get water into it … in the electronics and LCD, it will fail … good night!” To counter indoor TVs’ obvious design challenges, SunBriteTV all-weather, rain-proof TVs are protected within a water-tight, sealed environment, complete with air-flow systems to keep...
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