In our last blog post we started giving you our words of wisdom for installing your very own outdoor entertainment set. Without further ado, here is part two to the outside television extravaganza guide:
It’s all about location
You’ve got everything to consider from lighting to weather conditions when picking the optimum viewing location. It may not be possible, but we’d recommend somewhere that’s most protected from the fierce elements and where direct sunlight won’t disrupt your experience. However, if your television is going to reside poolside for instance, and will therefore receive direct sunlight then you’ll need to make sure the display is direct-sunlight-readable with a bright, high-temperature panel. If you can’t be flexible with location, not to worry! Outdoor televisions are tough beasts; they’ll manage.
It’s the most commonly given, most commonly ignored rule. However, when it comes to setting up your outdoor television system you need to conduct some kind of plan in order to deal with factors such as unpredictable weather conditions.
Have you got the power?
The last thing anyone wants to do is run new wiring through walls that have already been sealed. Around the time you’re thinking about cables, you also need to make sure you have the electrical power supply you require at the designated installation spot. If not then it’s not the end of the world and these things can be installed, but the costs will need to be factored in at the ‘planning’ stage in order to avoid nasty surprises.
You may be deciding to use a cable box, satellite box, an indoor source, a combination of the above or something completely different altogether. Whatever your desired set-up may be, you need to think about how your users are going to control your system and put the required sources in place. Can you get away with controlling your TV through one remote or will you need several?
You can binge-watch outside
There are numerous ways to transmit content to an outdoor television. Splitting a cable or a satellite box for instance will enable you to view the same content both indoors and outdoors. However, you’ll have to ensure the correct wiring is in place. If this isn’t right for you then have no fear, an existing Wi-Fi network with a strong signal could be ideal! Alternatively, element-proof point-to-point wireless transceiver systems are a fantastic option and easy to control as well with a basic HDMI-in, HDMI-out wireless connection. However you plan on taking your television experience outdoors, ensure that all the equipment you use is suitable and weatherproof.
Plan for mistakes
Installation processes such as this take time. Outdoor installations especially always have the unpredictability factor. So to avoid putting a dampener on that ultimate TV BBQ party because you couldn’t get the system to function that morning, plan ahead for some going wrong time. With the help of our team here at A Clearer Picture, we’ll run through the installation process with you so you can enjoy some outdoor TV on a sunny afternoon in no time at all.