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Taking Your LED Television Outside

LED (light-emitting diode) televisions feature very customizable backlighting and local dimming capabilities. Local dimming means that the lights located at the side or behind the LED screen itself can be individually adjusted to allow for even greater contrast and deeper dark tonesĀ LED Display

Through engineering feats, the thinnest LED televisions today feature edge-lighting technology. Instead of having a traditional backlight, as many early-era LCDs had, modern LEDs house the lighting around all four sides of the set to allow for an even thinner construction without sacrificing the most realistic contrast available thanks to LED features like local dimming.

Taking an LED Television Outside

If you’re thinking about using your LED television outdoors or in an environment with a moderate amount of glare, you might want to consider factors like the thickness of the LED’s glass panel and how the ambient glare could affect the viewing angle.

If your LED has a thick and well-made glass panel then you may have fewer issues with a compromised viewing angle or glare down the road. Some hardware upgrades can be made to reduce glare on your LED television, but these technologies mainly do so at the cost of worsening the viewing angle and even the picture depth.

LED televisions really run the gamut in terms of issues people encounter with viewing angle. Some users report a sharp decline in both contrast and deep black tones that LEDs are renowned for when the viewing angle is a mere twenty degrees or more off-center. This might be something to consider if you’re going to place your LED outdoors and presumably have viewers glancing at the LED screen from a greater variety of angles.

Price and Size of LED Televisions

LED televisions usually start at around 32 inches and span up to 72 inches in width. Although an LCD television with an LED backlight will cost considerably less if the LED is edge-lit and therefore thinner. This is ironic because most buyers associate thinness with higher cost. The truth is that when the LED television is truly backlit, rather than edge-lit, there’s more customizability with respect to local dimming, dark tones and high contrast.

All-Weather LED Enclosure

You could creatively tinker with local dimming and contrast to counteract any glare you experience by placing your LED television outdoors. Issues like humidity and cold may still be a problem, however, unless you install an all-weather LED enclosure around your television to protect it from the elements.

All-weather LED enclosures normally come in a variety of styles. A low-profile fixed mount probably lends the classiest look to your new LED, but this means that you will have to keep your LED in one place. If you’re looking to install an LED outside near a pool, BBQ area or porch, then a low-profile fixed mount might be the best option.

 

There are also mobile cart stands for LED televisions that shield your set from the elements while allowing you to wheel out your LED for outdoor get-togethers or family reunions. A protective case and outdoor stand is a great way to increase the versatility of your LED set without breaking the bank a second time. As you probably already know, LED televisions tend to cost slightly more than regular LCD or plasma televisions.

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