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Sun, Sound and Spacing: Where to Put your Outdoor TV


Picture of the sun, partially covered by cloud. On the cloud it reads “partial sun

Note: This post is part of a series of posts on outdoor TV installation. click here to see the entire guide.

People ask us where is the best place to put a TV? We say, outside, of course. But where exactly outside? Optimal placement of your outdoor TV will be similar to that of an indoor TV with a few key differences.

Consider the Type of Sunlight Your TV Will Receive

Perhaps the biggest difference in placing an outdoor TV, compared to placing an indoor TV, is the presence of sunlight. Outdoor spaces can be divided into three types of areas, in terms of exposure to the sun: full shade, partial sun, full sun. As the names suggest, full shade means an area is covered and only receives ambient light. Partial sun means an area receives a lot of indirect sunlight and fewer than six hours of direct sunlight per day. Full sun means that direct sunlight falls on the screen of the TV for more than six hours per day. Typically, outdoor TVs are set up in a partial-sun area since that is the most comfortable for viewing. In addition, people watching that TV want some shade from the sun but still want a lot of natural light and the benefit of fresh air in their outdoor living space. Apollo enclosures come standard with anti-reflective technology that reduces the glare from indirect sunlight. However, some outdoor TVs are placed in areas with a lot of direct sunlight. Apollo enclosures also offers an upgrade for units that will be in direct sunlight. Look for the DS at the end of the Elite line of models.

For more information on the different between partial and full sun, click here

For digital signage and high bright displays in direct sun, see the PRO line of enclosures here

Picture of the sun with the caption “full sun”

Consider The Distance You Will Be Sitting from Your TV and Which Speakers to Use

With the right screen protection, you will not have to worry about glare spoiling your viewing experience. Another consideration for your outdoor TV placement is sound and sound quality. Apollo enclosures come with speaker grilles to maximize audio from back and down firing speakers all while protecting your TV from external threats like dust and insects, which may otherwise come into your speakers if not protected by an enclosure. If you opt for a very large TV which can be viewed from a distance, then you may want to equip your outdoor space with external speakers.  When you use an Apollo enclosure for your outdoor TV viewing, you choose the TV and that will give you a range of options in selecting a TV that will work best with your outdoor speaker system or simply just allow the speaker grilles in the enclosure to maximize the audio from your TV speakers.

Now that you have made sure that you will have optimal sound and picture quality, the final consideration for placement of your outdoor TV is to make sure that you and your guests are comfortable viewing the TV. Lastly, Modern TV technology is much easier on the eye than TVs from back in the day and as long as you and your guests are comfortable, any distance from the TV will be just fine.

To optimize your outdoor TV experience, you will want flexibility in terms of TV features, compatibility with external devices, and size of the TV. Apollo enclosures are available in seven sizes from 43” to 98” and that definitely gives you flexibility.

Further Reading:

For information on mounting your TV, click here.

For information on outdoor TV safety and security, click here.

For information about reducing outdoor TV costs, click here.

For information about Partial and Full Sun Installations, click here.

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