5 Tips for Choosing the Right Outdoor TV for Your Patio or Deck

June 16, 2020
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The arrival of summer immediately brings with it the potential for fun barbecue days and movie nights spent with family and close friends. Or, on a sunny weekend when you want to catch up on your favorite show, but the weather is just too good to stay inside – don’t! Take the entertainment outside with an outdoor TV for your deck or patio so you can grill, entertain, and keep your eyes on the screen all at once. Before you start shopping, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Get an Outdoor-Specific Device

Setting up a TV on your patio or deck is not as simple as moving the old living room TV outside. Investing in an outdoor-specific television will not only help you avoid potential safety hazards, but you’ll get much better and longer use out of it. Outdoor devices like Sunbrite TVs can offer higher brightness, glare reduction, and sharper images to combat the blazing sun. Plus, they are specifically designed to hold up against rain, snow, dust, humidity, and extreme temperatures so it’s standing strong year-round.

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Choose the Ideal Size

“What size TV should I get?” is an age-old question many homeowners face. While it’s tempting to assume that bigger is better, the real answer depends on a few variables. Consider where you will be mounting your TV, what the seating area around it will be like, and what kind of content you’re likely to be watching on it. Once you have your viewing area mapped out, you can make an informed decision based on the distance between the mounting area and seating. Check out this article for a helpful guide to choosing the best size.

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Find the Sweet Spot

Speaking of mounting areas, let’s talk location. There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding where you’ll be putting your outdoor TV. Think about where the sun’s position will be throughout the day, and how exposed your TV will be to it. This will have an impact on how bright and glare-resistant your screen will need to be. Will your TV be mounted in a high-activity area? If it’s likely to get in the way of a backyard home run or touchdown, you might want to consider a protective tempered glass shield. Lastly, how much space for seating will you have? Remember, your TV might be where your friends and family gather around for nail-biting sports moments and relaxing dinner parties. Make sure there’s enough space for everyone to have a great view.

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Perfect Your Sound

Controlling sound outside comes with its challenges. Your outdoor TV will likely require much more audio power than your indoor television, as it will be competing with neighborhood noises and outdoor elements in a less-contained environment. Rather than cranking up your speakers and risk blowing them or suffering through crackling, low-quality sound, invest in a few more strategically placed outdoor-speakers for comfortable, clear sound.

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Let the Pros Handle It

Setting up your outdoor TV and audio can be intimidating and sometimes, it’s best to let the professionals handle it for you. Our team can help you design your ideal outdoor entertainment area and safely install the best devices to suit your needs.

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Reach out to us at 678-566-2640 or sales@phoenixsystems.tv and a Phoenix Rep will be happy to discuss your needs and options!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.