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What Is An Outdoor Television IP Rating?

SealTV enclosures have an IP rating of IP65
SealTV enclosures have an IP rating of IP65 At SealTV we are proud of our outdoor television enclosure’s IP rating of IP65.  When it comes to protecting your standard indoor TV from the outdoor elements, we think the IP65 rating is the perfect blend of practicality and safety. When you are sealing your TV ready to mount it in an outdoor setting, like a patio, beer garden or by the pool, you want to be sure your TV is protected so that it looks great when you have a party or people over and still remains in top condition and ready for action when the game is on. Most people aren’t aware of what the IP rating is or what the digits represent. We thought we would break it down and share what an IP rating means and what level of protection you can expect when you protect your outdoor TV with a SealTV enclosure.

What is IP?

IP stands for Ingress Protection. It’s an international standard coding system to indicate the level of effectiveness an enclosure provides around electrical items. The code covers the level of protection against dirt, moisture, and tampering (that includes thrown objects, tools, fists). Unlike usual codes, the 65 isn’t one grade, it’s actually two grades. When we say, “We have an IP65 grade on our Seal TV enclosures,” that means our grading against intrusion is 6 and our grading against moisture is 5.

Intrusion Protection

The first number is about safety.  It covers two sides; how safe are people from the equipment and how safe is the equipment from people. It indicates how enclosed the casing is. An open casing can mean people can get hurt by putting fingers into fans or coming into contact with wires. It can also mean that foreign objects can damage the equipment, either unintentionally through knocks and bumps, or intentionally, through tampering or theft. The more closed a case is the safer people around it are and the safer the equipment is from foreign objects. If you have a business and you are using an outdoor TV in a public space you want to be sure for the safety of your patrons and the safety of your TV that it is fully enclosed.  
1 rating There is no protection, the case is open.  
2 rating There is no room for a hand or large object to get through  
3 rating Anything finger sized and larger cannot get through  
4 rating Any tool (including wires) that are 2.5 mm or thicker cannot get through
5 rating Protects against fine tools 1mm and bigger  
6 rating The casing is so tight that nothing can get through, not even dust  
7 rating (top rating) 100% dust tight  
  A Level 6 rating means that the equipment inside is protected from people and fully protected against any harmful dust.

Moisture Protection

The second digit is all about water. When moving your indoor TV outdoors, moisture is the quickest killer. The time of year and area you live in will make a difference to where the first moisture damage comes from, be it condensation, rain, or poolside splashes. No matter the culprit, your outdoor TV simply won’t survive any amount of H2O if it isn’t adequately protected. While dust will take time to eat into your equipment if unprotected, water will do instant, irreversible damage. The very first thing an outdoor TV enclosure needs to do when you take your TV to an outdoor setting is protect it from water. Ideally you will want all round water protection, however if your TV is housed under a roof, like a patio or a veranda, a level 2 rating might be enough. We feel that there is also the chance of unexpected water from a storm, sprinkler or window washer that should be factored for, which is why we insist on a level 5 rating for our SealTV enclosures to ensure that your TV is safe from water spray from any direction. That’s good news too if the game gets too intense and beer goes flying.  
1 rating There is no protection, the case is open.  
2 rating Protects from any condensation  
3 rating Safe from condensation and any water droplets that fall from directly vertical (e.g. rain)  
4 rating Safe from condensation and spay that falls from above no matter the angle (e.g sprinkler or wind driven rain)  
5 rating Protects from water spray and any water from any directions  
6 rating Is safe from low-pressure water jet spray from all direction  
7 rating Is protected from high-pressure water spray and waves from all directions  
8 rating   Can be submerged temporarily without damage
9 (top rating)   Can be submerged for long periods under pressure (for those who like to watch TV while diving.)
  So while you can’t use your indoor TV to watch your favourite show while deep sea diving you can do just about anything else with it as long as you enclose it in a IP65 Seal TV casing that will protect it from tampering, dust, theft, condensation and water spray. An IP65 protects in all climates as well. No matter if you are in the snowfields or the tropics, the casing will withstand extreme highs and extreme lows and keep out moisture in hot humid air as well as those places that can get a bit soggy with rain. Moving your indoor TV outdoors can have a really big impact. Be sure to make that impact about your entertainment and the wow factor for your guests, not the impact on the life and health of your TV. Seal your TV in and get it working for you where you need it most.

Safety First For Your Poolside Outdoor TV

An outdoor TV by the pool is perfect for summer!
Water and electricity just don’t mix. Knowing that though might not stop us from using our mobile in the spa, or laptop in the bathtub or having a TV by the pool. We are just so addicted to our entertainment and connection to the world. Unlike the inconvenience of dropping your phone down the toilet or iPad in the Jacuzzi, having a TV by the pool is a much greater risk. It’s not just your device that can shutdown, it could be your heart. Your TV is connected to a main power source. When battery devices (phones, laptop, iPad etc) get wet, they short out and shut off, immediately. That means if you are in the water with them, you damage your device, possibly even to the point of no recovery, but you will be fine. The charge from the battery is just not strong enough to leave the device and enter the water or cause any serious damage (assuming your lithium battery behaves well and doesn’t explode). Connected to a power supply, however, it’s a very different story. An outdoor TV by the pool is perfect for summer!

Outdoor Television Safety

Never use a plugged in item next to water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hairdryer, computer or phone. Even though, technically, a plugged in phone should be able to handle a dunk without injury, you never want to take a risk with live energy, it’s just not worth it. While high-end products like Apple design their chargers to cut out when they come in contact with water a cheap charger, faulty charger or one that’s been around a while just can’t offer that guarantee. Especially if we are talking about big devices that use high volts of electricity around big bodies of water (like a TV by a swimming pool, outdoor spa or swim up bar). If these two should meet then the water, being a pretty decent conductor of electricity, will turn your pool into an electric chair. This is not a great look for you, your family, or any guests you might be entertaining. It wouldn’t take much to topple in really, TVs are not really designed to sit on the ground or on pool tiles. Running kids, clumsy dog or a gust of wind, and your TV would be cactus and your lawyer would be very busy.

Outdoor Television Enclosures

That doesn’t mean you should never have a TV by your pool, you can, we would actually encourage it. A poolside TV is a great idea. It looks amazing, gives you a sense of being a millionaire and is a great way to entertain guests. Just be sure that the TV you use for outdoor areas is fully watertight and firmly anchored to a feature wall or bracket. It is essential to be safe if you want the party to last. Think that’s a difficult task? Not at all. You can secure your TV easily and cost-effectively with a SealTV enclosure. It can be any flat screen TV, it doesn’t matter what brand, style or quality. A SealTV ready-made waterproof, weatherproof case will look amazing and give you the safety you need to bring a little bling to your outdoor area. All you need to do is measure your TV (see our blog on how to select the best size and space) and purchase the correct size enclosure. Choose if you want speakers and amp included in your outdoor entertainment package. After that you lock it in and bolt it where it will stand out and be seen. That’s really all there is to ensure you have an outdoor television that looks great and functions efficiently and safely by water. Not only is it safer, it looks the real deal. Unlike perching a standard TV on the edge of something, like a wall, a seat or the lip of the pool, which looks tacky and out of place, an enclosed and mounted TV looks like something straight from Cribs or a glossy money magazine. Your outdoor TV might be used for watching sport, cartoons for the kids, keeping up with your favourite TV series while you exercise or dinner and movies with friends. Any way you screen it, you look the part and stay safe. If you’d like more information about how you create a fully waterproof, weatherproof, fireproof, vandal proof and theft proof TV for your outdoor space contact us today.

5 Things To Consider For An Outdoor TV

Enjoy your outdoor TV from the spa!
There is possibly no combination in the world more perfect than, outdoors, BBQ, sport and cold beer. It’s the perfect scenario to invite a few mates around and really enjoy yourself. Just the thought of it can get you inspired to get out the mower and get your yard ready for game day. This perfect set up can get crushed if the beer, BBQ and outdoors is on one side of the wall, and the TV, streaming the sport, is on the other, especially when you are the one stuck with the BBQ tongs turning steaks and snags. You can hear them all roaring at the screen, but your ‘friends’ have trouble remembering to keep you in the loop on the score! We have a way of keeping all the good stuff on the same side. No crossing over the threshold here. The answer is OUTDOOR TV. And when I say that, I don’t mean move your indoor TV to the patio table, that’s a disaster waiting to happen. First, you have the plug, which is going to be tripped over whenever there is a bathroom break. Also, TVs are heavy and thanks to flat screen technology, liable to topple over when the table is knocked (which is every scoring opportunity and every beer recharge). That outdoor setting is just not as sturdy as a wall mount or indoor entertainment unit. Nothing will ruin your entertainment faster than the TV smoking on the ground with sparks zapping out of it. Our recommendation is to get an outdoor TV securely installed, and not one of those custom TVs that cost a fortune and aren’t as good as a regular TV. I mean encasing a TV you really like in a weatherproof case so you can put it outside ready for action. It’s easier, simpler and cheaper than you think and takes your backyard experience to a whole new level. Here are five things to consider before introducing an outdoor TV to your backyard. 1. Location. Location. Location. This is the fun part. Planning where to set up your outdoor TV. Because this is a semi-permanent fixture, you need to take a few things into consideration before you go ahead. Firstly is light. While the Seal TV enclosure does cut down glare and will protect your TV from heat and sun, it is best to avoid having direct sunlight streaming onto the TV screen around your usual watching times. Colours, contrast and clarity will improve when the screen is not in direct sunlight. At the same time, you probably need to be careful about the direction. If you mount the TV on an Eastern facing building or wall, be careful that you are not exposing the people watching to a face-full of setting sun. Heat is also something you need to keep in mind if you want to mount your TV close to the BBQ or a fireplace. The Seal TV enclosure for your TV is fireproof, however you might want to think about elevating your TV a little more if heat is going to be an ongoing factor. With SealTV’s waterproof enclosures you don’t have to worry too much about splash problems from pools and pop-up sprinkler systems, however, you will need to make sure your TV isn’t going to get submerged or flooded. The final thing you need to keep in mind is height. Ideally you want the place the TV high enough to be seen from different areas of the yard and from different angles. Maybe beanbags, chairs and standing as well as from the BBQ, the lawn and the patio. Experiment with placement, especially height using a template to see if you can minimise blind spots and utilize as much of your yard as possible. This is good for when you have larger gatherings or when you are doing work around the garden. While your TV will be completely sealed and protected from the outdoors, you might want to consider the added protection of installing the TV in an enclosed area like a gazebo or pergola to give your TV a long and happy life. Saying that though, your Seal TV enclosure can be reused if you want to update or upgrade your TV over time. Outdoor TV bracket options 2. Installation method Now that you know where you want to install your TV and at what height, it’s time to decide how to mount it. The SealTV enclosures are theft proof as they are designed to fasten securely to a wall or corner with brackets. Ideally your chosen location already has an existing wall, fence or secure place to hold a TV. If you don’t have anything suitable already set up you can choose to install a pole or post. This is an easy and flexible option if you don’t want to go to the trouble of building a gazebo for your TV. You might want to consider a ceiling mount if you don’t have a lot of space but would like to entertain a large group of people. You will need to go with a ceiling pole bracket for this one. An outdoor TV can be mounted on a pol   3. What kind of TV A TV designed for outdoors is practical but expensive. Also the range is limited, as is the brand. A SealTV enclosure is a versatile, flexible and budget-friendly option. Using a SealTV enclosure you can choose any kind of flat screen TV in a range of sizes. You can choose to leave some room as well and get a bigger casing for some upgrade space later on. You also might like to have speakers installed in the case as well, so have a chat to our team or see the size guide on BLOG for more ideas. The best news is, if you already have a spare TV laying around or you are thinking about upgrading your lounge room TV, you can usually find a case to fit your existing box and move it outside knowing it’s safe and protected from the elements. Choose the brand you love, the screen size you want and get a SealTV enclosure to match. Outdoor TV location 4. Cables vs Wireless TV connection This is one of those where it comes to personal taste. What is most important to you when it comes to your outdoor TV? If it’s quality images and reliable connection you are best to go with an outdoor cable set up. If your Seal TV case is large enough you can also use it house any boxes or cables you might need. Also look at protecting any wires or connections with outdoor quality conduct or pipe. Cable casing isn’t great outdoors, it can crack and become brittle when exposed to sunlight and wet conditions (keeping in mind dew will sit heavily over any exposed cables). Consider piping or UV light protected cables. Also consider using a safe outlet, a Ground Fault Current Interrupting (GFCI) outlet is recommended If you want hassle-free installation and a clean look for your unit go for wireless if this is something your service provider had available, You can also look at installing apps that turn your phone into a remote control. The wireless option may require some extra patience from time to time when connections aren’t great. Enjoy your outdoor TV from the spa! 5. Sound options Depending on your TV sound quality, the distance between the TV and the BBQ, the size and space of your entertainment you might like to invest in some additional sound. While your TV might sound great inside, remember there is a lot more space for the sound to travel in the open, as well as more competing noise, like people in the pool, chatter and cheering. SealTV can supply powerful mini speakers that sit securely inside your TV weatherproof enclosure So get that mower out, tidy up the yard and message your mates. The game is on.

Mark’s 50 inch outdoor TV looks great

50 inch outdoor TV enclosure

Mark’s sent in some photos of his outdoor entertaining area with his new 50 inch enclosure protecting his TV.

Mark has sent in some photos of his TV and enclosure installed. Take a look.

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Juliet & Jordan’s 42″ TV Enclosure with Anti-Reflective Screen

Anti-Reflective screen compared to regular glass

Juliet’s photo shows the performance of our Anti-Reflective screen. The regular glass in the background is full of reflections, whereas the screen on the enclosure has defused the reflections so that they refracted and not reflected.

Juliet and Jordan are another of our happy customers. They replaced her Sunbrite TV with a SealTV Enclosure. Juliet shared some photos of her setup.

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