On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened for business. Eager moviegoers gathered around the large outdoor screen in Camden, New Jersey, thanks to its founder, Richard Hollingshead. It seems like the outdoor cinema experience hasn’t gone out of style since. There’s nothing quite like watching a movie with friends in the open, fresh air. Luckily, you don’t have to go to a drive-in movie theater or deal with the hassle of setting up a projector each time you want to unwind with your favorite movie in your backyard. By learning how to protect a TV outside with an enclosure and a lock, you can enjoy outdoor entertainment on a whim.

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How to Protect a TV Outside

Purchase an Enclosure

Enclosures aren’t just for keeping electronics safe in warehouse settings. With an enclosure, your TV will be protected from moisture, humidity, dust, and even neighborhood critters. If you want to place your TV close to the pool for those lazy summer afternoons, no problem! Work with a company like DustShield that can customize your enclosure with a water-resistant splash guard upgrade. DustShield’s LCD TV display enclosure comes with an advanced filter system (pollen doesn’t stand a chance) and unbreakable, clear polycarbonate windows (for those stray baseballs and basketballs). It has an extra-sturdy, aluminum-reinforced construction that will last for years to come.

Regulate the Temperature

Just like any other type of electronic, TVs are susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures. During the warmer months, always store your TV in the shade. Using it for even a few minutes in the bright sunlight can cause it to overheat and create internal damage. During winter, consider storing your TV inside where it is warm. However, if you want to keep it outside during the winter or store it in your shed, purchase an enclosure heating upgrade and a digital temperature display.

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Use a Lock

Just like you would with any valuable item, make sure your TV is locked up. If you have a shed you can lock, consider placing your TV and its enclosure on a moveable cart with wheels, so you can easily place your TV in the shed when not in use. However, you can also chain your TV enclosure to a pole or wall, and add a security upgrade to the enclosure’s door.


Now that you know how to protect a TV outside, you might want to check out our LCD TV display enclosure. With the right equipment, you’ll soon be able to lounge outside and watch the big game or gather together some friends for an outdoor movie night. At DustShield, we have an extensive line of enclosures designed to protect LCD TVs and monitors, tower and desktop CPUs, and printers, whether you need indoor or outdoor storage. Heavy-duty and delivered completely assembled, our enclosures suit a variety of applications. We even design and fabricate custom enclosures to meet our customers’ unique requirements. To learn more, please contact us toll-free at 800-587-9557 or contact us online.

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