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LCD Enclosures for Digital Signage and Backyard Protection

LCD enclosures – the summer saver!

When is a backyard not just a backyard…when it’s a home cinema, and in order for this to be the ultimate home cinema experience, an LCD enclosure for digital signage and backyard protection is paramount. Whether you are watching a ball game, movie or concert, creating the right atmosphere with lighting, sound and a fabulous screen will be the envy of your neighbors. But this in turn may cause a problem – namely one of theft and mindless damage due to selfish resentfulness.

LCD enclosures protecting your hardware AND cash!

Why should your hard earned dollar be destroyed by a vandal? Really the answer to protect your property is to encase the outdoor screen with an LCD enclosure. This is also the case for any other application of electronic display screens; only a secure LCD enclosure is adequate enough to withstand a hammer attack, tree branch falling and even a hurricane!

LCD enclosures suit many applications, not just for backyard protection, let’s study some more examples of where they can be found…

  • Shopping malls – indoors and out of doors
  • Large public events – music concerts, sporting venues
  • Religious worship – outside congregational information
  • Car dealerships – promotional advertising
  • Fuel forecourts – advertisements for both in-store and local businesses
  • Theater and cinema entertainment – self serve and ticket collection
  • A transit hub – even a ferry terminal, as it is prone to both sea water and rain
  • And so many, many more…

One of the most common places, many of us will find an electronic display screen, encased in an LCD enclosure will be in a shopping mall. From entering the car park, through to individual stores offering discounts via a touch screen, all the screens will be (or certainly should be!) protected by an LCD enclosure. LCD enclosures come in different sizes and take screens from 36” – measure the screen on the diagonal -up to75”, and there are options for bespoke or custom housing units from www.lcdtvenclosure.com

LCD enclosures

The main reasons for protecting screens with secure LCD enclosures, are;
a) to secure the hardware – from theft and damage
b) to protect the public – from interfering with the screen, cables or using a broken shard of glass from the screen as a weapon
c) to shield the electronic screen from weather damage – we all know water and electrics don’t mix!

But, let’s return to the back yard. It is a restful place – a haven for escapism. Maybe you enjoy watching TV in the hot tub, which you plan on using all year round. It certainly needs enclosing and protecting from condensation generated by the hot water, then there is the rain. Even if you live in a relatively dry state, there will be times of stormy wet weather. And naturally, there is the heat buildup; from both the hardware and the outside temperature, particularly in the summer months and the southern states.

So, as you plan for your outdoor sanctuary; beer in the cooler and TV primed (protected in LCD enclosures, of course), the only thing left to say… is ‘enjoy’!

An AV installers Friend

What is classed as an AV installers friend?

This can be anything that makes the job easier, as most audio visual engineers (AV installers)  have so much to deal with on an installation.

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Installers infographic

These protective housings allow AV installers to deploy their hardware in almost any situation, no matter how risky and sometimes locations have been dismissed due to the vulnerability of the location.

Now flat panel displays can be installed outdoors in high footfall areas in an flat panel enclosure and also projectors can now be added to their outdoor arsenal of solutions with the use of projector enclosures.

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Digital projector sales set to soar

Digital Projectors and 4K!

With many digital projectors on the market and the introduction of 4K projectors, every manufacture including Sony and Christie are bringing out a high end solution. With over 195,000 digital projectors sold alone in India in 2013, the market it set to burst!

More and more businesses are waking up to the realization that they can use digital projectors outdoors to project their dynamic advertisements on their building, providing a a unique marketing concept.

Initially, Christie entered into the outdoor, commercial cinema area with their 4K projector; these are the beasts of projectors, with a price tag to match. The Christie Digital 129-004105-02 D4K35 3-chip DLP 4K Projector is priced at $114,750 and there are more expensive projectors from the same stable!

Is it too early to invest in 4K digital projectors?

digital projectors

When HD flat screen displays came out, they trended well, with people ordering them as soon as they had been released. The fact was, we had never seen an image as good as on HD, until now! 4k is more than twice the amount of pixels both horizontal and vertical pixels than a 1080P digital projector.

Well, the honest answer is yes! Let 4K develop and this will lower the prices for the other digital projectors, so manufacturers can sell the stock and then push the new line. This will in turn, allow most people who like to kick back with friends over a beer and watch outdoor TV, to install a good quality, high lumen projector in their backyard.

Taking the home cinema outdoors is the new thing to be doing. We saw flat panel displays installed in 2009 in backyards, now it is time for digital projectors

Potential problem.

One thing is for certain, if a projector is being deployed outside, some type of protection is required, to ensure the bulb lasts longer than it should, with 4K replacement bulbs costing as much as $1600. So you do not want to be replacing them every week.

We spoke to ProEnc (http://proencltd.com) who have been manufacturing outside projector enclosures and they have seen a large rise in orders, for their protective housing from countries such as Russia, Australia, Romania and America. Their outdoor, environmental projector enclosure allows anyone to put a projector out and leave it out all year, in all weathers. The unit has a special heating and cooling system that safeguards the bulb from prematurely failing, due to one of the following: the heat, cold or moisture.

They put this new rise in demand down to the market getting ready to launch the 4K solutions. Now is a time to grab yourself a bargain and get more affordable digital projectors.

Outdoor Entertaining In Your Own Backyard

WFO – Outdoor Entertaining

It has come that time of year again, to look at how we can spend more time outdoors, it might be building an outdoor wood fired oven, or just to create an outdoor entertainment area, let us look at what’s available.

wfo outdoor entertaining

Wood fired oven.

Ideal for impromptu outdoor entertaining family and friends, but most importantly it is a good way in which to share food and is extremely social. These are ideal for cooking anything from pizzas to steak! So let us look at the build.

Building a wood fired oven.

You must start off with a solid foundation, usually 6” deep and reinforced with steel mesh, ensuring it is level. So tamp it down with a wooden plank, then you need to decide upon the height of the opening of the outdoor oven, this dictates how how you need to build the supporting wall. Once the wall is build you have to put some steels in to support the oven floor, on top of the steels (these can be 4” x 2” hollow section put 1/2” thick marine plywood on top creating a pool effect, then fill this area with cement and put some reinforced steel in. Then start building your oven, an awesome resource is (http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/) Forno Bravo – we use this website for awesome tips and inspiration. There is nothing nicer than outdoor entertaining and sharing food with people you care for.

Firing the wood fired oven.

Over years of practice, we found that if you create a U shape with 3 logs on the base with the gap opening to the front of the oven, then put some newspaper in the opening. On top of the paper place some kindling (I find thin slivers of wood best, then on top of this place some thin twigs, then gradually get thicker up to 2” in diameter. Then all you need to so is light the newspaper and the rest just lights. Once the fire starts put thicker logs up to 10” in front of the fire to dry out, then when the fire is almost out, add them and the fire starts again.

Cooking temperatures for different food.

Pizza needs a fierce high temperature, but the diversity of the wood fired oven allows you to cook almost anything in there at low temperatures or as the temperature is falling. Ideal for cooking brisket or pulled pork. We have had our wood fired oven up to 999F (that is as high as our infra red thermometer goes to, cooked pizza and then let it lover to around 140F and put the oven door too, prepare the pulled pork, lamb tagine or brisket and put it in the oven so cook long and slow in the residual temperature of the wood fired oven.

What next for outdoor entertaining?

So the wood fired oven was complete, but we needed an area for family and friends to enjoy the food outdoors and the outdoor entertaining area, so we started building a seating area for them, but one thing was missing – how do we entertain them whilst they are waiting for their food? Two options came to mind, show a video but we would need a projector or to use a TV, the problem was in our area it rains a lot unfortunately, so any hardware like this would be ruined in the first rain shower.

End result.

The result was that our outdoor, backyard entertainment area is used every weekend, and when anyone wants a party, they know to call us and we will host it. One thing is for sure, installing the wood fired oven was the best thing we did and our family and friends love our outdoor entertaining experience.