Protecting the hardware is just as important as ensuring the clarity of the picture. This can be achieved by using anti-reflective glass. Sunlight not only damages the hardware over time, but damages the LCD crystals, causing them to liquefy and therefore they cease functioning, and starts by turning patches of the screen black until the whole screen is affected causing irreversible damage. Technically, this is known as ‘solar clearing’.
Regardless of the temperature, this problem can happen anywhere. Screens in New York are as susceptible as those in Florida. This shows that even if the temperature is not particularly high, the sunlight can still be enough of a factor to cause solar clearing and affect the visibility of the screen.
It is essential to use products that reflect a high percentage of the sunlight. It is also an important factor, to consider cost savings as reducing the percentage of sunlight dramatically reduces the cooling and power usage required inside the kiosk. Weather conditions can seriously affect the performance of the viewing screen, particularly extreme hot or cold weather. These digital signs can work perfectly well outdoors, however with the simple introduction of a heater and/or cooler on a thermostat regulator, most adverse weather conditions can be overcome, and not limit the performance of the LCD display.
Time is another factor which affects the LCD display – over time the brightness of the screen will depreciate, likening it to the depreciation of buying a new car – over time the performance of the engine decreases, but can be prolonged due to good maintenance. Protecting you LCD display screen by putting it in a position avoiding sunlight will prolong its life and make the most of your investment.
Alternatively, we manufacture an LCD monitor enclosure that has an anti reflective viewing window that also provides UV protection for the LCD screens inside.
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