Note: This post is part of a series of posts on outdoor TV installation. click here to see the entire guide.


When installing a TV outside, we recommend that your TV be installed in a location that is best suited for your viewing comfort. Once you make that selection, it will be important to evaluate how much shade and/or how much sun will fall on the front of the TV. Let’s compare partial sun and full sun.


Partial sun or indirect sun TV installations are defined as:

– Any areas of comfortable viewing; such as shade from trees, pergolas, umbrellas or overhangs.
– High ambient light void of any direct exposure of the sun on the TV screen.
– Areas of shorter periods of sunlight on the TV screen (1 hour or less) sheltered from long periods of direct sun hitting the TV screen.


Indirect Sun Installation

Indirect sun installation with overhead cover.


Full Sun or Direct Sun installations are defined as:

– Placement where the TV screen can get more than 6 hours of direct sun from morning or
afternoon exposure.
– Any installation where the direct sun hits the front of the TV.
– Installation where there is no overhead coverage of the TV.


Outdoor TV installation in direct sun.

Direct sun installation near firepit.


Why does it matter?

For entertainment and enjoyment installations, TVs placed in partial sun have a crisper, brighter
picture image and are most comfortable to view over longer periods of time. Moreover,
there is no risk of isotropic behavior (black spots) when TV’s are out of the direct rays of the sun. There is no risk of damage to the TV from overheating.

In full or direct sun, Apollo’s DS “direct sun” line builds in more protection for the TV with IR film
to shield the TV from harmful UV and IR rays and additional airflow in the front cover to stream
air in between the glass and the TV further protects it from overheating.


Selecting the right TV to optimize brightness and picture quality

In either case, it is important to source a TV with the best HDR peak brightness to deliver a good picture image in the presence of high ambient light or direct sun on the TV screen. Digital
signage displays are the best technology for the brightest images, but these are mostly used in
commercial applications for easy reading of signage and information. For consumer backyards
or commercial restaurant patios, check the make, model specifications with budget you have in
mind and select a model that will best fit your needs in the installation location. A great source of
information for the brightest TVs on the market can be found here. You should be able to find HDR Peak brightness ratings for most models on the market today.



The right installation location, enclosure type, and TV model all contribute to your outdoor TV experience. Knowing the difference between partial and full sun, will help you achieve the ideal outdoor TV installation and the optimum protection of your TV.


Further Reading:

For information on placing your TV, click here.

For information on mounting your TV, click here.

For information on outdoor TV safety and security, click here.

For information about reducing outdoor TV costs, click here.