Anyone who has ever tried to pull out their TV at a party to watch the big game or an instant Street Fighter tournament will tell you it’s fruitless labor on a bright day. Turns out your fancy gaming TV isn’t bright enough to compete with the sun. Thankfully, if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one all weather outdoor tvWell, you can make one yourself fairly cheaply with some fairly easy-to-find parts.
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from matt DIY Perks Decided to build myself a crazy bright outdoor 4K TV for under $400 using a faulty 4K TV with bad backlight, a glass top from an old coffee table, a bunch of aluminum, and intensely bright LED panels. The rest of the build can be easily found online for cheap. So, if you have the patience and know-how to use UV reactive glue, you’ve got it.
If that wasn’t enough, the whole thing is watercooled using cheap plumbing bits and water pumps. The TV itself will have a built-in reservoir that will keep the temperature manageable even on the hottest of days. As you can see from the video, the final product is a hulking, bright as hell weatherproof TV that will let you play Rocket League on the lawn on a clear summer day or on the deck on a rainy Sunday.
The funny thing is, we don’t know how bright the new TV is because it was so bright, it blew up their equipment, but the expected estimate was around 2000 nits. For reference, the latest phones usually have a peak brightness of 1000 nits for outdoor screen viewing.
If you went with the more expensive LED (or brighter) panels and heat sinks the cost of the project could range from $250-350. Most of the parts were from recycled materials or broken electronics. Of course, if you want to go more fancier, you can order custom glass to match the exact size of the screen. That way you don’t have the thick black border you see on TV in the video, but again adding to the overall cost. Until then, instead of throwing away old and damaged electronics, you can always find a use for them.