Installing video in a bathroom

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  • Chris D
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Dec 2000
    • 16877

    Installing video in a bathroom

    I've been wanting to install a small television in the master bathroom that could be viewed from the tub or while someone is getting ready at the sink. I just bought a small 13" LCD flatscreen TV from Sharp to accomplish this, but don't want to rush into anything stupid before I install it. I'm concerned about the TV in a humid environment. My thoughts:

    1. I could build the screen into the wall or a soffit, protecting it from humidity and water splash to the max extent possible.

    2. The more distance I can get from a sink or tub, the better for actual water splash contact.

    3. How about moisture from humidity, though? Even with leaving the door open and running the exhaust fan while taking a shower (and not watching TV, obviously) is humidity just going to be too much?

    What do you guys think? If I accept an increased wear on the TV due to the location, is this do-able? Or is the whole idea just too much?




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  • Burke Strickland
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    • Sep 2001
    • 3161

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    You might want to check with the manufacturer and ask them directly if use of the device in a high humidity environment is safe, from both an electrical and a device longevity standpoint, and if it would affect the warranty in any way.

    1) having it protected in a moisture-proof enclosure may keep it dry, but another layer of glass or plastic will degrade the expensive video image especially if it mists over.

    2) If you do end up putting it in the bathroom, of course, you will want to make sure it won't fall in the tub or get splashed from the sink.

    3) Opening the door significantly reduces the "fog level" but it is effective only if everyone who ever uses the bathroom leaves the door open. If a guest takes a shower with the door closed, there goes your "moisture control".

    Good luck!

    Burke

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