LCD Factors That Can Improve Sunlight Readability

For the most part, people enjoy basking in the sunlight during the summer months, but for people who work outdoors the majority of the time and have to operate electronics and heavy machinery, excessive sunlight can have truly negative impacts on their working conditions and the quality of their work. If you do a lot of outdoor physical labour with computerized equipment, it can get hot and sticky very fast, not to mention the fact that inadequate sunlight-readability features on some older LED display models can make your job a lot harder for a variety of reasons.

Technical Solutions to Remedy Inadequate Sunlight Readability

Technological advancements are constantly underway to fix glitches, technical issues, and common problems that are faced by people in different industrial sectors who use outdoor LCD displays on a regular basis. Here are a few technological solutions to the glaring lack of sunlight-readable mobile and LCD displays.

Optical Bonding

The purpose of optical bonding is ultimately to protect the outer layer of the LCD display from inevitable damage caused by water, dirt, dust, debris, and especially the sun. It involves a process of laminating the surface layer of glass on the touchscreen so that it melds with the LCD elements inside the display. Then, a type of bonding agent such as urethane or silicone is placed between the glass and the LCD layer to fill the gap in the middle and prevent potentially harmful exterior elements from penetrating the surface. Aside from protecting the inner mechanisms of the display, another advantage of this optical bonding is that it creates greater visual clarity and usability for the user by reducing the amount of shadowing, reflections, and glares caused by the sun.

UV Protection Film

UV protection film is a critical feature for machinery that’ll inevitably be exposed to strong sunlight for prolonged periods of time throughout the day. Just like your skin requires protection from harmful UV rays, so do the sunlight-readable LCD displays you use for work everyday. Due to the high concentration of infrared light and backlighting that’s used to create clear colour contrasts and image displays, excessive exposure to direct sunlight can cause your devices to overheat, which can lead to safety hazards. UV protection film is an effective solution to this problem.

LED High Brightness

An easy solution to improving sunlight-readability in very bright outdoor areas is to increase the brightness level on your screen to its maximum setting. This will help offset the reflective affects of the rays from the sun. Unfortunately, it’ll also decrease your battery life very quickly.

Overheat Issue: Ventilation and Structural Design

When a device overheats, the solid LCD crystals melt into a liquid form and this causes the screens to go black and become virtually unusable until the crystals are cooled down and hardened again. Hence, outdoor devices require a properly designed ventilation structure to constantly keep the LCD crystals cool even in the hottest climates.

Anti-Reflection Surface Treatment

Nowadays, touchscreen devices have evolved so that they can easily transition from indoor to outdoor use without detrimentally affecting screen usage and visibility. This is all thanks to the addition of an anti-reflective surface treatment that’s meant to deflect the rays of the sun from causing shadows and glares on the screen.

Nauticomp Inc. is one of the manufacturers of expertly designed high-quality outdoor and indoor LCD displays. We create completely customizable touchscreen monitors that are equipped with lighter display designs than other similar products on the market. Our designs feature extensive sunlight-readability, infrared lighting, optically bonded glass, dim-to-red capabilities and more. To learn more about our products and our companies, please contact us.