So I have a Hot tub and I also have a 18" flat panel monitor I would love
too hookup above the tub. I am wondering if there is a way to "waterproof"
the monitor so I can mount it above the tub? I live in Santa Barbara, CA
where the weather is normally very sunny and in addition I am currently
building a gazebo to go around\over the tub.. Could I have a plexiglass box
built with some sort of grometted hole for the wires to run out or is that
Doesn't your shower have a light?
Most pools have lights.
I would think it could be done safely if completely thought out.
I would think an inspector would allow a SOLID wall, with a plexiglass panel
with the panel screen securely set into it from the back.
Make it so NO controls are accessible from in the tub, or even reaching
around the back of the wall from the tub (like you would have to have 5
Outside, must be GFI anyway, if designed for touch protection, and so unit
must (if ever) fall away from the water, what's the differrence from that
and a porch light?
I thought this could be doable as well. I would have the plexi box
professionally created.. There is a guy in town who does wonders.. My only
concern would be "fogging" from the heat? I just got back from snowboarding
and was rubbing my goggles off 1/2 the time.. Would the heat cause
condensation to build up inside the plexi box even if it was sealed??
You would have to add an air dryer, think of those little packets that
say "do not eat" in your tech toys, but bigger.
Now find one that has a quarter to half pound of the packets inside,
which can be re-charged by placing it in the oven at 220f for 8-12
hours. These are commonly used by mechanics and machinists for drying
Put one of these inside your sealed box, swap out when it fogs up. You
will need to have some way for heat to escape, and for the air
pressure to equalize.
But that should keep a mostly sealed box from fogging up.
It is probably doable but probably not as easy as you might think. Yes, a
sealed plastic box would do the job -- think about an underwater camera
housing and you get the idea. BUT, and this is a really big but, your flat
panel monitor is not a passive device and generates heat from the internal
light source and circuitry -- place it in a sealed box and it would likely
suffer complete failure pretty quickly. So the problem becomes one of
keeping water away from where it would do damage and simultaneously allowing
sufficient air circulation to allow proper cooling. I suspect that it could
be done without much trouble but without knowing all the particulars (and
having a sacrificial monitor to kill in the course of testing) I wouldn't
want to venture any "easy" solutions beyond suggesting that a small fan
might be needed to help in the cooling.
Good call on the fan... That would be a must.. The question is would a
sealed plexiglass box with some sort of special fan do the trick?
I have a vision gentleman; Sunday's in the hot tub watching football and
A low voltage (ie 12vdc) unit, think mobile home, rv or boat
applications, would remove most of the safety problems with 120 v
electrical around water. The power supply can be located away from the
On Fri, 13 Feb 2004 17:14:32 GMT, "Ted Appleberry"
Thermospas sells hot tubs with entertainment systems built in, so it's
at least possible to do. It's possible that they, or another company
sell a complete (and U.L. approved?) setup with all the problems
already worked out.
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