Flat screen TVs are today one of the most popular home entertainment devices. Along with saving space, LCD TVs also add to the atmosphere of a room and offer better picture quality.
Installing a LCD TV however is a demanding task, one that would require about 1-2 persons. Assistance would be required while mounting the LCD TV on the wall, carrying out drilling work and attaching the various cables and wires in their proper places.
Is your LCD TV ready for wall mounting?
The first step in this process would be to ensure that your flat screen TV is of the ready to mount variety. This is necessary as current mounts and wall brackets are designed for the latest LCD TV models and an older one may not fit in. Wall mount LCD Televisions come with threaded screw inserts at the corners and sides of the Television. You can also check the owner’s manual for VESA Compatibility (Video Electronics Standards Association).
The LCD TV wall mount should be selected according to the size of the LCD TV. You can also go for a mount with an adjustable tilt option which will allow you to watch the TV while reclining.
Choose the location with care
Choose the place where you want to mount the LCD TV on the wall. This would ensure that you save time during the LCD TV installation. Install the TV in a spot which is easy to view from any place in the room. The flat screen TV should ideally be installed in a room facing away from windows for good picture clarity. Leave about twice the screen width space if possible on both sides. Also the distance between the viewer and the screen should be at least twice the screen size for optimum viewing.
Select a spot where people do not have to pass through frequently and where the TV is safe from being bumped into. Safety screws help in keeping the TV screen secure in the brackets to avoid any mishaps.
Interior is always better than exterior
Also it is always a good idea to mount the LCD TV on an interior wall rather than an exterior wall as exterior walls have in-built braces or fire blocks and insulation. This causes difficulties if you need to do some drilling to put up the wall mount or run the TV cables through the wall.
You can make use of the wall studs in drywall’s to affix the TV wall mount and power sockets. This is especially recommended in case of heavier TV sets as the studs can better withstand the weight of the TV. You may need to use a stud finder to locate the studs in your walls before commencing the installation.
Your LCD TV including all devices like cable box, DVD player and Video game player will need more power. Hence it is recommended to get a power outlet installed separately for your TV with a surge protector to manage fluctuations.
Space should be left between the TV and the power outlet as well as the wall more so if you are planning to install the flat screen TV above the fireplace. The temperature around the TV set should not exceed 32 degree centigrade beyond which the set might overheat and malfunction.
Finally attach the cables and wires in the appropriate places, calibrate the picture quality and you are good to enjoy the superior display of your Flat screen TV.