Archive for June, 2012

6 Factors to Consider Before Mounting Your TV on the Wall

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Wall mount TV installationThese days, all TVs come with a stand that can be easily detached to allow for wall mount installation.

Why wall is a good place to mount a flat screen?

There can be several reasons, but the main one has to do with your living space. Having TV on the wall makes the room more spacious eliminating the need for a table, stand or a bulky armoire. This approach also gives you more flexibility when it comes to how high up and where exactly you want your TV. But before you grab the drill (or call your local Baltimore TV wall mount specialist), make sure you pick the perfect location for your TV. To do that determine each of the following:

Distance

We are talking about the distance between you and TV. To determine the distance, take into account the size of your flat-screen TV and the size of the room. The bigger the TV – the further away you should move the seating. However, most of us prefer for the couch to be against the wall, and since your TV will be mounted on the opposite wall, rearranging the furniture will be problematic after you’re finished with the installation. Think the entire layout through and consult with a professional if necessary.

Wall Studs

Examine the wall with a stud finder to locate the studs. Mark their positions and determine which ones you will use to support your TV. Because studs can be oddly spaced out, people don’t always end up with the perfectly centered TV, so be prepared!

Height

Once you’ve picked which wall you want your TV on, it’s time to think how high you should hang it. You want the center of your wall-mount TV to be at your eye level when you are sitting down. Of course, you can mount TV lower or higher, but in that case we recommend our Maryland TV installation customers to use the tilt mount. It allows for adjustment of the viewing angle, so that you don’t strain your neck looking up. It is also a great solution if you are using recliners.

Lights

Look around your room and find the light sources, both natural and artificial. Make sure none of them interferes with your viewing angle by casting a glare or blinding your vision.

Outlets

This one is easy to overlook. You will need a compatible outlet to plug your TV and other electronics, such as DVD players, surround sound system, gaming consoles, etc. If you already have a cable or satellite service provider, you will need to make sure the cables can easily reach the cable box.

Wires

Wires are unsightly, and the more devices you have – the more wires you’ll need to conceal. There are two common methods to hide the wires. The first one involves using a special cover that can be painted the color of your wall to blend in. If you prefer the second method, you’ll need to make several holes in the drywall to pull the wires behind it. Cutting into the drywall is a bit invasive and rather permanent, but you end up with a clean look and nothing is hanging under your TV.

Too many steps to remember? Don’t worry. Just give us a call at Down to Earth Communications, and we’ll get your flat-screen TV mounted on the wall with no hassle, glares or hanging wires.

5 Mounting Options for Your Flat Screen TV

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

remote control Gone are the days when all you could do with your TV is put it on a table or hide that enormous monstrosity in the armoire. Modern TVs are so light and so thin – there are plenty of locations where you could place them. Here are the most common mount styles:

1) Table stand. It is probably one of the most common and least labor-intensive ways to mount a TV. Every TV comes with a removable stand that allows the unit to sit upright. To ensure the best viewing experience, pick a table that will (1) securely support your TV and (2) is a good height. The good height means that the center of the screen is level with your eyes allowing for comfortable watching without straining your neck. Table, console or any other type of stand also provides plenty of storage for your DVDs, remotes, gaming and TV accessories. (Photo by apdk)

2) Wall mount. Mounting your TV on the wall requires drilling a few holes and concealing couple of wires. We have performed plenty of TV wall mount installations in Maryland, and can assist you with choosing the best mount option for your needs:

  • Flat mount means the TV is mounted flat on the wall protruding several inches off the wall’s surface depending on TV’s dimensions. This is more of a permanent mount, because it would be problematic to change TV’s position without unscrewing the entire structure.
  • Tilt mount allows tilting the screen up and down to reach the optimal viewing angle. This arrangement is perfect if you decide to install TV higher on the wall.
  • Articulating mount provides even more flexibility. It lets you extend TV off the wall and move it to the left or right with the help of a motion arm. This is a good solution for awkward tight spaces where there’s no usable wall space directly in front of the seating area.
  •  In-wall mount is pretty much equivalent to installing your TV in a niche. TV that is flush with the wall visually enlarges the room.

3) TV cart is not a common installation method for our residential customers, but it works great for schools and businesses. Because TV is mounted on a wheel cart, it can be easily transported from room to room and moved out of sight when it’s not being used.

4) Ceiling mount is typically the last resort for homeowners when all the other installation options are out of question. It can work for bedrooms and bathrooms assuming you are watching TV from a sharp angle lying down on the bed or relaxing in a tub. Unlike private residences, commercial properties such as bars, restaurants and business waiting areas are common places to utilize ceiling mounts.

5) Hidden TV. You can opt in to hide your TV in an armoire or a more elaborate console structure. A variety of manual and motorized lifts are available to make your TV quietly disappear with a touch of a button. It is a great way to de-clutter any room and a fancy touch that will have your guests talking.

At Down to Earth Communications, we perform all kinds of TV installations in all kinds of places, no matter how tight or spacious they are. Get in touch if you need any help mounting your TV or setting up home theatre network.