On Choosing a Wall Mount
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Wall mounts, both for computer monitors and TV sets, come in different shapes, sizes, styles and mounting requirements. This can make the search for the right wall mount confusing. There are however, ways to simplify your search. Your first step to of finding the right one is to determine whether your LCD screen is VESA mount compatible and from there, know its VESA mounting requirements. Most, if not all mounting solutions today, use VESA standard. While most displays now are VESA mount compliant. However, different types, styles and sizes of displays require different mounting standards, which mean you also need to consider your display’s mounting requirements.
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Second, choose the mounting style that fits to your display and your needs. For your work desk, an articulating LCD arm can be more than enough. Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm is a good example of a solid LCD arm. Its sleek and streamlined design allows you to free up huge space from your desk for better productivity. This arm can reposition your LCD monitor and move it up, down, forward and back with one simple touch. It also allows tilt, pan and 360° rotation to let you switch your screen orientation from landscape to portrait and vice versa.
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If you’re using a big widescreen computer monitor, and you want to double it as your entertainment display where you can watch movies, videos, etc., then you can opt for wall mounts. For living rooms, family rooms, entertainment rooms, or even bedrooms, you can use wall mounts that allow vertical tilt, especially if you want to mount your LCD TV a little higher than eye level. Small adjustments will help you ‘fine-tune’ your screen for the best viewing position and minimize chances of glares and reflections caused by room lighting or natural light coming from your windows. Cheetah Mounts APDAM3B for example, is an articulating arm mount that features a flat profile of 4.5-inches from the back of your display to the wall, fully extends up to 21-inches from the wall, as well as tilt +/-15°. It’s made up of 100% high grade steel, providing a sturdy and reliable mount for your large LCD screens, be it a computer monitor or a widescreen TV. It can hold displays up to 63 inches big.
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On the other hand, you may want to use a slim mount, or better known as low-profile mount, to keep your TV as close to the wall as possible. Some TVs are compatible, or works best with specific mounting types, allowing you to mount them very close, almost gap-less, to your wall. VideoSecu Low Profile TV Wall Mount is one of the highest rated low-profile TV mount you can find in the market right now. It fits most LCD LED Plasma HDTV flat panel screens from 32-inch to 65-inch of size, and compatible with mounting hole pattern of 200x200 to 600x400(up to 24" Horizontal by 16" Vertical). It is made up of heavy duty steel construction that allows it to hold and support up to 165 lbs. loading capacity, while its ultra-slim wall mount design keeps your display as close to the wall as possible (1.5 inch profile and fits up to 24-inch studs).
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Another high quality wall mount that provides optimum viewing experience is the Ergotron Glide Wall Mount, HD. This wall mount can effortless raise and lower displays up to 55-inch of size and provide good and solid support for LCD TVs weighting up to 40 lbs. For the best viewing experience, it allows you to lift and tilt your large widescreen TV for the perfect picture and comfortable viewing. The discreet mounting hardware nearly disappears behind, while the Constant Force technology holds you display securely in place, while still allow smooth and easy adjustment with one light touch.
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For bedroom, the best option will be a swiveling or extending mount. They come with adjustments that allow you to turn, swing or place your display in multiple positions, depending on where you are in the room.
Kitchens on the other hand, an under-cabinet mount can give convenient adjustments as it can be folded up out of sight when not in use.
More Tips to Better Mount Your LCD TV
Consider Room Lighting – Lighting can be your friend or your worst enemy. Make sure you consider your room’s lighting both artificial and natural. Sunlight that directly hits your TV screen can affect the picture quality of your display. Though newer TV models nowadays come with ambient light sensors, and some use matte coating to minimize glares and reflections caused by too much lighting, it is always best to get the best spot for the TV’s mount, in a place where light can be dimmed to get the best picture quality.
Consider Extra Entertainment Appliances and Peripherals – When mounting your TV to the wall, make sure you leave enough room for other important entertainment devices, such as DVD players, gaming consoles and extra speakers. These things can be placed nicely to complement with your TV and complete your entertainment system for better viewing experience.
Mount Through the Studs – Each wall type have their unique mixes of complications, but when you learn to mount them correctly, nearly almost all walls can support a good quality TV mount.
In theory mounting your TV to studs should be simple. All you have to do is find them, screw your mount and voila! You’re ready to enjoy your widescreen LCD TV. However, in reality, it’s not that always simple. Here are some key things to remember to simplify things.
You should never mount your TV to metal studs. Though metal studs are strong, they will give you a tough time for screwing thread, and can’t provide a good grip due to their thin wall sections.
When mounting to a wooden stud, use a stud finder. If you don’t have access to a stud finder, then find wall studs manually by tapping your wall using the base of your palm. Search for the solid sound behind the wall. Check whether you find the right studs by tapping small nails close to the skirting board. This will give you a hint once it hit wood. The strongest spot of a stud is on its center, so make sure you screw through that part. Make sure you have both studs before drilling through your wall. Once you have two holes, drill through them cautiously. Make sure you don’t drill too big holes though, as you want them as tight as possible to secure your mounting hardware. Before mounting your TV, check the strength of the bracket by pulling them up and down repeatedly.
Remember that you can place studs at different intervals. If you can find one with good range, don’t quickly conclude you can use a dry wall on the other. Dry wall anchors can only be used for mounting products specific to this task.
Know Your Power Source – Most flat screen TVs today are used as centerpiece of a room’s décor. Indeed, large widescreen displays look good even when they’re not turned on. However, since you will be using your HD TV for its intended purpose, you have to plug it in. Unless you’re extremely lucky to have electrical outlet at your preferred mounting location, you need to plan out for powering your TV set. We all hate those cables and wires draping down the wall. Thus, to get a clean, custom-installed look, your best bet is to hire an electrician to install the power outlet and your TV’s A/V connection for you (unless you know how to do it yourself).
Cable management “racetracks” is the most popular and low-cost option. It’s a paintable, self-adhesive plastic strip that sticks to the wall used to conceal power cables and signal wires. This option makes adding new cables or swapping out new components easy. Another good option is called the “standard surge protector” or “power strips”. This type of strip is usually too large to fit behind wall-mounted set though, which means you will want to look for search for specially designed surge protector that is slim enough to fit behind your TV set.
Consider Convenient Connectivity – Quick and convenient access to other devices that works with your display such as cable box, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, digital camera, game console, etc., is vital when deciding to mount your TV. This is where mounting your TV above your fireplace can be a terrible idea, as you will not have an easy and safe access to your TV. Again, your best option is to have a professional installer to do the job for you. You want flexible connectivity options for your television set to make adding additional components or plug-and-play devices easier. An A/V receiver and/or HDMI switcher can cater all your connectivity needs. Last thing you want is flipping your TV just to plug in your additional entertainment components.
Take Your Audio System Into Account – Audio is the other half of TV viewing experience, but most people overlook its importance in their entertainment system. If you’re going to watch your favorite TV series, live sports action, play HD movies or video games, you obviously need to consider your audio system. Though it’s true that TVs come with built-in speakers, these speakers don’t always do justice for demanding viewing. When planning to mount your TV on the wall, make sure you consider adding high-fidelity surround-sound speakers. You can install speakers anywhere in your room for better sound system.
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