One of the bonuses of a flat-panel television’s light weight and thin depth is the ease of mounting it directly on a wall in your home. Though all flat-panel TVs come are made with pedestals that let them be positioned on a TV stand, wall-mounting a TV saves space as well as improves the aesthetics of a room. There are currently various types of wall mounts on the market, so there are a few things you should to know before you take your pick.
Selecting the Right Mount for Your TV
To decide on the right mount, you have to decide what level of movement you need your TV to have, or if you’d rather mount it in a permanent spot. Next, make sure you purchase a mount that matches the size and weight of your TV.
Fixed or Motion Mount?
This type of mount keeps the TV snug against the wall, making for a very sleek, custom look. Needless to say, a fixed TV wall mount does not allow for any position adjustment. However, it is best for installations in which you have full control over the lighting, to avoid glare on the TV screen; and for rooms where people are always view the TV from the same spot, preferably centered in front of the TV. These are as well the most affordable TV mounts.
Tilting mounts allow angling your TV vertically, while maintaining its place on the wall. They do not permit horizontal movements however. A tilting wall mount is advised for installations where a TV is positioned higher than usual, such as above a fireplace, allowing you to angle the screen down. Tilt adjustment also affords you some control over the glare coming from room lights or windows.
>> Full-Motion or Articulating
Full motion TV mounts (also referred to as articulating mounts) allow the greatest range of movement for your flat panel TV. An articulated swingarm gives you total freedom as far as positioning your TV is concerned. In other words, full-motion mounts will make sure that your TV is at the right viewing angle at any time.
Mount manufacturers use plastic, aluminum and steel as standard building materials. Common sense tells us that steel will probably hold up the longest for larger TVs, but you should feel assured that regardless of the materials used, a mount that is UL rated for your TV will do just fine.
Lastly, pick a reputable TV mounting service to prevent expensive and frustrating issues with the installation. While any two or three adults can perform the task on their own, it is always best to entrust it to a professional. They’re called experts for a reason, so it may be best to take advantage of that.
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