Plasma and LCD Wall Mount Advice
Commtexx Limited's advice on mounting a plasma or LCD screen:
Proper planning will save you time and money.
Plasma and (to a lesser degree) LCD screens are heavy so good positioning and solid fixing are vital since you won't want large holes in your wall due to a change of heart, or a smouldering screen on the floor…
Some people cut out a cardboard template the same size as their screen and tape this in position to check the angle of viewing from their favourite seat. This helps make sure you're not craning or cricking your neck while watching and allows you to estimate any tilt or swivel you'll need for optimum viewing.
To make sure that your screen is firmly fixed, you first need to ensure that the wall you plan to mount your screen on is solid or has suitably positioned solid wooden studs. Always check behind the wall surface for electrical wires or pipe-work using a suitable detector.
Wall Mount options:
For wall mounting a plasma screen there are numerous style and mobility options (flat, tilt, swivel and articulating arms or a combination of these).
Use a flat mount for direct viewing, use a tilt mount to rotate the screen down from the wall so that it is better angled for viewing when it is positioned relatively high on the wall, use a swivel mount when placing the screen in a corner.
The articulating arm is by far the most versatile of the plasma mounts; they offer tilt and/or swivel in addition to a wide range of positioning options enabled by the extension and bend of the arm.
Ceiling mounts are not ideal in domestic situations but great for places where wall mounting is not an option, like when placing your screen in the middle of a big room, or in front of a window or door. With the use of an extension arm you can customise the height of your ceiling-mounted plasma screen. If you purchase an adjustable extension pipe this process is made even easier. If you are ceiling mounting - make sure you select a joist that will confidently support the weight of a screen.
How do I know that a mount will fit my screen?
Once you know what kind of mount you want and where you're going to put it, the next step is to make sure that your screen and mount will be compatible
If you are unsure of the mount you require call us on 0844 357 6003 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. Don't forget we are here to help.
Every screen has a hole pattern on its back to which a mount can be fastened with screws or bolts.
Virtually all LCD screens comply with a VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) mounting standard which allows for 50mm, 75mm or 100mm spaced mounting points.
Plasma screen manufacturers make a variety of hole patterns on their plasmas, with no real standard set. Hence adapter plates are necessary to adapt plasma screens to a chosen bracket. A plasma adapter plate is a metal plate with the same hole pattern as the screen it matches and the same hole pattern as the mount it matches.
How do I install my screen and mount?
Installing your screen and mount should be done with a minimum of two people if your screen is large. Don't forget to bend your knees!
Lifting the screen into place, positioning it and then fastening it is a simple job, but it is important to have a friend available to help hold the screen while you work. We recommend securing your mount to it's fixture in the ceiling or wall, fastening the adapter plate to your screen, and then mounting your plasma and adapter plate to the mount itself.
Depending on your mount, cable management will be one of the final steps of the plasma installation process. Some mounts offer cable management systems to conceal unruly wires.
Be sure to read the mount and LCD / Plasma installation instructions that accompany your screen and mount, and get a friend to help.
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