Home entertainment has become more sophisticated. The trend today is to provide a person with a brand of entertainment using the most advanced electronic technology to make television-viewing as vivid, clear and as visually exciting as you can get from the big screen. LCD TV sets are larger, thinner and with high-definition flat screens that make images seem to pop out of the screen, with colors that are even stronger and brighter than what you see in nature. Below are tips on how you can mount an LCD TV on a wall.
- When you buy an LCD TV, the unit usually comes with wall mounting brackets. You can either use these brackets or buy a new set. A set of mounting brackets can have several features, depending on its price. If you opt to buy a new set, look for those with sturdy construction that can hold more screws and with a smooth finish, in a suitable weight rating for the size of your LCD TV.
- Unless your house has concrete walls you will have to find the walls studs where you can anchor the screws. Wall panels and bricks will not be able to bear the sheer weight of the television. If your television is about forty-two inches in size, it is safe to use single wall studs. For anything heavier you will have to use two studs per side. Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs and find the center of the studs.
- Check the location of the wall where you want to mount your LCD TV. This type of television is best viewed under low lighting conditions. Make sure that it will not be mounted where there is strong overhead lighting, where it can be directly opposite a window that can cast a glare on the screen or where viewing can be impeded by other objects and furnishing in the room. Determine the proper height for viewing when you are seated. You want the TV at the height where you will not strain your neck to look at the screen while you are seated.
- Once you have located the studs and the right position on the wall and the level, use the wall bracket as the template to trace the shape of the bracket and determine the holes for the screws. Make sure that this is aligned to the bracket on the other side of the television.
- Drill the pilot holes for the screws to attach the brackets to the wall. Check the alignment of the wall brackets before you tighten the screws completely. Remove the TV stands carefully as there are several connections at the back of the TV set that may be affected while removing the stands.
- Attach the other part of the brackets to the back of the TV. Be sure to consult the manual on the proper mounting of the brackets to the back of the TV. These parts should attach only to the metal parts at the back of the television set.
- Once set, you will have to ask one or two people to assist you in lifting the unit while one spots the slots so that the back of the TV will clip into the brackets mounted on the wall. Check that the LCD TV is correctly slotted on the wall brackets. Give the TV some tugs to check if the brackets are sturdy and steady.
It is very important that you protect the screen from your fingers and pointed tools. LCD screens are not made of glass like regular televisions and it will be very easy to puncture the screen. Give ample space between your wall and the TV set for greater air circulation.