With the arrival of flat-screen TVs, lots of people want to mount their screens on the wall. But there are some things you have to take into consideration first. In part 1 of this article, we looked at weight, viewing angles, and the effects of heat. Today, we’ll explore a few more things to keep in mind.

HOW LIGHT SOURCES AFFECT YOUR TV EXPERIENCE

Although LED’s and LCD’s, with their matte finishes are less susceptible to glare from light sources than plasmas, which have a glossy finish, very little can detract from your TV watching enjoyment more than having a “hot spot” or glare in your picture. Generally, these come from bare windows, but other sources, such as bright lamps can also create these hot spots. A good general rule when mounting your television on the wall is to make sure that there are no windows directly across from where the television will be mounted. The larger the window or brighter the lamp, the larger the hot spot will be, blocking out more of your picture. Another solution to this is to mount a low-voltage light source behind the television. This will not only decrease any ambient glare, but will also enhance the picture on your TV by increasing the contrast ratio of the screen. Some companies manufacture LED strips that you can mount to the back of your television, giving a nice glow to the area behind the television. Some companies, such as Phillips, even make “smart” LED strips which change the color of the glow based on what’s on your TV at the time.

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TO SWIVEL OR NOT TO SWIVEL

One feature offered by many wall mount manufacturers is the ability to swivel your television back and forth or up and down. This is one solution to the viewing angle problem if you’re mounting your television high, because you can swivel the screen down to make it easier to see. Some things to consider if you’re going to go out the extra green to get a swivel mount is whether or not you really need to swivel your TV. If you’re going to be watching the television from various points in your room, then a swivel would be a good idea. Otherwise, it may not be worth the extra money.

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CABLE VISION

Something to keep in mind when wall mounting a television is what to do with the cables, because they will be visible hanging down your wall. Even the OLED TV’s that are on the horizon and wireless “smart” TV’s will need a power source, which will mean at least one cable hanging down your wall. These can be hidden with a large plant or other decoration, otherwise the only solution will be to drill holes in your wall to run the cable from the TV to the outlet.

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Armed with these tips, you can now decide whether or not it is worth it to you to go out the extra expense for a wall mount. If none of these things matter to you, it may be better to simply place your TV on a stand or a table. Happy watching!

~ Randal Schaffer