If you consider these issues in the design and building process, you?ll be assured of the outstanding performance you expect.

Plasma TVs ? Installation Considerations

Allsmart Solutions Inc. | Allsmart Solutions Inc.

Plasma TVs - Installation Considerations
by Allsmart Solutions Inc.

If you consider these issues in the design and building process, you'll be assured of the outstanding performance you expect.


The use of a Plasma HDTV monitor display can provide the homeowner with the ultimate in video viewing. This wide-screen display (typically 37" to 63" diagonal screen, but yes there is even an 84" unit) features high-resolution, extremely sharp contrast, and an exceptionally bright picture, even in rooms with lots of light.

With a thin profile of approximately 4" deep, these monitors are great for mounting above fireplaces. Not only can you watch TV, you can have it set -up to display your favorite artwork or even tie it into your home computer. Just imagine - a 61" monitor! Control it with a wireless keyboard, sit back and enjoy.

The Right Cabling

A Plasma TV is like a fast car- it needs the right fuel. If you haven't cabled properly, you won't get the high-resolution, quality picture you expect. Bottomline - RG6 coax cable doesn't cut it.

What do you run then?

S-Video, better yet, component video, RGB, CAT5E or CAT6. Even if you don't cable now, you should provide a cable  chase from the mantel area to the room equipment / cabinet area.

Since most HDTV Plasmas are monitors, they don't have built-in amplifiers (several models do, however, power output is limited due to individual unit heat generation, size and weight). Now you have to consider a surround sound amplifier, speakers and placement, in addition to other video sources such as DVD, S-VHS, TiVO and the ideal location of this equipment for convenient access (do you really want to go all the way to the basement to change DVDs?).

Planning Ahead

Plan ahead on how the display will be mounted. If there is any framing involved, install the necessary additional strength members or blocking that will accommodate the plasma mount, whether it's a fixed mount, tilt mount or articulated one. Remember - these units are heavy. For the electric install a recessed clock outlet.

If you consider these issues in the design and building process, you'll be assured of the outstanding performance you expect.

The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of HomeToys

Comments (0)

This post does not have any comments. Be the first to leave a comment below.


Post A Comment

You must be logged in before you can post a comment. Login now.

Featured Product

ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

ELK Products -C1M1 Dual-Path Alarm Communicators with Remote Services

C1M1 offers a truly significant reduction in transmission time in comparison to other communicators that rely on dial capture or data bus decoding. This can result in quicker response time to emergency situations which could save lives and assets. By providing both IP and cellular pathways, C1M1 provides the reliability installers are looking for in an alarm communicator. C1M1 eliminates port forwarding and extra fees for remote access. Installers can remotely upload/download programming changes to M1 controls over IP or cellular using ElkRP2. Consumers can control the M1 remotely via the free ElkLink mobile app and web portal, as well as eKeypad and M1 Touch Pro apps. Other IP-based software and interface partners can connect to the M1 control over the local network through C1M1. C1M1 also provides email/text notifications for arm, disarm, and alarm events. ELK-C1M14GSM supports GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) networks and ELK-C1M1CDMA supports CDMA (Verizon) networks.