While it is possible to create and install everything on your own custom motorised TV lift, it can take some work.
What You Need to Consider Before Buying a Custom Motorised TV Lift
Ken Woollard | Ultralift Australia
The first step in determining what type of motorised TV Lift you want to have in your home is determining just where you will place the television. Lifts of different types can go into different rooms, including the living room or media room, the bedroom, the kitchen, and more. Depending on the type of lift you want, it is possible to hide the television entirely while not in use. With the push of a switch, the actuator can lift the television into place while you are watching it. It is an elegant way to keep your space clutter free and clear when you are not watching television. If you want to have a custom lift though, you do need to make sure you have all of the right tools and supplies on hand.
Gather the Supplies
First, if you are planning to do the install on your own you need to make sure you have all of the supplies in order. You have to consider a number of things before you get started, and your decisions will inform the supplies you need.
Select Your Linear Actuator
When you are choosing your linear actuator for the custom motorised TV lift, you need to take into consideration the stroke length and the force. The stroke length is the actual length the actuator moves. You need to have a stroke that is the height of your television or slightly greater. To determine the force of the actuator, you need to know the weight of your television and the mechanism. If the force is not great enough, it will not be able to lift the television. Also, consider the mounting brackets and the guide rails you will need.
Choosing Your Switch
You also need to have a way to control the motorised TV lift, and that means you need a remote or a switch. You can choose rocker switches, remotes, and more. Determine which one of the options works better with your particular situation. Remotes are often a very handy option.
Once you have all of your items in order, it is time to do the installation. You have to install the actuator, and you need to have a mounting plate and brackets strong enough to handle the weight of the television when it is in position. Depending on the type of television, the placement, and the angle, some brackets may work better than others do. While it is possible to create and install everything on your own custom motorised TV lift, it can take some work. Since there are myriad variations and permutations, it can be difficult for many laymen and laywomen to know just how to install the mount and lift properly. It might be in your interest to hire professionals to take care of the design as well as the installation of the lift. It is often faster and easier.
After the installation is finally complete, you can sit back, relax, and watch your favourite programs in comfort and in style.
About Ken Woollard
Ken Woollard is the Director of Ultralift Australia – AudioVisual Equipment & Solutions, the leading custom designers and manufacturers of motorized lifting devices for TVs and Projectors. He has more than 40 years of experience in engineering jobbing workshops, machining, fabricating and finishing all types of metal parts to developing and manufacturing a range of high quality innovative lifting and mounting products for the AV industry. Ken has delivered Custom AV Solutions to corporate offices, hotels, universities, luxury boats and hospitals. Get in touch with Ken through LinkedIn.
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