LCD/LED TV wall mounts and brackets provide an excellent way to integrate an LED TV into a room environment, freeing up valuable floor space and enhancing the living space with a better viewing angle for all to enjoy. You’ll enjoy watching movie, sports and regular TV shows even more when that excellent picture is mounted firmly to the wall. When you’re done, you’ll have all your friends coming over to watch shows with you.
Learning how to buy and install a TV bracket can be some work. That’s why we’ve assembled this guide – to guide you in that process so that the end product is a pleasant viewing experience. Most people do not install these kinds of brackets and drill holes in their walls all the time and it can be scary.
What You Need to Know to Buy an LCD TV Wall Mount
If you are considering buying an LCD wall mount that comes from the TV’s manufacturer, you will need to know the model and brand of your television. While not all LCD manufacturer made LCD wall mounts are made equally, you may consider buying a generic LCD wall mount. For a generic LCD wall mount you will need to know the brand, model, size, and weight of your television. It is very important that you take the weight of your LCD television into consideration when purchasing a wall mount. Some mounts are made to hold very lightweight televisions while others will be too cumbersome for smaller televisions.
Most manufacturers will state on the back of the LCD wall mount package which brand, model, and size of television they will hold. While the installation instructions with these mounts tend to be brief, you can still gather a good idea of how the mechanism will work. Some people will compare hanging a LCD wall mount to hanging a picture. I disagree with this statement. It is more like hanging a coat rack. You will need to take the weight into consideration more then with a picture.
Some manufacturers of LED TV wall mounts are:
- Sanus System
- Cheetah Mounts
- Premier Mounts
How to Choose an LED TV Wall Mount
There are many types of LED TV wall mounts to choose from and there are many things to consider before choosing an LED TV wall mount. For starters, in choosing the right type of LED TV wall mount for your needs you must consider your budget, the size of your TV, the positioning of your LED TV, along with the functions you expect out of the placement of your LED TV.
Budget is of great importance when choosing the right wall mount. Some wall mounts have more functionality while others may still do the job. Staying within your budget makes for mounting your LED TV a more peaceful task and makes for no future regrets in regards to cost of the wall mount you chose.
There are several choices in choosing what type of wall mount your LED TV should rest upon. Many choose a fixed, tilting, arm, or motorized wall mount. Each of these wall mounts has different functions for different sizes of LED TVs and your entertainment needs.
TV Wall Mounts to Choose From:
- Fixed wall mount – once you install a fixed wall mount your LED TV will be fixed in that location.
- Tilting wall mount – these tend to tilt at 5 degrees and down about 15 degrees angle and are great for larger LED TV’s in a family room or in a home theater.
- Arm Mount – there are great for smaller LED TVs and are quite functional in the aspect that you can move the TV out from the wall about a foot and can usually tilt the TV or move it at another angle.
- Motorized wall mount – this type of wall mount allows you to tilt your LED TV in a quiet fashion all through your remote control.
Where to Mount Your TV
Once you have your mount selected you will then need to determine where you would like to place the television. If you have the convince of a second pair of hands you should have one person hold the TV up and the other person can mark the four corners for the television for a general location.
Once you have the location in mind you will want to measure approximately where the mount is on the back of the TV. This will give you a good idea of where to place your bracket in the area you have designated on the wall.
Installing Wall Mount Brackets
You can get TV wall mounts for televisions made by manufacturers like Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Olevia, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, ViewSonic, Vizio, Westinghouse and Zenith.
Make sure that your LED TV is capable of being wall-mounted. There are some early models that were designed to just sit on a table. The way to check this is to see if the box, owner’s manual or specifications in the store mention that it’s VESA Compatible. You may just see the words “VESA mount” as well.
VESA TV wall mounts are those that has been designed to be compatible with the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) Standard. This standard defines all aspects of the mount dimensions and characteristics. This standard assures compatibility between TV manufacturers of compliant or certified mounting hardware.
Find the right FDMI specification (FPMPMI numbers) on the wall mount that match the VESA numbers on the specifications from your LED TV and then you’re on you way.
You’ll also want to make sure that the wall mount can handle both the weight of your TV and the weight of the mount. So if it can handle 40 pounds and the mount itself is 2 pounds, then your TV must weight less then 38 pounds if you want to use that wall mount. I’d even suggest not pushing it to the limit but leaving about 5 pounds or more of breathing room.
Locate the Right Place
Keep in mind you will need a stud finder to find exactly where the best wall location will be. Once you have located a stud you can then start to screw the bracket into the wall. Make sure you are consistently checking your bracket with a level.
Once you have the bracket on the wall you can then screw the other bracket side into your TV. Make sure you have the bracket tight but not so tight that you are cracking the plastic. You can then test the TV up on the wall. Place the TV into the other end of your brackets. If the TV location looks good and you have checked it with a level you can then detach the TV and place your cords into the back of the TV.
Have you done any kind of work like this before? Your LED TV costs a few bucks, so you want to make sure the job is done right. If it’s done wrong, then you may be out a TV when it crashes to the floor.
Do you need to do any electrical wiring? The best way to do the wiring is to put an outlet right up on the wall next to where you plan on mounting it since you can’t run that kind of electical cord through the wall. You can run other wires like those for the audio and video signals through the wall since they’re low wattage but not the power cord. You’ll want to also check with local electrical codes for this. Failing to obey these codes could affect insurance claims, too.
Do you have the time? This could be a 1-2 day project in some cases. Do you have the time and patience to do the work? If not, hire a pro.
Get It Done Professionally?
Professional installation of your LED TV wall mount can also provide a more finished look. Professional installers can rewire your cable and electricity so that there is no cords showing. If you still prefer to do it yourself, there is an easy solution to this. You can purchase a cable cover and paint it to match your walls. While this is not as professional looking as a rewired job, it is much less expensive and still looks decent.
No matter your choice; focus on the function of your LED TV for your household in deciding which wall mount is best for your needs. Location and size matter in choosing the correct wall mount for you LED TV needs. Make sure you plan ahead and read labels clearly when purchasing a wall mount for your LED TV in regards to your TV’s dimensions and weight.
Remember staying within your budget is of equal importance when it comes to choosing the right LED TV wall mount.