Plasma TV installation above the Fireplace.

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The fireplace is one of the most striking features of any living room. Add to that a plasma TV looking sleek and slim, installed above the fireplace and you have an image of elegance. Along with superior picture quality the display adds to your home decor making for a pleasing sight. What’s more one saves considerable space freeing up your room for extra seating arrangement.

Provisions to be kept in mind

A plasma TV installation over the fireplace can easily be installed provided a few precautions are observed.

Dimensions

First of all measure the length and width of the fireplace as well as the wall above it to ensure the plasma TV screen will fit in. There should be ample space left between the fireplace and the TV screen as well as on the sides to avoid a crammed look as well as prevent overheating.

The fireplace setting

The next thing to consider is whether you will be using the fireplace or not. If the fireplace serves as more of an ornamental purpose then the job is much more straightforward. However if you plan to use the fireplace regularly then the task calls for more of an effort.

Most fireplace mantels are built from bricks and stone or metal and as such can radiate a significant amount of heat. Ideally the fireplace should have a brick facade over it which would insulate the walls from the heat produced.

Temperature

The most important thing before installing the plasma TV over the fireplace is to check the temperature above the mantel. The best way to go about it is to attach a thermometer over the fireplace, build a fire beneath and then let it roar at full strength. If the temperature goes above 100 degrees Fahrenheit then the place is not suitable for installing the flat screen TV. You may also feel the wall above the fireplace; the wall should be at the most warm to the touch.

Will the heat (and cold) damage the plasma TV?

Plasma TVs have an inherent cooling mechanism which though is insufficient to manage external high temperatures.

• A plasma TV screen is built using vast numbers of plasma cells to produce light, color and images. The technology functions best in a specific temperature range usually 32-100 degree Fahrenheit.

• While plasma TVs can function well in temperatures up to 100 degree Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), any temperatures above that can decrease their longevity.

• Conversely, operating the TV at a temperature lower than 32 degree Fahrenheit (0 degree Celsius) can impede proper functioning resulting in poor picture quality over the long term.

Also the product warranty can become void if the TV is used in unsuitable conditions like prolonged exposure to excessive amount of heat.

Wall mounting the plasma TV

The next step is mounting the TV.

Brick wall: If the wall behind the fireplace is built of bricks or stone, then use of anchor bolts to mount the plasma TV on the wall is the best option.

Drywall: Drywalls though cannot withstand extreme loads and in case the plasma TV has a larger display screen extra support is highly recommended. If possible one can also attach the TV mount to the wall studs which ensures better protection against the TV screen becoming loose due to jars and bumps.

Wires and cables which look quite ungainly if left hanging around can safely be concealed in decorative moldings. In case of a drywall, the cables can easily be run through the walls making for a neat and tidy look.

Recessing the plasma TV though it looks good may not be a great idea unless enough of space is left between the wall and the plasma TV to avoid overheating. Wooden cabinets can also be used to house the TV. However ensure that vents are located at the corners for easy flow of air.

Is it above your eye level?

Another factor that needs to be kept in mind is the screen height. For optimum viewing the center of the screen should be at the eye level of the viewer. If the fireplace is quite high, use a wall mount with a tilting option to enable comfortable viewing.

For home décor connoisseurs there are a variety of wall mounts and TV cabinets available with innovative features. You can choose from a wall mount that doubles as a painting display frame or as a mirror when the TV is not in use.