TV mounting tip: DO NOT place your new TV above the fireplace
The mounting of the television varies from person to person, from house to house. But there seems to be one technique that many homeowners use to mount their newly purchased smart TV or OLED TV: right above the fireplace.
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Sounds like the most logical place, right? More often than not, it’s right in the middle of everything else in the living room, which feels ânaturalâ to most people.
However, according to CNET’s Geoffrey Morrison, this is actually the worst area you could put your new TV in.
There are several reasons for this, and you will discover them as you read on.
Good TV mounting is all about viewing angles
Remember when you were sitting in the front row in a movie theater. Did you like being there or not?
A lot of people don’t, because the reason is simple: the viewing angle is too high. Do this long enough and you might end up with a bit of neck pain.
There is simply too much stress if you have to look up to watch TV, especially for hours on end.
The best viewing angle for your TV, according to Tom’s Guide, is eye level. But of course, there are a few more factors you need to consider.
How high is your seat? How far is the screen from there? If you are watching from a distance, it may be a good idea to keep it above the fireplace. But if you sit a little closer, keep it as much as possible at eye level.
Another viewing angle consideration relies on the specifications of your television.
Like many gaming displays, most modern smart TVs will feature one of three display types: IPS, TN, or VA. You can easily see it on the box that your TV came with.
If your TV uses a TN panel, keep it at eye level or near eye level at all costs. Because if you don’t, the screen will be bad if you look at it from any angle other than neutral.
Read also: LG Smart TV: 325 inches and 2,000 pounds with 8K screen for $ 1.7 million as part of the DVLED range
Heat and soot can be problematic
This is perhaps the most obvious thing. Even if your fireplace is relatively modern, it still burns some kind of fuel to do its job. And if there’s one bad thing that stays constant for every electronic device, it’s heat.
All that heat can definitely shorten the life of your TV if you’re not careful.
Worse yet, soot. If it accumulates enough, it can get inside the TV itself and cause damage.
While the issues may take a little longer to appear, the problem is, it could go way beyond your manufacturer’s warranty.
Where should you put it, then?
Dedicated TV cabinets or tables are one thing. These pieces of furniture are inexpensive, and they can keep your smart TV or OLED TV at a much more ergonomic angle than it does well over the fireplace.
Best of all, you can easily access all of its controls if for some reason you misplace the remote.
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Not to mention that your probably expensive TV (especially if it’s an OLED) will be much safer, away from all the soot and heat that could damage it over time.
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