Ceiling Mounts Tips For Hanging Your TV From The Ceiling
Ceiling mounts are, in their own way, more common than what most people now think of as traditional wall mounts.
Anyone who has visited, or have the misfortune of staying in, a hospital room should remember that most are (or
were) equipped with a ceiling-mounted television. The mount is affixed to the ceiling, and the television hands
suspended from it.
Now, they are becoming more popular in the home, office and elsewhere, because they save a great
deal of space as well as keep high-value televisions out of arm’s reach and harm’s way, so curious children and
clumsy adults alike are less likely to cause damage.
Ceiling mounts for televisions can usually be found in a comparable
price range with wall mounts, corresponding with the size needed and desired functions. There are two things to
consider that may make a ceiling mount more expensive. The first is that one many not feel as comfortable
installing it as with a wall mount, as most of the work must be done on a ladder, and might feel compelled to
pay for a professional to do the installation. The second is that professional service may be need anyway, to
handle the issue of loose cables and wires. A ceiling-mounted television does have a very clean, modern look,
and can provide more of a theater-type experience at greater mount height, but running cable wire through the
ceiling and down through the walls usually requires professional attention.
Ceiling mounts come in the same basic style as wall mounts: fixed
(rather than flat or low-profile, as described with wall mounts), tilt and full-motion (swivel). The real
difference is in where the mount goes, rather than how the television will move once it is mounted. A fixed
mount attaches flush against the ceiling, anchored into a ceiling beam, with a bar and brackets that extend off
of it. The tilt ceiling mount allows the TV to tilt back and forth on the bar, that extends from the mount, and
the full-motion ceiling mount – much like the ones in the hospital or other commercial areas – allow the TV to
be swiveled from right to left and moved up and down for maximum range.
For the person who has everything, there is another option in the ceiling mount category – the
ceiling lift mount. It is mounted in the same way, by anchoring it to a ceiling beam, but this very expensive (and
very cool) mount actually lifts and folds the television up against the ceiling when it is not in use. And, if this
isn’t quite flashy enough, there are also vertical ceiling lifts that will retract the entire television into the
ceiling and out of view.
But, with these options as well as the more conventional choices, it is important to take into
account the type and size of the television being mounted to the ceiling. Plasma TVs usually weigh more than LCD
TVs, and so one should not try to use a 19” LCD TV mount to mount a 19” plasma TV. And, it is also important to
understand the dynamics of the ceiling that is being considered for a mount. For example, it might take some extra
planning, and a mount with a longer extension, to properly mount a television in a basement with a drop
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