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TV Mounting Brackets FAQ

There are many questions around mounting the TV, whether on the wall or ceiling, and some questions seem to be posed more often than others.

So this site striving to be an information portal regarding various types of TV mounting brackets and their installation, I have put together some of these questions with the relevant answers.

Hope you will find them useful in your TV mounting endeavors. This FAQ is constantly updated with new information and answers to various other common questions as they come in.

What exactly is VESA?

Nowadays everybody is talking about VESA in relation to 'vesa compliance' or 'VESA compatibility' and a bunch of numbers next ot them such as 75x75, 100x100, 200x200, but what exactly is VESA anyway?

VESA = Video Electronics Standards Association
When it comes to TV, VESA is the modern standard that everybody is using to mount the location holes on the back of the TV. This means that a VESA compliant TV will fit most standard TV mounting brackets that. VESA is taken into account by most big TV manufacturers including Philips, Daewoo, Sony, Samsung. This means that you can safely buy TVs manufactured by these names and be sure that you can install it with any standard mounting devices on the wall.

The numbers next to 'VESA' are basically the even spacing between the mounting holes. To be sure that your TV is VESA compliant, you can do a self-test by measuring the distance between these holes. Read more about VESA mounts here.

What fixings I need in order to mount my TV to the wall?

Depending where you buy your mounting brackets from you will or will not get a set of fixing ready for the mount. Your best bet is to ask before buying so in case they are not provided, to be able to buy them separately. Without them you might not be able to mount your TV.

How can I mount my TV if it has no mounting holes on the back?

You can still mount your TV on the wall, you will only need some special brackets that might not be readily available in stores. You will have to call the manufacturer of that particular television and ask about proper mounting devices. Make sure to give the exact TV specifications to the customer representative. Unfortunately you will have to pay somewhat more than you'd do if you bought the mounting device from the store.

Can I do the mounting by myself or will I need a professional help?

Usually you can mount your TV by yourself, you definitely don't need a professional to come by and mount it for you. However, depending on the brackets type, you might need the help of a friend or somebody in the family as you will need a set of extra hands. This is mostly pertinent to the more complex mounting brackets such as the swivel or tilting mounts. For flat mount brackets you can do it all by yourself provided you have all the necessary tools and equipment available.

What are the factors that influence where to mount my TV?

The most important factor when it comes to mounting the TV is easy and comfortable viewing from the couch and other that are meant for watching TV. Also the eye level is important. The middle of the TV screen should be at approximately eye level when seated. You don't want to have to raise your head too much to watch the screen as you'll most likely get a sore neck.

Also before mounting the TV, make sure that the spot you have reserved for it does not have extra light reflected on it. If it does, your TV will most likely have a screen glare that is highly distracting. You might be able to help the situation by moving a lamp around or closing the curtains. If you have a tilting of swiveling mount, you can turn the television in various angles until you find one that has no screen glare. This is not possible though with flat mounts.

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