5 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST MOUNT FOR YOUR SCREEN
In a previous blog, we spoke about the universal VESA fixing standard that is a standard feature of all modern TV screens. In this blog, we look at the other aspects that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure the mount you purchase will support your screen both safely and aesthetically.
When you have decided on the screen you are going to purchase make a note of its weight, VESA fixing pattern, overall width and height. This information can be found in the manual or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
Decide what orientation you are going to view the screen – portrait or landscape.
- MOUNT CAPACITY
Choose a mount that will support the weight of your screen + the weight of the mount x 5. British Standard 8590 (Code of practice for the installation of Audio Visual Equipment) states that: ‘All mounting systems and fixings should be capable of supporting the combined mass of the complete mounting assembly and all equipment attached. When calculating perpendicular loads a safety factor of 5 should be applied (the 5:1 rule). Peak loads identified might be considerably more than the values calculated using the 5:1 rule and should be taken into account when choosing the mounting system and fixings.
In general, mounts come with a plate/rail that attaches to the wall or supporting structure and 2 arms that attach to the rear of the screen fixing points. The screen with arms is then hooked onto the plate/rail and fixed in place. Ensure that the width of the mount plate/rail is smaller than the width of your screen; this is more apparent when the screen is orientated in portrait. In addition, this also applies to the height of the mount arms, which need to be smaller than the height of the screen in whichever orientation you are mounting it.
So you have fixed your mount arms to the screen. The next part is to fix the plate/rail to the wall or structure on which the screen will be placed. Many mounts come with fixings included. However, UNICOL takes the view that to safely fix to a wall or structure you need to know what it is made of and the condition of it in order to decide on the best type of fixing and therefore do not provide fixings for this. In general, the following fixings would be used for these common materials
- Metal – nuts & bolts
- Wood – screws / nuts & bolts
- Masonry – screws into masonry plugs / chemical fixings
Much of the above relates to universal mounts that cover many different sizes of screen and don’t always cover every eventuality, especially where different screen orientations are being installed. UNICOL can take away any worries you may have when trying to choose from the vast range of universal TV mounts on the market by providing you with an Xactmatch mount from its range of custom made mounts that fit the screen exactly. Whenever a new screen is launched UNICOL make a custom mount to fit it or you can send the screen to UNICOL and they will make a mount for it.
Whichever option you choose, by following these easy steps you will achieve a successful and safe installation that will not distract from the content on the screen.