If you’ve invited friends over to watch the big game on that magnificent new flat-screen LCD, you need to make sure that you’ve got the right mount for the right set. Since not all mounts work with all televisions, nothing is more aggravating than discovering that you need to make a trip back to the store to get the right mount. Ask anyone who works with television installations and they’ll tell you this happens on a regular basis. It’s always a good idea to go about determining which mounts go with which TV before you start setting things up.
People spend a great deal of time researching which television to get, but seldom think about making sure the mount they’ve bought works with their particular television model. It’s important not to depend upon the salesperson making the right choice, either. Too often, the sales staff isn’t fully versed on which mount works best with which television, making them less than helpful when determining which mounts go with which TV.
Don’t assume that just because the box the mount comes in says that it fits all television sets is accurate. Different televisions have different weights. You need to ensure both the weight of the television and the size of the screen are compatible with the mount.
Mounts often have a range of sizes they accommodate. It’s important to remember these are recommendations, rather than binding requirements. Your best chance of success is picking a mount that comfortably handles your particular television. In other words, rather than choosing a mount that tops out at 42 inches for your 42-inch television, try to find a mount that goes up to 46 inches or 48 inches.
VESA Mounting Patterns
There are television manufacturers that occasionally produce televisions that are not within the standards of the industry. Determining the right mount has been made easier by checking out the VESA mounting patterns. Many televisions list whether or not the mount conforms to VESA standards. Some mounts do not provide that information. You need to measure the holes, going from the center of the hole to the center of the hole — first from left to right, followed by top to bottom. If you’re measuring in inches, convert the inches to millimeters and use those numbers to find the right mounting brackets.
Although it might be tempting to purchase a little-known brand due to price, you might want to hold off. Choosing a mount based on price can lead to trouble. After all, in the middle of the big game, your magnificent flat-screen might do a swan dive to the floor. Check reviews on the product. You might not have heard of the brand, but it could have a great history behind it. At the same time, you might discover that the name brand you’ve heard of is not as dependable as you thought. Spending a little time doing research on which mounts go with which TV can save you problems down the road.