What Makes a Television Outlet Special?
TVs require a special outlet that must be located at an optimal height for comfortable viewing. But what makes one television outlet different from another?
The most important difference is in the structure of the cable. It has a central core for transmitting the signal and a shield that protects it from electromagnetic interference.
Choosing the Right Location
Many people want to mount their TV on the wall in order to save space or prevent their children from tripping over the cord. This is a great idea, but you have to think about where the outlet should be located.
Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall where you would like to mount the television. Then, mark the location of each stud with pencil. Next, use a bubble level to make sure that the marks are level.
If there is not an existing outlet in the location where you would like to mount the TV, you will need to install a new one. This can be difficult, and it is best to work with a licensed electrician who has experience working in walls.
If you live in an apartment, it is important to check with your landlord before mounting a TV on the wall. Be sure to explain why you want to mount the TV and reassure them that you will take all necessary precautions to help prevent damage to the wall.
Choosing the Right Power Supply
The type of power supply that is required for TVs varies and you need to make sure that you are buying the right one. They have different functions but all of them need to do the same thing which is provide a smooth and stable power source for the TV.
They also need to be able to protect against surges. This is usually done by using metal oxide varistors in the input circuit. These are similar to the ones used in power strips. They are effective at blocking incoming surges but they should not be relied on for surge protection.
The height at which the outlet is installed needs to be oriented according to the mounting position of the TV. Normally, the electrical outlet should be placed slightly below the TV to prevent it from interfering with the TV wall mount bracket. It should also be located away from the radiators and air conditioning units to avoid overheating.
Choosing the Right Cable
In addition to a power cord, a television requires a coaxial cable. This type of wire is different from an electrical cord in that it has one central core for transmitting TV signals and a shield to protect against electromagnetic fields.
Most televisions support a wide variety of peripheral devices. To determine what connections are required for your television, look at the TV stickers on its back or side. These will show the manufacturer, model number and serial number.
HDMI ports are preferred for digital sets because they carry the highest definition video and audio signal. Other options include component cables (yPbPr), which use color-coded RCA connectors to separate the various channels of video and audio. These can be used to connect the TV to an audio receiver, DVD or Blu-ray player and newer game consoles. A cable splitter can also be connected to the outlet, allowing multiple televisions in a home to share the same Spectrum TV signal.
Choosing the Right Outlet
When deciding where to place an outlet behind your TV you have some things to consider. For one do not put it dead center of the wall because it will get in the way of most TV wall mounts.
Another thing to think about is what type of outlet you want to install. Do you want a standard double gang outlet or do you prefer something that looks a little better? I personally like the Corston Bronze outlets that screw into the drywall and subtly develop a beautiful patina over time.
The most cost effective and cleanest way to add an outlet is to tap into an existing outlet that is close by. This will require fishing romex wires and putting some holes in the wall but it is the best solution. If you are installing an outlet right above the TV it should be a low voltage outlet to avoid overheating your signal cables.