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Wall Mounts Types For Your TV Installation

Wall mounts come in three basic types: flat (or low-profile), tilting and full-motion mounts. There are some more advanced types, as well, but are little more than variations on the themes found in the three basic types. These include a pivoting or swivel mount (commonly a part of a full-motion mount), and a telescoping mount. And, the most advanced and expensive models available will provide two or more of these functions in one device.

The flat wall mount is what one would expect – a stationary mount on which the brackets that are affixed to the back of the television attach and anchor it the wall. The greatest advantages of this type of bracket are its relative ease of installation and low cost. The disadvantages, however, are significant. For one, once the TV is mounted it will not move. It will not tilt, nor will it move up and down or side to side. It will hang on the wall just as a picture would. This leads to the second disadvantage – difficulty in installing and uninstalling other thing in the back of the TV. If the job is more than just plugging in the TV, the TV will probably have to be taken down and the desired cables affixed before it placed back on the wall.

The tilt mount is a step up from the flat mount, and provides the ability for the TV to be tilted up and down (although not shifted up and down, elevation-wise, as the full-motion mount allows). This will provide options on how close or far away seating is placed, if the TV is initially mounted higher up, and will also make it easier to handle cables leading into and out of the back of the set.

The full-motion mount allows the TV to be moved up and down and from side to side on a bracketed track of sorts, as well as pivot on the horizontal axis on an arm that connects to the mount. This can be helpful in living room set-ups where furniture rearrangement is frequent, as well as with smaller televisions might be used in a kitchen, office or workshop. The arm allows the TV to be adjusted so it has several different angles of view from anywhere in a room.

In addition to these functions, a mount may also be telescoping, so it can be pushed flat against a wall, or brought forward on an extending arm. This is perhaps one of the most expensive features one will find on a mount, but is a great addition for televisions that are also used for gaming, or serve as monitors for computing or looking at photos.

Most wall mounts are categorized and priced by the screen size of the TV they are designed to mount, and increase in price as the size of the television goes up. Buyers may notice that a specific type of mount may be suitable for a range of sizes in television screens, such as 13” – 19” mounts. It is extremely important that the buyer respect these dimensions, as well as the type of TV that is being mounted.

For instance, if a person does not know that plasma TVs are typically heavier than LCD TVs, and decides to mount a 23” plasma TV using a mount that is designed for LCD TVs within a range of 13” – 19” the combined miscalculations could result in a broken television set.

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Flat Screen Wall Mounts - Flat screen wall mounts are totally worth it if you want to upgrade your TV to a newer model, to one of these flat TVs that are so popular nowadays.

Articulating Wall Mount - There are many TV mounting brackets on the market depending on your needs and your budget. The articulating wall mount is just one of them.

Plasma TV Wall Mount - If your room is relatively small, simply forward and backward tilting brackets are enough and well in anyone's budget. If you want something more complex, the articulating wall mount is a device that gives you more tilting options.

TV Wall Mount Brackets - TV wall mount brackets are available in 3 major types. Depending on your needs, you can go for the low profile (or fixed) mounting brackets, tilting mounting brackets and full-motion (or swivel) mounting brackets.