The size and weight of the new plasma TVs have created all kinds of innovative methods for mounting the sets. There are cabinets that have custom motorized mounting brackets that slowly raise the TV from the hidden recesses of the cabinet to a prescribed viewing height through remote control. But one of the neatest mounts used the hardware from this type of installation to create a unique plasma TV ceiling mount.
The hardware was designed as a full-motion motorized stand mount. It was made to fit inside a custom built cabinet. At the push of a button on the remote control, the plasma TV was rise up pushing open a concealed door in the top of the cabinet. As the TV display came into view, the power to the TV would switch on and the set would come to a stop just as the selected program came on.
One flat panel owner wanted to use the same design criteria except for one factor. Instead of rising up out of a cabinet, he wanted his TV to descend from his cathedral ceiling. Once it was fully descended to a viewing height, he could manipulate the TV to swivel and tilt to place the screen in a good viewing angle to where he was sitting at any particular time.
After consulting with the manufacturer of the hardware and the engineers that made the plasma TV it soon became evident that the man could have what he wanted. The hardware was VIZIO M550SL purchased and the homeowner met with a couple of professional remodeling contractors to discuss what he wanted to do. Soon the plan was formalized and the project was underway.
The viewing room for the installation was selected as the family room. The cathedral ceiling began at the top of the nine-foot wall and angled upward to the peak at sixteen feet above the floor. The ceiling had been a typical drywall ceiling with textured finish. Part of the remodel was to replace the textured drywall ceiling with a stained redwood strip ceiling. Hundreds of pieces of stained redwood would be laid out in parallel with a quarter inch gap between each strip. Near the bottom of the ceiling approximately one foot from where it meets the wall, the homeowner wanted to have the TV installed in a hidden manner above the ceiling panels.
After a great deal of work, the contractors finally had success. Careful craftsmanship had completely hidden the ceiling mount behind the new wooden surfaced ceiling. At the push of a button, the lights slowly faded to darkness. Then one of the redwood strips slowly hinged open and the new plasma TV descended to a vertical position. Another button was pushed on the remote and the big screen TV swiveled and tilted to where the homeowner could easily see his favorite program. What an innovative installation they had concocted together!
Your plasma TV ceiling mount need not be so elaborate, but this article shows that imagination is the only thing to limit how you may install your next television.