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Dangers of Mounting a Flat Panel Above Your Fireplace

Tech @ Home: Mounting a Flat Panel TV Above Your Fireplace

Although it looks nice, mounting a flat panel TV above your fireplace can take years off of its life if you aren't careful. Aside from possible smoke damage, your new LCD or plasma screen was built to run at a specific temperature (check your owners manuals for exact specs, but usually between 32-100°F), so watching a movie and building a roaring fire can actually damage the components inside your TV if it gets too hot.

Thankfully, all is not lost. Find out how you can ensure your new TV doesn't get fried from the inside out after the break.

If there's no stopping you from mounting your set, there's a quick test you can do to find out how hot your fireplace will get. Attach a thermometer to the spot you've chosen to mount (tape and a cheap thermometer from a drug store will do the trick), build a fire, and let it burn. After a few hours, if your chosen spot is getting close to your set's maximum operating temp, then you shouldn't burn the fire and watch the tube at the same time, or choose another place for your TV to call home.


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trav3lguy trav3lguy 3 years
There's a product from Dynamic Mounting called the "Down and Out TV Mount". If your room layout requires you to put the TV mount over a fireplace, this is a great option. The viewing angle is great and the TV is further from the fireplace. Check it out if find yourself thinking about this.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
Good to know, thanks geek! :)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Sy, I'm glad you said that! I hate when people do that. It doesn't look good and it's usually hung too high so you have to strain your neck to watch television.
danixk danixk 7 years
I'm think I'm hard-wired like a guy. I have great taste in decor, yet I actually WOULD center my room around a large tv. =)
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i thought that was obvious and laugh every time i see it in magazines and then in people's houses. haha.
syako syako 7 years
The thought of this makes me cringe. It's the same idea that you should NOT center your room around a television (especially if you have a fireplace). Yikes. What a waste. Just hang the TV elsewhere and enjoy your fireplace sans glaring screen.
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