TV Brackets & The importance of strength!

Posted by admin on 13/01/2013

Modern televisions, such as LCD and Plasma TVs, are thinner and lighter than ever before. This shift in television design opened up a world of possibilities in how televisions are arranged in the home. Mounting televisions to a wall is perhaps the most notable benefit in these design changes. Wall-mounting not only conserves space and improves the aesthetics in the home entertainment area, but mounting your television to the wall is also a much safer alternative than placing it on a table.

Modern TV’s are mounted to the wall via a television bracket. TV brackets vary in construction. Different types of TV brackets are constructed a number of ways, however, a few key construction components that are uniform across most types of TV brackets contribute to their strength and durability.

Perhaps the most important component that makes TV brackets so strong is the material used for its construction. Most commercial TV brackets are made out of steel. A TV bracket constructed out of any other material simply wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of even the thinnest LCD television. Steel is the material of choice for commercial TV brackets due to its high tensile strength. That is, steel materials are typically able to handle higher loads than other materials.

The second most important thing that makes TV brackets strong is their basic construction. A basic, fixed TV bracket consists of a main plate or frame. Fixed TV brackets typically are the easiest type of TV brackets to install and they install flush to the wall. These brackets vary in size, and the size typically determines the maximum amount of weight the TV bracket can hold. This is why each bracket has a maximum amount of weight it can hold.  Even if you install a more elaborate TV bracket, such as a tilt or tilt and turn TV bracket, it will have a main, fixed frame that connects to the wall.

The fixed frame usually has four to six fixing points. These fixing points are the areas in which the frame attaches to the wall. The amount of fixing points is important because each fixing point incurs the load of the television, but the more fixing points, the more the load is evenly distributed. An evenly distributed load makes for a sturdier TV bracket installation. An unevenly distributed load causes the TV bracket to fail. Also, due to basic physics, the further away a TV sits from the wall, such as with a tilt and turn TV bracket, the more fixing points the TV bracket needs to withstand the additional load.

Lastly, in order to ensure that your TV bracket can hold your TV, the bracket must be installed with the appropriate anchors. Whether you’re are installing your TV into a plasterboard wall, concrete wall or brick wall, failure to use the appropriate anchors or screws will cause your TV bracket to fail. The most common TV bracket wall mount installation consists of screwing the bracket into plasterboard.

Plasterboard itself has very little strength, so the most secure screw for this installation is the hallow wall anchor. This type of anchor not only screws into the wall, but it wings out and expands behind the wall to provide a stronger fixing. This spreads the load over a larger area and further reduces the load at each fixing point.

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