There is a common concept about TV which says it has to be placed in the living room or the master bedroom. Well, the basic dynamics are still the same, but box TVs have been replaced by LED, or LCD standard TVs for that matter. Therefore, if you were to place your TV in the same living room where the sunshine gleams through, it’s not a good idea.
First of all, the display is greatly affected by the impact of light. If your room, where the LCD/ LED TV is placed, happens to be lit with all kinds of lights, the viewing percentage is affected to a large extent. Besides the fact that the viewing angle of a TV needs to be in line with your eyesight, and the distance of the big-ass LCD TV between you and the wall has to be taken into account, there are some recommendations that I have made in this article.
For instance, you can shuffle the adjacent furniture placement to see how it impacts your TV’s output. A lot of times, when people place decorations and tall objects, near the TV, they not only project dark shadows on certain areas of the screen, but can also block the viewing angle. Take a look at some of the general tips and ideas for placing your TV anywhere in your house:
Height, distance and placement factors for TVs:
Starting off with the height, you don’t want to place the TV too high in the room, and you don’t want to go too low either. Higher is not an option because then you’d have to stick your neck up to watch whatever’s on the screen. Too low impacts the vertebrae column the same way. Therefore, the TV has to be placed in your line of sight.
If the TV is above your eye level, or below your normal eye level, it will also affect your eyes accordingly. Not to mention the fact that when there are kids at your place, you would want to place the TV beyond their reach.
Now the next debatable subject is the distance of the TV. How far is it supposed to be placed from the main sofa or lounge chair where you will normally sit and watch stuff? The idea is to not sit too close to the TV. Of course, it will greatly reduce your eyesight over time even if the TV pamphlet says that the product is friendly to human eyes.
But the bottom line is that you need to put a lot of thought into purchasing a TV. Bigger screen sized TVs need to be placed in a room that is well proportioned with their size. I have seen many giant LCD screen TVs cranked up in small apartments. It just looks unnatural… if you know what I mean.
The final element of this discussion is the place where the TV is going to be placed! Placement matters because you are going to avoid setting up the TV where there are reflective surfaces, high intensity light and lamps that overshadow the TV in a negative way. The room needs to have soft light and no objects near the TV which would cause the screen to reflect their image.
- Please don’t do the following when placing or watching TV:
The idea of placing the TV above fireplace seems very good. In fact, in some remote sense it appears to be romantic, poetic and what not. However, the fumes rising from that fireplace are going to char the screen, and probably damage the TV for good.
Now I have my Sony Bravia’s speakers at the bottom side. So if I were to place the TV on a fireplace and no matter how modern my fireplace is, the heat factor and fumes will still be a huge disadvantage to the TV’s long term performance.
As a matter of fact, the black dust particles and small percentage of smoke will clog the air vents and speaker ports underneath the TV. Therefore, it is not a good idea to set the TV on top of a fireplace. Even if you do want to go with the idea, make sure that there are dust filters somewhere between the TV and the top side of the fireplace, and there is no heat coming up from the fireplace’s top side.
And the conclusion is?
I think that this whole idea of perfect place for a TV cannot be concluded at one point. You see, technology is constantly changing. Maybe the TVs that’ll be released a few years from today, will have a different viewing mechanism or screen display quality. Therefore, for now, you can say that the above tips and tricks apply accurately.
However, for future reference, let’s just keep our fingers crossed. Perhaps I will be coming back and updating this mini guide in a year or two.