Stop Mounting Your Televisions Above The Fireplace
The placement of a television above a fireplace appears to be the most logical. It has a pleasing appearance and is frequently the most convenient location in a room. However, there are significant problems with this type of placement.
If you only intend to watch television on occasion, then this television is probably fine for you. However, if this is your primary television, which you intend to watch for several hours every day, make sure you read about all of the potential issues listed below.
Viewing angle of a TV over a fireplace is too high
Have you ever had the opportunity to sit in the front row of a movie theater? Some people like it, but the majority don’t. Do you have a sore neck from staring at the computer screen all day? Consider what it would be like to see that every time you turn on the television. The majority of people find it uncomfortable to stare at something for extended periods of time. Even worse, it may appear to be fine at first, but you may later develop a neck problem.
“Too high” is one of the first Google autocomplete results that appears after “TV over fireplace”, which is not surprising. This is not an uncommon occurrence.
To be sure, this will not be an issue in some rooms. The fireplace may be at a low level, you may be reclining in front of the television, or you may be far enough away that you are only barely looking “up” at it. However, if you’ve ever experienced neck pain, which is frequently caused by a work-related injury, this is something to keep in mind because it has the potential to exacerbate an existing injury.
The majority of us would prefer to look slightly downward at a television. In comparison to other positions (such as the one recommended by OSHA for monitors), this is a much more natural one. When watching television, you should be able to maintain a neutral or relaxed neck position, which will vary depending on your sofa/seating position, and so on.
Your television will be positioned off-axis
LCD televisions account for nearly all of the televisions on the market today. Higher-end models from LG, Sony, and Vizio are OLED, but the majority of LCD televisions, regardless of their marketing names, are LCD.
When you’re not looking at an LCD screen directly in the eye, most of them look significantly worse. If you sit on a sofa and look up at the TV, even a few degrees below their centerline can cause the image to appear dramatically different from what it looks like when you are directly on-axis.
This is a relatively simple fix, though you will require specialized equipment. Depending on the wall-mounting bracket, you may be able to pivot the TV downward so that it is directly facing the seating area. Keep an eye out for models that fit this description. Flat-mounting your television on the wall (the cheapest solution) may make your television appear worse in appearance.
Heat and soot can cause damage to your television
There is nothing more damaging to an electronic product than excessive heat (OK, maybe water or kicking it could be worse, but you get my point). Increasing the operating temperature of the television can shorten what should be a vibrant and dependable long life span for the device.
Worse still, the soot from the fire can get into the TV’s internals, where it can cause serious damage. Even worse, because the damage will occur gradually and over time rather than immediately, the television will likely fail sooner than it would have otherwise, but it will still last beyond the warranty period.