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TV Wall Mount Brackets

Types of TV Wall Mount Brackets

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There are three types of TV wall mount brackets to consider -- low-profile, tilting, and full-motion. All have their advantages and disadvantages.

Low-Profile

Typically, low-profile TV wall mount brackets are the easiest to install and the lowest in cost compared to tilting and full-motion wall mounts.

The wall mounting process for a low-profile mount is about as difficult as hanging a picture on the wall. This ease of installation comes with a price -- an inability to adjust the TV once it’s installed.

That’s right, low-profile mounts don’t tilt and they don‘t move up/down or left/right. This lack of movement also makes it complicated when trying to switch out cables. Since the flat panel doesn’t move on it’s wall mount, you’ll have to physically remove the flat panel from the wall in order to change out cables.

Tilting Wall Mount

Typically, tilting TV wall mount brackets cost a little more than a low-profile wall mount, and is more comparable in cost to a full-motion wall mount.

Tilting wall mounts should install with the same level of ease as a low-profile mount. The only significant difference between a tilting wall mount and a low-profile wall mount is that you can adjust the vertical viewing angle when using a tilting wall mount.

Basically, the wall mount has a pivot in the middle of the installation bracket -- sort of like a see-saw turned on its side. The pivot makes it possible to maintain a good viewing angle when lying on the floor or standing on a ladder (should you be installing crown molding when watching TV).

As a result, changing out cables is easier with a tilting wall mount bracket in comparison to a low-profile wall mount, but the tilt is feature is limited. If you need horizontal swivel or tilt then a full-motion wall mount might be a better option.

Full-Motion Wall Mount

Full-motion wall mounts are as they say - full motion. This motion, however, comes with a cost, which makes full-motion wall mounts the most expensive of the wall mounts.

In addition to being costly, full-motion wall mounts are usually more complicated to install. Primarily because the mounting bracket has moving pieces -- an arm. As a result, you’ll want 2-3 people to help when hanging the TV onto the wall mount bracket.

As far as motion, the key difference between a full-motion and tilting wall mount is that full-motion wall mount brackets allow you to adjust the horizontal viewing angle by physically moving the flat panel away from the wall.

That’s because full-motion wall mounts have an arm joining the flat panel to the wall. This arm makes it possible to extend the TV away from the wall so you can swivel it on its horizontal axis.

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