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Topic # 191871 18-Feb-2016 20:18
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Hi there

 

Looking at baby proofing our lounge and TV is becoming quite a pain. Currently, its on a low rise entertainment unit but can't easily be hanged on wall behind as there is a chimney through the centre  of the wall and electricity sockets are all at the bottom as well so would be quite a task to migrate it to the wall.

 

Was wondering if replacing it with a ceiling mounted projector is a better option?

 

Any thoughts, pros n cons, recommendations welcome :)

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 1495235 18-Feb-2016 20:57
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The main issue is sunlight. Projectors aren't much good in the daytime unless you can completely black out the room - you need to think about daylight savings as well.

 

I had a projector as my only screen for about 6 years and have just recently given it up for a TV as I was adding more glass to my living area and it just wasn't practical any longer.





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  Reply # 1495289 18-Feb-2016 21:47
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Get a higher cabinet for your TV.  Accept there may be some accidents...the joys of children.

 

Projector will be useless for general viewing unless you are willing to live in darkness.  





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  Reply # 1495293 18-Feb-2016 21:53
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Mount the Tv nearer to the roof and run cables IN the roof just like you'd have had to do for the projector and you're sweet.

I'm just about to take possession of a brand new build and actually planned this in exactly like my last 'adapted' house's install as we loved it so much.

Another idea is to use the showhome concept and relocate all the media playing boxes to a hall cupboard nearby. This works best if your TV is smart enough to control the blu-ray/DVDs though the hdmi cable like my 3 year old Samsung models do... iPhone app controls the appleTV over the wifi, and Netflix/Hulu run directly from the TV's apps.

Perfect plan... Now to see how it pans out in my new house too 🤔

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  Reply # 1495296 18-Feb-2016 21:56
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When you have babies around, the TV is the least of your concerns.


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  Reply # 1495321 18-Feb-2016 22:53
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joker97:

 

When you have babies around, the TV is the least of your concerns.

 

 

When they're older than about 3 you'll definitely appreciate bob the builder (on repeat) so you can actually cook a meal or go to the toilet properly.


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  Reply # 1495353 19-Feb-2016 05:12
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personally i wouldnt worry about it, our tv cabinet is about 450mm off the ground, and our son used to use it to hold onto when he stood up, we put the tv on the back of the cabinet which is about 400mm deep and that put it pretty much out of his way and he hardly every touched it.

 

He played more with the dvd box sets that were sitting under it than anything else and they were regularly lying on the floor


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  Reply # 1495381 19-Feb-2016 08:27
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There are options for a projector in a non light controlled room. I just purchased this baby

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvi7VZOp3ks


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  Reply # 1495397 19-Feb-2016 08:36
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How does the chimney cause an issue? There should be no problem mounting a TV on a brick surface, provided you attach the bracket using proper anchors (which are probably included with the bracket when you buy it - they were with the last two I bought).

 

Obviously mounting a TV above an open fireplace isn't ideal, for heat and possible smoke reasons, but if your TV is on a low cabinet now I'm assuming the cabinet isn't sitting right in front of the fire anyway.

 

Another option is to leave the TV on the cabinet but secure it to the wall so it can't fall forwards. You could put a one or two metal eyes in the wall (or brickwork, etc.) behind the TV, then a couple of hooks or eyes into two of the holes on the back of the TV where a bracket would be attached, then connect the two with a velcro strap.


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  Reply # 1495413 19-Feb-2016 09:11
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How does the chimney cause an issue? There should be no problem mounting a TV on a brick surface, provided you attach the bracket using proper anchors (which are probably included with the bracket when you buy it - they were with the last two I bought).

 

Obviously mounting a TV above an open fireplace isn't ideal, for heat and possible smoke reasons, but if your TV is on a low cabinet now I'm assuming the cabinet isn't sitting right in front of the fire anyway.

 

Another option is to leave the TV on the cabinet but secure it to the wall so it can't fall forwards. You could put a one or two metal eyes in the wall (or brickwork, etc.) behind the TV, then a couple of hooks or eyes into two of the holes on the back of the TV where a bracket would be attached, then connect the two with a velcro strap.

 

 

The big down-side to mounting a TV on a chimney or above a fireplace is the height - I get really depressed seeing TVs placed above head height (as measured when sitting down) in such places. I've found this is especially common in new builds where people are going for a "clean" look but don't think through the practicalities of watching TV with a crocked neck.

 

The worst things generally got for us with the boys as babies/toddlers/young kids and the TV is smeared fingerprints, which isn't a biggie. This compares with stuff like the CD player, which my eldest loved opening the drawer on and then shoving shut. This was quickly cured by me by hiding but watching him go for the drawer and then immediately blasting him with loud music for a few seconds - he never did it again. Tried the same trick with my younger boy and he just laughed! Hence why my decent Marantz player struggles to open and close.

 

But, seriously, my advice to the OP is don't worry about getting too precious. Just ensure the TV secured firmly and remotes are out of reach.


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  Reply # 1495452 19-Feb-2016 09:52
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A projector will require speakers.

 

Speakers are a bigger issue with kids than TV's IMHO.

 

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  Reply # 1495458 19-Feb-2016 10:00
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my boy found the power button for the UPS for the PC and Modem. I added additional protection over that to prevent repeats


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