One of the benefits of owning an HDTV is the fact that they can be wall mounted. This not only saves space and makes the TV more pleasurable to view, but also allows for varied displays making your TV very different from the norm. However, one thing many people forget when they wall mount their TVs is the fact that they still need a surge protector to prevent surge damage.
For a wall mount surge protector, you will need a screwdriver and possibly a drill in order to set the surge protector to the wall. Most wall mounted surge protectors for hdtv use have six plugins for all components and are designed to be mounted near the television and out of view, such as below a stand that is directly below the TV.
The best surge protector for wall mounted hdtv typically will cost about $50.00 and is designed to protect not only your TV but also home theater equipment and any consoles that are plugged into the wall as well. As any home owner who has ever been the victim of a stray lightning bolt or power surge can tell you, having protection for your equipment is absolutely necessary.
The real benefit in using plasma wall mount surge protection is that because these surge protectors are specifically designed to protect HDTVs, the higher frequencies used by these TVs do not bleed through and there are no picture quality problems. If you have a current HDTV that experiences lines or snow on several or all channels, you could be experiencing power bleed through that makes your picture much worse than it would be if you were using a protector that is specifically designed to be used with this type of TV.
Of course, wall mounting your surge protector should be done by a professional if you will be cutting into the wall at all. While this is not absolutely necessary in order to get your home theater set up, many people enjoy the flush look of wall plugins that do not protrude like a surge protector would, thus they wall mount them inside the wall. This is only recommended if you have no plans to rearrange the look of your home theater, since it can cost quite a bit to patch dry wall if you are not satisfied with the area in which you have placed the surge protector.
Standard surge protector mounting can be done in just a few minutes with a set of screws and a screw driver. With the protection these devices offer and considering the cost of the devices they protect, there is absolutely no reason not to own a protector for your equipment. Just remember when you are purchasing them that not all surge protectors are made of an equal standard.
When purchasing, be sure the protector you are considering is designed for use with HDTVs and can withstand a lighting strike so that you are protecting all of your equipment from the worst that nature can throw at it. Most surge protectors have some form of warranty so that if they fail, the company will replace the cost of the equipment that was ruined in the surge.