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There are many types of TV wall mounts available on the market these days. Wall mount manufacturers are busy coming up with the new type of hardware all the time. We've put together this guide to help you understand the types of wall mounting brackets that exist on the market today and help you choose the right one for your needs and your budget.
Flat wall mount
This is the most basic wall mounting bracket that you can find. It doesn't have any moving parts. The TV is stationary. It allows you to adjust the location of the TV by shifting it a few inches to the right or to the left during the installation, but once the TV is installed it's not supposed to move anymore.
A small (but key) improvement over the flat wall mount described above, this bracket allows you to adjust the vertical angle of your TV. Just like the previous mount, you can shift the TV a few inches to the right or to the left a few inches during the installation. After that, you can tilt it withing a certain range of angles.
Tilting (or tilted) wall mount
Full motion wall mount
This is a more complicated, and hence a more expensive, piece of hardware. These mounts weight more, cost more, but they also do more. You can move the TV in many ways other than up and down.
Because these mount allow you to point (or articulate) this TV in any direction by changing both its vertical angle and the horizontal angle, these wall mounts are also called "articulating".
These types of wall mounts are usually used on top of fireplaces where the TV would be positioned too high to watch it comfortable, even if it was tilted to the maximum available angle.
This type of hardware tends to be very expensive as it includes component designed to make it easier to pull the TV down, lift it back up, or leave the TV in an in-between position between to two ends of it's range of movement. These can be implemented are a system of metal springs or pressurized gas tubes similar in construction to the shock absorbers in your car.
Some models also include heat sensors that change colour if your the hot air from the fireplace makes your TV too hot.
Pull-down TV wall mount
Ceiling mounts are used mostly in commercial applications, where there is no wall to attach the TV to. For example, if you need a display in the middle of your store, or wall it made of a material that you can't put a wall mount on (e.g. glass), using a ceiling mount is a great option.
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