What is Available for Flat Panel Screens?
Flat panels provide a stylish and modern look to a worship facility. They serve as electronic bulletin boards in the facility’s common areas such as a vestibule, atrium or lobby and can be used as a learning enhancement tool in a Sunday school or breakout room. They can also be valuable space-savers in a security room or sound console area. If your worship facility is considering flat panels for any of these locations, you have several important decisions to make – and none more important than choosing the very best mounting solution available to fit the flat panel in the location you select.
Here are some of the different kinds of mounting solutions you’ll want to consider for your flat panel screens: Closest to the Wall Mounts
Ultra-slim flat style mounts are designed to keep your screen tight against the wall and provide the lowest profile mounting solutions for a clean appearance in the foyer or vestibule. An intuitive design makes these mounts quick and easy to install. Flat style mounts are the most basic solutions for flat panel screens.
Perfect Tilt Angle
Tilt style mounts provide versatile and secure solutions, ideal for the worship area as well as the foyer or vestibule, offering smooth, continuous tilt to achieve an optimal viewing angle. If you are mounting multiple screens next to each other, look for tilting mounts that feature incremental locking for precise alignment. Tilt mounts help alleviate potential glare when the display is viewed by the audience.
Virtually Limitless Angles
Pivot style mounts add an extra degree of adjustability and flexibility when compared to the tilt style mounts. Pivoting mounts enable the flat panel screen to be turned left or right, and tilted up or down, in order to achieve the ideal viewing angle. This style of mount allows clear and direct viewing even when not seated directly in front of the screen.
So Much Functionality
With articulating style mounts, the screen can be pulled away from the wall, pivoted and tilted so you can view the display from any angle. The articulating wall arm can be extended to over 2-1/2 feet, while allowing screen adjustments to the left and right, or up and down so the screen is always ideally positioned. When the screen is not in use, it can be folded flat to save space. Various pivot points allow for a multitude of viewing positions.
Out of the Way
If mounting the screen on the wall is not an option, a ceiling mount is a great alternative. Designed for versatility, this type of mount offers tilt and swivel functionality. A key factor with ceiling mounts is the availability of extension columns and ceiling mounting accessories. The extension columns allow you to mount the screen at various drop lengths for the best viewing location. You’ll need accessories for attachment to various ceiling surfaces such as a vaulted or cathedral ceiling, I-beams, truss, concrete, Uni-strut® or other surfaces. It is always important to consult your installer or the mount manufacturer to make sure you get the right accessories for your installation.
Flat Panel Floor Stands
Flat panel floor stands are a good choice when portable or stationary mounting is required and wall or ceiling mounting is not an option. They are great for mounting a single screen portrait or landscape and provide the perfect means to mount multiple screens – up to 4 screens back-to-back. A stand can also be used to create a video wall when positioned side-by-side. Choose from free-standing, bolt-down or models on wheels that provide a mobile mounting solution. When selecting a flat panel stand make sure it incorporates horizontal or vertical positioning, so it provides the most versatile solution. Flat panel stands are great for digital signage and entertainment purposes in areas such as foyers or vestibules.
Space-Saving Desktop Options
Desktop mounts enable the screen to be placed on a desk or attached to the desktop using a clamp-style method or bolt-down method. These mounts are great options for freeing up space in a surveillance room, greeting desk, or the office. Desktop mounts allow for effortless height, tilt, swivel and swing adjustments. These mounts are available in one, two, three, or four-screen configurations to fit your needs.
Before you Select a Mount
It is recommended that the mount selected includes safety and security mechanisms such as locking screws, latches or spring clips that keep the screen firmly in place and deter theft. Check for the UL logo when selecting a mount. This certifies that the mount has been tested to hold four times the rated load capacity, ensuring a safe product.
Many mounts come in a variety of colors and finishes to match the décor of the room. If you are looking for colors other than silver or black, check with your installer or call the mount manufacturer for availability. Many mounts incorporate cable management features that hide or route the cable and cords for a clutter-free and clean installation. Check to see if the mount you are selecting comes pre-assembled and includes all screen attachment hardware for a quick and easy installation.
Flat Panel Screen Locations
One of the most often used locations for a flat panel screen is in the worship area, where the screen visually enhances the message for everyone attending a service.
With today’s broadcasting technology, the worship service can be delivered to locations, such as the overflow room, lobby or atrium area, nursery room or any other place in your facility.
Today, screens are used to enhance the message as well as display events of the day/or weekly activity schedules. Locating screens in these high-traffic areas adds an impressive modern element and ‘reaches out’ to members, as well as first-time or visiting worshippers.
Surveillance areas in worship facilities usually are delegated to a small room or closet. Mounts allow placement of flat panels on the wall to free-up space.
Use of a flat panel screen in a Sunday school or breakout room assists in visual learning by adding a video element to the lesson and its message.
Mounting innovations significantly expand your selection choices. Remember to check that the mount you decide upon has all the functionality required, and provides the safety, security and aesthetics to match your application needs.