tv - led lcd over fireplace (somewhat repetitive, i know)
We're in the process of putting an LCD TV over our fireplace but we have the luxury of reconstructing the fireplace.
Would love any feedback on our plan below. I know there is another post on this subject but didn't want to hijack that thread.
We are attempting to make sure
--TV is no more than 44 inches above floor level
--installing a fireplace gas insert into our wood burning fireplace
--using "fireplace canopy" that can extend out 6 inches and can be used for "zero tolerance" fireplaces such as gas inserts - eliminates the need for a mantle and thus allows us to keep tv low - e.g. one example of a fireplace canopy here
--plan to use thermometer after installation and look for temperature of less than 105 degrees, if doesn't pass test then will put a more intrusive mantle in place but hoping we won't have to do that
--electronics (tentatively) will be in a cabinet on a wall crosswise from the tv wall with a soffit adjoining so cables can be run (and don't have to reduce height of TV)
(not installing electronics on same wall is most controversial, right now of all our issues - comments?)
--probably will get Samsung 55 inch even though I understand warranty will be voided - live in Texas - not too many nights when fireplace will be used - though more nights than currently used, I'm sure
--side note, plan to use marble tile surround both above, sides and below (if there turns out to be a below) - hearth will be marble slab
We haven't done any of this, still in design stage -- would love any feedback.
Here is a link that might be useful: fireplace canopy - one example