Flat screen LCD over fireplace

yogeetaDecember 7, 2009

We are considering hanging our new 55" flatscreen LCD over the fireplace in the family room and want to see what other people who have a similar setup have to say. Do you like it? Is it uncomfortable? Note that we are mostly semi-reclining when viewing TV (natural body tilt!). We will be buying a sectional sofa, where the parallel to TV sofa part will be 15 feet away from the TV. The top of the TV will be one feet below the ceiling (I have 9 feet ceiling height).

I know that many people are completely against this, but I want to hear from people who have this setup.


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I know a few high-end AV guys. They all say don't put an LCD flat screen over a fireplace because heat affects performance and longevity. Didn't ask about the soot.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 5:24PM
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we've had 48" LCD flat screen on our fireplace mantle of our woodburning fireplace for several years. So far, we've had no issues at all and absolutely love it our den is about 18' x 20'. We never thought to consult anyone about it, just went to Best Buy and bought the t.v...they only had one that's base would fit on the mantle..no complaints or problems here.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2009 at 8:49PM
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I've got a 42" plasma above my fireplace. At first, I didn't enjoy looking upward at the TV, but I kept it there because the position makes viewing from my dining area possible. Now, the upward viewing angle is not bothersome.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 7:14PM
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Thanks for all your replies. We are mostly going to go with this idea. Our mantle is pretty high, so we tried getting estimates to lower it (cut out a portion of the surround), but it seems pretty expensive to do that and since this is a brand new house, we are not sure if we want to start breaking things.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 6:19PM
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We put our LCD above the fireplace five years ago and it is a total non-issue. We did have a mantle which acted as a bit of a break for the heat.

We also used a mount that tilted down a bit, which was nice. No one ever complained.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 2:45AM
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Since your house is new, you should check the specs of your fireplace and look specifically at the CLEARANCES. These numbers refer to the distance around the firebox that needs to have only noncombustible material, like marble, slate, metal, etc. If your mantel is wood and your fireplace was installed properly, you can be sure that placing something above the mantel will not be a fire hazard. But heat rises and therefore the wall above the firebox will be warmer than, say, another wall in the room. There is therefore a risk that the extra heat will shorten the life of the TV.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 3:47PM
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We have a Samsung flat screen LCD and in very fine print it is stated that the warranty is void if hung over a heat source.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 2:00PM
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