The idea of putting a TV on top of an open fireplace would be the best place to put it. It’s not in the way and looks great, and is generally the most practical place to set it up in the room. But there are some significant issues with this type of positioning.
If you’re going to be watching this TV on occasion, then it’s probably OK. However, if this is your primary television that you’ll be glued to for hours every single day, Make sure to read about the various issues listed below.
If you’re considering above-the-fireplace mounting, I’ll presume you’ve already deemed how you’re going to run power and signal (HDMI or wireless) to the TV and how you’re mounting it to the brick/stone/whatever. These are also concerns; however, they are easily fixed. Other issues need to be addressed but.
Have you ever sat in the first row in a movie theatre? Some people like it; most don’t. The sore neck you feel when you stare at the TV screen? Imagine this each time you turn on the TV. The majority of people find looking at something for prolonged periods discomforting. It can be OK at first, but you will get a neck problem in the future.
It’s not surprising that one of the very first Google autocompletes results following “TV over the fireplace” …” can be “too excessive.” This isn’t a new problem.
It’s not an issue in some rooms. The fireplace may be located below, or you may be sitting to watch TV, or it could be that far away from it that you’re only gazing “up” at it. However, if you’ve experienced neck pain, usually due to some work-related issue, this is worth considering because it can make an injury more severe.
We tend to prefer to look at the side of the TV. This is a more natural posture (similar to OSHA’s suggested for monitors). In the ideal situation, you’ll be able to keep your neck relaxed and neutral when watching TV, which will change based on your position and other factors.
The majority of TVs on the market today are LCD. High-end models from LG, Sony, and Vizio are OLED. However, regardless of the brand name, the TV is an LCD.
Most LCDs are significantly more distorted if you’re not viewing the screen straight on. Just a few degrees lower than their centerline, as you would sit on a sofa and look at the television, could create a picture that appears completely different from what it seems at directly on the axis.
It’s pretty simple to fix, although you’ll require specialized equipment. Specific wall mounting brackets allow you to tilt the TV so that it’s in direct view of the seating space. Look out for models with this feature. Mounting your TV flatly on the walls (the best option) could make your TV appear worse.
Soot and heat damage your TV.
There’s nothing more damaging to electronics than heat (OK, maybe kicks or water might be better. However, you’ll get the point). The higher the temperature at which you operate the television can reduce the expected and reliable lifespan.
Then, the smoke from the fire could get into the insides of the TV and cause a lot of damage. The damage will take time and will not be apparent immediately, meaning that the TV is likely to fail earlier than it would otherwise; however it is still over the warranty period.
It won’t be a problem for every person. If you don’t or can’t utilize your fireplace, it shouldn’t pose an issue. Gas fireplaces may not have soot; however, when the wall is warm and comfortable to feel, the heat will also heat your TV.