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What You Should Know about Flat Screen TV's

Like so many of you, I recently purchased a new flat screen TV now that the prices have become affordable. Also, like many of you, I live in a home that was built in the early 1950's that does not have a "grounded system" (what we electricians call an old "2-wire system").

What the big box retailer did not inform me was that the TV came with a grounded plug and is not meant to be connected with a ground adapter. As a result, I had to install a new circuit with ground to the new TV. The big box retailer also tried to sell me an off the shelf TVSS unit (transient voltage surge arrestor) with less than adequate protection for a lot of money. Obviously, I declined his offer because I had just spent a lot of money for the TV and wanted sufficient protection on my investment.

If you are confused about what other needs you new TV may require, feel free to call us and we will be glad to answer your questions. Depending on your home and degree of difficulty, you should budget somewhere between $800.00 and $1,500 for the install that includes mounting bracket and cables. If required, dedicated circuit and TVSS are additional. You will not need to budget as much if you do not plan on installing the TV on a wall. If you don't need us to install your new TV, you'll probably need us for something else someday, so keep us in mind. I will do my best to answer any electrical questions you may have.

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