With more consumer TV models creeping into the commercial space, installers need to consider that these installations are a lot different than your average residential home theater. While the cost of the consumer panel is attractive and the aesthetics more pleasing than its commercial cousin, there are serious considerations before placing the PO. One of which is to tilt, or not to tilt… that is the question.
Often commercial installs call for these large panels in high places which might need them to be tilted to some degree. But a lot of these large consumer pieces such as Sharps LC-90LE657U and Sharp’s different models of their 80 inch panels cannot be tilted. These panels are large and very heavy and if tilted the glass could crack or even worse, fall out causing major problems (not to mention liability) for the project. One other consideration is that it will also void their warranties. Sharps lines of Commercial panels are all designed to be tilted – even the very large Sharp PN-E802 commercial 80 inch and its even larger commercial 90 inch Sharp PN-R903. They can even be tilted in portrait mode too.
Another thing to remember when using consumer panels in commercial applications is that warranties are not as robust if commercial panels were to be used in a commercial application. All of Sharps commercial LED’s come standard out of the box with a 3 year warranty versus a consumer piece which may have a warranty of only 90 days if at all when in a commercial application. In a smart move, Sharp’s consumer pieces do offer a 1 year warranty out of the box, however when tilted, the warranty is void.
Not every application calls for a panel to be used landscape, which is why manufactures like Sharp make their commercial LED’s to be used in both landscape and portrait. Portrait applications are not as common as landscape but they are used in applications such as video walls, digital signage, and way finding applications that you may see in Hotels, museums, and local malls with their directories.
So in summary, tilt commercial models, do not tilt consumer models. If in doubt, call me and I’ll be glad to help.