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If you are gripped by Game of Thrones or you are addicted to Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll never miss a minute of your favourite programme again with a bathroom TV. This might not seem the most obvious room to host an extra TV, but it’s a trend that’s fast gaining traction. And really, what’s not to like?
Imagine yourself relaxing in a warm bath of bubbles (perhaps with a glass of something chilled and delicious) watching the series du jour as it happens. You won’t have to wait for three months later on catch-up when you’ve already heard all the spoilers. Suddenly you understand the appeal! Read on to find out more about how to install a TV in the bathroom.
We can’t emphasise this strongly enough: if you install any electrical device in a bathroom, you need to carry this out very carefully. Also, you MUST choose a bathroom TV that meets industry standard waterproof classifications (IP65) and European safety regulations (CE and RoHS). So a standard television will not be able to withstand the moisture in a bathroom.
Not many people are even aware that such a thing as a waterproof bathroom TV exists. But there are plenty of brands to choose from, such as Watervue, Aquatek and Sarason. You can even choose anti-fogging screens and some screens are actually embedded in mirrors. This way, when you switch them off they simply disappear from view for a more minimalist look in the bathroom. A TV that’s compliant with IP65 is even protected against water jets. Now that’s reassuring to know in a bathroom situation!
Once you’ve decided that a bathroom TV is for you, where should you put it? In theory, almost anywhere is fine, with the exception of inside your shower or bath (known as zone 0). As you may already know, you can divide the bathroom into four zones. Suitable waterproof bathroom TVs are suitable for installation in zones one, two and three.
Siting your TV screen on the wall at the end of your bath is a popular option for obvious reasons. But it’s not the only option – how fabulous would a combined LCC TV/heated towel rail? There are even models with a mirror option when the TV’s switched off, taking multitasking to a whole new level!
Consider where you want to view your TV. Perhaps the tub will provide perfect viewing during a long soak. Otherwise, you may want the perfect view from the shower to look up the weather in the morning.
Safety aside, what are the main issues to look out for when choosing a TV for your bathroom? A mist-proof model is a must for such a high-humidity area as is a waterproof remote control.
Next, you’ll need to decide on either an in-wall or an on-wall installation. With the former, you can fit the TV into the actual bathroom wall, so it sits flush. Be aware that with this option you will probably need to touch up your tiling/plastering, and seal the glass to the wall with a silicon sealant. You will usually find VESA fixing holes already on the back of on-wall TVs. This way, you can attach this directly to your wall, without cutting into it. Whichever option you select, you must follow the specific installation instructions to the letter. If in doubt – contact a qualified electrician and follow our expert guide on what you might need to consider:
1: Choose your viewing position and make a hole in the wall, leaving enough room for the cables.
2: Using your TV mounting plate as a guide, cut out a recess in your wall big enough to house your chosen TV size.
3: Unscrew the back of your TV unit, and connect all the necessary wires and cables, then replace the cover and insert all the cables into the wall at the bottom of the TV.
4: Fix the mounting plate in place, and attach your TV (making sure it’s working correctly before fitting). Seal the screen with clear, mould-resistant silicon. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before first use.
Lastly, you may want to consider a Smart bathroom TV. This way, you can easily stream and view your favourite box sets and you won’t need to consider cable TV for example.
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