So what are the options when mounting in a Window space? When mounting a screen inside a window, in most cases you would mount the screen as close as possible, (but not touching) to the glass, leaving a gap around 15-20mm. This allows for adequate airflow around the screen. When sourcing mounting solutions, you need to ensure your mounting brackets, poles and floor/ceiling plates are designed for the size, weight and vesa pattern of the screen/s you wish to mount. These systems often come in a black, chrome or white finish. 4 Mounting options for window spaces:
Suspended from the ceiling.
A floor to ceiling pole system
Mounting on an extending arm to a side wall, (only for smaller screens) or wall mounted, assuming you have a wall or solid structure in your window space.
Which option you choose will be governed by both personal preferences (including aesthetics) but also practical considerations as outlined below:
1 – Floor mounting: There are 2 options here: Free standing. There are in-fact very few High Bright, off-the-shelf freestanding units on the market. But when you do find them, or have some designed as a bespoke project, they will often have a large footprint and be very heavy, this is to support the weight of the screen and provide a safe sturdy solution which cannot be easily pushed over. With the large base, freestanding units/cases can often mean the screen may end up being some distance from the glass, especially if you have window sills and ledges in the way. Bolted to the floor using a pole system. This allows for the screen to be sited nearer to the glass, but most importantly, if the area is open to the public a bolted system offers greater security and safety. You would need to ensure the composition of any floor covering plus floor/base is sturdy enough to mount to. Bolted mounting plates also have a smaller footprint. For large screens size 65+ you should probably look at dual pole mounting solutions. 2 – Suspended from the ceiling Excluding the steelwork for the mounting an ultra-high bright screen can weigh in the region of 30Kg (based on a 55” screen). This kind of weight cannot be supported from a suspended or a plasterboard ceiling, unless we are able to locate a solid beam to attach fixings to. Strengthening can be undertaken, this may involve cutting into the ceiling and constructing a suitable brace to ensure any load is taken by adjoining beams. 3 – Floor to ceiling pole mounted To some customers, this can look quite an attractive option. In this instance the floor can support most of the weight with the ceiling fixing acting as support to keep the pole vertical, or visa versa. Some strengthening may still be required. Don’t forget to consider: Location of Power supply & Network or Wifi connection Finally, it may seem obvious, but surprising how many customers don’t think about the location of the plug socket. On average, screens tend to come with 1.5m power cables. It is possible to have longer cables, but nevertheless depending on where you decide to mount, then you will need a 13amp socket either in the ceiling or on the floor. For pole mounting you will often require a longer power lead than comes as standard with the screen. Many remote content management systems will require connection to the internet, either via a hardwire or wifi connection. For most, buying a digital screen is just the beginning and it is important to appreciate that due consideration be given where and how the screen will be installed. The good news is that once installed and running, you’ll be joining thousands of retailers large and small using advanced digital displays that can feature compelling messages to increase your footfall. Two Commonly asked questions, when mounting screens in windows…. After thorough research and working with hundreds of clients to improve their window displays. Over the last 25 years, we have learned the best ways digital screens can be mounted, managed, and used to capture attention and persuade shoppers to enter your store. Q: “Can we mount the screen to the glass?” A: The basic answer is no. Most Digital signage screens are mounted using their Vesa holes located on the back of the screen. There are of course a few open frame screens, which are usually designed for mounting into an aperture with a surround, where you mount to the back of the surround, often for touch screens such as cash point machines or point of sale. Q; “Can we mount the screen onto the window frame?” A: Again, it would have to be a no. Most window frames are not designed to take the loads exerted by a screen and any mounting system employed. Even if the frame is a modern aluminum profile, there is a huge risk of damaging the double glazed unit and we would not want to compromise the strength of the frame by drilling holes into a frame not designed for this purpose. And remember, ultra-high bright screens [insert link] (usually used in shop windows) tend to be larger and heavier mainly due to additional components such as either cooling fans or heat sinks which are designed to dissipate heat in place of fans. In a previous article we covered the big question, How bright should your screen be? [insert link] and in this piece we are covering the very important, but often ignored issue of mounting options for your screen. This question will arise once you have decided on the size and type of screen.