How to Tips for Building Dynamic Ceiling Installations for Flat Panel TV and Projector Ceiling Mounts

Projector ceiling mounts or flat panel displays can seem like a difficult and complex task. That's why Chief has compiled a list of helpful steps to aid in any ceiling mount installation. Chief provides a variety of accessories, projector mounts and flat panel ceiling mounts that are sure to fulfill any application need.

Step 1: Choose the Best Structural Adapter

The first step in installing a mount from the ceiling is to determine what type of structure you want to install into. Chief offers a variety of structural adapters to choose from including: wood joist, concrete, truss, pipe, Unistrut®, I-beam, suspended ceiling, angled ceiling and general purpose ceiling plates.

Step 2: Select an Extension Column

Choose between fixed or adjustable extension columns made of aluminum. Chief's CMS™ Adjustable Extension Columns include a notched design for easy length changes. Both fixed and adjustable columns include cable management and access ports for a clean installation. In order to choose the appropriate extension column, you also need to determine the drop distance. Chief's columns come in lengths from 3"-132". Extension column accessories like the CMA640™ Finishing Ring help make any installation successful and provide a finished appearance when aesthetics are important.

Step 3: Choose an In-Line Adapter

An in-line adapter is required for most installations that connect two extension columns together. Choose an adapter based on the desired function or specification requirements. Some of Chief's in-line adapters include:

  • Couplers: connect two sections of column together
  • Swivel Adapters: increase viewing flexibility up to 330º
  • Quick-Disconnect Adapters: make installations easier and more flexible
  • Storage Adapters: store excess cables and power supplies to clean up installations
  • Vibration Isolator: balance the projector to reduce vibration

If an in-line adapter is used, a second extension column is required to connect the projector to the adapter.

Step 4: Choose the Right Mount

Chief offers a variety of projector ceiling mounts and flat panel displays. Choose from the RPA™ and RPA Elite™ Series for projectors. The mounts are available in custom or universal options and provide quick installation and low-profile design. The RPA Elite Series is a first-class upgrade to the RPA mounts and offers innovative features, like precise micro adjustments to reduce installation time. Chief also offers non-inverted projector mounts, heavy-duty models and stackers to meet every application need.

Flat panel ceiling mounts are available for small, medium and large displays, and include Centris® Technology for fingertip adjustability and quick installation. To retrofit an existing CRT installation, simply disconnect the existing CRT mount and rethread using Chief's MCS™ or PCS™ Single Ceiling Mounts and an NPT extension column.

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