Bathroom Mirror TV Installation Tips
Selecting a television
We recommend that you use a LCD TV for your mirror TV rather than a plasma TV, because plasma TVs require plenty of air movement to allow heat to escape. The mirror may impede this, causing a fire hazard.
Some tips to consider if you are buying a different model:
You will have limited space to work with inside the wall, so thinner is generally better. On some models, the wires come straight out of the back, effectively increasing the overall thickness of the TV.
The brightness of the TV is important because you’re going to be blocking a lot of the light with the mirror.
After installation, put a digital thermometer to the back of the bathroom TV and leave it there for a while. Check the thermometer and compare the maximum heat reading you get to the specifications for the TV, and make sure you that are not exceeding them. If the TV is getting too hot, you can move it further from the wall, or install some small fans in back to blow the heat away from the TV. When constructing the frame or cabinet, make sure that the heat vents aren’t obstructed so that there is sufficient air flow.
For standard installations, your mirror should be much larger than the size of your TV, which will be recessed into the wall.
Make the TV blend in
Any portion of the back of the mirror that will not be in front of the TV screen should be covered with a thin black material to help the screen blend in when the TV is off. If you are recessing the TV into the wall, you can paint the wall behind the mirror black to aid in reflectivity. If you use felt with a sticky backing, do not apply the sticky side directly to the glass. The cloth side should be against the mirror and the sticky side should be attached to some sort of firm backing to make the felt stay flat against the glass.
The TV’s remote control sensor can be either covered by the mirror or you can use an infrared repeater. Infrared repeaters are great if the sensor is going to be blocked by a picture frame or cabinet, or if you want to enhance the range so that you can use your remote from your bathtub or Jacuzzi.
You should buy or build an in-wall mount that is specifically designed to bring the TV flush with the wall.
Types of installations
Most customers either recess their TV into the wall or build it into a cabinet. The easiest installation is to have a custom frame made that is the width of the TV frame. This frame will hold the mirror in place over the screen and is attached to the wall around the TV.
In-wall, external speakers are the best and use 2.4G wireless speakers if you can. These speakers are great because you do not need to mess with a lot of cables.