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Friday, January 05, 2018

SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOME THEATER


Having a home theater means no longer being dependent on going to the movies — who needs to spend a lot of money for barely 2 hours of images flickering across a screen? Big TVs, home projection systems, speakers and sound bars, 4K players and 4K streaming — all these combine to make watching at home a great experience. But that experience will suffer if someone trips or spills some popcorn or something worse happens. So here are 5 safety tips that will help to make sure your home theater provides a fun, but safe time for all.


HIDE THE WIRES
Tripping over wires — be they speaker wires, electrical wires or otherwise — can ruin anyone’s “movie night” as well as lead to possible disaster. Be sure to keep any/all wires out of the seating area as well as the “traffic” area, which means the path people must take to get to their seats in the home theater. Floor bumpers and cable protectors and other systems can be used to keep the wires from getting tangled underfoot; the best way to proceed will depend on how the home theater is set up.


NO LIGHTS IS A NO-NO
While having all the lights out might seem good while watching, even in the movie theaters there is some spot lighting to avoid it being totally dark. Arrange some lighting so that viewers aren’t forced to feel their way back to their seats, should someone have to get up to leave the home theater. These lights can be discreet and even the use of LED light strips against the floorboards will work. The idea is to ensure that anyone moving about will not get hurt from not being able to see where they are going.

USE A POWER CONDITIONER TO POWER THE HOME THEATER
While just plugging the various electronic components into wall outlets and extension cords might seem the easy way to do things, the actual fact is that it’s the worst thing you can do. Besides shortening the life of the various components, due to fluctuations in the electrical grid, sudden thunderstorms and the like, using a “clean” electrical source will improve the quality of what you see and hear as well as avoid having a circuit breaker shut everything down. A power conditioner plugs into the wall outlet and then the various components are plugged in. No learning curve, it’s easy to do and the results will be worth it.


KEEP THE EQUIPMENT COOL
It might seem prudent to stack all the electrical components away in a closet or concealed space, but there needs to be a proper airflow to dissipate heat. Dust and other detriment covering a component’s air vents can also prove disastrous, so dusting and regular vacuuming of the home theater area is suggested (watching out for static electricity build up when carpeting is involved). This will not only add to the life of the components, but make for a healthier environment for those watching.


PROPER SEATING FOR THE HOME THEATER
Enjoying what’s on the screen is difficult when the seat one is in isn’t comfortable. Adjusting the seating — or purchasing seats especially geared for home theater use — should be done so that those watching don’t experience neck or back aches. It’s also important, in the case of watching 3D movies, that the seats allow the person to sit upright without slouching. Being comfortable while watching will make the watching even more enjoyable. 


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