Home theater systems can offer amazing sound, crisp, clear video and more, but in order to enjoy all of the benefits of a home theater system, it’s important to plan one out before making installations. In the planning process, there are many options, including what size television to use or how many speakers you would like, but you should also consider the electrical needs of your home theater system.
By planning out not only your system’s design, but also its electrical needs, you’ll be able to safely enjoy your home theater for many years to come. Before you go out and start purchasing components, here are some things to take into consideration:
1.) Electrical Outlet Placement
When planning out your system, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough electrical outlets for each component. While you can use a power strip to plug in multiple components, you may find it easier and safer to have a separate outlet for each component instead. This may mean you will have to install additional outlets around a room or around your entire home, and if this is the case, you will need to have some knowledge of electrical work in order to prevent voltage outages. It’s important to note that electrical outlet installation can be a very dangerous job if you aren’t sure what you’re doing, so you may need to consult a professional for help.
2.) Consider a Dedicated Circuit and Surge Protection
In addition to electrical outlets, you may need to install a dedicated circuit in your home for your theater components. This will help you to keep continuous power flowing to your home theater system without the risk of taking power from other elements of your home. Installing a dedicated surge protection system is also a good idea to prevent damage to your system’s components in the event of a power surge. Traditional surge protectors that can be purchased from a department store are generally not adequate for this type of protection, so you may need to seek out a surge protection system from a specialized home theater system retailer.
3.) Pre-Wire Your Home
You may also want to pre-wire your home for your system. When you pre-wire for home theater usage, you will need to know exactly what components you will be installing, so it’s best to plan out your system beforehand. Once you know what you want and where you want it to go, you can begin the process of pre-wiring. This may mean running speaker wire, electrical cords and more through walls and ceilings and under flooring. The benefit of pre-wiring is that you can then switch out components as your theater system evolves or ages. Additionally, pre-wiring gives you the chance to create a more seamless appearance to your theater system and the room it will be in.
As mentioned, electrical work can be dangerous, so if you are ever unsure about your ability to complete a specific installation task, always consult a professional electrician first. An electrician will be able to give you advice regarding voltage, wattage and amperage requirements for the theater system you want, and they can also assist you with any installation procedures you may require.
J-Five Electric is a Dallas-based electrician company. They handle residential and commercial electric needs.