Flip-Down Lifts: Recessed vs. Built-Down Installations

Our flip-down lifts are great space savers, and they can give your place a look similar to that of an in-home movie theatre as well. But what you may not know, is how they look once they're installed and what your finish options are.
There are basically two sorts of ways that you can choose to install one of these lifts, and each way has it's own benefits. Here we'll tell you a little about each of these options and help you choose which method is right for you.
Option #1: Recessed Installations A recessed installation is where the lift is built into the ceiling itself so that when the lift is closed, it appears as pretty much just another part of the ceiling. It can appear as unobtrusive as just a seam or line around the lift.
All of our flip-down lift are only 4.5" deep, and with a TV, at most that will only increase to a maximum of 6".
The benefit of this is mainly a savings in headroom in places like RVs, boats, or yachts where headroom can be at a premium. Also, some customers prefer the minimal effect this type of installation has on their decor.
Here's an example of a recess style installation in an RV:
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Option #2: Built-Down Installations A built-down installation is where you build a box or a frame of molding on the ceiling around the lift. You can match the look of the room and even the style of molding to maximize the aesthetics of the room.
As we've said, all of our flip-down lift are only 4.5" deep, and with a TV, at most that will only increase to a maximum of 6". So the box or frame doesn't need to be all that noticeable.
The main benefits of this option are that you won't have to cut into your ceiling so it's less of a worry in that regard, and then of course you'll get the added distance down from the ceiling which may give you a better viewing angle.
Here are a couple examples of built-down style installations:
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Take a look at our line of flip-down lifts, and choose the one that's right for you: FLP-410 - for 60"-75" LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TVs FLP-310 - for 50"-60" LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TVs FLP-210 - for 32"-50" LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TVs FLP-110 - for 17"-32" LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TVs

CES: iPhone-controlled HDTV mounts are go

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CES news is beginning to trickle through now, and we anticipate at least some AirPlay-enabled systems from the big audio dynamos will be waiting in the wings; meanwhile, WallWizard will be at the show to demonstrate its range of motorised iPhone/iPad-controlled HDTV mounts.
These things sound pretty cool: the mounts are motorized so you can adjust the angle of the TV to get the best possible view using a $10 iPhone app and a $160 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller. The mounts range in price depending on the style from $149 to $399.
“ControlWand’s user-interface is organized intuitively so that Apple and Smartphone users will feel right at home from the start,”
the company says. “The Control System’s advanced functionality and affordability significantly raises the bar in making television that much more convenient and fun.”


Video: WallWizard at CES WallWizard vice president of sales and marketing Craig Matthews talks to Maureen Jenson about the company's products, including motorized and non-motorized solutions.

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WallWizard large-screen television mounts

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The DM65, TA55 and SA52 manual and motorized mounts from WallWizard are designed to provide installers with a choice of products that address aesthetics, viewing angle and client cost concerns.
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Falling into the category of--"tell me something I don't already know"-- the prices of flat-panel televisions have fell so low that consumers have become very sensitive to the price of accessories to their TV purchases.

Knowing that no one wants to pay 35 to 40 percent of the cost of their flat-panel television for the investment into a mount, Calif.-based
WallWizard has introduced its latest additions to its product lines. The company's newly introduced $159 DM65 Manual Tilt Wall-Mount is said to help dealers addressing applications where the client wants their slim flat-panel TV mounted as close to the wall as possible. WallWizard says the DM65 works with TVs ranging from 42 inches to 65 inches, and it can hold weights up to 150 pounds.

The next product the company introduced is the TA55 Low-Profile Motorized Tilt Mount. This product is also a low-profile mount, but unlike the DM65, it adds motorization. WallWizard says this $300 mount can be used for install scenarios such as the placement of a flat-panel TV over a fireplace. The motorized TA55 includes an IR remote, an optical trigger and a USB port to support the company's ControlWand and Apple app accessories. The TA55 works with TVs ranging from 37 inches to 55 inches and it has a weight capacity of 100 pounds.

The last product WallWizard announced was the SA52 Motorized Swing-out Mount. WallWizard says this mount offers 90-degrees of swivel at the push of a button, and the $379 mount also includes the same IR, optical and USB provisions as the TA55 mount. The SA52 is compatible with TVs ranging from 32 to 52 inches and it can handle TVs weighing up to 80 pounds.

TV Mounts Helping Bolster Flat Panel Sales

With the custom electronics industry inching away from "hanging and banging" to survive, installers are looking for products that help them to grow their revenue streams.

WallWizard, manufacturer of TV mounts that debuted at CEDIA Expo 2010, says installers are interested in its mounts as a means of bolstering sales of flat-panel TVs.

“The fact that we don’t publish our MAPs [minimum advertised price] and leave the actual selling prices up to the dealer is applauded," says Craig Matthews, WallWizard's VP of sales and marketing. "With our suggested selling prices of our core motorized models from $149 to $429 and core manual models from $99 to $329, dealers can sell a motorized WallWizard mount at prices rivaling competing brands manual mounts, while still making substantial margins."

Matthews says the key for installers is to focus on how they can service client’s system needs. Matthews says installers should show clients how mounts can enhance their ability to watch TV.

Chris Wyllie, founder of Islandia, N.Y.-based integration firm
SEAL Solutions, says his company incorporates mounts into all of its sales to make the video category profitable.

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“In today’s economy, every integrator understands that it is hard to make money on flat-panel TV sales," says Wyllie. "By using WallWizard mounts, it is a way for us to offer something different from what is available at big-box retailers. You will not find motorized mounts at the retail price WallWizard is offering. You can pretty much replace someone’s standard manual mount with a WallWizard motorized mount and get the job because you are giving added value.”

Wyllie adds that selling flat-panel TVs is like selling cell phones. “Stores do not make money on the cell phones, and we know that,” he says. “The accessories are where they are making the money. Similarly, TV accessories are where you make the money. If you are the store that has the really cool accessories, then you are going to be selling - and making - a lot more money.”

Lift It FLP-110 Ceiling TV Lift Featured on DIY Network's New TV Show "I Hate My Bath"

The "Zen Master Bath" episode (season 1, episode 6) of DIY Network's "I Hate My Bath" featured our FLP-110 flip-down lift. Host Jeff Devlin helped a couple, Matt and Vickey, remodel the disaster of a bathroom that their house came with, into a modern, Asian-inspired luxury bathroom - just in time for the baby they were expecting.
Click here to see the show's website and learn more...
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LIFT IT Flip-Down Ceiling TV Lifts Used On Royal Caribbean's OASIS Of The SEAS Cruise Liner

Royal Caribbean opened bookings for their new cruise ship, the OASIS of the SEAS. This cruise liner (16 decks, 1,184 feet) is now the world's largest passenger vessel, even featuring it's own full-size shopping mall and central park, believe it or not.
OASIS of the SEAS features 28 ultra-modern loft suites and 2,700 spacious staterooms. LIFT IT was contracted to provide flip-down lifts for all 28 of the loft suites, pictured here:
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There's also a really nice YouTube video made about this (we're about 4 minutes in, if you're interested)...

To give you an idea of the scale of this ship, here's a picture of it coming into harbor...
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You can learn more on Royal Caribbean's website and view more videos and pictures at their OASIS of the SEAS showcase site.
We advise taking a look at the showcase site especially - there's so many amazing features aboard this ship, you'll probably be surprised at least once.

Lift It Lifts: Home Automation System Compatible

You may or may not realize, but you can use any of our lifts with most any programmable (all-in-one) IR remote you can find. And that's a great feature to offer, we're sure about it - BUT, that's not all. Ever heard of an automated home system? You know, one of those things where you can operate pretty much every little thing in your house that runs on electricity with one remote control or touch screen pad? Stuff like this:

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Companies like Crestron®, Control4®, AMX®, etc... These guys have the ability to automate audio, video, home theater, lighting, climate control, window shades, security systems... it shouldn't come as a surprise then, that TV lifts can be controlled this way too. They use a remote or touch screen (or both) to accomplish this.

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Sparking any ideas? Because really, you could do a lot with this. Walk into the room, press a button, TV appears and turns on automatically. Press another button, the shades go down. Another button, the lights dim. Thirsty? Another press of a button and a mini-bar lifts up for you, you can probably even child lock it to keep the children out. Just signed a big contract or won a lot of money and need to keep it safe? Press a button and your safe comes out. And that's just a living room. What about a kitchen? A bedroom? By the pool?
Think about it.

(note: the images in this post are quoted from Crestron's, Control4's, and AMX's websites and are used as examples of what companies like these can do)

Which Lift is right for you?

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The Right Lift For Your TV
An easy guide for selecting a Lift for your LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TV
So you made the excellent decision to mount your LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TV on a TV Lift? Smart shopper! All that's left to decide is which Lift is right for your TV - Let us help.
For the smallest monitors, or especially for use in a kitchen, bathroom, or other smaller space, use the FLP-110. Standard size TVs and those of the mid-range size will want to use the FLP-210, and the largest screens will use the FLP-310 or FLP-410. See the chart below for exact specifications:
FLP-110: (A) is less than 22 in. (55.88 cm.) and (B) less than 33 in. (83.82 cm.) FLP-210: (A) is less than 28 in. (71.12 cm.) and (B) less than 47 in. (119.38 cm.) FLP-310: (A) is less than 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm.) and (B) less than 57 in. (144.78 cm.) FLP-410: (A) is less than 39 in. (99.06 cm.) and (B) less than 67 in. (170.18 cm.)
TIP: When measuring your TV, make sure to account for TV speakers (side, top, or bottom).
Still not sure which Lift is perfect for your install? Give us a call, we are always happy to help!