Determining Optimal Viewing Distance

Determining Optimal Viewing Distance

Have you ever bought a new TV, only to find out that it was too small or too big for your viewing space?  Or maybe you have a room in your home and you want to know what size TV you should get for the space.  If you want an easy way to calculate the optimal viewing distance from your TV, look no further than this handy tool by Omni Calculator.

Optimal TV Viewing Distance Calculator

For the home theater enthusiast, figuring out screen placement and optimal viewing distance is crucial to maximizing the enjoyment of your investment.  You spent good money on a good device and want to enjoy the best picture quality possible.  This tool may help you estimate how far you should place seating from the screen.

All you have to do is type in your screen size and select the screen resolution from the drop down list.  Your optimal and minimal viewing distances are instantly calculated and displayed.  It’s just as easy as that!

But what if you don’t know what your screen size or resolution is?  You can gather that information from a variety of places.  Your TV might have a sticker on it, or if you still have the original box or instruction manual, it might be listed there.  And of course, you could look up the TV model online.  Sometimes, the model number itself will give you a clue to its screen size and/or resolution.  If you are interested in learning the secrets to decoding TV model numbers, check out this article posted by PC Magazine.

How to measure TV screen size

The size of a screen is the length of its diagonal measurement.  If you were to draw and measure an imaginary line from a bottom corner to the opposite upper corner, you would discover the screen’s size.  Screen size is always expressed in inches. For example, a 32″ screen has a diagonal length of 32″. If it has a regular aspect ratio of 16:9, then the sides of this screen are 27.9″ and 15.7″, respectively.  You can check our math with Omni Calculator’s Pythagorean theorem calculator.

A 32" TV screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
A 32″ TV screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Naturally, the longer the diagonal measurement, the larger the screen. But does bigger mean better when talking about TVs?  Not necessarily!  To determine which TVs are the best, we also have to take into account screen resolution.

 

So what does TV resolution actually refer to?

By now, you may have seen or heard of marketing terms such as “HD” or “4K” used to describe the features of TV model.  These terms are often used in describing screen resolution – or rather, the number of pixels on the screen.  A pixel is the smallest “dot” on the screen can accurately display color information. If you look really closely at your TV, you will discover that the lines are a bit jagged because they actually consist of tiny squares.  What you are seeing are individual pixels of the screen.

Screen resolution is a measurement of the number of horizontal pixels times the number of vertical pixels along the edge of the screen.  A screen is really just a grid of tiny pixels, similar to the multiplication tables they used to teach students in elementary school.  Screen resolutions are typically denoted by the number of horizontal pixels across the edge of the screen.  Typical screen sizes are defined in the table below.

 

  • 480p – 720 pixels by 480 pixels
  • 720p – 1280 pixels by 720 pixels
  • 1080p or HD– 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels
  • Ultra HD – 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels
  • 4K – 4096 pixels by 2160 pixels
  • 8K – 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels

It is important to note that screen resolution has nothing to do with screen size.  There are 70-inch televisions with 4K resolution monitors as well as smartphones outfitted with 4K resolution screens.  So those high-end smartphones have screens with very tiny pixels, while the pixels on a 70-inch screen are much bigger.  The Jumbotron screen installed at the Dallas Cowboys‘ AT&T Stadium, measures 160 feet wide by 72 feet tall (49 m x 22 m), made to display HD resolution video viewable from the stands, has pixels that are roughly 1 inch wide!

 

Calculating the ideal TV distance

If you want to calculate the optimal distance between you and the TV, you should know that a typical viewing angle θ lies in the range between 30° and 40°, as depicted in the image below.

Viewing angle when watching TV.
Viewing angle when watching TV.

Armed with this knowledge, you can start setting up a room and the furniture within it to take advantage of optimal viewing distance.  Although optimal viewing distances can be quickly estimated, there is a science to it all, which involves some pretty involved trigonometry.  If you really want to learn the math and science behind proper viewing distance, read the full article by Omni Calculator.  Or you can just use the calculator at the beginning of this article and save yourself a bunch of time.

Or just ask the professionals!

Our installation technicians are experienced in mounting TVs and optimizing viewing distances in all kinds of room sizes.  Whether you just need a single TV mounted to a wall or want to design a home theater in a bonus room, contact us to learn about all the ways we can help you.  Headquartered in Pembroke, GA, we service Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, including Skidaway IslandTybee IslandStatesboroPoolerRichmond Hill and Hilton Head SC, we install technology for both business and residential customers.

 

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Smart Home Technology

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Smart Home Technology

Are you looking for ways to enhance your outdoor living space?  As we are finishing up another smart home project for one of our clients, we wanted to show some examples of our work and some ways that you can upgrade your outdoor space with smart home technology.  Our client has graciously allowed us to take some pictures and video of their beautiful 3 story home in Downtown Savannah.

Possibly the most breathtaking aspect of this home is actually outside the structure itself.  This house was designed with amazing use of its outdoor spaces, including a private courtyard and a rooftop area, granting its owners and guests a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Starting with the rooftop area, there is a 50-inch LG flatscreen television that had been weatherproofed by Sealoc.  The proprietary weatherization process can take an off the shelf television and shield the internal electronics from weather, adverse elements and corrosive environments, increasing the television’s lifespan and usefulness.  Although you can’t really tell from the video above, the television is comfortably viewable in partial sunlight.  However, on the bright sunny day that we recorded this video, the onscreen images were a bit hard to see, especially with the glare.  In those instances, the owners have a retractable sunshade that completely covers the television viewing area.

Most of the smart lighting, as well as the outdoor speaker system has been seamlessly integrated in and around the rooftop vegetation.  This keeps the rooftop area beautiful without being visually cluttered with unnecessary technology.  The outdoor speaker system is integrated into the rest of the whole home audio via Control4, so the family and guests can comfortably listen to the television or enjoy the music that is being piped all throughout the house.

The downstairs courtyard area, as well as the entire home itself, is monitored by security cameras that discreetly blend into the environment.  Every entryway and window is protected by alarm sensors.  The entire security system, including the camera feeds, smoke, fire and entry alarms are all integrated and controllable by the Control4 panels installed throughout the home.

The courtyard features smart lighting and outdoor speakers, discreetly nestled amongst the trees and bushes of this picturesque garden.  Just like the rooftop area, every aspect of this outdoor system is controllable and integrated into the rest of the home.  Even the water fountain control is integrated can be turned on and off with a simple click of a button.  This courtyard garden this exudes classic old Savannah charm while providing state of the art safety and enjoyment for its owners and guests.

If you have an outdoor area that is in need of a smart home upgrade, connect with one of our professional installation consultants at Allegiance Technology Solutions.  We love to take our client’s vision and make it reality.  We are always researching the newest technology advances and we will be able to intelligently suggest the best components to build the smart home system of your dreams.

 

Using Professional Installation Services

Using Professional Installation Services

Have you ever had a television mounted or some other equipment installed and you weren’t completely satisfied with results?  Maybe the installers did a sloppy job and you were left with a tangled mess of wires hanging around?  Or the installation was done with a “quick and dirty” mindset and afterwards you had a mess to clean up?

You are not alone.  Unfortunately, many installation technicians will use shortcuts and hacks to shave time off of their work.  Sometimes they just don’t pay close enough attention detail.  Sometimes they rush through their work because of demanding workloads.  Sometimes the technicians are inexperienced and make careless mistakes.

We have all been there, and it makes you feel like you didn’t quite get what you paid for.  But if you are like our typical clients, you demand quality, professionalism and attention to detail.  You want the end result to function properly and look like it is seamlessly blended into the rest of your home or office.

Our professional installation technicians are true craftsmen and take pride in their work.  We obsess over the little details.  We keep the visible wires to an absolute minimum.  We strive to provide a finished product that has a clean, professional, seamless look.

We love to take on challenging projects.  Just like the pictures above, mounting televisions to textured walls requires expertise, attention to detail and careful planning and execution.  If you are a person that desires excellence in design and execution, then contact us about your project.  If you want the best, contact the best in the area, Allegiance Technology Solutions.  Headquartered in Pembroke, GA, we normally service Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas, such as Skidaway Island, Tybee Island, Statesboro, Pooler, Richmond Hill and Hilton Head SC.  And if you are located outside of the Greater Savannah area, we are always open to working with clients from in any area if the partnership makes sense.

 

 

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

7 Key Things to Know About Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology transforms the way we interact with our households, offering comfort, convenience, and efficiency. By combining intelligent systems, appliances and devices, homeowners can easily control and manage their houses, either with a few taps or voice commands. From customizing lighting or temperature to managing security systems, home automation technology allows people to cater to their needs by just a click of a button.

Here are seven key things to know about smart home technology:

  • Compatibility – It is important to ensure that your devices are compatible with each other and with your chosen platform.  Modern voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Siri from Apple or Google Home have become a convenient way to automate devices in the home.  Of course, for the most powerful smart home package on the market, Control4 is the way to go!
  • Security – As with any internet-connected device, home automation technology can be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. It is important to follow best practices for cybersecurity and to ensure that your devices are protected against potential breaches.
  • Ease of use – A smart home installation should be easy to use and intuitive, with clear instructions and a user-friendly interface.
  • Integration – home automation technology should integrate seamlessly with your existing home systems, such as your home Wi-Fi network and entertainment systems.
  • Scalability – Like technologies used in other industries, home automation technology should be scalable, allowing you to add and remove devices as needed without disrupting your overall system.
  • Energy savings – A properly configured smart home can help you save on your energy bills by allowing you to control your heating and cooling systems and lighting more efficiently.
  • Cost – Smart home technology can be expensive, with some devices costing hundreds of dollars. It is important to set a budget and to shop around for the best deals.

Home automation technology offers the chance for you to remotely monitor and control different aspects of your home environment that provides energy saving, peace of mind, and convenience.

If you have questions about your current smart home installation or are interested in making your home smarter, contact us or give us a call at 912-216-4050.  Our technicians at Allegiance Technology Solutions are experts at home automation and will help you embrace the future of smart living!

 

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

One of our clients, Adrian Savoie, has graciously allowed us to take pictures and video of our work at his residence on Modena Island, Ga.  Along with setting up home automation across this entire property, Adrian had a vision for the ultimate outdoor entertainment setup.  He wanted to have an outdoor TV, but requested to have that television mounted in the ceiling on a motorized swivel lift that could turn different directions and be tucked away safely when not in use.  Challenge accepted!

This motorized television was going to be installed in the covered porch section of the pool house.  As the outdoor TV could potentially be exposed to the elements, we suggested a weatherized 55-inch model from Samsung.  Designed specifically for outdoor use, the screen is intentionally brighter and completely viewable in partial sunlight.  This model is also dust proof and waterproof, increasing the longevity of this investment.

Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation  Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation  Outdoor TV in-ceiling motorized lift installation

We were contacted by the client during the construction phase of this project.  This allowed us to start the engineering and design of the Nexus21 ceiling mounted swivel and lift system while the pool house was in the stud stage of construction.  Although we are equally experienced in retrofitting installations in existing structures, it is nice to be able to install this kind of seamless technology without having to worry about drywall, paint or fixtures.

Indoor Tv mounted on textured wall technician performing maintenance on the AV rack

Inside the pool house, we mounted a 75-inch LG television to a textured wall.  In-ceiling speakers we installed inside and out, and all audio and video was routed to a distribution amplifier.  This setup allowed the flexibility to watch either the same or different shows on the two televisions, with the audio playing along with the respective video screens.

Every interaction with the system is designed with as few button presses as possible.  This keeps the system functional while being easy to use for the client.  All in all, the client was very satisfied with the final product, allowing him and his family to be “on vacation” when they are home.

If you are interested in an installation like this at your home, contact us and one of our professional consultants will help you build the system of your dreams.

 

5 Reasons You Need a Home Theater

5 Reasons You Need a Home Theater

Are you tired of having to go to a crowded movie theater? Or maybe think the prices for movie theater snacks are too high? Are you someone who loves to watch movies, but also loves being in the comfort of your own home? We offer the possibility of having a home theater installed in your home so that you can relax and enjoy the immersive and customizable cinematic space catered to your specific needs.

Five reasons why you should have a home theater:

  • Convenience – With a home theater system, you can watch movies or TV shows in the comfort of your own home, without having to leave your house or deal with the crowds at a movie theater.
  • Cost-effective – Going to the movies can be expensive, especially if you go frequently. With a movie theater at home, you can save money in the long run by not having to pay for movie tickets, parking, or those overpriced snacks.
  • Flexibility – You can watch what you want, when you want, without having to worry about showtimes or availability. You can also pause and rewind the movie as needed, which is not possible in a movie theater.
  • High-quality experience – With professionally installed audio and video components, you can enjoy stunning visuals, crisp audios, and unparalleled comfort, allowing you to escape into your favorite movies or shows, creating a more immersive and enjoyable viewing experience.
  • Entertainment for family and friends – A movie theater experience can provide entertainment for friends and family, allowing everyone to enjoy different activities, such as binge watching a show or playing games. It will allow everyone to fully savor in the world of cinema without ever having to leave your home.

If you are interested in creating your own personalized home theater system, please give us a call at 912-216-4050.  Our expert installation technicians will help you craft the ideal system for you and your family.