Nearly as important as the TV that goes on the wall or the mount that it hangs on is what power and low-voltage previsions are found behind the display. There are hundreds of configurations of AC and low-voltage junction boxes, scoops, outlets and face plates you can piece together.
But wouldn’t it be better to have everything you need in one box, and at a killer price? Arlington Industries, manufacturer of a slew of interesting LV, security, and electrical fixtures has put together just such a kit.
The TV Box TVBR505K kit includes a single recessed old-wok box that’s half AC junction-box and half low-voltage pass through, but doesn’t stop there. Most similar face plates cost as much or more, and don’t include the junction box for the AC side.
The TV Box kit not only includes a junction box integrated into the body of the assembly, it also includes a standard 2-pole outlet, two different decora-style LV scoops (one straight/open, one side-scoop), face plate, and screws. The LV side of the box can also be customized with any decora-style faceplate you might want to sub-in (coax, component, HDMI, Ethernet, etc).
The one-box solution comes in at a great price, but having everything in one box is great when in the field. You save time not only when pulling the piece parts together, but the overall installation is simplified as well. With your hole cut (paper template included, if you feel the need) you simply pull your AC and LV wiring through, route it into the box, wire your AC outlet, pull your LV cables through the scoop, and then button up the faceplate. The box mounts securely with a pair of standard old-work dog-ears. With wiring already pulled and stripped, the total box install took me about 5 minutes, and I’m no electrician.
This entire package comes in at only about $15.99 before any dealer or bulk discounts. Most similar products cost as much or more for just the scoop/recessed faceplate, not including the outlet or junction boxes. Arlington doesn’t sell direct to consumers, but you can hit up their website for a comprehensive dealer listing along with tons of other interesting fixtures like 3, 4 and 5 gang versions of the TV Box, a kit including a AC pass through, and many more.
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