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Old 12-06-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Anyone ever used a "power inlet" for an outlet behind a wall mounted TV?


So ... TV Mount is up - time to deal w/ the cables.

There is an outlet underneath where the TV goes, but I've been tossing ideas around about power. The outlet is in the middle of a circuit and I believe it'll get awfully crowded in that box, plus there's the issue of surge protecting. I have a whole house surge, but I like (for peace of mind) having them on my electronics also.

Has anyone used a power inlet/outlet solution for this? Power inlet right next to the outlet that's there and power outlet behind the TV. No visible wires and I still get to plug the TV into the surge protector along w/ the receiver.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Joe: By giving me a link to the product are you saying you don't know of any reason why I should not proceed with this plan?

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I can not even understand your plan.
Just wanted you to be able to see some options avalible for the outlet and the cables.
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I'm currently working on this project. I purchased the "Midlite" inlet and recessed outlet and found a dual voltage box at HD.

Old work box http://www.homedepot.com/Carlon/h_d1...&storeId=10051

Midlite Power Solutions http://www.midlite.com/products.aspx?catId=772
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Your plan will work fine but here is a kit that will do it all (a little pricey but slick).



http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...a#.UMEEQ2cill4
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I can not even understand your plan.
Just wanted you to be able to see some options avalible for the outlet and the cables.
"power inlet" (the opposite of a power outlet) Mounted next to existing outlet.

Regular power outlet mounted behind TV.

The two are connected by romex inside the wall.

Power cord from outlet behind TV into TV

Power cord from Power Inlet into surge protector and then into regular outlet.

I looked at the kit but I'm not paying $90 for some wall plates when I can buy the parts for $20 and have plenty of romex in my basement.
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"power inlet" (the opposite of a power outlet) Mounted next to existing outlet.

Regular power outlet mounted behind TV.

The two are connected by romex inside the wall.

Power cord from outlet behind TV into TV

Power cord from Power Inlet into surge protector and then into regular outlet.

I looked at the kit but I'm not paying $90 for some wall plates when I can buy the parts for $20 and have plenty of romex in my basement.
I spent about $70 total for 2 TVs
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Your plan will work fine but here is a kit that will do it all (a little pricey but slick).



http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...a#.UMEEQ2cill4
I looked at this kit, but it was ugly and large. My setup fits into a two gang box. Looks better and was easier to install.
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I have outlets from when I redid all of mine.

I have scrap romex, definitely have a piece about 6' long, should be plenty.

I have old work boxes.

Then there's this:

http://www.amazon.com/MIDLITE-4642-W...d_sim_sbs_hi_1


The markup on those "kits" is INSANE and why the hell are the power cords 6' long anyway? Who has an outlet behind the TV that is still 6' from the TV???
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I have outlets from when I redid all of mine.

I have scrap romex, definitely have a piece about 6' long, should be plenty.

I have old work boxes.

Then there's this:

http://www.amazon.com/MIDLITE-4642-W...d_sim_sbs_hi_1


The markup on those "kits" is INSANE and why the hell are the power cords 6' long anyway? Who has an outlet behind the TV that is still 6' from the TV???
Yes, those are expensive for some reason. You can save money on the recessed outlet by purchasing them at Lowes or HD, But, those have the cover plate molded to the outlet so they require their own box with enough clearance around the sides.

Here's the recessed receptacle http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

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Well as our discussion goes on I see nobody writing: "Don't wire it this way because xyz" so that's a good sign. I'm moving forward with this.

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Well as our discussion goes on I see nobody writing: "Don't wire it this way because xyz" so that's a good sign. I'm moving forward with this.

Thank You.
Just run the power and low voltage as far apart from eachother as possible to minimize interference. If you have to cross the power and LV, do so at a 90* angle.
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If you are talking about make an "extension cord" with the romex, don't do it, violates code.
You can replace the existing box with a two gang if you feel the box will be too crowded.
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As long as you don't mind the color and look. At least if it rains in the house, that connection will be okay.

http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-4937-W...=leviton+inlet

Install it in a box.
Plug a short jumper cord (can be an appliance cord) into inlet>surge protector.

Then, install a box and wire it to an outlet near the TV.

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