Home theater installations are growing more and more popular throughout California, especially in areas like Alamo, Walnut Creek, or Danville. There are a lot of aspects that go into creating a home theater with stellar sound and visuals, but one of the most frequently overlooked facets is the wiring. Whether you’re a homeowner considering upgrading a room to a full-blown theater or a builder planning on starting a new home theater from scratch, this information on wiring is something you’ll want to know.
WHY THEATERS NEED DIFFERENT WIRING
Surely you can stick with the same wiring setup in a theater room that you would find in a living room or bedroom, right? Unfortunately not. AV equipment runs on a variety of different cables and connections, and the type and quality of low voltage wiring will most definitely have an impact on the performance (and safety) of the finished system.
CHOOSING WIRE TYPES
While you will need regular room wiring for things like the light fixtures, the big topic of conversation is speaker wiring. Unfortunately, speaker wires are not “one size fits all.” Depending on the speaker manufacturer and age of the equipment, one type of speaker wire might be a better fit for your system than another type.
There is a wide number of factors that will impact which wires you should add for different areas of the room. Thickness and length, for example, will correlate to each other. Generally speaking, the further the wire has to run, the thicker it should be in order to avoid loss in audio quality along the way. Your best bet is to bring in a professional to identify which wires are needed in what areas.
THE BEST TIME TO DO HOME THEATER WIRING
The ideal time to do wiring is during the construction of a new home before the walls are closed up. It makes the process of running wires much quicker and easier, and you don’t have to deal with cutting and patching holes in the wall in order to get wires where they need to go. That’s not to say that you can’t retrofit a theater in an existing home. It just won’t be as straightforward a process.
DIY VS. PROFESSIONAL WIRING
Depending on the scope of your home theater installation, you may be required by California state law to hold a low voltage license to run the wiring. But even beyond that, it’s a very good idea to leave the wiring to AV professionals for the same reasons it’s best to leave standard electrical work to an electrician: safety and performance. Incorrectly installed wires can become a fire hazard or lead to subpar theater performance. Instead, call a licensed and experienced contractor for your home theater project.
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