Bridge-Style Power kit can provide power to your AV equipment such as your TV or components. Kit consists of 2 main parts; Power Outlet & Power Inlet and in between is bridged by approved 14/2 3 conductor UL electrical wire inside the wall hence the term “Bridge-Style Power Kit”. Power Outlet is the portion that would be installed behind the TV. And the inlet is the portion that’s ideally installed somewhere at the same height level as where the other existing outlets and jacks are located.
It can be installed if there’s enough cavity in the wall such as; Drywall and wooden studs like in most modern houses & townhouses, Drywall and metal studs in Condos, Apartments & most Commercial buildings and most Interior Plaster wall with wooden studs in Old homes.
Why install Bridge-Style Power Kits?
Power cords cannot be fished through the walls. So what are your choices in order to hide the power cord of your TV? You can either install a new electrical outlet or simply install a Bridge-Style Power kit.
So, what does it take to install a new electrical outlet? You would need to get the power from the nearest existing electrical outlet. And that means if the existing electrical outlet is not located directly below where the TV needs to be mounted then you would have to cut into your drywall and drill through center of studs in order to fish the electrical wire through all the way from wherever your existing electrical outlet is to where the new electrical outlet is to be installed behind the TV. After that is done, you have to deal with drywall patching/compounding, sanding then more drywall compounding then sanding again and then painting your wall. It’s not always the best suitable option for everyone.
If you have a situation like the illustration below in Figure 1, that’s what you would normally have to go through in order to install a new electrical outlet behind the TV.
If you don’t have an existing electrical outlet available where the TV will be mounted, Bridge-Style Power kit can provide a perfect solution. These kits do not tap into an existing electrical circuit internally (inside the wall).
Bridge-Style Power kit Inlet can plug right into your electrical outlet or it can plug into your surge protector.
Picture below shows a Bridge-Style Power kit Outlet installed over the fireplace and inlet on the side of the fireplace. 2 HDMI cables are also fished through coming out at each end of the bridge style power kit.
Picture below shows the TV mounted over fireplace with wires concealed using Bridge-Style Power kit. There will be a component stand placed on the left side of the fireplace where the components are.