What is Bridge-Style Power kit?

Bridge-Style Power Kits

Bridge-Style Power kit can be a perfect solution to supply power to your TV cost effectively in order to hide the power cord of your TV, if you don’t already have a power outlet installed up high on the wall dedicated for the TV. Bridge-style power kits come in several different styles, sizes and some of them are available with recessed power outlet which is better suited for installation with slim-TV wall mounts. However, they all have one thing in common. All Bridge-style power kits consist of 2 main parts; Power Outlet & Power Inlet. And Outlet & Inlet are “bridged” by UL certified 14/2, 3 conductor 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 would be installed below the TV, somewhere behind a component stand (usually at the same height as other standard wall outlets/jacks).

Options for hiding power cord of your wall mounted TV

FYI: Power cords are NOT low-voltage wires so they cannot be hidden in the wall. Only “low-voltage” wires such as HDMI cables, Coax cables, Speaker wires or any other Audio / Video cables with proper FT4 or FT6 in-wall / in-ceiling approved fire rating can be hidden in the walls or ceilings by the code. Any “Flexible Power Cords” such as TV Power cord or Sound Bar Power cord or Power Extension cords, etc… cannot be fished through the walls or ceilings as it’s against the building code. The only way the power cord can be hidden is behind the TV plugged into a power outlet.

So, what are your options in order to supply the power behind the TV to hide the power cord?

Option 1: Install a new electrical outlet behind the TV.

Ideally, you would get the power from the nearest existing electrical power source that has enough amperage to jump from so you don’t overload a circuit. So, even if you have an existing power outlet nearby, but if there’s not enough amperage, you’d have to get the power from elsewhere where there’s enough amperage. That said, if jumping power from the nearest power source is not an option, you may have to go straight to the electrical panel. And there’s a very good chance that you might have to cut drywall in several places wherever necessary to go through studs or joists in order to fish the electrical wire. And the right way of doing this is to get the permit from the city, hire an electrician to install a new power outlet and then get it inspected afterwards.  After that’s 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 the best suitable option for everyone. And this can be costly.

Illustration below shows an example of the electrical wiring path to jump from the existing outlet (given it had enough amperage) but still having to go through the wall horizontally across to feed the electrical wire through the studs.

Figure 1
Figure 1

Option 2: Install a Bridge-Style Power kit & Forget-about-it.

You can simply install a Bridge-Style Power kit. These kits do not tap into your home’s electrical circuit internally. It’s kind of like having a power extension cord between the power outlet and power inlet but it meets the building code because it’s actually an UL certified 14/2 copper electrical wire (meets building code), NOT a flexible power cord (against the building code). This is the most cost effective option to hide the power cord for your wall mounted TV. Bridge-Style Power kit inlet can plug right into your existing electrical outlet nearby or it can plug into your surge protector.

Bridge-Style Power Kit plugged into electrical outlet
Bridge-Style Power Kit plugged into electrical outlet

Bridge-Style Power Kit plugged into a surge protector
Bridge-Style Power Kit plugged into a 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.

Bridge-Style Power Kit installed over fireplace 1-1
Bridge-Style Power Kit installed over fireplace 1-1

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.

Bridge-Style Power Kit installed over fireplace 1-2
Bridge-Style Power Kit installed over fireplace 1-2

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