Tips for Packing a DLP TV for Moving

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Digital light projection televisions are the modern iteration of rear-projection television. These lightweight and slim televisions offer very good value, less money per inch than their competitors. Of course, like all delicate high definition televisions, DLP sets must be packed and transported properly to prevent accidental damage. Using common techniques to protect key elements of the television should see it on its way without incident.

Screen

  • Cut a large sheet of cardboard to protect the screen. The cardboard should completely overlap the screen so that any pressure on the cardboard is placed on the bezel surrounding the screen. This sheet can come from an appliance box or shipping company stock. Alternate protection is found in large foam-core art sheets, or any other 1/4-inch panel that's soft enough to not scratch the screen or bezel in the case of shifting.

Bulb

  • One of the elements most susceptible to damage during shipping is the filament in the lamp, which can be loosened by vibration. Prevent this by removing the lamp, packing it separately in bubble wrap, and placing in a separate container for transport. Sets that use light emitting diodes for their light engine do not use high-pressure lamps.

Overall Protection

  • A few passes of plastic wrap, found on an 18-inch spool, provides excellent scratch protection for the chassis of the unit. This also serves to hold the cardboard screen shield in place. Ordering a replacement box from the manufacturer is also an option, since this includes the original internal foam and cardboard wall density, as prescribed by the manufacturer. DLP chassis are thin plastic, necessitating outer protection from puncture and cracking.

Orientation

  • DLP screens, unlike plasma and liquid crystal displays, do not use glass as a screen substrate. Shipping the television upright is recommended by the manufacturer. If the unit remains under warranty at the time of moving, shipping the set in a horizontal manner may void the warranty. Factory packaging even goes so far as to place tip sensors on the box, staining the inside of the sensor bubble if the packaging tips beyond 30 degrees.

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