Originally Posted by HDTVlover45
I'm finding some post recently on other threads that the built-in outlet with surge protection outlet you mention is a good way to go. Not so sure...
First, I finally got to see what that unit from leviton is. It's not much really. Here's what I found.
The leviton website has no spec as to what level of surge protection it has. It's very small so anyone can assume it can't have much protection. I wouldn't trust it to protect my $2600.00 LCD TV. (I bought it last year, of course before the big price drops!)
Second, having that leviton "branched" from another outlet will have no return protection to that other outlet either, not that is a big deal, but I read several posts that thought maybe it would.
HDTVlover, I fully understand that the Leviton device would only protect the items plugged into it, namely the TV. I would have a separate surge suppressor for all of the other components.
Third, even though that leviton is in the same "ballpark" price, it's not a complete solution as far as it's just one connection outlet, no power inlet, or cord to plug into a real surge protector, so $40 for the leviton by itself vs. $50 for a Powerbridge complete kit? To me that's a no brainer. I'm very happy that I found and installed powerbridge after reading all the other solutions people have tried, that don't seem very safe or quality.
I respectfully disagree about the Leviton not being a complete system. As long as you are confident in the Leviton's ability to protect devices, then it's complete. No need for any additional cords, etc.
Also, not sure that the Powerbridge will only work within the same wall chase as you stated. You could install the powerbridge inlet anywhere you can run the romex, just as you would need to run your AV cables to your AV equipment, that's what I did and my TV is not located at the same chase as my equipment, infact it's off centered in the next chase.
I think you misunderstood me on this one, or maybe my reply was too confusing (I do have a tendency to do that). What I was saying is that the Powerbridge has a big advantage over the Leviton in situations where the the powered receptacle and the use point behind the TV are not in the same chase. For DIYers like me, the less you have to cross drill into studs, the better.
For example, if you want the Leviton receptacle behind the TV in a certain chase and the powered receptacle is in another, you would have to cross drill at least one stud, cut an extra hole (or two) in the drywall, fish some romex ... That can be quite a job for a weekend project.
With the Powerbridge, you just put the INLET and OUTLET boxes within the same chase, then run the second extension power cord to the powered receptacle (or surge suppressor). For most installations, I would suspect that there would be no need to run the INLET and OUTLET in different chases. NOTE - this would work best if there is a media stand (or similar) to cover the OUTLET box and subsequent power cords.
I am seriously considering the Powerbridge as my solution. One other advantage that I see is that you can do the complete installation without turning off the power to the receptacles, since all of the install work is non-powered. I'll probably turn off the power anyway since I am very afraid of electricity ... who knows, I might cut into a power line with my drywall saw ...
Seriously, thanks for the link to this product. It will be a very clean solution for my gear.