Why can't the TV power cord or an extension cord be run inside the wall?
Extension cords should never be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
Cords need ventilation to prevent heat buildup, which could cause a fire.
If a fire would result, don't count on home/renters insurance to cover damage.
Never use extension cords on a continuous basis, they are only temporary solutions for A/C power distribution.
National Electric Code, local building and fire codes restrict the use of extension cords as permanent use.
The National Electric Code (NEC) states:
NEC ARTICLE 400 Flexible Cords and Cables General 400.1 Scope.
This article covers general requirements, applications, and construction specifications for flexible cords and flexible cables.
400.8 Uses Not Permitted.
Flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following:
(1)As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure
(2)Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors
(3)Where run through doorways, windows, or similar openings
(4)Where attached to building surfaces
Exception: Flexible cord and cable shall be permitted to be attached to building surfaces in accordance with the provisions of 368.8.
(5)Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped ceilings
If I just install a regular outlet behind my TV, isn't that the same as having the PowerBridge®?
Yes and No... Having a regular A/C outlet/receptacle installed behind your expensive wall mounted HDTV, will provide A/C power. However, one of the primary benefits of installing PowerBridge® In-Wall Power Solution, is the ability to connect an external Power Surge Protector | Power Conditioner | UPS device to provide a complete safe protected Power Solution to the HDTV, Home Theater equipment.
Unless you have a whole-house, main panel protection system installed, all outlets and switches in your home are un-protected from surge power and "dirty", noisy power which can reduce the life of electronics and power supplies.
How does PowerBridge® protect my HDTV and how is it installed?
PowerBridge® is part of a A/C Protection and Power Filtering Solution. The complete system allows for the wiring connection points, as a code compliant in-wall electrical power extension, of external Power Surge Protector/Conditioner/UPS devices.
PowerBridge® design allows A/C 125v power out from the protection device through the supplied power cord that is plugged into the PowerBridge® POWER-INLET. The back of the POWER-INLET is connected with in-wall building electrical type UL approved wire*, (Known as ROMEX®, well known brand of a NM [Nonmetallic] wire manufacturer) approved for in-wall, permanent building wiring. (Check with your Local Building Jurisdiction regarding any specific requirements for type of electrical building wire, such as BX, MC may be required for your area)
The building electrical wire, is run to the backside of the POWER-OUTLET installed where the HDTV or other home theater component you want to protect. The POWER-OUTLET receptacle is recessed, so the usually large plug end of the TV power cord will not interfere with the TV mounted flush on the wall.
*In-Wall building electrical type wire is not included with the PowerBridge System. Building electrical wire can be purchased at most hardware or home supply stores, by the foot or in boxes 12', 25', 50' and up.
Can I install this myself or do I need a professional?
PowerBridge® is easy and safe to install, as there is no direct wiring connection to the electrical panel or circuit or directly hardwired branch connection from the back of another existing outlet.
Installation instructions are included.
We recommended professional installation if you are not comfortable cutting holes and running wiring within the walls.
We also recommend checking with your local building jurisdiction regarding any requirements for running building electrical wire within a wall/ceiling.