How to Set Up an LED TV

Updated February 22, 2017

LED TVs are leading the market in technological innovations, according to "PC World" magazine. They can offer a picture quality comparable to plasma televisions, but with a longer screen life and less energy consumption. Setting up an LED television is not much different than setting up an LCD or plasma television. Variances may depend on the model.

Decide how you want to display your LED television. Televisions can be mounted to the wall or to specially designed television stands. Most television models come with footings that attach to the bottom of the television, so your TV can sit on top of a piece of furniture. Consider the location of electrical sockets and cable or other transmission source. Wall mounts may require running wire inside a wall.

Connect the television to a transmission source such as cable, satellite or an antenna. Attach one coaxial cable to a port on the back of the cable box labelled "Cable in," and connect the other end to the cable output on the wall. Attach one end of a second cable to an output port on the back of the cable box marked "to TV" or "TV out." Connect the other end of the second cable to a port on the back of the television marked "Cable/antenna" or "In."

Plug the television into the power source. Televisions consume power even when not turned on and can burn as much energy as a 75 or 100 watt light bulb while in standby mode, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. You can save energy by unplugging your television when not in use or utilise a power strip that can be turned off with a switch. If you use a DVR or TiVo, keep that on a separate switch, since you want that connected to a power source at all times.

Put batteries in the remote, and turn on the television. Follow onscreen instructions for initial set-up. The television may ask for your zip code, the date, how it is mounted, whether it is used in a home or in a retail store, and whether it is connected to cable.


Connect accessories, such as DVD or Blue-ray players, gaming systems, and speakers to the television. Use cables included with accessories and connect them to the appropriate ports located on the back of the television. If connecting points on the television are not clear, consult the television instruction manual. Blue-ray players and PlayStation3 and Xbox game systems may connect to ports labelled "HDMI." Have your wireless network name and password handy. If your television has Internet capabilities, a prompt will appear asking for the wireless network name and password.

Things You'll Need

  • Coaxial cable
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Alice Drinkworth has been a writer and journalist since 1995. She has written for community newspapers, college magazines and Drinkworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and won a media award for her in-depth coverage of local politics. She is also a certified master gardener.