Power-Cord Warning: Don’t Even Think About Mounting Your LG Wallpaper TV Like That

You know that ribbon power-cord that connects the new ultra-thin LG Wallpaper to the connection hub? You can’t hide it behind the wall.

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LG shows some beautiful pictures of its new paper-thin Wallpaper OLED TV clinging to the wall with a magnet. The thing is: they forget to show the ribbon cable that powers the thing.

The cable runs from the TV to a big ugly hub that provides power, video and connectivity to the display.

LG Wallpaper TV with ribbon connector, correctly mounted.

As it happens, the cable is not in-wall rated per the NFPA electrical codes.

LG knows this.

A representative tells CE Pro that, while the cable is not in-wall rated, it does have a “fire-proof coating.”

The cable is in fact low-voltage DC (not line-voltage 120v AC), but the cable's rating is what matters. 

Consumers themselves are free to do whatever they’d like with the cable, but professional installers: Don't do that.

A tiny notice below a picture of the TV with a hidden cable reads:

Display cable is not in-wall rated, please consult with your retailer for proper in-wall installation.

CE Pro would be curious to know what “proper in-wall installation” would entail.

UPDATE: Kevin Holm of Holm Electrictric responds:

Proper installation in the wall would be to run it inside a conduit or smurf tube terminated at both ends in a flush-mount box of the correct rating. It cannot be a low-voltage ring. The cable then needs to have the correct insulation for transmitting the power and data on it, which it should be if it's UL listed

What would the NFPA say about “proper in-wall installation”?

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