LED Smart Mirror TV Build

What is an LED Smart Mirror TV?

An led smart mirror tv is a combination of optical glass (smart mirror), framing, a television, and led stripping. A perfect DIY project to learn woodworking while adding a futuristic piece of high tech home decor to any room.

Prepare for the ultimate Netflix and chill when you use it with chromecast. Load up your favorite apps, or create a magic mirror by connecting a raspberry pi. The led rope lights set the mood of the room to any color while getting ready for your day. Use the glass just like a standard mirror checking your reflection and applying makeup.

Most mirror television companies WOULD NOT want me telling you this secret.  It is unbelievably simple to create your own hidden television.

How does it work?

Vanityvision Smart Mirror and Dielectric Mirror have been used in the mirror TV industry for the last +15 years. The optical coating is evenly dispersed over the entire sheet of glass. Frame your technology right to the viewable area using the glass or float any size television within any size mirror. Simply back paint the existing mirror or wall black. That way when the technology screen is turned off, it gives a disappearing effect into the mirror’s reflection.

For this size mirror and television, I decided to use the VanityVision Smart Mirror. It has a 70% reflection with a 30% light transmission. Perfect for the smaller television within the larger display. The reflection is strong enough, and the light transmission low enough that the display will completely disappear when turned off.

 
 

Don’t use a standard two-way mirror.

I mean, you can! BUT, (big but coming) a two-way mirror is commonly used for privacy and security. The optical mirror coating is on a dark grey substrate cutting 90% of light. Therefore, it is not ideal for retaining quality from your display behind the mirror. What you get is a powerful reflection crossing your F.R.I.E.N.D.S re-runs. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Avoid mirror film unless the budget is an issue.

Burn the film, just burn it. Your project deserves a nice reflection. Over time the mirror film may peel or bubble. Especially in a bathroom environment.

Back of the Television

 
 

I created the frame with a french cleat at the top half so it would sit flush on the wall resting on the other cleat. This worked out great, especially for blocking out the light with the leds so it didn’t bleed through the outer edges of the frame. The framed mirror tv sits flush against the wall keeping out all light. I was not sure what to expect when I had the frosted laminate idea. But it turned out perfectly. You cannot see the applied laminate when the television and lights are on. Due to the flush mounted system.

“My only regret is not buying a higher quality television for behind the mirror.”

 

I went with a 32″ Sharp television. I regret not purchasing a higher quality television. The television was almost 3.5″ thick! I had to take off the back casing in order to frame width within reason. I wanted to stay away from a 5″ box protruding from the wall. When taking off the back plastic case I realized this left me with the unique opportunity to pull down the speakers and button hub, and mount that within the frame. Now I have the best sound possible with the speakers on the outside of the frame. I wanted a clean mount. No external sound system. This did the trick perfectly and looks pretty cool. If I ever lose the remote, I can still access the televisions buttons manually.

 

Parts Needed

 

Step One

Choosing the television, mirror size, and frame.

I was able to work with a scrap piece of mirror that ended up measuring 28″ x 52″. Then I decided on the 32″ television to fit the existing space horizontally while allowing for the 1″ unpainted/frosted strip on all four sides of the outer edge to allow for the LED rope lights to shine through.

 

Step Two

Creating the frame.

 
Speakers and control panel pulled down from television embedded into frame.
 

I knew the television I ended up purchasing was too thick. I opted for removing the back plastic piece (the stand connector was very large). This led me to the idea for embedding the two speakers within the bottom frame, along with the control panel. That way the sound and power buttons were exposed. Thankfully with the size of the frame and mirror being a horizontal build, the wire lengths worked perfectly fitting within the frame.

I ended up going with an oak 3.75″ frame stained a warm medium brown.

Framing to an existing peice of glass can be a pain if it is not something you are familiar with. If you are just starting this project, determining the overall size of the frame, building it, then ordering the mirror to fit is an easier way out for the inexperienced framer.

Step Three

The attaching the television, mirror back painting and frosted laminate.

 
Freshly back painted vanityvision smart mirror with television adhered into place.
 

I was able to work with a scrap piece of mirror that ended up measuring 28″ x 52″. Then I decided on the 32″ television to fit the existing space horizontally while allowing for the 1″ unpainted/frosted strip on all four sides of the outer edge to allow for the LED rope lights to shine through.

 

Step Four

Applying the inner LED lighting.

 
Rope lighting lining all four sides inside of the television mirrors frame.
 

Finished product delivered to its new home along with one happily surprised husband. Notice the finished un-mounted LED Smart Mirror Television is letting light through the back of the mirror with the frosted effect. Once the television is hung the frosted effect will be undetectable unless the LED’s lining the inside of the frame are turned on.

 
 

The whole frame was created on a french cleat system. The other half of the cleat is mounted on the wall. When the mirror television hangs, and the cords are fished through the wall the entire system will be flush. Allowing no light from behind.

 
 
 

 

All finished! Now we plug and play. I drilled a tiny space in the bottom part of the frame for the IR of the leds. The IR of the television I left uncovered by the VHB tape. The IR was located next to the red standby light and the signal of the remote works through the mirror.

The french cleat created with the frame made for a heavy duty wall mount. The system could have been 3 times heavier and it still could hold more weight.

 
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