While setting up a projector for a home theater system can be challenging, the process can be simplified by keeping certain things in mind. This article discusses what you need to keep in mind when buying and installing a home cinema projector. So, here goes…
1) Ambient lighting: Even a small amount of ambient light can wash out a projected image. Some projectors are better than others at competing with the ambient light in you room, but none are totally perfect.
When buying a home projector, do check out the brightness rating, measuring in ANSI lumens or just lumens. If your projector has a brightness rating of at least 1700 ANSI lumens, it should be able to deal with a small amount of ambient light.
Similarly, a projector with a 3000 lumens rating would be able to handle stronger ambient light. However, you should try to block out all ambient light if you do not want your images to look washed out.
2) Room size: If you want to set up your home cinema projector, you will need a large room. This is because the screen size for a projector can get rather large. Also, if you room is large, you will not end up blocking part of the screen when you walk through your room.
3) Mounting your projector: Most projectors can display in a normal or upside-down mode, which gives you the flexibility in determining where to mount your projector. Ceiling mounts work best because the allow more floor space for seating. The longer the room, the better it is.
4) Buying a screen: You need the right surface for the projector to reflect off of. You can choose one of several types of screens. These range from pull-down screens to screens made up of matte vinyl fabric.
You can also use a section of your wall for your entertainment plans by painting a section of the wall with reflective matte paint. This works because you don’t have to worry about fabric getting ripped or frayed.
There are so many different screens that can be used along with your home projector that you need to do your research before buying and installing one.
5) Replacement lamps and other costs: Most projectors are a fantastic deal. However, some projectors come with hidden costs. Some of these are: replacement lamps, audio systems, and screens.
Projectors require extremely high-powered lamps to project their images and these bulbs do not last as long as most HDTVs. Right now, most projectors you buy will last a year or two under heavy use before they need replacing. Also if you are investing in a quality home cinema projector, chances are you plan to also buy an audio system. Also, even though discussed before, buying the right screen can add to costs. However, these accessories are important if you want your home projector to run optimally.
So, now you know what you need to think of before buying a home projector. Do keep these points in mind and invest in a projector that will be the envy of your social circle. Here’s to fantastic images!