Projector in a home means theater in home. Do you believe that? Some do. Why? It gives you larger image, well balanced sound system etc. People, for many reasons, buy projector and bring it home. However, they forget that it’s not so easy to go for ceiling mount projector like buying.
I guess you are now thinking to set up a projector in home properly. I am here to assist you. I have divided the whole things into two parts. The first part includes the basic things you need to know, and the second includes the mounting process.
So, let’s get started!
First of all you need to decide where to locate the projector and the screen. Determining screen decision is not an easy job. Place the screen in the wall on which no light falls directly because more light cause image washout. If the light cannot be controlled in a favorable way, use a screen which rejects the light reflection. After deciding the screen location for placement, you need to find out projector location which is a complicated job than that of screen; you need to consider many things like vertical offset, horizontal and vertical lens throw remoteness. You will learn the things in details below. Let’s look at those things!
Screen height: Height depends on the design of room. However, perfect height would be among 24 inches to 36 inches.
Screen size: Size depends on the height and width where you wish to watch the images. You need to calculate the measurement. However, it is safe to keep 254 centimeter or 8.33 foot to create high quality.
Projectors throw distance: It deals with the distance between display and projector’s lens. You need to estimate the distance using the procedure- throw ratio multiplied by screen width. Knowing throw space helps to decide where to post the projector. You need to keep in mind few things like seating spot, power source and cables, Visual preferences etc.
Vertical offset: It is appeared as a percentage and means how high or low it need to be for the image to project at the proper screen height. Offset can be either positive or negative. A positive offset means the picture will project higher than the lens whereas negative means lower than the lens. Positive is the more important than negative as projectors are mounted upside down. Having vertical lens shift equipped in the projectors allows to adjust the image height without moving projector.
Vertical placement: Vertical placement needs to be calculated by multiplying screen height with vertical offset % which equals to distance of lens above or below the center of the screen. However, a standard HD projection screen will have a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which means that the screen will be 1.78 times as wide as it is high.
Horizontal lens shift: You need to calculate horizontal lens shift by the formula in case your room layout requires- screen width multiplied by offset % that equals to distance of lens to left or right of screen center. Otherwise, it is perfect to mount the projector so that it positions up with the center of screen size. However, horizontal lens shift can distort the image and create issues with vertical lens shift, that’s why it is advised to avoid using it.
Now it comes to the buying the necessary materials. Decide what cables you are phishing.
If it is HDMI, you need to buy HDMI switcher which takes three inputs and can switch between devices to the output and can be put in the power cable or your PC. You can buy this from amazon.com which may cost you $10 or higher depending on quality. The best thing you can do while installing projector is you can use fabric screen that does not reflect. It helps to install the projector properly. In order to build the screen edge, use leftover wood.
Now come to the tools you need while performing installation of the projector. So, the question you are facing now is that what tools you need. In general, a strong electric drill, tape, ladder, screws, pencil, screwdriver, boards, bolts, cover if you want to decorate.
Mounting a projector:
Phase 1: You need to find the appropriate screen height that will be required for placement of the projector in the best location. It is important to use the dimension of your screen size you will need while watching movie or TV series. Use pencil or tape for marking the screen placement and point out the viewing segment of the screen but avoid the edges. We have already discussed about appropriate screen size and height in the earlier part.
Phase 2: Next, you need to find out the ideal position for your projector using the formula of throw distance. However, now-a-days projector comes with preset throw ratio range; in that case you need to find out the proper distance by trial and error method. After deciding the distance, you need to decide a seating position which should be far away from the projector machine. Then you should take consideration of power source due to the length constraints of the power cable. You may need to use an extended cable or source.
Phase 3: In this step you need to find out the vertical offset (discussed earlier) to determine vertical length of the projector. By determining vertical offset, you need to set the projector at several heights to check length that can assist you to find good view. Take help from the manual provided by respective brand and use extra locks to set the projector in appropriate position.
Phase 4: This is a voluntary step you can take if you are required to apply the horizontal lens shift. It is not mandatory to use it but it is helpful in placing the projector accurately. You can find out horizontal lens shift calculation in the earlier part of this discussion.
So, I guess, you are already done with the materials, screen and projector location decision. Now come to the ultimate task of mounting a projector. Let’s start!
Phase 5: Take a drilling machine to make a hole in the ceiling of your room. Keep in mind that the place in the roof you are drilling must have proper concrete otherwise it will cause accident in the future. However, for safety, you can use extra wood panel to link two spars in the ceiling and create a hole in the vital area.
Phase 6: In this step, attach the bracket to the projector. Now-a-days, most of the projectors have bracket. However, if your projector has no bracket, you should go for high quality and strong stand to ensure that projector will not move from its original position after months and will not fall down. Buy additional ceiling equipment so that it can take excess load. Study the manual to attach the bracket with the projector. Keep in mind that bracket is linked the projector and in the same line of lens.
Phase 7: Now, you need to support remaining brackets other than the bracket attached with projector in the ceiling. Place screws in the holes using screwdriver and make the bolt tighter to ensure that bracket scape falling in future.
Phase 8: Connect the cables now. You may need to use additional lengthier cables to connect the far away from power source. Try to buy large HDMI cables to bring neatness in the setup. Decorate everything you have done to mount the projector with the decorating cover to hide the wires, to save wire and tea, and to avoid electrical accidents. The materials are available in your door store.
These phases assist you to mount projector accurately and to avoid unnecessary troubles. It is just mounting the projector. You need to mount the projector screen by following proper positioning discussed in the first few process.
Now, your projector and screen are ready to give you a theater feel in the home. For quality visuals and image, you need to set the zooming and focusing feature, picture fine-tuning, and sound system. Let’s start knowing these things!
Zooming: You can change the zooming and focusing image in the screen by modifying ring of the lenses like a digital camera. You can deliberately make the image large or too small. Zooming depends on the user solely. You can keep the 100% ratio or more than that.
Focusing: The ring of the lens helps to adjust the size of the image on the projector display like simple camera focus. Other rings of the radial assists in focusing the frame. For appropriate focus, move the images in the screen with the help of ring and then adjust the focus as per your suitability
Image fine-tuning: By taking help of features like aspect ratio, contrast, brightness, wetness and other features, you adjust the picture that suits you best. Keep the aspect ratio 16:9 which is widescreen mode. You can find picture settings in latest projectors. These have modes like vivid, normal, game, sports cinema mode etc. However, adjustments solely depend on your eye. You will able to change settings manually if projector supports 3D content. You might be dissatisfied with the preset brightness, sharpness, color etc., in that case go for changing existing settings.
Comprehensive sound: You might have bombastic screen and excellent projector, but poor sound system. So, all the things will go in vain, A must need requirement is good system. However, every projector doesn’t come with existing sound system and although there is a built in sound system, this may not be loud as you require. That’s why people are generally recommended to buy an additional sound system to get bombastic sound. The combination of excellent sound system, quality projector, and amazing screen will give you the feeling of theater in the home.
You are done with a home theater now. Now, it’s time to enjoy. Cheers!!