While LCDs have become a popular choice for many professional signage applications, projectors still have their place. Indeed, when it comes to grand lobbies and high-end corporate environments where an extremely large display is needed, projectors are more than capable at delivering stunning, high-quality visuals. In these applications, aesthetics and security of the projector are often as important as the image quality of the content, so it’s ideal to keep the projector out of sight. Unfortunately, this is where many solution providers make mistakes.
Projector lift essentials
If the projector isn’t always in use, installing a motorized lift can be a good way to pull the projector up into the ceiling when off. However, it’s important to ensure the ceiling can accommodate the lift and projector. Don’t make the mistake of not measuring and finding out too late that the drop ceiling doesn’t have the necessary space. Or, worse yet, that there isn’t a drop ceiling. It’s happened…
Additionally, make sure there’s electricity in the ceiling, connectivity to the projector, and adequate ventilation so the equipment doesn’t get too hot when not in use.
Rear projection advice
Another common way to keep a projector out of sight is by putting the projector behind the screen. Most, if not all, projectors allow you to inverse the image for rear projection applications. However, if you’re going to implement a rear projection solution, make sure you use an actual rear projection screen, which is designed to properly display and pass through the image.
Finally, unless the customer has a lot of room behind the screen to position the projector at the correct distance, you’ll need to implement a short throw projector that’s capable of being placed much closer to the screen. Whereas a regular projector might require about 8 feet of space, a short throw projector requires only 3 feet. Ultra short throw projectors can be placed about 1.5 feet from the screen.
Regardless of the type of application, using projectors in high-end environments requires much more planning than LCDs. In fact, there are many things to consider when selecting the right projector. Whether you need motorized lifts, have questions about different screens or projector types, contact your Ingram Micro rep for assistance.