A projector is one of the best electronic inventions out there allowing users to experience movie theater-like vibes within the confinement of their own houses. It also excludes the hassle of waiting for tickets and finding the perfect seat; other plus points include being able to choose when and what to watch since you do not have to depend on the movie theater’s schedule. Besides all these perks, you can also enjoy gaming at an amazing quality with your pals. Hence, today we will be teaching you how to set up a projector in your room so that you can enrich your fun time to the fullest!
Can I Put A Projector In My Room?
As long as your room has a bare wall or a big enough space to install a screen (projector screens are foldable so this requires little space), you can probably set up a projector in it. However, you will probably need to alter a few aspects of the room to make it darker so that natural or outside light doesn’t interfere with the projected light; this allows you to view the intended media at the assigned quality.
Since it is tough to altogether eliminate light, reflective objects, or colorful objects from a room, people usually tend to set up their projectors in their basements which compared to other rooms are bare and darker.
Does A Projector Use A Lot Of Electricity?
Projectors use up around 300 watts of power per hour although this will vary depending on models; you can expect the value to be somewhere between 150 to 800 watts per hour. Compared to LED TVs which use up 60 to 120 watts per hour, this is a lot more. If you are looking for a projector that consumes less power, you should purchase a lamp-less projector whose power consumption is similar to that of an LED TV.
How To Set Up A Projector In Your Room:
Finding The Right Location
Before putting up a projector, the most important thing you need to worry about is where you intend to see the projected media. You can use a wall that has a light color and has no objects on or in front of it. This is usually hard to find which is why most people end up buying projector screens that are portable and foldable meaning you can just set them up anywhere when you wish to view something using your projector.
While choosing a space for your screen, remember that you need to start by thinking about its size. Screen sizes range from 30 inches to about 300 inches so you will need a space that has a length that falls in between the specified numbers. However, remember that having your projector too close to your screen will cause pixelated images whereas having it too far will result in the display of faded output. This has got to show, that not only the screen but the distance of the projector from the screen along with where you intend to sit is also important when finding the perfect location for yourself.
Getting The Screen Or Wall Ready
If you intend to use a screen for displaying the projected image, then what you need to do next is start setting up the screen. The screen needs to be positioned in such a way that no light source is in front of it or directed towards it. You can choose to permanently mount the screen or get stands that make it foldable; this depends on whether you have enough space and how often you intend to use it.
If you use a bare wall, make sure to remove any objects from its front and get rid of any flashy objects from nearby as they can reflect light and cause hindrance to the projected signal. You could also try hanging a large piece of white cloth in front of your wall to get brighter quality output and have a uniform surface.
Finding The Right Height
Up next, it is time to find the perfect place and height for your projector. If your projector projects light from the top of the lens, then it is best to place it on top of a table, stand, or shelf of some sort. Make sure it is positioned in such a way that it shows the image perfectly in a rectangular pattern. If you are hanging it, before installing the mount you need to spend some time seeing if the lens will aim perfectly onto the desired location.
When using a screen, you need to take some extra care to get the edges of the screen to match the edges of the projection. This may take a while but the result will be worth it!
Make Necessary Connections
Once a designated position has been decided for both your projector and screen, the time has come to plug in all the assigned wires for a test run. Plugin the long HDMI cable to its port and then connect the other cables to your device (laptop or computer) and the sound system (a projector doesn’t have any audio output; you will need to connect it to a speaker).
Testing Your Projector
Once you have powered on your projectors, wait for the brand name to pop up on the screen. After this happens turn on the device it is connected to and wait for your projector to detect and connect with it. You should then go to the menu to set up the placement of your projector. Set it depending on your projector’s position (top, rear, front, front ceiling, etc.), and then make adjustments to screen size depending on the projected image.
Projecting An Aligned Image
Using your projector project an aligned image (an image that has a lot of lings and boxes) on the screen so that you can adjust the lens accordingly. You can also zoom in or zoom out to let the image fit the entire screen. Making keystone corrections and lens shifts allows the projected media to be displayed at a perfect rectangle.
Battening Down All Hatches
Once both the screen and the projector seemed to be angled the right way, you should start permanently mounting the projector and screen. Screw them in properly without altering the way they are looking.
Using cable ties, tie all the cables together and have them hooked to either the wall or the backs of furniture to maintain an overall neat look.
With all the work done, now is your time to go ahead and fix the picture mode, turn off all the lights and enjoy your little home theater to the fullest. Installing a good sound system will help in getting the most realistic experience. You can now enjoy surreal gaming experiences and movie nights according to your heart’s desires.