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How to Properly Install a Projector Mount

Thu 20, October 2016   How-To

For cinema buffs, settling for anything less than the ideal movie viewing experience is unacceptable. Projection screens provide all the pleasure of going to the theater with all the comforts of staying at home. Digital projectors have made it incredibly easy and affordable to experience the silver screen at home. Smart homeowners are installing their projector system on their own. For the best experience, projector owners are going to want a high-quality Projector Mount and a large Projector Screen to match. High definition projectors are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, so it's important to have the correct mount.

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About Projector Mount Installation

Choosing the screen location is the first step in mounting the projector. Arranging the viewing area to mock up the screen location can help make it easier to pinpoint exactly where the projector should go. A Short Throw Projector will have a limited area to project the clearest image possible. The screen shouldn't be located directly across from windows unless blackout curtains are used. Ambient light can affect image quality. Using ambient light absorbing paint is an option for those who want to paint the screen on their wall. Size is just as important as location. The screen shouldn't be too big.

Projector placement is what makes the most difference in the entire project. The optimal distance between the screen and projector can be calculated by measuring the throw ratio of the projector and multiplying it by the width of the screen. This should yield the optimal distance of the Projector mount. If the distance isn't optimal for a lower mount, the projector can be mounted on the ceiling. Cabinets for projectors need cooling and air filtration. If the unit overheats it may shut down or no longer operate properly. The Average Home Theater Projector will be perfectly safe mounted on the ceiling or wall.

Fastening the mount is especially critical. Mounting a projector improperly could result in equipment damage and even personal harm. Most projectors weigh over ten pounds, so they should be fastened to a brace or stud. Most hardware stores offer stud finders for less than ten dollars. These inexpensive tools can be used to locate the ideal material to fasten the Projector Mount. Using the appropriate screws will increase the strength of the application. If the stud or brace is made of wood, the mount should be fastened with wood screws.

Vertical offset adjusts the picture so that it can be viewed at different angles. Mounting the unit on the ceiling means the images aren't being projected at the correct angle. The verticle offset will need to be adjusted. Owners will need to consult their Milestone AV Technologies owner's manual or other manufacturer provided material for instructions to adjust the offset.

Cable management is going to make a difference in any theater experience. Cables can be secured under rubber mats and fastened to walls to prevent tripping. Sometimes additional devices can be used as a hub. Wireless connections are available for some devices. WiFi and internet connectivity are included in some projector models. Reducing the number of cables in the room simplifies cable management significantly.

Image adjustment is the final step in installing the projector. It might take a few tries to get the settings just right. Fine tuning can take quite a while since certain settings might not be as visible in some media. Viewing brighter videos might reveal that the color settings are off. Image quality can also be increased by adding projectors. The second Projector Mount will need to be aligned perfectly in order to align with the original projector. It's important to find the horizontal and vertical placement for the second projector in order to align the images and provide a truly powerful cinema experience.

What's really important is that a high-quality mount is used. Securing the Projector Mount in unusual applications may require additional hardware, which can be found online at service providers such as Projector Super Store. Additional equipment such as brackets and swing arms can be purchased for more compact theaters. Safe and reliable applications are easier with the right hardware. Projector owners should check their hardware provider for ideas that could save money and space in their dream theater.