Projector Expert Questions & AnswersQ:
I need to find a low cost projector for use in our church sanctuary. We are currently using an old, dim and heavy projector. It's so old, the manufacturer no longer makes replacement bulbs for it.
We use the projector primarily for displaying lyrics for hymns during our services. Some of the congregation has trouble reading smaller text, so it would be best if we could get a larger image (we already have a large screen in place).
Also, a brighter projector would help as well. We do not dim the lights during service and we have a fair amount of light that comes in through the windows. We may also use the projector for special events as well, so if the projector can be moved without too much effort that would be wonderful.
~ Dim SongA:
Dear Dim Song,
Thank you for your question. We have a lot of customers who use their projectors for the same purpose. Here is an outline of what your top considerations should be.
To start, you should try and get a projector with at least 4,000 lumens of brightness to keep your image bright and legible. If your audience is larger than 150, you should opt for a 6,000 lumen projector.
For displaying lyrics to hymns, particularly with larger text, an XGA (1024 X 768) projector should do the trick. If you're connecting to a widescreen computer, a WXGA (1280 X 800) wide resolution would be better.
If you plan to use your projector for every service, ceiling mounting your projector is your best option. Mounting keeps the projector and cables out of sight and out of the way. That saves wear and tear on your projector and keeps your congregation away from cables that may trip them up. Since you still want the option to move your projector around, consider a ceiling mount with a quick release. That will make for faster, easier removal of your projector. The cables installed can stay in your ceiling, and you can use the cables that came in the box with your projector for your special occasions. Make sure to hang on to them.
Projector People also offers a product called Projector Pilot. The specially designed software allows you to run basic operations where your remote control cannot reach, like turning off the projector during the service, or switching from one source to another.
Some manufacturers offer additional discounts to those buying for religious institutions. Call a Projector Expert to learn more about available discounts.