So, you’ve just decided to install a home theatre, or you’re trying to set up your projector for a conference room? We’ve got your back.
Mounting a projector to the ceiling is quite efficient. You’re sure that it is in place and already adjusted to the right settings, you just turn it on, and you’re ready to go. Also, it’ll stay out of your way to avoid any accidents that may occur.
Also, to be honest, it looks way cooler attached to the ceiling than just resting on a table in the middle of the room.
In order to mount projector to ceiling easily and without wasting much time on trial and error, here’s exactly what you need to do.
Before The Mount Projector To Ceiling: The Screen
Before you can go right into mounting your projector to your ceiling, there are a few calculations that you need to make.
Step One: Choosing The Screen Wall
Choosing the perfect wall for your screen may not be as flexible as you wish. However, if you have the freedom to choose any wall you want, we’d suggest you go for the wall with the least sunlight possible.
Step Two: The Screen Placement
How high should your screen be? Well, that depends on how big the room is, however, going a little higher like 30” from the ground will work fine in most cases.
However, the bigger the room is, the higher you should place your screen. Having low screens can result in an unclear vision for those who are sitting in the back rows.
Step Three: Measuring The Throw Distance
You’ll most likely find the throw distance of your projector in the manual. However, if you can’t find it or if you’ve lost the manual, we’d suggest you just test it.
Simply, turn on your projector and hold it in your hands and move back and forth away from the screen until you find approximately the area where the image looks best.
The Mounting a Projector: What You Need to Know
Step Four: Choosing The Perfect Spot
When choosing the exact spot where your projector will be mounted, there are a few factors that you need to take into consideration.
You need to make sure that your projector is not installed near a light source. The light source is so close to your projector could do one of two equally bad things. The first thing is that it could completely wash out your image if you plan to keep that light on. The second thing is that it could overheat your projector. Light sources emit heat. Heat and electronic devices together could only lead to trouble.
Of course, that doesn’t only apply to lights. Make sure there aren’t any wires, fans, or anything that could ruin your image in the way between the projector and the screen.
Step Five: Choosing The Right Mount
Not all ceiling mounts are the same. Some are of high-quality, and some are of low-quality. Choosing the quality that you need depends on your budget and how long you are planning to keep the projector mounted without running into any issues.
After settling on the quality, there’s something more important that you need to look out for, can the mount actually hold your projector? You need to know the maximum weight that the mount can hold and see if that is compatible with your projector. Also, take a look at the mount itself and its screw holes and make sure that they work with your projector.
Step Six: Attaching The Mount
Attaching the mount to your projector should be a simple task, just follow the manual of the mount and you should have it done within a few minutes.
After that is done, your next step should be attaching the mount to the ceiling. We recommend getting help from another person for this step.
First, mark the places of the screws in the ceiling. Then, with the help of a friend, start screwing the mount into the ceiling. Make sure that the mount is secured into the ceiling before attaching your projector to it.
Assuming that the mount is now secured and ready for your projector, it’s time to attach the projector to the mount. Again, with the help of a friend, hold the projector firmly in place and start screwing it to the mount. Before letting go, make sure multiple times that it is attached firmly to the mount.
Step Seven: Adjusting The Projector
After all that is done, it is now time to make sure that the projector is displaying properly, and the image is looking good.
What you’ll probably need to adjust is the zoom. There’s no right way to do this; just keep messing around with it until you find the image size that you desire, and that fits your screen best.
The next thing that you might need to adjust is the focus. If the image is blurry, then just play around with the focus until it looks best.
If the image is rotated or just not aligned right, that is probably the roll. Simply adjust the roll of your projector until it is aligned correctly with your screen.
Another thing that may need adjustments is the pitch. If your image is not coming off as a rectangle as it should and it’s looking more like a trapezium, you’ll need to adjust the pitch accordingly until the image is a rectangle with 90-degree angles as it should be.
Step Eight: The Wires
The most annoying part of any device is plugging it into the power source, and even the display source in this case. You wouldn’t want your wires just hanging down from the projector, which makes them prone to damage. Not to mention, they ruin how the room looks.
After all the necessary wires are plugged into your projector and secured, it’s time to make them look presentable. We recommend using wire molds and attach them from your projector, all the way to the power source.
You’re All Done
If you’ve reached this part of the article, congratulations! You’re all done, and your projector is ready to use.
We’re not saying that it was an easy task because it surely wasn’t. However, if you add a little effort, along with patience and some help from a friend, you can easily get the job done in the matter of an hour.
And for further information about how to mount a projector you can see also this video: