Which way is best to mount a projector? Well, the right way.
There is more than one way to mount a projector, depending on the setting.
However, there are some best-recommended practices.
Why do people need to mount projectors upside down?
Ventilation is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding how to mount a projector. If ventilation becomes blocked for an extended time, it risks the chances of the projector overheating.
Suppose you are trying to achieve a particular view of your image. In that case, there is the option of inverting or rotating the screen for that proper viewing. If you are considering mounting your projector vertically or right-side-up, manufacturers do not recommend doing so.
Mounting the projector upside down is best as it will allow the machine to stay cooled down, which is the safest and most effective.
Also, when the lamp is not in a position for best optimization, it can burn out faster. Avoid having your projector positioned too close to the ceiling or wall.
How to properly mount a projector upside down?
The model projector will determine the best way to mount your projector. Here are some standard steps when mounting the projector on a ceiling.
1) Decide where you want to position the screen and the projector. Try to place the projector near a wall so the wires can be made discreet with the trunking.
Note: If placing near a window frame is not an option for trunking, alternatively, you can set the trunking across the skirting board or coving.
2) Once the screen is in place, measure the distance between the wall and the screen’s edge. Then, measure half the width of the screen.
3) Position your projector on the ceiling to be centered with the screen and mark those measurements. Then, from those marks, measure the distance from the ceiling and the wall. Reference the throw chart that comes with the projector as it will provide an image size based on distance (throw distance).
4) Locate a ceiling joist to place your marker. Use your knuckles to tap along the ceiling until you hear a solid sound to confirm once you’ve found one.
5) Flip the projector upside down and loosely attach the mounting bracket to the projector, following the instructions that came with the kit.
6) Position bracket to be inlined with the lens. Once you are satisfied with that position, securely fasten the bracket down.
Note: If you cannot position the bracket inlined with the lens, offset set the distance when you mount the projector to the ceiling to allow it to be central with the screen.
7) Adjust measurements if needed to make sure the projector is in line with the screen and not too close to the wall. Make markers on the ceiling of where the screw holes for the bracket need to go.
8) Drill holes for the screws and fasten the bracket. Ensure you follow instructions on which screws and quantity are best to use. Be sure to check that the bracket’s fastening is secure.
9) Carefully place the projector on the bracket and be sure you are satisfied with its position.
10) Take the projector down to connect the cables and wires you will be using, and place it back onto the bracket.
11) Once you establish how long cables need to be, take the trunking, cut it to size, and place it where you plan to hide your cabling.
12) Open the trunking, making sure the projector is unplugged, and start to feed the wires from the top to the bottom of the trunking. If possible, leave some slack at the projector end.
13) Optionally, use additional trunking to feed the rest of the cables along slacking boards or coving. Make adjustments to the leveling of the projector if needed.
It is essential to know each type of mounting installation is different. It is best to follow the instructions to ensure the least amount of headaches.
Read more: How To Run Power To A Ceiling-Mounted Projector?
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