So you’re all ready for your big event, but there’s one problem: you don’t have a projector yet and you have no idea which one to choose. Because of the many factors that affect the quality of the projected image, it can be hard to guess which one will work best for your event. Fortunately, this guide should help you get an idea of the machine that will best suit your needs.
How Bright is Your Venue?
If your event is taking place in an entirely dark room, you might not need a very bright projector at all. However, if you plan to leave some lights on, or have dim lighting, a brighter projector could be in your future. Natural lighting will also make projected images hard to see, so you’ll need to avoid projectors that are too dim to give a strong image with the lights on. If you need some ambient light a brighter projector would also be a good idea.
What Size is Your Screen?
Big screen projectors need brighter bulbs because they have a larger area to fill. For example, a 2800 lumen projector would be fine for a screen up to 6 feet wide, but for a 10 foot wide screen you would need a 4200 or 4500 lumen projector. For screens up to 12 feet wide, a 5000 or 6000 lumen projector should do the trick. A brighter projector will allow everyone at your event can see the details clearly from all of the angles. The last thing you want is for the people in the back to come up after your event is over and tell you they couldn’t see anything! If you’re unsure how large the screen will be at your event, it’s better to err on the side of caution and go with a brighter projector. This will ensure that your guests can see the image clearly.
Will there Be Front or Rear Projection?
If you plan on projecting your media from the front of the room, your projector won’t require as much light compared to rear projection. Since the light source is on the viewing side of the screen, the light bounces off and goes right into the viewer’s eyes – this means the projector doesn’t have to be as powerful. Rear projectors, on the other hand need to be brighter in order to fully project through screen to the other side. Attempting rear projection with a weaker projector could result in a blurry or dim image, which very well may ruin your event. As with large screens, if you’re planning on rear projection for your event, it’s better to err on the side of brightness.
What Content is Being Projected?
Different forms of content require different brightness levels, and also require different resolutions. Highly detailed content like an HD movie would likely require a bright, high resolution projector to fully display all of the details. Powerpoints and simple charts, on the other hand, don’t need to be quite as bright. They can also have lower resolutions depending on how simple they are.
Our Recommendations – The Bottom Line
So, what does it all mean? Below are some fairly common rules that we use for our clients.
- 2800 Lumen SD Projector – Works well for screens between 4′ and 6′ tall in a dark room
- 4200 Lumen SD Projector or 4500 Lumen HD Projector – Works well for screens between 6′ and 8′ tall, in a room with some light
- 5000 Lumen SD Projector or 6000 Lumen HD Projector – Works well for screens that are 9′ tall, in a room with controllable lighting, like a conference room.
- 60″ TV or 80″ TV for outdoor use on a sunny day.
Let Us Help You Out.
Choosing the right projector for your event can be difficult without someone experienced in the field to help you out. Luckily, we at Kettner Creative are the Vancouver experts when it comes to projectors for events of all kinds. If you need help finding or choosing a projector for your event, please contact us and we’ll help you get the machine that’s perfect for you.
- Projector Central (Calculate distance needed between screen and projector)