Choosing
Choosing a Projector

Churchprojectors.com is here to help you in selecting the right projector for your church or place of worship. Just give us a call, e-mail or fill out the form here to find out just how easy it is to select the right projector package along with projector screens, projector mounts and cables to make your installation professional but also cost effective.


When choosing a projector for your church you will want to take the following points into consideration:

Brightness

The amount of light entering the church and the type of light are two important considerations when selecting the right projector for your church. Churches tend to be very bright environments, without the ability to control or dim the light entering the room. It is therefore recomended that you choose a bright projector that will be able to cope with this.

Projector brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Projectors suitable for churches are typically rated from 1500 lumens to 4500 lumens.

If you have very low ambient light...

If you can control the light entering the church, you save money buying projector with a low ANSI lumens rating. As a guide, 1500 lumens is generally suitable.

If you can't control the ambient light…

If you've got a lot of ambient light in the room and can't do anything about it, you could opt for a high brightness, high contrast projector. In really bright conditions, though, we would recommend you opt for a projector over 2500 lumens.

 

Screen size

The size of screen necessary may depend on either the room size or the projector.  It is best to choose the projector based on the room dimensions and then the screen based on both the projector and the room.   

 

 Contrast

Contrast is sometimes a major factor when deciding what projector you need for your church, depending on the usage of the projector (see below). It is measured as a 'contrast ratio', e.g. 400:1. This tells you the difference in brightness between a 'fully on' pixel and a 'fully off' pixel. For instance, on a projector with a 400:1 contrast ratio, and (for simplicity's sake) a 400 lumen brightness rating, 'fully off' pixels would actually be 1 lumen in brightness.

What does contrast actually mean to you?

Essentially, the higher contrast on a projector increases the perception of depth in the image, and means subtle colour variations show up more clearly. Hence subtle textures are more visible. It also means that dark scenes don't look washed out.

Looking for a projector with a high contrast ratio wouldn't be too important if you are running song sheets through a computer, although it could be a deciding factor if you are looking to run 'film nights' from time to time.

 

Connectivity

Nearly all of the projectors we sell come with the following 'essential' connections:

  • VGA (for connecting a PC)
  • S-Video
  • Composite

DVI and component connections are less common. If you have a high-end DVD player which has component output capability, you can take advantage of these connections so look out for them in the product specification sheets. If you don't have component outputs you can normally use the S-Video connection.


Resolution

When looking through the specifications of projectors available at Projector Point, you'll notice they're generally classified as having either SVGA or XGA resolution. The resolution you opt for determines how many pixels the projector can display at one time, which in turn affects the smoothness of the image.

XGA resolution is inherently superior to SVGA, as it displays about 63% more pixels. Of course, this also means it's more expensive.


Bulb life

You might have noticed how expensive replacement bulbs are for projectors. With this in mind, a long bulb life is a definite advantage.

2000 hours is about average. Some projectors go up to 6000 hours. With a lamp module costing about $600, a 2000 hour bulb works out under 20p an hour of usage, relatively cost effective, but may be a price consideration.

We should also stress that bulb lives quoted are typical and there does tend to be variation in how long they last.

 

Mounting Options

There are many options available to you and your place of worship. Churches tend to have very high ceilings so there are several ways to complete your installation. Our ceiling mounts can be made to order, catering for most drops. If its not convenient to ceiling mount the projector there are a range of wall mounts available, or special mounts that can connect to girders or rigging.