Projector Ceiling Mounts

In most boardrooms, you’ll find the projector permanently mounted,
convenient, and ready for use at any time. They are either wall-mounted or
ceiling-mounted. However, in a larger room that is routinely used for
educational or promotional programs, ceiling-mounted projection is the best
possible choice.

When the viewing audience is sizeable, all the space on the floor is needed
for seats. Projecting from a roll-around cart has many disadvantages, not
the least of which is the power source. On the other hand, with
ceiling-mounted projection, it is always ready to use.

Your dealer should tell you whether the projector you’re buying can be
viewed upside down and whether there is a mount for this particular model.
If not, ask. Not all projectors can be ceiling-mounted.

Your projector dealer will have the kind of mount you need for
ceiling-mounted projection and will be able to help you with directions for
installing it. You may choose to have a professional installer do this work
for you; however, many projector owners who are do-it-yourselfers do it
themselves.

Physical Alignment

If you are unable to adjust the keystone of a projector, then this is
vital. If the projector and screen are not “square” to each other or if
there is significant deviation from the recommendations of the
manufacturer, you’ll have serious and frustrating problems with adjustments
and picture quality. You need to preplan. The location of the
ceiling-mounted projector with relationship to the screen needs to be as
precise as possible. Mark the spot once and then verify by going through
all the steps again.

Again, if you’re doing this yourself, be sure to get the advice of an
experienced technician who has done many ceiling mounted projection
installations.

Convert Factory Installation Charts

There should be a chart in the box with your projector. Unfortunately, your
equivalents might be different from the one shown so you’ll need to do the
conversion for ceiling-mounted projection yourself. For example, if the
chart shows 4:3 aspect ratio screens but your screen is 16:9, you’ll need
to make that conversion. Your dealer should be able to help you with these
calculations.

Attaching the Projector Ceiling Mount

In the first place, please remember that a ceiling-mounted projector must
be solidly and securely mounted no matter what kind of ceiling you have.
For example, if this is in a typical residence, the ceiling is probably
drywall attached to strapping that is attached to joists. If this is true,
mount to the joist! Neither drywall nor strapping is adequate to support a
ceiling-mounted projector.

Some installers attach a ¾” plywood support panel securely to the joists
and then attach the mount to that. Be sure to use screws that are adequate
to the job so your mount will be secure.

Mounting a ceiling-mounted projector to an upstairs floor or an attic floor
requires the same steps but with modifications to fit the configuration. On
the other hand, if the ceiling is concrete, six ½” sleeve anchor bolts are
recommended.

Almost every projector ceiling mount can be attached through a suspended
ceiling and to cathedral ceilings, but they will have special requirements.
Ask your dealer or an experienced technician about such an installation.

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