Putting a projector outdoors?
Deploying a projector outside, no matter if it’s for advertising, an event
or your very own outdoor home theater, there are some challenges you should
be aware of.
#1. Brightness of the projector.
One of the most important questions, is what time of day will you be using
the projector outside? This simple question can make or break a solution,
because if the daylight is too bright, the projected image will not be seen
and it will be a complete waste of time investing in the hardware for this
solution. The other option is go for a high lumens projector; however this
does push the price up considerably.
#2. Usage – frequently or occasional use?
Again this is another deciding factor, do you intend on throwing outdoor
movie parties throughout the summer? If so, investing in the hardware
solution is the right answer for you, otherwise if you are only going to
use it occasionally, due to other commitments such as golf or the kids, you
need to rethink if putting a projector in your backyard is right for you.
Are you going to install a permanent or temporary solution? Meaning every
time you want to use your outdoor movie theater you have to put all the
hardware outdoors and when the movie night is over, put everything back in
the garage until next time. A temporary solution needs no special solution,
compared to a permanent solution.
Using weatherproof enclosure for projectors could be the answer, as these
specialised cases ensure the hardware is protected from the weather no
matter what Mother Nature can through at you! A solution can be seen at
#4. Security of your backyard.
Most homes have some kind of security, but what about your backyard?
Especially when you are investing your hard earned cash in the movie
projector, the last thing you want is to find your video projector stolen!
#5. Movie screen.
What will you be using as the movie screen? You can use almost anything,
from the side of your garage or home, through to an inflatable projector
screen; these inflatable screens can be found at Walmart for less than $60!
Like everything, it does come down to budget and how much time and money
you intend on investing in to your home. Some people go the whole 9 yards
and remodel their backyard, to include a swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor
#6. Cables and desktop TV box.
Think about how you will get the TV signal to the projector if you intend
on screening your favourite football games, or TV soaps. What cables do you
need and do you have them in the required length, or will you need custom
cables making that are extra-long and robust for outdoor use? Time to do it
Spring is around the corner, summer is not too far behind. So if you are
thinking about doing something like this, cover the above possible issues
and you will be good to go. Remember that projectors are built for indoor
use and not outdoors.
ProEnc are a leading manufacturer of outdoor housings, now they offer a solution
for outdoor movie theaters , that are used all over the world for both commercial, advertising and
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