Bought a new projector? (Read about: How to set up a projector) Planning to mount it on the ceiling of your home? Well, mounting might seem easy in the first place with the mounting kit, but it is quite a tricky task to accomplish. Many people take the assistance of experts to achieve this task, but if you do it by yourself, then you can save a good chunk of money. Our team has formulated eleven simple steps that will pave the path for you to mount the projector to the ceiling comfortably.
So let’s dive into the simple steps;
Step 1 – Locate a good spot to mount the projector
At first, you will have to find the right spot on the ceiling where you can install the projector and the screen. Both the items should be placed in such a way that there are minimal object interference and light distraction. Try to find a spot from where the projector easily expands the size of the screen without facing any limitation. Avoid placing the projector in opposite to window as it will hinder the whole intensity of emitted light from the lens. After you find the place, mark the area on the roof with a tape or something identifiable.
Step 2 – Getting the center point with respect to the screen
Now, place the screen in the wall where you want to install and maintain a minimum distance of 20inch off the ground so that the projector can adequately place the image. Expand the screen size to the size you want to achieve and then measure it. Find the middle point of the screen and then depending on that middle point, mark the wall opposite the screen. The central point will make sure; the lens will be in the middle of the screen. Use long measuring tapes or any long rulers to mark the exact location on the wall.
Step 3 – Finding the ideal throw distance
Once you located the center point, you need to find the perfect throw distance which decides the right gap between the screen and projector. You will find the throw distance of your projector mentioned in the manual or specification. Most of the throw distance is given in a range, and it is advisable to take the maximum length as the mark on the wall. Taking the maximum distance will provide you with a lot of room to fiddle with the screen size depending upon the different scenarios. However, don’t go beyond your clear screen-size range as you might not get proper clarity.
Step 4 – Hitting the right vertical offset
This is the time where you will have to get the correct vertical offset, which will determine how much you will have to hang the projector to get the best view. You won’t have to calculate the offset as it will be mentioned in the specification list. Pay interest to the positive projection offset percentage as it will come handy for you. Note the measurement should be carried accurately because it will be needed during installation.
Step 5 – Finding the vertical height
Along with vertical offset, you will also have to calculate the vertical height because it will yield the distance of the lens above or below of the center point. However, if your ceiling is not that high and it is under 2.4m, then you won’t need to find the vertical height and offset as the center will be at the same level. But for tall ceilings, you need to utilize the formula distance of lens = offset figure multiplied by the height of the screen.
Step 6- Determining the horizontal placement
Depending upon the construction and layout of your room, you might also need to determine the horizontal lens shift. The formula to find horizontal lens shift is the distance of lens to the right or left of the screen = offset percentage multiplied by screen width. However, we will recommend you to avoid this calculation until and unless necessary. This calculation can not only jeopardize the vertical lens shift but will also ruin the clarity and quality of the visual.
Step 7 – Measuring the distance between mount and lens
Now you will have to find the gap between the center of the bracket and front of the lens. You can either use a flexible scale or measuring tape to find the distance. Just place the bracket over the projector and measure the distance in between. The reason we will be doing this because you will have to add this distance with the throw distance of your projector. Try to be accurate while measuring the length, although you won’t have to be near perfect.
Step 8 – Making the necessary adjustment and holes in the roof
So, now are ready with all the measurements, and based on these measurements, you will have to commence hardware work on your roof. Use a powerful driller to make a hole on the roof, especially when you have a concrete roof. Correctly point out the whole area with bright markers as it will help you accurately drill the area. If you have a false ceiling, then it is advisable to utilize extended wooden panel or ceiling kit to create a secure base for the installation of the mounting bracket.
Step 9 – Coupling the projector with the mounting bracket
It is vital to choose a heavy-duty and high-quality that will not offer proper support to the projector but will also help it keep it steady even after years. We will recommend you to opt for a mounting kit with adjustable height because it will offer the best view. It would be a smart move to avoid free mounts with the projector as most of them are of poor quality and doesn’t provide adjustment options. Also, check the size and weight compatibility factor while purchasing the mount for your projector.
Use proper tools to attach the mounting bracket to the projector and while attaching, line the bracket correctly with the lens. Tighten the screws properly so that they won’t come off after you connect the bracket to the ceiling. We would suggest you follow the instruction manual to know the alignment as a wrong move could lead to the additional workload. So once you are done with the attachment, hook the bracket to the roof of your home. You can even ask any family member to help you during the attachment process as it will be difficult to tighten screws with one hand and holding the whole bracket with the other one.
Note: Check the attachment properly after you tighten the screw and make sure the projector is steady at its place.
Step 10 – Connecting all the cables
In this final stage of the process, you have connected all the wires to the designated ports located in the rear section of the projector. First, you need to join the HDMI cable to the port, and it is advisable to use long wires so that you won’t have to face length shortage issue. You can either fasten the HDMI cable to the walls using fasteners/wire molds or use an HDMI hub to keep up with the aesthetic of the room. For the power cable, it would be smart to use the power extension as most of the power cables are short.
Step 11 – Utilizing adjustment facilities for fine tuning
Lastly, you will have to utilize the adjustment facilities to fine-tune the image quality. First, adjust the image using lens shift and zoom facility to place the image within the screen. Then start a visual so that you can use the focus ring to fine-tune the clarity of the visual. In the end, adjust the brightness, color, and contrast level to get the visual experience possible. It would be best to follow the manuals before making your way into the adjustment process.