Best Projectors for Churches and Religious Institutions and How to Choose a Church Worship Projector
Best Projectors for Churches, Sanctuaries, Religious Institutions, and Places of Worship
The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the room and the size of your audience. The larger the audience, the larger the image size you need. The image size, usually is calculated in diagonal measurement (top left to bottom right) if you are getting a projection screen. However, for projectors, curiously, the image size is determined by width, from left to right.
This is one thing to keep in mind while shopping for a projector for your religious institution.
The most important factor is how bright of an image you want to get from the projector. Most rooms will have large windows and they will be very hard to darken. This is a the most common problem most Churches have. So, it is important to choose the perfect projector at the right price, and we can help.
The first thing to look at is the lumens, or how bright the projector can project.
Ideally, you would want to keep the room as dark as possible, but it is almost always never possible for this to occur. You also have to determine that the audience needs to see the projected image from afar to sing or read or watch.
So, the next thing to look at is the size of your audience, assuming that the room is of average brightness or very bright in natural light.
The audience size is key.
For an audience size of up to 150, with the room being medium to high brightness, you need a projector that is 3000 to 4000 lumens.
For an audience size of 150 to 300, with the room being medium to high brightness, you need a projector that is 4000 lumens to 5000 lumens.
For an audience size of 300 to 450 people, with the room being medium to high brightness, you need a projector that is 5000 lumens to 6000 lumens.
For an audience of 450 to 700 people, with the room being medium to high brightness, you need a projector that is 6000 to 7000 lumens.
Any larger, you will need a projector that is more than 7000 lumens.
If the room has little light or if you can darken the room, you can subtract 1000 lumens from the previously mentioned lumens recommendations for projectors.
The second most important thing to look at is the throw ratio.
With Churches and religious institutions, it is both a benefit and a problem.
Why? Most buildings are large and have a lot of room to place the projector, from 10 feet away to 100 or even 200 feet away.
However, the problem now lies in the placement of the projector. The ceiling of the building might be sloped, or very high. If this is the case, you need a very long ceiling mount to place the projector.
If the ceiling is sloped (this is the most common type of ceiling), there are some options.
You can buy a short-throw projector that you can place behind the screen. A short-throw projector means that you can project a large image at a short distance. A long-throw projector means you can project a large image from a long distance.
So, you can either get a long-throw projector and project from far away, or a short-throw projector and projector behind the projection screen.
To determine this, you need to know how wide of an image size you want. For example, for a 10 feet size width screen, for a short throw projector, you need to be 5 to 7 feet away from the screen (either from the front or behind the screen).
For more about ceiling mounting, please refer to the
"Mounting" guide page.
What is a throw ratio? This specification determines how large of an image size you will get from a specific distance.
This is important.
This also reminds every business person that you have to test out your projector before you start using it. Believe me, many business people have fallen into this trap where they do not test the projectors for the throw distance before carrying them off for important presentations.
Without further ado, the throw ratio is determined by a specification such as:
1.2:1 or a range such as 1.2:1 to 1.5:1.
To start, lets begin with a single throw ratio of 1.2:1 or, to make it simpler: 1.2 to 1 . That is what the ":" in between means (to).
A projector with 1.2:1 1.2 to 1 means that for every 12 inches you set the projector away from the screen, you will get a 10 inch picture size.
So, at 12 feet away, the projector will project a 10 feet wide image size.
You have to note that it is the width (left to right) that is 10 feet. It is not the diagonal measurement. With projection screens, they are usually measured in diagonal size (bottom left to top right), so you have to find out what the display width (left to right) is for the screen. Most of the time, screens' technical specifications will tell you.
Now, if the throw ratio of a projector is a range, such as 1.2:1 ranging to 1.5:1, that means the projector has an optical zoom lens. The zoom lens will allow you to change the image size, without moving the projector. The range of image sizes that can be projected, at a set distance is determined by the throw ratios (1.2:1 ranging to 1.5:1).
So, this means, from 12 feet away, the projector can throw an image that ranges from 8 feet (1.5:1 throw ratio to 10 feet wide (1.2:1 throw ratio).
Recommendations for Churches and Other Religious Institutions:
3,100 Lumens for up to 150 People
4,400 Lumens for 150 to 300 People
6,100 Lumens for 450 to 700 People
7,100 Lumens for more than 700
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Cables Length and Connection Type
This is something that many Church leaders have to contend with. The easiest answer is to go wireless. However, wireless projectors or wireless solutions are limited in scope, because wireless technologies will always give you inferior video and audio quality. Also, the wireless range (beam range) is very limited, usually to within 25 feet.
The recommendation is to always see if you can use a wired solution (re: cables). It is inexpensive to buy long cables, whether you would use HDMI or VGA cables to connect your external devices to the projector. A 50 feet HDMI cable can be purchased for about $50. It is usually $1 per foot. Also, HDMI cables that are extra long won't degrade your video quality. It will only happen if the cable is longer than 100 feet. This applies to both HDMI and VGA cables.
So, now you might be thinking about where to hide or put the cables. They could very well trip the audience if the cables are not properly stowed away. If you are projecting behind the screen, this problem is solved easily because very few people go behind the screen. If you are projecting from the front, some Church leaders hire AV installers to do the installing of cables and the mounting. For the best bang for your buck, electricians also have experience in doing this, at a cheaper hourly rate than AV installers. The perfect solution, if possible, is to have your AV equipment (your computer, sound system) near your projector for the shortest cable connection to the projector.
That's it. This article covers most of the aspects of using a projector in a Church or religious institution environment. We are here to help if you are have more questions. Please contact us and we will help you.