In today's changing world you have many choices. If you are hungry you can select from many different places to eat. It is the same with your technology needs. Today I will discuss the differences in projectors and how to select the appropriate projector for your church.
What is a projector?
A projector is a big TV, so you can show movies, presentations or any other audio visual material. If you want the technical definition click here.
Why do we need a projector?
Humans understand things better if we can relate them visually. How do you know where are the restrooms in a restaurant? Simple you look for the sign with a man and a woman, but how does the sign look like?
There are more than 1000 projectors in the market, ranging from $500 to $500,000 dollars in price. Which one is the correct one for my church? There are different things to consider.
Light (How much light you have in your church?)
The amount of light in your church is very important. If you want to setup the projector and there is a lot of light (day light, indoor light or any other kind of light), the projector need to have a lot of lumen. Lumen are the amount of light that projector will send out for the image, click here for information on lumen. After you check the amount of light you have, you have to count how many people you can see the screen.
Screen (Determine how many people can see the screen?)
There are many different screen sizes. In order to select the correct screen size , lets count the amount of people in your church. Amount of people x 1 inch = size of screen. Let's say your church has 100 members your screen should be no less than 100 inches or 8 foot 3 inches long. If your church has 200 members your screen should be 150 to 200 inches or 12.5 to 16 feet long. click here for information on screen sizes.
Quality of projector
Last but not least you have to stop for a minute and think, why do we want to use a projector? Do we want to present Sunday's service worship songs? or We want to bless the church with other audio visual material. There are many audiovisual devices that can bless the church. Movies, presentations (PowerPoint's, Impress, others…). As I mention earlier projectors come in many different sizes and configurations that we need to know why we want to use a projector. Quality is not synonym to expensive. I own an inexpensive Infocus X1 and never had a problem. Why I selected the Infocus X1? At the time that I purchased my projector the light bulbs for all the other projectors where $500 to $600 dollars and the Infocus X1 where $250.
Things to check when you want to buy a projector:
- Warranty (how many years and if they offer extended warranty).
- Price for the replacement bulbs (average 3000 hours).
- Celling mount or table top (are you going to mount the projector in the church celling or in a table).
- Compatibility with your computer equipment (if it support Windows 2000/XP/Vista , Mac or Linux).
- Support from the vendor (if the projector has a problem can they come to your church and help you).
Hope this posting will be helpful. God Bless you all.