Mounting Tips for Your Projector
A mounted projector saves space, removes clutter and saves you the time of taking it out of and putting it back into storage
If you have a fixed room where you will always use your projector, it will be a good idea to have it mounted for the following convenient and time-saving benefits:
- A mounted projector will always have its image scaled and pre-focused properly
- A mounted projector will save you the hassle of having it taken out and plugged in for use or have to stow it away after use
- A mounted projector frees up table space and avoids untidy wires running on the table or ground
However, here is a checklist of very important tips to bear in mind when mounting a projector:
- Mount away from direct air conditioning or heating vents
Mount your projector away from air-conditioning or heating vents that are blowing directly at the projector. Heating vents may cause the projector to heat up even more in operation and shorten its lamp life. On the other hand, the cold air from an air-conditioning vent may excessively cool a projector and cause dangerous internal condensation when the air conditioning unit is switched off and the room returns to normal temperature and humidity.
- Watch out for sources of vibrations
Mounting your projector near wall or ceiling mounted fans or air-conditioning units may cause significant vibration that may result in a shaky image during presentations. Therefore, ensure that your other equipment in the room is not affecting your projector in this way.
Mounting your projector high above will ensure no blocking of the light path
- Watch out for potential shadow sources
Full height windows, doors, or ceiling fans may cast unwanted shadows when a mounted projector is running. So experiment by opening these fully to esure there is no image blockage. The most common cause of unwanted shadows however is human traffic. Therefore ensure that the light path is not crossing a heavily trafficked area or mount your projector where the light shoots over the pedestrians' heads.
- Remote control line of sight
Try to ensure that there is a clear line of sight between where you will be seated and where the projector is so that you can use its remote control.
- Wire management
When you mount your projector, Be prepared with extra long cables and wires to connect them to power points and inputs that may be far away. In addition, alwo be prepared with an effective way of bundling toghther so that they are neat. Taping them together with duct tape, or using specially made plastic shielding are alternatives you can consider.
Epson projectors have loops and Kensington lock holes for you to secure your projector with a wire cable that is locked to the mounting bracket
You can hire a technician to mount your projector, or you can attempt to do it yourself and save costs. However, before you do so, here are some factors you need to pay attention to:
A range of Epson EL PMB series of projector mounting brackets are available for mounting your projector. Alternatively, you can purchase universal mounts from other vendors.
- Purchase an appropriate mounting bracket
There are numerous industry standard and universal mounting brackets made by a myriad of manufacturers for Epson projectors. To mount your projector, you can opt to purchase an Epson EL PMB series bracket, or you can ask your local hardware or lighting store if they carry stocks of such mounting brackets, or if they can refer you to a seller.
- Mounting sequence
Always mount the bracket to the wall before you attach the projector. Trying to mount the bracket with the projector on adds weight and increases the risk of accidental damage to your projector.
- Mounting surfaces
Besides the mounting location advice shown above, it is just as, if not more important that you choose an appropriate mounting surface for your bracket. Strong concrete walls or thick wood beams are ideal. Avoid false ceilings that have no reinforcement, fiberboard, plywood or plaster surfaces, or furniture at all cost, as these are not strong enough to support the weight of your projector and its mounting bracket.
- Mounting tips
Cement walls or ceilings - If you are mounting your projector to a cement wall or ceiling, always ensure that you use wall plugs in combination with tapping screws that are at least 1.5 inches long to ensure your bracket is securely mounted. Refer to the guide shown below for details.
Wooden walls or ceilings - If you are mounting your projector bracket to a wooden beam or wall, ensure that it is at least half a foot thick first. The screws you use must be tapping screws with sharp ends and threads that will bore and bite into the wood to ensure a strong mount.
Projector Bracket Mounting Guide for Cement Surfaces
Step 1 - Select the right wall plugs, matching screws and drill bit
This set is an example of the wall plugs and matching tapping screws as well as drill bit needed to mount a projector's wall or ceiling bracket into a cement surface. Note: the diameter of the drill bit must be the same as that of the wall plugs, and the tapping screws shown here can be used on their own for a wood surface. NEVER mount your projector bracket using smooth concrete nails.
Step 2- Mark out and drill the holes in the wall
Mark the holes on the concrete wall or ceiling for your projector bracket so you know the exact spots to drill into. Use a good hammer drill to create the holes.
Step 3 - Fit the wall plugs into the holes
After the hole in the wall has been drilled out, fit the wall plug in. The fit should be tight. If it is too loose, change to a wall plug with a larger diameter. To drive the wall plug in, you can use a rubber mallet to avoid damaging the wall surface.
This is an example of a well installed wall plug. It fits very tightly into the hole drilled for it.
Step 4 - Screw in the mounting bracket
After the wall plugs are fitted in, you can begin to mount the bracket. If you have fitted the wall plugs correctly, you should feel significant resistance when turning the tapping screws into them. This means that the wall plugs are doing their job of providing a firm grip between the screws and the wall.