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When projecting in a bar setting, many times, you have no choice but to project around ceiling obstacles like vents ducts or columns. If this is your situation, you can rest assured that there are video projectors with the ability to square an image even if you have to position your video projector at an odd angle. Using digital interpolation, keystone correction and 3D reform allows the video projector to square an image on a screen that would normally look skewed.
Bars tend to be less bright and therefore do not require as bright of a digital projector. We recommend a digital projector with about 1500 lumens or more for the average bar. If you have a lot of ambient light, a long throw distance or bright lights in your bar, you should call one of our projector consultants for a best estimate of your ideal brightness for your digital projector.
If you will be using your projector as a large screen TV, and leave it running for the majority of your business hours, we recommend choosing a video projector that features long lasting projector bulbs. This will save you money in new projector bulb costs.
Few things will shorten a multimedia projector's lamp life and overall life than smoke and dust, and bars and clubs have to contend with this. Both smoke and dust will clog the delicate electronic components of a multimedia projector and bring it to a screeching halt.
LCD projectors tend to fare worse in a smoke-filled environment. Nicotine can adhere to the LCD panels making it very difficult to clean. This affects the overall image, at the same time it shortens the life of the projector. Some DLP projectors have sealed optics and are generally easier to maintain in a smoke-heavy environment.
One option to minimize smoke contamination to your multimedia projector is to put the projector in a “Smoke Box”. This is simply a glass box that will house your projector. In addition to reducing the amount of smoke that will ruin a projector, it will also help reduce any fan noise from the projector.
Projector manufacturers typically do not warranty against smoke and nicotine on the multimedia projectors' components. If you are in a smoke rich environment, consider that your projector will last 12-18 months before you will have to replace it. Sealed optics and smoke boxes will drastically improve the time you get from the projector, and could potentially gain you an additional 12 or so months.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|