Projector Ceiling Mounts
Securing your projector in the optimum position
The resolution, size, power and brightness are all important features to be taken into consideration when purchasing a projector for any use.
However, having purchased your ideal image projection system it is of vital importance that the projector is mounted in the optimum position to take full advantage of its inherent technological complexities. Not only is the precise positioning essential but, especially with ceiling mounting, the secure fixing of what usually is a valuable piece of kit must be ensured. Available in both generic and in manufacturers own brands the wide range of mounts available in today's market mean that you should easily be able to find the perfect mount for your projector.
For ease of fitting amongst other reasons many mounts, and the projectors themselves, come with universal fittings making the weight of the projector and the load capacity of the mount itself more of a consideration. A great number of mounts aimed at the smaller mobile projectors have a maximum load capacity of around 25-26 lbs. The next size up is typically a mount that takes a maximum load of around 75 lbs. There are also a number of heavy-duty mounts that are designed for loads of up to 350 lbs. It is always worthwhile carefully checking your projectors manual for the precise size and weight measurements before making any purchase.
You will find that many manufacturers produce their own range of mounts specifically tailored for use with their own projectors. However, it may be a slightly cheaper and perhaps more varied option to peruse the vast array of generic mounts on the market at the moment. Some of the most highly rated manufacturers of projector mounts and related paraphernalia are Peerless, Chief, Bretford, Premier and Progressive. You should expect to pay at least $100 for the small, simpler mounts with the larger and more complex mounts costing in the region of $150 to $250.
If your projector has been purchased with a more public location in mind, such as a school or larger conference hall, it may be worth considering a mount with added security measures. Some mounts actually enclose the projector in a fully lockable cage; at the same time as having peace of mind the projector still has the full range of movement and excellent ventilation. These are a bit costly, usually retailing at around the $350 mark.
It is important that you check that the mount you are considering has a good range of movement as this may vary a lot between individual products. What would be considered a good scope of movement would be; complete 360 degrees of rotation with both roll and pitch being in the region of 10-30 degrees. This will ensure that your projector is at precisely the right angle to help generate the best picture for your presentation or movie.