Tips and Tricks in Choosing a Projector Mount
Home theater projectors can be very costly, that is why you would want to take good care of it and protect it from whatever kind of damage as much as possible. And if there is one thing you can do to maintain the quality of your equipment, it’s choosing the right mount for it and making sure it is designed and installed properly, either on the wall or on the ceiling.
Design Does Matter
The design of the mount you use for your equipment does matter because it will determine how much heat from the projector it’s going to handle. You see, projectors release a large amount of heat, particularly those compact models where all the parts are squeezed inside a small case. Such equipment are very expensive to repair and replace, so as much as possible, you would want to make sure you have a well-designed mount. A good mount would be one that’s large enough to allow heat to easily escape from the projector.
The Finish is Important
Not only the size of the mount important, but the material used for it and its finish as well. Most of the projector mounts you will see in homes and offices today are made of steel. Steel is cheap and durable, but the problem with it is that it dissipates heat very poorly. Again, you don’t want that to happen or you will cause serious damage to your equipment. The key here is to opt for a mount made of aluminum, and not just any aluminum mount, but one that’s covered with paint finish. It’s a bit more expensive, but not as expensive as having your equipment repaired or replaced.
The Smaller the Surface Area, the Better
Another thing you need to keep in mind when choosing a projector mount is the shape of the mount. You need to realize that the larger the surface area of the mount you use, the more heat it’s going to trap. This means you need to steer clear from large flat mounts, and go for a well-designed mount with a small surface area instead.
Balance is Crucial
If you look at it closely, it seems pretty obvious, because anything could fall without balance. Unfortunately, many homeowners install their projectors without keeping in mind the projector’s center of gravity in relation to the mount. If you install your projector mindlessly and not take into account whether you are achieving perfect balance or not, it’s possible for one side of the projector to be putting more weight on the mount. This will cause stress on one side of the mount and result to falling. Therefore, make sure you take into consideration the projector’s as well as the mount’s center of gravity when choosing a mount.