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Mounts: Universal Projector Mounts
Universal projector mounts allow you to install your projector securely and professionally. We carry a wide variety of mounts from the leading manufacturers in the industry. Choose mounts from Chief or Premier for the highest-quality solution. For a more affordable solution, choose mounts from A/V Mounts and others.
To see our Top 3 Universal Projector Mounts, click here.
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Draper AeroLift 150 In-Ceiling Lift for 150lb Projectors, 110 V
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Chief SYSAUB Suspended Ceiling Projector System – Black
Chief SYSAUW Suspended Ceiling Projector System – White
Chief KITLS003 RPMA1, CMS003, CMS440 KIT
Chief KITPD0305 Preconfigured Projector Ceiling Mount Kit
Chief KITPD0203 RPAU, CMS0203, CMS115 KIT
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How To Ceiling Mount A Projector
When people picture home theater projectors they typically think of them with a ceiling mount. There’s a good reason for this. Mounting your projector on your ceiling will give your home theater area a more polished and professional look. Plus it’s the best way to save space in your media room and protect your equipment.
When using a projector ceiling mount you’ll need to consider a number of measurements such as your screen size and room size, as well as your projector’s specific throw distance and vertical offset. You’ll also need to consider the size of your projector to buy a sturdy enough mount. These measurements will help you know what kind of projector mount to get and where to place it.
When you’re buying your projector, you can talk to one of our projection experts who can help you determine the best projector and mount combo. Give us a call at 888-392-4814
Use this guide for how to ceiling mount a projector to make sure you install the mount correctly, so you enjoy watching TV and movies for years to come.
Why Ceiling Mount A Projector?
Using a projector with a ceiling mount makes it easy to adjust the throw ratio/distance as you can place the mount where you want it in order to get the desired image size. A ceiling-mounted projector also keeps it out the way of people walking past. By having it attached to the ceiling, the projector can’t be bumped out of position or worse, knocked over! If you have a regular throw projector, it just makes sense to mount it to the ceiling.
Types of Projector Ceiling Mounts
There are three types of projector ceiling mounts, above ceiling mounts, below ceiling mounts and projector lifts. The type of ceiling you have and the projector you bought will help determine what type of ceiling mount you need.
Above Ceiling Projector Mounts
As the name implies, above ceiling projector mounts have their anchor above the ceiling line. These are typically used for large, heavy projectors as above ceiling mounts give you a more secure placement. Above ceiling projector mounts are usually supported by 2×4 planks or other structural support in the crawlspace between floors or above the tiles of a drop ceiling.
Below Ceiling Projector Mounts
Below ceiling projector mounts have their anchor on the underside of the ceiling. These are best used for smaller or lighter projectors. Below ceiling mounts should be mounted to a ceiling joist to ensure they are securely fastened.
A projector lift is a shelf that holds the projector in place and can retract into the ceiling when not in use. These motorized mounts are positioned above the ceiling and descend at the push of a button or flip of a switch. They can also be connected to the projector via a 12V trigger to come down or go up when you turn on the projector.
How To Mount A Projector To The Ceiling
Warning: Before installing a projector with a ceiling mount make sure the mount is rated to support the weight and size of your projector.
Things You’ll Need
- Mount Kit
- Ladder or Step Ladder
- Wrench or Allen Wrench (depending on the mount)
- Tape Measurer
Step 1: Determine the position of your projector to your screen
First you need to decide where you want to position your projector screen and your projector. You can use this guide on how to design a home theater that goes into detail about where to place your projector screen.
Determine The Projector’s Throw Distance
Make sure the throw distance between the projector and the screen is sufficient. The projector throw distance tells you how far the projector can be from the movie screen in order to fill it with a sharp in-focus image. You can use this projection calculator to help you determine if the video beamer is being mounted in the right place.
Determine The Projector’s Vertical Offset
Vertical offset is how high or low the projector must be placed so the light from the projector shines at the proper angle to make the image on the screen. The vertical offset will be displayed as a percentage and can often be found in the specs under lens shift. Offset can either be positive or negative. A positive offset means the image will be projected above the lens while a negative offset will be projected under it.
As an example the Epson LS11000 has a vertical lens shift of -96.3% to +96.3%. This means the height of the projector can be 96.3% above the bottom or below the top of the screen.
|Projector with 0% Vertical Image Offset||Projector with 50% Vertical Image Offset|
You can use this formula to help determine how far above or below the center of the screen the lens should be. Total height of screen x percentage of offset = distance of lens above/below center of screen.
If you need to for very high ceilings, you can use extension columns that are a pipe that drops the position of the projector to the proper height.
Find The Center Line Of Your Projector Screen
When you have the cinema screen in place, measure the distance between the wall to the edge of the screen plus half the width of the screen. Now mark this measurement on the ceiling where you want your projector to go, measured from the other end of the same wall that you originally measured from.
If your projector has horizontal lens shift you won’t need to place the projector mount right on the center line, as it will allow you to move it to the left or right of the center line.
Other Things To Consider
- Make sure your projector’s beam is not blocked by any fans, lights or anything else hanging from the ceiling
- Try and position it nearer to a wall in order to make hiding the wires as easy as possible.
- If your projector fan is on the noisier side, you may want to not have the projector positioned directly above the seating area.
- When picking where to mount your projector, it’s important to make sure you place your marker along a ceiling joist. Use your knuckles to tap the ceiling until you hear a solid sound in order to locate one. By attaching the mount to a joist you will get a much more secure mounting. You can also use the “blocking” method to attach a support, such as a 2×4, between two joists and attach your projector mount to this “block”, if there are no joists in the specific, desired location.
- Make sure your projector is placed far enough back to avoid hotspotting on the screen
Step 2: Attach the mount to the projector
Take your projector, carefully flip it upside down. Don’t worry projectors are built to be mounted upside down.
Loosely attach the mounting bracket according to the instructions that came with the mount.
Wherever possible, position the bracket so it’s in line with the lens.
Your mount might either be attached to the ceiling directly or using an extension column of the desired length that then attaches to a ceiling plate.
When you’re happy with the position, securely fasten the bracket down. If you’re unable to bring the lens in line with the bracket, be sure to offset this distance when mounting it to the ceiling in order for the lens to be centered with the screen.
Now with the bracket in place, be mindful of where it’s positioned on the projector and make any minor adjustments as to where it needs to be installed on the ceiling in order for it to stay along the center line of the projector screen and so it’s not too close to any walls.
Step 3: Attach the mount to the ceiling
Making sure your mounting bracket can still be installed along a ceiling joist, make some marks where your screw holes need to go. Now use a drill to make a preliminary hole for each screw. Then securely fasten the mounting bracket to the ceiling. Ensure you use suitable screws of the right quantity according to the instructions for the bracket.
Check that it is securely fastened to the ceiling by trying to wiggle it around.
At this stage, take the projector and carefully place it on the bracket and check that you’re happy with its position.
It is a good idea with heavier projectors to have a second person holding it up to make sure it doesn’t fall.
Step 4: Wiring your projector
If you’ve installed an electrical outlet and wiring in your ceiling next to the projector you can just plug it in and enjoy some movies.
If you don’t have the outlet installed you’ll need to make sure you have a cable that’s long enough to reach the projector. A power cable extension may be necessary.
You will likely need to run an HDMI cable from your ceiling mounted projector to your media player or home theater receiver. Establish how long your cables need to be, but make sure you have extra length. Remember you won’t just be running the cables in a straight line from the projector to your video source, so you’ll want to account for the additional cabling you’ll need.
If you need to run more than 25ft of HDMI cable you may need to get an HDMI signal extender, as that is about the maximum length you can use without seeing a degradation in signal quality due to attenuation.
You can hide the wires using decorative trunking along the base of the wall or if you have the know-how you can run the wires through the ceiling and behind the walls.
Step 5: Aligning your projector
Now that you have your ceiling mounted projector set up, you’ll need to align the image with the screen.
To align your projector and screen you’ll likely need to adjust the zoom and focus on the projector itself. If the projected picture is skewed you’ll need to adjust the roll, pitch and yaw of the projector on the mount.
You can use horizontal and vertical lens shift to center the image onto your projector screen
If you need more help, you can follow this detailed guide for how to align a projector.
What if you have a beam or a fan in the way?
Don’t worry if there is something on your ceiling obstructing the projector from being aligned with the center of the cinema screen. Almost all quality made projectors have some level of horizontal lens shift. This allows you to position the projector off axis with the projection surface while still making a rectangular image.
Problem With Ceiling Mounting A Projector.
A projector needs a power source to turn on and a media player connected to it to show content. The problem is, most people don’t have a power supply in the ceiling where the projector will be placed. And if you’re building your own DIY media room you won’t want to be ripping out floorboards or cutting holes in your ceiling to run the HDMI cables and power cables.
With some decorative trunking and some spatial thinking you can hide the wires pretty easily. If you don’t want to ceiling mount your projector you may consider using a shelf at the back of the room.
Alternatively instead of getting a regular throw projector, you can instead buy an ultra short throw projector that sits directly under the movie screen.
How Much Do Projector Mounts Cost?
Projector mounts can cost anywhere from $20 for a basic mount to $700 for a entire mounting kit. Some motorized projector lifts can cost $3,750. This large price discrepancy depends on the quality of the mount, how much weight it can support and how adjustable the mount is. For home theater projectors you’ll want to look to spend between $150 to $300 on your mount.
The low cost mounts are very limited to smaller portable projectors. If you’re tempted to save money buying a cheaper projector mount for your home theater, ask yourself how confident you are that a $20 projector mount will hold your new $3,500 projector.
When you’re buying your projector, you can talk to one of our projection experts who can help you determine the best projector and mount combo. Give us a call at 888-392-4814
Do-it-yourself bracket installation details
- Types of projector ceiling brackets
- How to choose the right bracket
- Mounting the projector on the ceiling
- Features of fastening to suspended and stretch ceilings
- DIY Projector Ceiling Mount
- Top 6 ceiling brackets in various designs
The bracket is the holder that the projector is attached to. The most commonly used ceiling models. They are more convenient, because, even when placed in the center of the room, they do not interfere with movement. Another advantage is the high quality of the projected picture, since the broadcast is carried out directly on the screen. The image is not smeared along a horizontal line, as with wall placement. But the brackets for ceiling-mounted projectors are different. And beginners who first purchased video equipment cannot always choose and install this accessory correctly. Consider in detail the existing types of brackets and figure out how to mount the projector to the ceiling.
Types of ceiling brackets for projectors
Holders are made mainly of metal, plastic and wood products are much less common. The bracket consists of several parts: a holding part (mount for a video projector), a rod and a support, which is installed on the ceiling. The design is different, which allows you to choose the right model for any projector. Consider the existing options.
This is one of the most popular types of ceiling brackets. The design consists of the following parts:
- mounting foot – the upper part, attached to the ceiling with anchors or dowels;
- body capture assembly (so-called “crab” or “spider”) – consists of several bars that are screwed to the projector cover;
- swivel joint – a part that connects the heel to the “crab”, which makes it possible to rotate and tilt the video projector.
If the upper part of different manufacturers is almost the same, then the design of the “spiders” is different and there are several types:
- X-shaped with fixed bars;
- with movable adjustable legs;
- with sliding parallel clamps.
Spiders are a versatile fastener that has many possible positions for connecting to the device. The mobility of the legs or fasteners ensures the correct balance of the equipment and the center of gravity.
Some projectors have only three mounting slots on the cover. For such models, special types of “spiders” are produced – on three bolts. But if there was no such bracket, then they take an ordinary “crab” with movable legs and remove one bar. In most cases, it turns out to set the desired position.
These brackets are equipped with an extendable bar. The ceiling rack is a round or square tube that connects the mounting foot to the “crab”. On top there is an adjustment mechanism that allows you to align the bar vertically.
Telescopic bracket models are usually chosen for rooms with a height of 3 m or more.
These are motorized lifts that are installed in a false ceiling or in a special niche. When the equipment is not in use, it is raised, which reduces the likelihood of equipment damage.
Brackets-lifts are arranged a little differently. They are a platform on which the projector is placed and fixed. Instead of the usual barbell, a scissor mechanism is used here.
Elevator bracket is one of the most convenient options for tall offices and conference rooms. Such models are rather bulky, although compact products for an apartment are also produced (30-40 cm when folded).
Elevators are the most expensive and problematic devices to install. The most difficult thing is to set up the mechanism for extending and lifting the platform, so specialists are involved in the work.
How to choose the right bracket
The holder must meet the following requirements:
- The load capacity must match the weight of the projector (refer to the specifications and accompanying documents). Compliance with this requirement will not only ensure the safety of the equipment, but also protect residents from injury.
- The layout of the holes and sockets for connecting to the device must match. If the model is universal, it is chosen so that the platform is configured as accurately as possible. This is also a safety factor.
- The rod size must match the projection distance. Even sliding parts have a length limit. Therefore, you first need to carry out all the calculations and find out at what height the screen will be hung. How to do this, consider below.
In addition, take into account whether additional functions are needed: the ability to rotate or tilt the optical axis, if so, with what step. They allow not only to fine-tune the picture, but also to change the location of the screen. It is also necessary to take into account the design of the ceiling. For example, in attics, the roof is at an angle, so you need a bracket with the ability to adjust the slope. In this case, the degree of inclination is selected depending on the degree of sloping of the overlap.
Mounting the projector on the ceiling
Mounting projection equipment to the ceiling has its own peculiarities. This is harder to do than with a TV or speakers. The image on the screen should be transmitted as clearly as possible. Only with the right installation, watching a movie will bring pleasure and delight with a bright picture.
Determination of height and installation location
Where to hang the projector is determined by the shape of the room, the size of the screen and the characteristics of the equipment itself. They also take into account obstacles in the path of the rays – chandeliers, air conditioners and other appliances. They check whether pets or people can damage the equipment (this is likely if the house has a high podium).
Before installation, calculate the projection distance between the screen and the lens. To do this, you need to find the projection ratio in the instructions for the device. The value is represented by a numeric range or a single digit. To get the desired value, multiply the screen width by the throw ratio, expressed in inches or centimeters. So, for a screen with a diagonal of 100 cm with a projection ratio of 2:1 to 3:1, the distance should be 200-300 cm. Then the distance to the planned place is divided by the projection ratio and the desired width is obtained. For example, 10 m/2:1=5 m.
When choosing a place for the projector, you need to consider:
- seating arrangement – they are not placed from below if the equipment is heavy, especially when the home theater is used to show cartoons to children;
- places for sockets – the length of the cable should be enough to connect to the mains;
- image quality – the picture will be different depending on the distance even if the calculations are correct, so you need to try several positions.
Next, find the vertical offset of the projector (in percent) at which the image is displayed correctly. This parameter is also indicated in the instructions. With a plus value, the image is located above, with a minus value, below the lens. Positive numbers are more important because the equipment is mounted upside down.
The next step is to calculate the optimal height using the formula: the screen height is multiplied by the vertical offset. For example, if the screen height is 124 cm and the vertical offset is +/-96.3%, or 0.963, you get: 124*0.963=119.4 cm. This means that the equipment must be installed respectively up to 119 cm above or 119 cm below the middle of the demo panel.
Another important factor to consider before mounting the projector to the ceiling is the horizontal lens shift. The lenses should be directed towards the center of the screen. The position is calculated according to the previous formula, but the horizontal offset (%) is taken, multiplied by the screen width.
Complicated calculations are more common when installing demonstration equipment in large rooms. At home, it is enough to calculate the height of the bar (X), which is determined as follows:
X \u003d A-B-C , where:
- A is the height of the walls;
- B is the distance from the floor to the lower edge of the demo screen;
- C – vertical length of the web.
For example: 2.5-1-1= 0.5 m.
Most brackets allow equipment to be moved vertically. This allows you to find the most suitable point. If the rod has a fixed length, then the bracket is mounted at the height recommended by the manufacturer.
Bracket installation and projector mount
When all calculations are done, choose a mount that matches the brand of the projector and connect the cables. Then proceed with the installation:
- Screw the projector to the tabs or bottom bracket platform in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check the reliability of fastening.
- Reveal the screen to be broadcast.
- Adjust the suspension height.
- Check the picture quality by first attaching the projector to the ceiling. The borders of the frame when zooming in the middle position should coincide with the edges of the screen, as well as the center of the image and the demonstration canvas.
- Draw a perpendicular from the middle of the screen along the ceiling, mark the place under which the center of the lens should be placed.
- Holes are drilled in the concrete ceiling and plastic dowels are inserted. In wooden houses, beams are found for this.
- Center the apparatus so that the corners do not outweigh.
- Tighten the screws securely.
- Adjust the X, Y, Z position of the projector.
Wires can be hidden in the ceiling. To do this, a groove is drilled in the ceiling. After laying the cables, the surface is leveled with putty. An easier way to hide wiring is to use a plastic cable duct.
Final projector settings
After installation is complete, turn on the projector and adjust the focus, lens shift and other parameters: brightness, contrast, color. If you cannot install the equipment perpendicular to the screen or it is above or below the allowable area, a rectangular frame will not work. Then digital keystone correction is used – this function is provided by the projector software. But if the deviations are significant, the image quality will deteriorate.
Sometimes it turns out that the distance to the screen is not enough or it is too large. This may be dictated by the configuration of the room. Then a long-focus or short-focus lens will correct the situation. The accessory is sold separately from the multimedia system.
Improper installation of the projector will affect image quality. If it is located too close, then the picture will be small, far away – it will go beyond the boundaries of the screen canvas.
Features of fastening to false and stretch ceilings
Mounting method of the holder depends on the floor finish. For suspended and frame structures, the process is slightly different.
The combined weight of the projector and arm is taken into account when working with this type of finish. So, with a mass of up to 5 kg, the equipment is hung on the GKL. For this purpose, you can use butterfly dowels, which open after screwing in the self-tapping screw and hold the device.
For larger weights (up to 10 kg), the holder is attached to a metal frame, to which drywall is hemmed. The location of the profile is determined by a magnet.
If heavy equipment is used, drill a hole in the drywall and fix the holder to the base ceiling. Then the slot can be hidden with decorative polyurethane overlays.
Armstrong Cassette Ceiling
This finish is the most convenient as it allows one panel to be easily removed. Install the bracket like this:
- Remove the cassette.
- Lay wiring between the base and finish ceilings.
- A hole is drilled in the panel for the rack and cable.
- A holder with a rod is attached to the rough floor.
- Slide the drilled cassette ceiling tile onto the post and pass the wire through the hole.
- Return the removed elements to their place. Then the “crab” is screwed on and the projector is fixed.
This is one of the most problematic options, so it is better to contact the company that installed the ceiling. A beginner will most likely ruin the film coating and the canvas will have to be changed.
There are two ways to install the projector on a stretch ceiling:
- On the embedded part . At the place where the bracket is attached to the floor slab, a wooden beam or a plastic platform is mounted flush with the stretch ceiling. After stretching the web, the projector holder is screwed to the embedded part located in the interceiling space.
- Concrete slab . If the length of the bracket rod allows, the rack is attached to the draft ceiling. Then a hole is cut out in the tension web, having previously glued the tread ring so that the hole does not open. This method is more complicated, since it is necessary to accurately calculate the place of the cutout, otherwise folds form after stretching. In addition, the integrity of the canvas is violated.
Due to the high risks and volume of work, the projector is best installed with the ceiling. If such a need arose after the repair, then the tension fabric is partially dismantled.
Read more: How to remove the stretch ceiling
It is also important to consider that most popular models of projection equipment get very hot during operation. From high temperatures, PVC film, which is used as a canvas for a stretch ceiling, can be deformed, therefore, the farther the projector is located, the better.
How to make a DIY ceiling mount for the projector
Manufacturers recommend hanging the projector on standard or factory universal brackets. But if the device is broken or there is no replacement, you can make an accessory yourself using this master class.
To make the bracket you will need:
- square aluminum tube;
- 4 galvanized corners;
- mounting plate to fit the projector;
- 4 bolts for ceiling mounting;
- 4×32 and 4×16 bolts, nuts and self-tapping screws.
The structure is assembled in the following order:
- We make a rod: we cut the pipe in half and glue the parts with superglue.
- We screw the corners in pairs to get an H-shaped structure. We screw two nuts on each bolt. For reliability, you can “seal” the fasteners with superglue.
- Cut the mounting plate to fit the projector. Then we drill holes corresponding to the attachment points on the body of the device.
- We fasten the rod.
- Drilling 4 holes in the ceiling.
- Attaching the bracket.
- We fasten the projector.
Top 6 Ceiling Brackets in Different Designs
Based on customer ratings and reviews, we have selected several models of different types. Manufacturers, which will be discussed later, have already won the trust of consumers, the probability of equipment damage during their use is extremely small.
This universal model fits most video transmitters. It is made of steel and can withstand the weight of equipment up to 10 kg. The position is infinitely adjustable by tilting (maximum angle 30°) and rotating through 360°. The rod is extended in the range from 65 to 100 cm.
Another universal model from the same manufacturer. It has a simple horizontal adjustment: the angle of rotation is 360°, the tilt is 30°. Distance from ceiling: 12.5 cm. This and previous models have a lifetime warranty on welded and mechanical joints, and are equipped with fall protection.
Arm Media PROJECTOR-4
Kromax brand arm can be used both on the ceiling and on the wall. The distance to the base is adjustable in two positions and is 15 and 40 cm. 360 ° rotation and 30 ° tilt are also available. The holder can withstand loads up to 20 kg.
Compact mount designed for RPA Elite series projectors. The bracket provides convenient replacement of lamps and filters. The unit is easily detached due to the Q-Lock Quick Release system. Centris technology allows you to quickly adjust equipment. For pipes of the CPA series, a removable adapter is provided. The bracket can withstand weight up to 11.3 kg. 360° rotation, 15° vertical rotation, 4° horizontal rotation are available.
Chinese manufacturer’s product is rated for a maximum weight of 13.5 kg. The swivel head allows rotation and tilting by 15°. The kit includes a wrench and bolts of several sizes. The holder is compatible with various video projectors.
Vogels Projector Ceiling Lift PPL 1070
The unit extends 70 cm and can carry up to 10 kg. User can set 4 positions via relay or interface from room automation systems. Optional remote control included.
It is better to buy brackets from well-known manufacturers. Poor-quality fasteners become loose over time. This changes the positioning of the lens relative to the screen, the image suffers, the impression of the film or presentation is spoiled. But the most unpleasant situation is when the equipment falls from a height. It is rarely possible to restore it, more often you have to buy a new projector.
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Using the projector at home
Mounting structure for the projector
Choosing a ceiling mount
Mounting the projector on a concrete floor
Features of mounting on a plasterboard ceiling
Mounting the projector to the Armstrong ceiling system
Mounting to a stretch ceiling structure
It is believed that the most convenient place for the projector is the ceiling. To install it there, you need to choose the right and durable fasteners. The process of mounting the projector to the floor has some peculiarities.
Using the projector at home
Often, property owners first decide to purchase a home theater or use an interactive set-top box, and only then think about how to hang the projector and holder on the ceiling and which mount is better to choose. This problem will not be relevant if the equipment is intended for events and therefore it must be mobile.
If this appliance is used at home, it should immediately determine a permanent location to ensure a stable position and make the cable wiring hidden. The best solution for mounting the projection device is the ceiling, because there it will not bother anyone. This place will be inaccessible to the child, he will not be able to accidentally break the equipment by hooking the wires.
Of course, mounting the projector to the ceiling will deprive it of mobility. After that, the device cannot be removed, transferred to other rooms or taken temporarily to another place. True, if there is another set of wires, its movement becomes possible. The most correct decision can be called the decision of the owners to place a home theater in a separate room and equip it in accordance with all standards.
The ceiling method of placing projection equipment involves the use of a special metal, plastic or wooden structure.
It consists of certain elements:
- Mounting plate . It is a platform with holes through which the structure is fixed to the ceiling.
- Rod . This is a part that provides the desired amount of indentation of the projector from the ceiling plane. Typically, the rod is adjusted in relation to length, which allows you to adjust the height of the installation of the device.
- Platform . This projection mount comes in a universal design that is suitable for fixing various devices, including small screen TVs. Platforms for specific projector models are also available for sale.
There are different types of fasteners:
- for portable or fixed projectors;
- with fixed or adjustable stem;
- with the possibility of placing on the ceiling, on the walls.
Some of the mounting structures allow you to change the position of the equipment in height, tilt it relative to the horizontal at different angles.
Ceiling Mount Selection
Before hanging the projector from the ceiling, a reliable mounting system is selected for it. First of all, they are guided by the parameters of the device and the surface on which it is to be installed.
- Equipment weight . The design must be designed for a certain load.
- Location of attachment points on equipment and bracket. Even in cases where the ceiling structure is universal, you need to make sure that they match.
- Rod length . Adjustable products still have minimum and maximum length restrictions, so you should determine in advance at what height to place the screen and measure the height of the room. Based on these data, they will find out the required length of the rod in a particular case. The projector is placed at the same height as the top edge of the interactive whiteboard or screen. To determine the length of the rod from the height of the room, subtract the height of the screen and the distance to it from the floor covering. The size of the tolerance is 5-10 centimeters.
- Design features of . Ceiling mounts are usually designed to mount to normal horizontal surfaces. If you plan to place the equipment in the attic or in another room with sloping sloping ceilings, you must have a special adapter. They are sold in two versions – for fixing on beams or rails.
When choosing mounting hardware for a ceiling mount projector, it’s most practical to buy all the parts separately to match the rod length and color you need, the mounting plate that best suits your application, and other items. Often, manufacturers offer consumers so-called “constructors” that allow you to assemble the mount needed in a particular case.
Installation of fasteners
Work on mounting brackets for the projector on the ceiling, regardless of its model, is carried out in the standard way:
- make holes with a puncher;
- dowels are inserted into them;
- through the holes in the mounting plate, screw the screws.
There is nothing difficult in how to fix the projector on the ceiling, but this is provided that the floor in the house or apartment is concrete or wooden, and the owners are tired of the presence of visible wires. Contemplating them under the ceiling surface is not entirely aesthetically pleasing.
So that wires and sockets do not spoil the appearance of the ceiling and the style of the interior of the room, it is advisable to plan the installation of the projector on the eve of the repair, when it is possible to place communications behind a stretch or suspended ceiling structure or lay a strobe for cables in the concrete floor.
If the decision to purchase the projector was made after the repair was completed, you need to think carefully about how to install it.
Projector mount on concrete floor
When there is no desire or opportunity to redo the repaired surface, then you can solve the problem with mounting the projector on the ceiling by laying electrical wiring in the cable channel and laying it to the location of the outlet.
Peculiarities of fastening on the GKL ceiling
Arranging a suspended ceiling structure is ideal for hiding communications, including power and signal cables designed to connect projection equipment. Under it, you can also make a socket, but on condition that it has high-quality protection against moisture and leaks.
To attach a projector to the ceiling structure, if it is assembled, puttied and painted, you can do this:
- When the device weighs no more than 5 kilograms, butterfly dowels are used to fix the suspension bracket, which will open behind the plasterboard when self-tapping screws are screwed into them.
- When the projector is stationary and heavy, then the fastening is carried out in a metal frame, to which drywall is mounted. A magnet is used to locate its location.
- Make a small hole in the finish material and attach the projection equipment to the ceiling, provided that it is made of concrete. But this method needs further decoration of the hole made in the drywall sheet. For this purpose, use, for example, a decorative rosette.
Once you’ve finished installing the projector ceiling mount, you’ll still need to hide the wiring. This can be done both by laying a cable channel, and by arranging a decorative box made of plasterboard or a wooden false beam on the ceiling surface.
Mounting the projector to the Armstrong ceiling system
Ceilings of this type are distinguished by the assembly of a visible frame, consisting of cells in which decorative panels are laid. They can be removed and reinstalled, so mounting the projection device is quick and easy. You just need to remove a few products and attach the bracket and socket. A power cable is brought to it, laid in a corrugated sleeve. It is important that the fastening of the wires to the ceiling is sufficiently reliable.
Further, a hole for the rod is created in the ceiling element, the wires are brought down to connect the projector. If the surface of the walls is already finished, then to connect the cable to the mains, after being removed from the ceiling, it is removed into the cable channel.
Stretch ceiling attachment
All types of activities carried out with stretch fabrics should be carried out exclusively by specialists. If the intention to install the projector became known before the installation of the ceiling system, mortgages are attached to the ceiling, and the panel is already screwed to them. When the length of the rod allows, you can do without mortgages.
Further, a hole is created in the canvas at the location of the mortgages and strengthened with a special ring.