Do you plan to use your projector outside at any time? If the answer is yes, then you need an outdoor projector enclosure. And why not? There is an allure to watching a movie or a game in your backyard.

Here’s the deal…

It’s important to know what to look for in a projector enclosure so that you don’t buy one that while cheap, will underperform and ruin your projector. You also don’t want a projector enclosure that has more features than you need, hence more expensive.

If you are looking for amazing viewing experience, then everything has to count down to the type of projector enclosure you choose. Otherwise, you will end up with a twisted, upside-down image that will ruin your viewing experience. 

Here are the things you need to look for in a projector enclosure. But first, let’s address the elephant in the room…

Building a Projector Enclosure Yourself

If you like to save every penny while enjoying the experience of building a projector enclosure on your own, then you can go the DIY way. However, please note that it is not advisable to build your projector enclosure using wood or steel.

If you can make your outdoor projector enclosure waterproof and have it regulate its internal temperature and help dissipate the heat produced by the projector, then that is great. 

Otherwise, you’ll need an outdoor projector enclosure from the shop, because they help deal with certain challenges associated with placing the projector outside. Let’s take a look.

Here’s why:

The projector enclosures you buy from shops have design features that protect the projector from excessive heat or moisture, and theft while allowing you to see the projected images clearly.

If you can make your outdoor projector enclosure waterproof and have it regulate its internal temperature and help dissipate the heat produced by the projector, then that is great. 

Otherwise, you’ll need an outdoor projector enclosure from the shop, because they help deal with certain challenges associated with placing the projector outside. Let’s take a look.

Challenges of Placing a Projector Outside

Regardless of whether it’s for advertising, an event or entertainment, the following are some of the challenges of installing a projector outside.

Projector Brightness

With outdoor projectors, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is when you will use the projector. The answer to this question can rule out or include some options. 

Let me explain:

If you plan to project in full daylight, then the projected image will be invisible. This means that it will be a waste of time and resources. You could opt for a projector with a high lumen number. However, this will dramatically increase the price.

How Frequently Will You Use the Projector?

If you intend to run the projector throughout the day for an extended period of time, then an outdoor projector enclosure is for you. If on the other hand, you plan to spend time with your kids or away from home, you need to give the idea of installing an outdoor projector serious thought.

The Weather

Getting a projector enclosure with weatherproof capability depends on its use. For example, if you want to be able to take everything indoors after watching a movie, then a temporary projector enclosure is the solution.

If you plan to leave the equipment outside after watching a movie, then you should go for a permanent solution. A weatherproof enclosure ensures that the projector runs at peak performance regardless of what mother nature throws at it.

Security

Most homes today have some form of security feature. Even so, the important question is: Is your backyard secure? Buying a high-end video projector may be very costly and the last thing you want is getting home or waking up only to find it gone.

The Projector Screen

What do you plan to use as a movie screen? This is important as there are various things that can act as a projector screen. For example, the side of your garage door, a premium projector screen or even a fabric that you can pick at the store for less than $100.

The bottom line?

It all depends on the budget you’ve set aside for your projector entertainment system. There are people who will take things to the extreme and remodel their entire backyard so that it has a hot tub, swimming pool and movie theater.

If this is you, I’d like to give you a visit someday.

Television Signal

You will obviously want to watch some TV on your outdoor projectors, such as soaps and football games. The question is: How will you get the TV signal to the projector? Do you have all the cables? Are these cables of the right length?

If not, you will need to buy some cables that are super long to ensure that they can work with the outdoor projector. Again, you can get these cheap at the local shop, or buy high-end cables from premium brands. 

Features of a Good Projector Enclosure

Security

You’ll want to get a projector enclosure that is secure, with a strong and robust exterior. It should have security locks, be weatherproof (protects against rain, snow precipitation, dirt, dust, and wind) and protects the projector from vandalism. 

If you feel that getting a projector enclosure with all these features will be expensive, then you may reduce the initial investment by getting a projector enclosure from an auction site. You could also purchase a plastic or wooden enclosure, but compared to steel casings, these are really not secure.

Ventilation

Projectors generate heat when they are used. Overheating is not good for projectors and is known to reduce their lifespan, which explains why they have cooling fans built into them. 

So, if you want to have the unit in a hot environment, ensure that it has air conditioning. This way, extended use in the hot sun will not damage your projector.

Also, make sure that even though a projector enclosure has ventilation mechanism such as fans, that the enclosure does not cover the special projector fans. The heat should be allowed to escape from the projector itself and then from the projector enclosure to the environment.

Look:

The space the projector enclosure takes relative to the projector’s size is also important. The smaller the space the enclosure takes, the lesser the heat will be trapped inside. Steel is a bad heat conductor, and a steel projector enclosure will tend to hold more heat than an aluminum enclosure.

Filtration

You need to think about the quality of air in circulation within the projector enclosure. Buying air filters for your outdoor projector enclosure is cheat and you can use them over and over again. All you need to do is periodically wash them. 

Why is this important?

Filters prevent dust from getting into the projector’s body. And not just that, small bugs can get into the projector using small crevices and can cause a lot of problems. These filters will help you keep any particles or bugs out.

Motion Options

When choosing the type of enclosure to purchase, you need to first think about what you’d like your projector to do. For example, will it be viewed from a single position only or will it be tilted at an angle in some cases?

The fixed projector enclosure will permanently stick the projector at a certain position, hence eliminating the worry that someone may by accident knock it over. Another benefit is that a fixed enclosure helps hide the wires, giving your projector setup a neat look.

Now…

If you are projecting in a large hall, chances are that you’ll want to change the projector’s position every once in a while. This is ideal if you are using the projector in a space whose seating may change over time.

If you don’t want to see the horrendous glare caused by ambient room light, you may want to go for a projector enclosure that can rotate. As you can see, buying the right projector enclosure requires that you make a plan, which ensures that it works for your specific needs now and in the future.

The Installation Surface

It is very important to think about the surface the projector enclosure will sit inside, which will help you in choosing the best enclosure. Ideally, the mounting surface should handle the weight or the projector enclosure as well as its contents.

And that’s not all…

You may have to purchase the mounting hardware separate from projector enclosure, and these could vary from simple wood screws to complex anchors and toggle bolts. For the best result, consult the projector enclosure’s owner’s manual to learn about the best choice of hardware.

The Positioning of Power and AV Cables

Before buying a projector enclosure, you should understand how you will lay the power and AV cables. Will you run them through the wall or pass them through the ceiling? Your choice will determine the length of the wires needed, hence the amount of money you spend on the cables.

Additionally, you will need to have a surge protector that will protect the projector and other media inputs in your setup.

How Much Space You Have for the Projector

Prior to buying a projector enclosure, you must consider the amount of space your projector will need and where the audience will seat. As such, if you do not want to consume wall space, you can easily install the projector enclosure on the ceiling. 

The benefit of installing the projector enclosure in the ceiling is that they make viewing from any angle possible. However, installing the enclosure on a wall ensures that the projector is out of the way.

Universal Vs Dedicated Projector Enclosure

A dedicated enclosure is one that’s designed for a particular projector model. The screws are arranged according to the screw holes on the projector and these cannot change. If you have an expensive projector that you plan to use for many years, then you should go for a dedicated enclosure.

Here’s the deal…

A dedicated enclosure is easy to install, but there are advantages of going for a universal enclosure too. Universal enclosures are made to fit different projector makes and models. You can move the screw patterns to fit the screw holes in any projector.

Even though it takes time to configure your universal enclosure to a certain projector make, its universality ensures that you will never need to buy another mount when you change your projector model. Universal enclosures are also great when it is difficult to find a dedicated enclosure for an older projector model.

Importance of a Projector Enclosure to Your Business

Every business tries to get more customers to see their products as this is the only way to increase their bottom line. This is why outdoors projection and projector enclosures are so important.

If you are using the projector from home, you can choose from a variety of high-end enclosures that protect your projector from vandals and the weather. Some of these enclosures have a section that holds media players such as DVD players.

And that’s not all…

Installing a projector enclosure in your home backyard will increase the property value. You, the homeowner, will have the chance to spend more time with your friends and family outside. Besides, projector enclosures can be easily installed.

 

They can protect commercial grade projector and allow it to run for 24 hours a day, every day of the year without reducing its lifespan while keeping it in an optimum operational environment.

Conclusion

The thing is, if you have a projector and you want to use it outside, you should consider getting a projector enclosure. This will give you the peace of mind in knowing that even in rain, snow, wind or dust, your projector will be safe. We hope that the above tips will help you select the ideal projector for your needs.

A projector enclosure can make or break your outdoor viewing experience. A successful installation after thorough research makes it easy to view, safe for the people and has lots of appeals. By following all the points mentioned in this article, you will buy the right projector enclosure and install it properly.

Ssidisplays has been designing and building outdoor projector enclosures for the past 14+ years. We are focused on delivering high-quality custom enclosures for individual clients, businesses and even the military. Our experience will ensure that you get the right enclosure that surpasses your needs. Contact us today for more information.