If you are like me, you know that a home theater system built around a projector is the best way to get an immersive movie experience. In fact, if you are exactly like me, you’d give anything to get the latest projection screen and an acoustic ceiling for the ultimate movie experience.

But once you buy the best projector for your budget and install all those recliner seats, you’ll have some thinking to do. Where will you place your projector so that it’s secure and gives the best viewing experience?

Then you’ll start looking at projector mounts and projector cage prices and features. But then you’d be wrong, very wrong I dare say because you are focusing at the wrong place. This article shows you how to get the right projector enclosure.

Choosing the Right Projector Enclosure

There are many projector enclosures buying guides all focused on different projector brands, sizes, and shapes. To get the right projector, however, you’ll need to look at a number of factors, which we now discuss.

Where Will You Place the Projector?

There are many projector enclosures buying guides all focused on different projector brands, sizes, and shapes. To get the right projector, however, you’ll need to look at a number of factors, which we now discuss.

Before you take any projector enclosure brochure, you need to decide where you will place the projector.

If you want the projector away from the viewer’s line of sight, you may choose to mount it on the ceiling or wall. High projector placement is also ideal for preventing obstruction as people move in front of the projector’s light. 

But here’s the deal:

In most cases, mounting your projector on the ceiling will require that you invert it. This means that if your particular projector brand cannot be inverted, you need to get a specialized projector enclosure. You should get a projector enclosure that can clamp your projector.

Dedicated vs Universal Ceiling Projector Enclosures

If you plan to mount your projector on the ceiling, you can choose from either universal or dedicated enclosures. 

The difference?

Dedicated enclosures have a certain arrangement of screw holes that perfectly match the holes on certain projector brands. On the other hand, universal projector mounts have movable screw holes. This means that you can move the holes around to match whichever pattern is on your projector.

If you choose universal enclosures, then make sure that the arm extensions are properly aligned with the holes to ensure that the enclosure properly holds the projector in place. The advantage with universal enclosures is that you can use them with any projector make. If you buy another projector, you won’t worry about the enclosure.

Will the Projector be Indoors or Outdoors?

If the projector will be indoors, then you have less to worry about… unless your house rains, of course. If you want to have projectors outside, then you have the elements to worry about, because a mixture of water, electricity, heat, vandals, and electronics isn’t very wallet friendly.

Outdoors enclosures should have a robust and durable design. This means that the material used in construction should be weather- and damage-resistant. On sunny days, you’d want an enclosure that gives your projector adequate ventilation even when continuously used.

Look:

Environmental projector enclosures help protect the projector when used in environments that would naturally destroy them. Such environments include outside, in swimming pools, or underground. 

The projector also needs to have anti-theft locks to prevent the theft of expensive equipment. You also want a projector enclosure with an eye-catching design. While not as important to the function, you want an enclosure that portrays you and your company as having an eye for beauty.

How is the Projector Enclosure Constructed?

It’s obvious that you want a projector enclosure that can firmly hold the projector’s weight. This is important because projectors come in different weights, so you should carefully check the hinges and joints before purchasing and placing an expensive projector in it.

Now:

When in use, projectors generate a lot of heat, which causes various components inside the projector to expand. Your projector enclosure should be able to allow the heat to escape. This helps keep the projector from excessive heating, which could permanently destroy it.

The bottom line?

Do not buy projector enclosures made out of steel. Steel is a poor heat conductor, meaning that the heat remains in the projector. Instead, go for aluminum projector enclosures which efficiently gets rid of the heat produced by the projector.

Aluminum is, however, prone to corrosion when exposed to the elements. Therefore, buy an enclosure that has a layer of anodizing paint to keep it corrosion-free.

And that’s not all…

Another aspect that determines how well the enclosure dissipates heat to the environment is its shape. The greater the enclosure’s surface area, the more the amount of heat that will be trapped around the projector. So just don’t go for the largest enclosure you can find. In fact, this is an indication of poor design by the enclosure’s manufacturer.

Soundproof Projector Enclosures

Other than the heat, projectors also produce sound from their inbuilt fans that keep them cool. If you would like to get rid of this sound, you can go for soundproof enclosures. This ensures that you will enjoy your movies without that irritating humming sound from the fans. These usually have sound absorbing or insulating foam.

Which Resources Do You Have?

There are various ways to mount your projector. Based on what you choose, you will need some accessories to complete the installation. You should look for manufacturers who in addition to selling the enclosure, also sell these accessories.

For example, say you want to have the projector enclosure hanging from the ceiling so that it perfectly aligns with the top of your projection screen. Then, you’ll need to install ceiling plates to create a firm foundation for the enclosure, as well as pipes to extend from these plates. 

The Manufacturer’s Return Policy

While the return policy is not a critical factor in choosing an enclosure, it could tip the scales on your buying decision. Say you have two projector enclosures with the exact same features, but one of the manufacturers has a convenient return policy. See what I mean?

Here’s why:

You may find that after lots of measurements and research, you buy a projector enclosure that is not ideal for your projector model. In this case, you’ll be glad if you chose a manufacturer with a great return policy. Otherwise, you may find yourself stuck with the enclosure and back in the market scouting for a new one. Ouch!

Conclusion

As this article shows, to choose the right enclosure, you need to know exactly what you want. Choosing to buy from a reputable brand or trusted e-commerce store will save you lots of worries. You’ll have a projector enclosure that will last as long as you need it.

Now:

There are many tutorials out there about how to make a DIY projector enclosure. I’m not against them, but based on the above considerations, it’s clear that you’d be safer trusting a company that spends millions of dollars with expert engineers and designers in research and development. This experience is what you pay for.

At Ssidisplays, we make custom projector enclosure for any application or scenario you can imagine. We have more than 14 years of experience serving customers in an array of industries and even individual customers. If you want the perfect projector enclosure, contact us now and we’ll be elated to help you out.