5 Fun Ways to Use Your Projector

Are you looking for ways to get the most use out of your home projector?

Check out this list of 5 creative and fun new things you can do with your projector! 

  1. Planetarium
home planetarium with projector

If you love astrology and stargazing at night, this one is for you! With your projector, you can bring the whole galaxy straight to your bedroom. You can easily explore constellations, planets, and solar systems like an astronaut traveling through the universe. It’s an educational, relaxing and mesmerizing experience. Stellarium is a free software that is actually used by many real planetariums, and you can download it right to your computer. You can see everything that’s happening in the night sky right above you, in real time. You can see meteor showers, satellites, zoom in and learn about constellations, and much more. You can even keep a log of everything you love so you can easily find it again! There is also a paid mobile version available for both IOS and Apple users. 

The Optoma GT5600 Ultra Short Throw is a perfect projector to use for this. Its portability allows you to place it anywhere and adjusts to almost any surface. Connecting your device couldn’t be easier due to its wireless screen mirroring feature. When you need a replacement lamp, we’ve got you covered with the BL-FU220E lamp. 

2. Art Project

Tracing image with projector

You don’t have to be the best artist to create a masterpiece. Simply choose the image you want to recreate and project it onto the wall. Grab some paint, markers or pencils, put up some paper and trace away! Everyone in the family can have fun with this one. Kids will have a blast coloring in giant pages, teens can use this idea to create a cool background for their selfies, and adults can have their own at-home “Painting with a Twist night”, or if you’re feeling extra creative, you can paint a beautiful mural right on to your wall. 

3. Game Night

Trivia game on a projector

Experience gaming in a whole new way with your projector. You and your guests will love the life-like feeling of immersing yourself in your favorite video games on a large screen, not to mention the large display will make it way easier to play split-screen and multi-player games together. Another cool way to incorporate this idea is hosting a trivia game night. Crowdpurr is a great interactive software available on all platforms that allows you to create and customize your own trivia questions, allows your guests to answer questions from their smartphone, and displays the crowd rankings. This is also a fun way to engage your audience for business events and presentations!

A great projector choice for this idea is the Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector. It features a bright 3,100 lumens along with a dynamic contrast of 15,000:1 which makes it ideal to use in a wide variety of settings. The replacement projector lamp can be found here.

4. Make Cooking Easier 

Person chopping vegetables

We’ve all been there: You just found a great recipe on your phone and can’t wait to try it out, you go to swipe for the next step and you get smudges and food all over your phone screen. Nobody likes a dirty phone. Make your next dinner preparation much easier by projecting your recipe on to the wall instead, on a bigger screen you can see it all at once with much more convenience. You could also try throwing on the Food Network and cooking right along with your favorite chef. 

5. Light Show

light show with projector

Make any event, party, or night-in more fun with a musical light show! We might not be able to throw big parties due to the pandemic, but you could use this idea to host a super cool drive-in mini concert, or a personal dance party. Just download MusicBeam, connect it to your projector, throw on your favorite playlist and enjoy the show! It’s easy to set up and completely customizable. The BenQ HT2050 Home Cinema Projector features CinematicColor technology, and full HD 1080p definition, to give you the clearest, most colorful picture for your light show. It also boasts its ultra short throw, allowing the most convenience to place it anywhere. The BenQ HT2050 uses a 5J.JEE05.001 replacement lamp, available here.

Are You Ready for Football?

…Is your Projector?

The NFL kicks off today with the Bears hosting the Packers. I suspect most Chicago and Green Bay fans gave their projector a test run last week. No self respecting football fan would wait until the last minute right? Right?

If you are human like the rest of us, you were busy putting away your summer shorts and breaking out the flannel. That lamp worked last season. That means its OK for this season….maybe.

When a projector lamp starts to wear out, you don’t really notice. The decrease in brightness is very gradual. This makes it a lot easier to watch after a year or two of use. Remember, just because it’s lighting does not mean it’s OK.

5J.J3905.001 for BenQ W7000

This time of year is a perfect time to give your projector a quick cleaning. Vacuum out the air-vents and maybe give the vents a little blast of air. We have other blog posts about maintenance in detail. This is also a perfect time to replace your projector lamp if its getting old. Always change them before they fail if you can. Then you have a ‘known-good’ backup, a new bright picture and no chance of missing your favorite team start off the 2019-2020 season.

Check your projector lamp hours in the menu (some projectors do not offer this info, but most do). If you own a BenQ W7000, they use a 5J.J3905.001 projector lamp. If the 2000 hour life span is past 3/4 of it’s life (ie. over 1500 hours of a 2000 hour rating), then it is a good time to consider replacing the projector lamp. Especially if you are planning to use the projector more often with the autumn and winter sports seasons.

There are plenty of other reasons to replace your projector lamp. If you happen to be retired or retiring, like Andrew Luck of the Colts, then I definitely recommend replacing your projector lamp.

Check out our selection of projector lamps at https://www.purelandsupply.com/ ! Type in your model number or lamp ID number to our search box for your model and pricing. We offer Free UPS Ground with all orders. Feel free to call our highly trained and extremely knowledgeable staff at 1-800-664-6671 or email us 24/7 at Sales@PurelandSupply.com

5 Tips on How to Maintain your Video Projector

 

    Projectors are fragile, expensive pieces of equipment that can perform for years if treated properly. Performing routine maintenance to the various parts of your projector (i.e. the filters, lamp, etc) will help to ensure that you are creating the best environment for your projector to operate. There are certain precautions you can take when using your projector on a regular basis that will improve your the lifespan and protect your investment.

 
1. ARM (Always Read the Manual)
 
   Yes, the manual.  That plastic bag with the paper booklet that you toss in the drawer after pulling the remote batteries out of the bag. That manual is the best resource you have at your fingertips.  Every projector being sold today will have an operating manual in either hard copy or electronic format. Taking the time to read through the operating manual in detail before using the projector is the best way to begin. It will instruct you on the correct way to operate your projector. Your operating manual can also provide helpful maintenance tips that are just for your projector model, i.e. how to remove your projector’s filter cover. Even if you have experience running projectors, each model has their own unique settings and features that might be different than what you are used to. Familiarizing yourself with how that particular piece of equipment works will allow you to tell when something is wrong, and maybe advise on how to take preventative measures to stop things from going wrong in the first place.  
 
2. Choose your Projector Location Wisely.
 
   There is more to positioning your projector than just finding out where the image will look the best. Its imperative to leave at least 6-12 inches of space around the unit to allow for proper heat ventilation. Without proper ventilation the heat that builds up in your projector cannot escape, which can cause damage to the projector’s internal parts and drastically shorten your lamp life.
projector placement
 
Know the temperature your projector operates at. If you think the unit produces a lot of heat, it would be best to avoid placing the projector directly in the path of sunlight or directly next to a heat source(heating vent, wood stove etc). If you have the projector mounted on the ceiling check to make sure that the projector is not directly next to an outgoing vent. The last thing you want is more heat around the projector than it is already producing itself.
It’s also a good idea to not use the projector in smoke filled rooms. This can increase the chance of damaging the projector optics. Smoke will build up on the internal lenses.  That causes the image to dim and in some cases it can cause the lenses inside to fail.
 
Keeping your projector’s environment as dust and dirt free as possible will help as well. Electronics attract more dust than other objects due to the static electricity they create while in use. Dust causes problems for the projector’s filters, and other components if the dust particles get further into the projector.  Routinely clean the air vents if you can. Clean projectors are cool and happy projectors.
 
 
3. Storing your Projector  
projector storage

 

 
   Hopefully you use it regularly but for people who use them for presentations primary, this tip is for you.  
Projectors have many parts that need precise alignment to function correctly. Improper transportation or storage of the projector may cause adverse affects for the performance of the projector. The following are a few guidelines for storing your projector:
  • Allow the projector to completely cool down before moving it.
  • Use the original box and packing materials to store the projector if possible. If the original packaging materials are not an option, use a strong box to hold the projector securely and at least 2 inches of a soft material (i.e. cloth, foam, etc) all the way around the projector.
  • Remove the batteries from the remote control.
  • When storing the projector make sure that the storage area will not be subjected to extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that could affect the projector.
  • If you move a projector from one temperature extreme to the other, let it sit for 30 minutes or so until it rises or lowers to room temperature. This prevents moisture problems.
4. Clean your Projector Filters
 
Projectors produce large amounts of heat during use, and this heat needs to be vented to keep the projector from overheating. Projectors have fans that push air around the projector’s operating parts to cool them down, but the air contains dust and other particles that need to be filtered before it cools these components. The filters prevent the buildup of dust that, if left unchecked, would actually insulate the projector. This would keep the heat inside the projector unit which could be very damaging to many of the projector’s components like the lamp, LCD panels, or other internal optics.
 
To ensure that these filters keep performing well, they must be maintained regularly. This is very important since damage to the projector caused by dirty filters may not be covered by the projector warranty.
 
Generally, it is suggested to clean the filters once every 3-4 months(Now is always a good time),.  Always check the projector’s manual first to see if there is a recommended maintenance cycle for your projector. You should clean or replace your filters whenever you notice an excessive build up of dust on the projector’s fan exhaust vent, or if you have been using the projector on a frequent basis. Most projectors will also have a temperature warning LED. If you notice this warning LED occurring, it may be time to clean your filter.
 
The two preferred ways to clean the filter are either to use a small vacuum cleaner attachment to pull the dust out from the filter, or to use a can of compressed air to blow the dust away. Washing the filter with a cleaning solution, or soap and water is generally not recommended as the chemicals in them could harm the filter membranes. 
 
 
5. Cleaning the Projector’s Compartments
 
dirty projector
  Before you re-install the clean filters or new replacement lamp, make sure to remove all the dust and dirt from the compartments they are housed in. Using the same vacuum cleaner attachment or can of compressed air you used to clean the filters you can remove the excess dust from the compartments as well. It is also time to check the vent fan area for debris buildup. If the fans compartment contains dust and debris it could prevent the fan from operating at the correct speed needed to ventilate the heat that is being produced. 
 
Occasionally the old lamp will burst leaving bits of quartz glass scattered throughout the projector.  That debris can clog fans, preventing cooling.  I have seen that more often than I expected.
Keeping the fans clear of dust and debris is the best first live of defense against early lamp failure.
 
These 5 tips will keep your projector working between lamp changes.  When its time for a lamp, give us a call at 1-800-664-6671 or visit out website www.PurelandSupply.com