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.

Summer is Here!

Meat And Vegetables On Barbecue Grill

Are you ready for the bonfires and cook outs? More importantly, is your projector? Projectors are a great addition to any outdoor gathering. Whether you’re watching movies, music videos, or slideshows of your quarantine memories, you can be sure your guests will be entertained. If you already own a projector, now is a good time to check on your lamp and make sure it’s running smoothly. If you’re looking for a new projector, we have some great recommendations for all your outdoor cinema needs.

Epson Home Cinema 2100:

Epson HC 2100 projector

The large image size, high color brightness, and portability make this a great projector to use outdoors. With the ability to display images up to 11 feet while featuring 2,500 lumens at 1080p resolution, you’re sure to get a large, vibrant, high-quality picture, even outside. The vertical lens shift allows the flexibility to set up anywhere easily.  Since it features HDMI ports and MHL connectivity, it’s super easy to stream content from most devices, like your smartphone, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Not to mention this projector comes with a great built in speaker, which makes setting up even easier and more affordable. When it comes time to purchase a replacement projector lamp, we have you covered.

BenQ TK850:

BenQ TK850 projector

This projector not only features a large 100” image size, but it also displays images using UHD (Ultra-High-Definition), and HDR (High-Definition-Resolution) technologies. When combined with its 3,000 lumens of brightness, and consistent zoom ratio, you’re guaranteed to get the vivid, high-quality picture you need for outdoor viewing. On par with the image quality is the 10W chambered speaker which delivers enhanced sound. Not only is the TK850 easy to set up anywhere, it’s keystone correction feature adjusts the image to avoid misshapen pictures and display perfectly aligned images from most angles. Universal connectivity adds to the portability, with its USB reader that allows users to easily project content wirelessly. The BenQ TK850 is a great option for all your outdoor, or indoor gatherings. Don’t forget to check up on your lamp periodically to ensure your image quality is always up to par. Once this lamp reaches about 2,000 hours, it’s important to consider purchasing a replacement projector lamp

Optoma UHD60:

Optoma UHD60

With 3,000 lumens of brightness, 4K UHD resolution, and extremely high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the Optoma UHD60 is sure to produce sharp, life-like images in any setting. Its vertical lens shift allows simple installation while still maintaining its image quality, which provides a wide range of placement possibilities. Combined with the ability to project images up to 140 inches, this is a great home theater projector.  HDMI 2.0 connectivity makes it compatible with all the latest 4K UHD devices, adding to its portability and easy setup. The replacement lamp for this projector can be found here.

Have a happy summer from all of us here at Pureland Supply!

Projectors for Houses of Worship

As with all large organized gatherings, Churches, Synagogues and other places of worship rely on digital projectors to help share the experience with their members.

Projectors offer an impactful way to bring the group of worshipers together in song, to recite a prayer or testify to everyone. Depending on the size and scope of the group of parishioners, different projectors work well in achieving this.

For our purposes we will look at a few digital projectors and the projector lamps they need. Since houses of worship vary in size and needs, we will look at the varying sizes of projectors for each situation.

Optoma W400+ WXGA Projector using BL-FP200B Lamp

For small congregations, there is no need for ultra large images or brightness that needs to overcome the ambient lighting. The Optoma W400+ WXGA projector would work well. It is rated at 4000 Lumens, with a WXGA resolution (1280×800). This projector can even throw up to a 385″ image from 40′ away. The average size will be around 100″ for a screen but this Optoma has a lot of options. Replacing the projector lamp is also quite easy. Visit this link if you need a BL-FP220B for your Optoma W400+.

Another option is the venerable Viewsonic PG603W. Displaying Hymns or prayers for a smaller congregation will be easy to see with ambient light due to the 3600 lumen output. This is helped with the high contrast ratio (22,000:1). If this is coupled with an ALR screen, the image is comparable to a large TV monitor. The Viewsonic PG603W uses an RLC-109 replacement lamp available here. Keep your projector fresh and bright with a new lamp.

This Viewsonic fits well even in larger houses of worship. However there are size limitations at this level. To handle a larger congregation, there is another level of projector for medium-sized organizations.

The Epson PowerLite 5535U LCD projector has the capability of projecting a larger image than either the Optoma or the Viewsonic. For a medium-sized church, this sort of projector is a better option.

At 5,000 Lumens it is a bit brighter than the previous two. It has a slightly higher resolution of 1920 x 1080. This helps with clarity at larger screen sizes. This model can project up to 419″ with a 1x telephoto lens at 68′ from the screen. This tends to work well for medium-sized houses of worship. It gives multiple mounting options such as ceiling or even rear projection if there is a lot of ambient light. You can buy a ELPLP95 replacement projector lamp here for your Epson PowerLite 5535U.

The second suggestion for the medium-sized congregation is the NEC NP-P554U. This mini sun-in-a-box has a rated output of a whopping 5500 lumens using the NEC NP44LP replacement projector lamp. This is plenty of light for seeing the messages displayed by your Easy Worship Software (or ProPresenter among others).

NEC NP-P554U LCD projector with NP44LP replacement lamp

The 20,000:1 contrast ratio is made possible by a high speed auto iris that helps give crisp black levels even with the high lumen output. the NP44LP replacement projector lamp housing uses a high quality Philips bulb inside to achieve that stellar level of brightness. The NEC NP-P554U supports control via a standard network to allow control remotely by your technical staff. With all types of inputs (HDMI, VGA etc) you can connect legacy devices as easily as modern devices. This NEC is a great option for mid-sized solutions. If you have a large house of worship, then there is another tier of projectors that will serve your needs even better.

The Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U is the Mack truck for the House of Worship projectors (in my opinion). This robust LCD projector has no less than 6,500 lumens of brightness. At 6500 lumens this is the brightest model in this list. It also has a very high 50,000:1 contrast ratio, which definitely is noticeable when it is projecting its 38′ image. The high resolution of 1920 x 1200 makes sure the pixel density is such that even at almost 40′, the image is crisp and clear. Unlike lower resolution projectors (1280 x 768), the Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U will not be blurry when the image is that large. Being that it would be used in a large venue, its mounting point would be about 60′ away from the screen. This leaves plenty of room for participants to watch the videos or follow along with the songs.

epson PowerLite Pro G7500U with ELPLP93 replacement lamp

Pureland Supply offers replacement projector lamps for this model as well. The Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U takes the ELPLP93 lamp that we have on sale here.

Houses of worship are always updating and improving the experience for their patrons/congregation. Making the experience immersive and almost magic is only possible by using the proper technology for your specific needs. There are many other projectors out there that fit similar needs.

PurelandSupply.com has the replacement projector lamps in stock for same day shipment. PurelandSupply.com has also partnered with FedEx to help us offer 7 day delivery options for many locations. This can help you keep your projector up and running for your weekend or weekday services. We also offer expedited delivery service if you need an overnight delivery between Friday and Saturday. This can help those weekends when you have a service Sunday and your existing projector decides it needs a new lamp on Friday.

Feel free to call or email our knowledgeable staff with any questions you might have Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm at 1-800-664-6671.

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From all of us an PurelandSupply.com we wish you, your family and your congregation a happy and healthy summer.