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How to fit a projector bracket

For optimum viewing effect, the best place to install a projector is on the ceiling. The projector is attached to the ceiling with a bracket, and while the bracket installation is a fairly straightforward job, where to precisely place it is entirely another matter. With that in mind, here is a guide on what you need to know about installing that projector bracket.


Installing the bracket in the correct position often requires a little creativity. There are various points to consider which include the ceiling type, the mounting bracket type, the specific projector, adequate ventilation as well as something that is known as the throw distance. All of these aspects will be discussed in this article.

Ceiling type

There are three basic ceiling types, all of which will determine the positioning of the projector’s precise installation. These types are the Cathedral, high-rise ceiling type; the standard structural type that is non-cathedral, generally around eight-feet high and covered. Finally, there is the suspended ceiling type, that is the type of ceiling-tile system that is generally found in business premises.

Bracket type and projector model

There are also three basic mount brackets that are related to the type of ceiling the projector is to be installed on. These are the Cathedral Ceiling mounts, the Round Ceiling Adapter bracket and the Suspended Ceiling type Kit. The question is where you specifically want the projector to be mounted. Basically, the projector can be mounted flush to the ceiling or suspended. With the former method, the projector will be mounted at between four to six inches from the ceiling, although this cannot be done if the room has a cathedral ceiling. For this type of ceiling, the projector will have to be suspended at a fair distance from the ceiling. Projector model
Naturally, before obtaining the mounting bracket, you will need to know the exact model of the projector itself, as the mounting holes on each model will tend to differ greatly. Note that most projectors are installed upside down, and have an option on the menu section, which allows the images to be inverted.

Throw distance and ventilation

The throw distance refers to the image size that each model will project. Therefore, before installing the bracket, you will have to ascertain the distance at which the projector should be placed so that it fills the screen onto which the images will be projected. For this reason, manufacturers include ‘throw charts’ that indicate the image sizes in relation to distance, and these charts should be consulted. Ventilation Finally, suitable ventilation will have to be ensured to allow the projector’s cooling system to function properly. Therefore, allow a three-foot area for ventilation around the whole of the projector.

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