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Home projectors have always been better than the highest resolution televisions on the market. In the past, projectors were way too expensive for most people to ever own as their main viewing source. Thanks to a number of technological advancements in recent years, projectors are now cheaper than most high end televisions, allowing even more people to invest in the high end projector experience in the privacy of their own homes. However, owning a projector isn’t the same as owning a television. It requires a few additions to the room itself, as well as some upkeep to the projector and it’s screen. Below are some tips on how to get the most out of your home projector.

Have The Projector Professionally Calibrated

While it will cost close to six hundred dollars to have this done, on top of the thousands you have already spent on your projector and screen, it is integral to ensuring you have the best quality picture from your projector from the very beginning. These professional calibrators use a specific set of equipment that they also use for movie theater projectors—so your system will have received the same treatment as those which display the biggest summer blockbusters and Oscar award wining films. It’s actually a great idea to speak with a calibrator before you purchase your projector, as they will direct you towards the best bands, from an insider perspective.

Clean Your Projector’s Optics

Simply cleaning your projector’s optics with 99.7 percent isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth, the ones that come with nice pairs of sunglasses for example, will greatly improve your projector’s overall picture. Cleaning the lens and a few other parts of the optics system every so often will make a noticeable difference—however, you should definitely consult your instruction manual on a regular basis, to ensure you aren’t doing anything that could hurt the equipment or mess up your manufacturer’s warranty.

Install a Shade or Blackout Curtain

Projectors have an incredibly high picture quality with the right type of projector and the right type of bulb—however, they also need total darkness for the image to show up on the screen in the highest possible quality. This means that the room you are installing your projector in will also need shades to be installed over the windows to black them out effectively. Otherwise, you will only be able to watch your home projector when it is dark outside, as you won’t be able to see what is being projected on the screen. Make sure you incorporate the cost of installing high quality blackout curtains and shades into the overall home projector purchase. Blackout roller shades, blackout honeycomb shades and blackout Roman shades are best for most windows in rooms where projectors have been set up.

Spend Money on Your Bulb

As the bulb in the projector is one of the most important parts of the whole home projector experience, it’s important to spend a little extra on it to ensure you have the highest quality images. The factory bulb that comes with most projectors are usually excellent and should be used until they burn out. However, purchasing a bulb that is as expensive as the factory bulb is a good idea, so you can maintain the same high end picture quality you have grown so accustomed to seeing.

Get the Right Screen

The screen which has images projected onto it is also an important aspect of the picture quality of every home projector. It should be white or off-white, those this depends on the type of projector you buy and how it is calibrated. It also matters whether the screen is matte or reflective on it’s surface, which has to do with overall calibration as well.

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