Churches and places of worship aren’t like most conventional buildings, due to the array of unusual shapes and sizes they come in. Traditional Christian churches occupy buildings that are older than most, often listed, but more modern churches can be designed to be more futureproof.
We know that those responsible for maintaining these beautiful properties can find it tricky to find the best projector for their church because no two churches are alike. Even so, churches remain at the heart of so many communities up and down the UK, and it’s important to have the right projector system for 2021 if you want to share images and film with your congregation.
Traditional churches are, by design, vast structures often cloaked in lower levels of light. This can pose a problem if your church is supposed to play host to showings and presentations or you simply want to display information during services for the whole congregation to see.
Modern lighting can go some of the way to rectify this, but the low light levels make it important to find a projector system bright enough to pierce through the pervading gloom. On the flip side, in some places, there can be far too much ambient light, so it can be a tough juggling act to work out how to get the lighting just right. The last thing you want is your audience having to strain their eyes to see what’s on the screen, especially if you hold paperless services and you need a screen to convey information to them.
A projector with a high lumen level is the key to overcoming this issue. High-brightness projectors can overcome the effects of ambient lighting and provide clear images on-screen regardless of the conditions.
Depending on how well-equipped your church or place of worship may be, installing a projector system could be incredibly easy or seemingly impossible to pull off. Churches were designed to accommodate large numbers of people, but the architects never imagined the practicalities of installing a projector.
Having a projector which can handle both horizontal and vertical lens shift is essential, as this allows you to move the lens within the projector housing, without having to move the actual machine around the room or use other means such as keystone correction, which degrades the quality of the projected image by digitally manipulating the shape. Lens shift becomes particularly handy if the installation has to be off-centre, and the projector is likely to be slightly higher, lower or off to the side from the intended projected image.
Throw distance is another consideration during installation. This means that if you haven’t got a massive amount of available space to install the projector and have to place it close to the projected image, you’ll want a model that can is short throw. This means a larger image from a short distance. In contrast, if installation means having to place the projector right at the back of a room, you’ll want a model that can also have a long throw or interchangeable lenses, so that the image is clear and the right size, no matter how far away it is from the display screen.
If you work in and around a church, you’ll know that longevity is what really matters. When you’re installing at height, changing a lamp becomes a big job. That’s why a laser projector installation could be the ideal upgrade for your church or place of worship. Lamp-based projectors can still offer flexibility and some longevity, but they do require more maintenance as compared to laser-sourced projectors.
Less maintenance saves precious pennies and reduces disruption. On top of this, a laser device will also give you a sharper and more colourful image due to the precision with which the light beam can be controlled. This is a bonus, ensuring that the text and imagery you wish to display will be easy-to-read, crisp and clear for your audience.
So, which device to pick? Here’s our roundup of the best projectors for churches in 2021.
First, we look at the projectors best-suited to the larger churches or main worship halls. The aforementioned criteria will play a significant role in helping you determine which of these models best suit your requirements.
Price: £966 (Excl. VAT)
Ideal due to sheer affordability, combined with high brightness. The Panasonic PT-VTZ580EJ is a low-maintenance model which is especially suitable for large venues working with a lower budget. Offering great longevity and high-resolution thanks to its laser light source.
Price: £2,046 (Excl. VAT)
For large venues looking for a model that ramps up the performance, the Epson EB-L610U projector offers a generous lamp life, impressive contrast ratio and exceptionally high brightness. Capable of overcoming issues with ambient light, the device requires minimal maintenance while projecting images with high quality and vibrancy.
Price: £3,957 (Excl. VAT)
If you have a higher budget for a projector for a large church hall, the EB-L1070U offers brightness at such a high level that it is highly likely to penetrate ambient light as well as provide a bright, high-resolution image in darker venues. Great longevity is assured through the use of a laser light source, and the model has a range of lenses to help with adjusting for short or long throw.
For churches or places of worship with more limited space, here is a list of alternative models that will fit with a smaller space.
Price: £787 (Excl. VAT)
For small venues on a modest budget, the SH753+ from BenQ is a more accessible projector offering images at Full HD resolution.
Price: £842 (Excl. VAT)
The big draw for the ZH403 from Optoma is the massive jump up in must-have features that it offers for a marginal price increase. Using a laser light source, it has in-built longevity and projects an image at Full HD resolution, at a high level of brightness which can overcome low light levels or high levels of ambient light in a smaller venue.
Price: £1,681 (Excl. VAT)
The key selling point for the EB-L510U is the high contrast ratio, high brightness and great lamp life. Although more expensive than the previous two models, the Epson EB-L510U has an unbeatable performance when it comes to high-resolution imagery (WUXGA) making it suitable for a wider screen.
High contrast gives images greater clarity and lens shift capabilities allow for a range of installation options. The icing on the cake is the wide range of ports for flexibility when it comes to connectivity.
At ProjectorPoint we understand that your church or place of worship is at the centre of the community for you and many others just like you. Making that much-needed projector upgrade can be a major decision due to the costs involved. If you wish to seek advice to help find the projector best-suited to your church, please get in touch with ProjectorPoint today.
Give our friendly staff a call on 0800 073 0833 or fill in this online contact form. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today, and we’ll be happy to discuss the options to find a device that works for your church.