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You need almost complete light control to get a quality picture from a projector, you can use the projector in higher lighting, but the picture won't compare to a TV if you forced into having ambient light.
Otherwise, suggestions in this budget:
Optoma hd33 (3D enabled, DLP tech, good bright picture, not as good black levels). You'd need to check your mounting dimensions.
Mits hc4000 - Best 2D picture under $1500, DLP technology, Rainbows can be an issue (need to check if RBE sensitive). You'd need to check your mounting dimensions.
Brand new model out that has not yet shipped. So far from what we know there is no lens shift, so like the other 2 projectors, you'd need to check your dimensions for mounting.
Epson 8350 (most flexible for mounting)
Pretty decent image, but not quite as punchy as some of the other options here.
Benq w6000 (fairly flexible for shelf mounting, but harder to ceiling mount, need drop pole usually)
DLP technology, an older version, still a nice image, VERY bright
There is also the Epson 8700ub, but that price approaches a bit higher, but you can get some refurbs of this model for about in your budget range.