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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2012, 01:08 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for an inexpensive projector to use mostly for a Halloween Haunt display as seen int he video below. I'd like to keep it cheap as possible but at minimum of 2000 lumens and decent clarity. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

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LOL, Love those, especially the zombie and blood images, gets me wondering if I can do a setup like that. Your probably looking at a business type pj for that price and lumens, most will be less than 1080p and you might want to see if any of the cheaper PICO type pj's might suffice, as they'll be a little smaller, but will produce a smaller image overall. Do a search for under $500 over at, http://www.projectorreviews.com/projector-search.php and look at the lumens specs. Man, those looked awesome, thanks for bringing 'em to my attention! I usually get some decent stuff up for halloween, but those are over the top!
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LOL, Love those, especially the zombie and blood images, gets me wondering if I can do a setup like that. Your probably looking at a business type pj for that price and lumens, most will be less than 1080p and you might want to see if any of the cheaper PICO type pj's might suffice, as they'll be a little smaller, but will produce a smaller image overall. Do a search for under $500 over at, http://www.projectorreviews.com/projector-search.php and look at the lumens specs. Man, those looked awesome, thanks for bringing 'em to my attention! I usually get some decent stuff up for halloween, but those are over the top!
Thanks for the response I'll check them out! I would imagine for ones like the zombies the resolution quality of the DP will play more of a role but for the blood, bugs and such it should be less of an issue. Also they only come in DVD for now so HD is not too important.

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As an avid haunter http://halloween.airscapesart.com/ I fail to understand why you would want 2000 lumen or more. A haunt should be DARK and 2000 lumen on a wall will light your place up like daytime! 1000-1200 should be way more than enough and open a larger number of inexpensive older 1024x768 machines.
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As an avid haunter http://halloween.airscapesart.com/ I fail to understand why you would want 2000 lumen or more. A haunt should be DARK and 2000 lumen on a wall will light your place up like daytime! 1000-1200 should be way more than enough and open a larger number of inexpensive older 1024x768 machines.
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Thanks for the help, I will take a look. I know nothing about projectors, just going off the Q&A from the support page of their site which states:
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There is an abundance of choices in consumer video projectors, and we don’t recommend any specific brand. The important thing to look for in a projector is its brightness – we recommend finding a projector that’s rated at 2000 lumens or more. Many consumer video projectors are more than capable of producing a bright and clear projected image. We recommend that you figure out your budget and then shop around for equipment in that price range.

Their videos can be played to display on a window as well as many other surfaces, not sure if that makes a difference.

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Looks like newegg is offering 10% off some NEC and Viewsonics. I was also noticing that you might want to consider the inputs on some of these, as some of the business/pico type pj's are limited, with some only using USB, or micro SD to feed the images/content.
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Would this ViewSonic PJD5133 SVGA DLP Projector work?

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2700 lumens at something like 100" is going to be ABOVE your typical LCD TV in torch mode ft-L rating. Imagine how bright the room would look with say a 50" LCD on, then imagine over FOUR times as much brightness.

In a dark room, even something like 300-400 lumens really lights it up. Go above 1000 lumens and it's almost enough to read a newspaper. Above 2000 lumens and you can have significant ambient light on and still get some contrast on the screen.



From what I can tell, you're probably looking at a maybe 80-100" image to provide some mood scenes? I'd say any older projector will provide more than enough light, and on any sort of business projector you're going to struggle to get the light output down to something that matches the ambience of the place.



BTW - that article exerpt is talking about the need for 2000+ lumens so that you can still watch video with significant ambient light. Ambient light raises your black level (since a projector doesn't "project black"), so you have to raise up the image brightness to compensate. If this is used in a dark setting, you don't want a ton of lumens, especially if it's supposed to be a subtle image on a frosted mirror or wall.
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Craigslist an XGA business projector for $200 or less. About to put my old Panasonic up on San Diego site.
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