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Projector Central can be a bit over the place with their light ratings, but generally speaking, you have the ability to crank light levels way down on most projectors and get levels which are acceptable for general theater usage. That said, the HD25, much like the W1070 from BenQ, is a 'family room' projector, it does not have the black levels that a dedicated space is deserving. More accurately, it may be disappointing as the black levels won't be nearly what they would be with a more dedicated theater model. Of course, at that price point, there aren't really any of the better home theater models with the black levels which will really let a projector shine in a dark environment.
But, I would look at ways to maximize the quality of whatever projector you can afford that works for your specific setup. Generally, those designed for home theater or family room use, will provide an image that is acceptable, and can be very good as the room improves with quality. So, look at the extra lumens as a combat against the lamp dimming as it ages and giving more light for times when you want few lights on in the room or decide to watch some 3D.
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