Originally Posted by Vailoa
We know there will almost always be at least dim lights at the far back 25 ft from the screen and concerned that would wash out the picture from a projector. I wish we could see the affect in a home setting. We do like the large 110 or 120 inch screen we would have with a projector, but concerned that we would be limited to only enjoying content in a completely dark room. Real advice from real owners who have a projector is what I need. Quality of content at Frys, ABt, Best Buy, etc, is poor when demo-ing projectors. I get it, there is a lot of light in the store setting, but all we’ve been able to see is junk picture quality from a projector so far because of this. Any advice on this would be highly appreciated.
My living room is 13 feet x 24 feet. My projector is a Runco LS-5 (1080p | 1,000 calibrated lumens) and is ceiling mounted in the back of the room. It's 21 feet from the front of the projector lens to the screen and 15 feet from the main seating position to the screen. I'm projecting on a Silver Ticket (16:9, 150", White Material) fixed frame screen, a shadow box extending out 2 feet into the room from the screen wall. (Using manual masking for aspect ratios north of 1.78:1.)
In the back of the room I do leave a small lamp on quite often when watching DIRECTV or different apps on my Apple TV 4K. It raises the ambient lighting level just enough I don't feel like I'm sitting in the dark while at the same time having very little impact on the picture.
And here's another video with the lights turned on over my dining room table as well. These videos look like garbage on YouTube compared to how they look on my iPhone. (And my iPhone sort of blows the image out a bit to start with which doesn't help.)
They still demonstrate quite well I think how decent the image quality is maintained despite the indirect lighting at the back of the room.
And here are a few stills with all the lights out. Note that even with all the lights out you can see how much the projector lights up the room due to the white walls. Even so, it's still nice when I'm in casual viewing mode to have the small lamp on in the back of the room.
The Candice Owens Show (1.78:1, YouTube)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (1.85:1, Blu-ray)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2.40:1, Blu-ray)
For a time I thought about possibly going with a direct view display in conjunction with a retractable screen for my projector. I rarely crank up the projector before 9pm EST though. By that point in my day I don't feel like sitting in my living room with much lighting to speak of anyway, so I just went with the projector. In any event, good luck sorting it all out.