Putting a projector outdoors?
One of the most important questions, is what time of day will you be using the projector outside? This simple question can make or break a solution, because if the daylight is too bright, the projected image will not be seen and it will be a complete waste of time investing in the hardware for this solution. The other option is go for a high lumens projector; however this does push the price up considerably.
#2. Usage - frequently or occasional use?
Again this is another deciding factor, do you intend on throwing outdoor movie parties throughout the summer? If so, investing in the hardware solution is the right answer for you, otherwise if you are only going to use it occasionally, due to other commitments such as golf or the kids, you need to rethink if putting a projector in your backyard is right for you.
Are you going to install a permanent or temporary solution? Meaning every time you want to use your outdoor movie theater you have to put all the hardware outdoors and when the movie night is over, put everything back in the garage until next time. A temporary solution needs no special solution, compared to a permanent solution.
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#4. Security of your backyard.
Most homes have some kind of security, but what about your backyard? Especially when you are investing your hard earned cash in the movie projector, the last thing you want is to find your video projector stolen!
#5. Movie screen.
What will you be using as the movie screen? You can use almost anything, from the side of your garage or home, through to an inflatable projector screen; these inflatable screens can be found at Walmart for less than $60!
Like everything, it does come down to budget and how much time and money you intend on investing in to your home. Some people go the whole 9 yards and remodel their backyard, to include a swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor movie theater.
#6. Cables and desktop TV box.
Think about how you will get the TV signal to the projector if you intend on screening your favourite football games, or TV soaps. What cables do you need and do you have them in the required length, or will you need custom cables making that are extra-long and robust for outdoor use? Time to do it is now!
Spring is around the corner, summer is not too far behind. So if you are thinking about doing something like this, cover the above possible issues and you will be good to go. Remember that projectors are built for indoor use and not outdoors.