Many schools and colleges install projectors in bulk in several hundred rooms on campus. There are certain things to keep in mind when buying and installing higher education projectors. These tips will ensure that you source and manage these projectors the right way. Curious? Well, here goes…
1) Decide on a manufacturer: While there will always be many opinions regarding the manufacturer from which to source the projector, it is imperative to decide on one manufacturer sooner rather than later.
2) Buy projector lamps in bulk: Laser and phosphorous projectors boast lamps that have a long lifetime. However, you should buy lamps for your projectors in bulk, as they can sit on the shelf for quite a while.
3) Install and use third-party control systems: Many administrators on campuses across the world use a small control processor and a touchpanel instead of the handheld remote. Both are powered via the network or PoE and can report any feedback back to the viewer server. Most of these third-party control systems allow you to remotely monitor the system and also have some sort of free software to use.
4) Ensure a standard projector setup in all rooms: While most professors prefer their projectors to be set how they like it, this is not advisable across campus. Everyone has their colour, hue, tint, and brightness preference. However, there needs to be a standard setup so that all instructors or faculty can go in without having to reset the room.
5) Ensure a standard projector mount: A problem with installing a projector is getting the correct interface for the projector mount. However, today, most mount manufacturers have made a universal or spider mount as well as a variant locking mount. Some have even gone to the extent of installing quick release latches in case you want to swap your projector for a newer model. This means that a swap-out takes a few minutes instead of an hour or two.
6) Manage the room lighting: While a room with ambient lighting means that the image will not be as clear as it should be, using a high lumen projector is not always the answer. You should try other alternatives, such as installing shades or replacing vertical blinds with proper shading material.
So, now you know the various pointers to keep in mind when thinking of installing and maintaining several higher ed projectors. This will ensure that your higher ed projectors continue to give you the best results all through the year, every year. Here’s to effective and enjoyable teaching and learning!
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