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Lumens Projector Guide

Below is a fast and easy reference for you to use to help determine how bright a projector you need for business, home theater, house of worship and education environments.

Already invested in a projector, but wish it was brighter? Fear not.
Our new Black Diamond SI Screens’ proprietary screen material is able to reflect the light from your projector back with so much potency it actually increases the contrast ratio of your projector by more than 300%, enabling you to use the projector in a well-lit space.

Key

* Controlled Lighting: If you plan to use your projector in a room where there are no windows, such as a basement, or if you use your projector primarily at night, any of today’s projectors will provide a bright image.

Low ambient light: Little to no light entering room.

Low ambient light: Little to no light entering room.

Bright ambient light: Windows open during daylight hours, lights that cannot be dimmed like in an open office settings. Bright enough for audience note taking.

Business - 4:3 Screen

Screen Size72″ (43″ x 57″)100″ (60″ x 80″)120″ (72″ x 96″)150″ (87″ x 116″)
2500 lumens
2700 lumens
3000 lumens
3500 lumens
4000 lumens
4500 lumens
5000 lumens
5500 lumens
6000 lumens
Quick Tip: For business projectors the actual lumen output may be lower when in video mode, due to the lower luminance output from video signals. Variations differ from projector to projector, so contact a Projector People representative to find out more.
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Home Theater - 16:9 Screen

Screen Size92″ (45″ x 80″)100″ (49″ x 87″)106″ (52″ x 92″)119″ (58″ x 104″)
1300 lumens
1500 lumens
2000 lumens
2500 lumens
3000 lumens
3500 lumens
4000 lumens
4500 lumens
Quick Tip: Home Theater projectors are typically measured in video mode for a more accurate specification for brightness. Projectors for home theater also offer better video scaling and contrast ratios than business projectors. Please note that 3D mode drops the lumens in half.

House of Worship - 4:3

 
Screen Size100″ (up to 100 seats)150″ (100-200 seats)180″ (200-400 seats)200″ (400 + seats)
2500 lumens
3000 lumens
3500 lumens
4000 lumens
4500 lumens
5000 lumens
5500 lumens
6000 lumens
Quick Tip: The size of the screen recommended will vary based on the placement of the first and last pew in a sanctuary. For screen size recommendations contact a Projector Expert today.

Education - 4:3 Screen

 
Screen Size72″ (43″ x 57″)100″ (60″ x 80″)120″ (72″ x 96″)150″ (87″ x 116″)
2500 lumens
2700 lumens
3000 lumens
3500 lumens
4000 lumens
4500 lumens
5000 lumens
5500 lumens
6000 lumens
Quick Tip: Our education customers are totally in love with our new short throw projectors. These can be placed close to the screen, eliminating concerns of light shining in the presenter’s face, or kids making shadow puppets when the teacher’s not looking.