Are Lumens Important? The short answer is yes.
In fact, lumens are pretty important. Whether you need a projector for your home, office or school, there are many factors that should be considered before purchasing a projector; one of the main factors being lumens.
Projector lumens will always be listed in the projector specs, and to put things simply, the more lumens a projector produces, the brighter the image will be. It also means that the days of making a classroom or office pitch black before starting a projector are long gone, as the projector should be bright enough to project a perfect image in daylight.
What are Lumens?
Lumens are a way to measure brightness from light sources, so the more lumens a projector has, the brighter the light is. To help you better understand, below are some rough examples of lumens in other light sources:
- Candles – 13 lumens
- Average sunset – 400 lumens
- Car headlight – 1000 lumens
- 100 watt light bulb – 1600 lumens
- Projectors – these range from 500 lumens to 10,000 lumens
Do Lumens Matter?
As you can probably tell by now, lumens are one of the most important factors you need to consider before purchasing a projector. The brighter the projector is, the less dark or ambient light will matter with regards to picture quality. It also means you can place the projector as far away from the projector screen as desired.
Here is a rough guide of what can work when you have to choose a projector for different spaces.
- To use a projector in a living room with the lights off, you would need approximately 1,500 lumens to 2,000 lumens.
- To use a projector in an office or a small classroom with dimmed lights, you would need approximately 3,000 lumens. If it’s in a hall or larger area, then a 5/6/7/8k lumens projector could be the best choice.
- A movie theatre would need massive 20,000 lumens.
If you are unsure of what projector and lumens to choose for your space, it’s a good idea to get a specialist in projector installations to do a thorough site survey to assess the space, perhaps measure it out and to discuss what you need to achieve from your projector. A specialist will look at the full layout, stress test the walls and ceilings and advise on what the best mount, be it wall or ceiling, is best for space.
How Lumens Can Decrease Over Time
For projectors, the light source is within the bulb of the lamp. The bulb is of key importance to the amount of brightness a projector produces, and over time the brightness of the bulb will slowly decline and a replacement bulb can be bought to give the projector its lease of life back.
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