Last week, we posted a blog entry about why to use motorized projector lifts instead of just hanging projectors from the ceiling. Once the decision to use a lift has been made, it’s time to start planning and researching. Draper offers several different lift models, but it’s important to make sure the proper one is chosen for the circumstances. Here are some basic questions to help guide your projector lift planning.

How large is the projector you are using?
All of our lifts are made to fit a specific size range of projectors. Make sure to verify the dimensions and weight of the projector you wish to use to ensure you select the correct lift. Cable inputs and length of lens also need to be considered in the overall width and/or length of the projector.

How far does the projector need to descend into the room?
Several Draper lifts place the projector just below the ceiling line while others can descend a long distance. Generally, you should plan to position the center of the projector’s lens at the same height as the top of the screen’s viewing area. You will need to verify the exact position of the projector with the specifications of your projector.

How much space above the ceiling is available?
61 cm of space allows many different lift options. If your installation requires an environmental airspace housing, verify that the lift you choose will fit into that space by looking for the overall height of lift with the environmental airspace option. If you are not using as environmental airspace housing, then you need to account for the height of the lift, projector bracket, projector and closure panel. Allowances for installation hardware and workspace will need to be considered for any installation.

Is the available space above the ceiling an environmental airspace?
If so, then you would need to select a lift with environmental airspace housing option. Most commercial type installations will require an environmental airspace housing.

Does the lift have to fit within a two x two ft (60 cm x 60 cm) ceiling grid spacing?
If this is a concern then there are several lifts that will fit within this scenario so you would not have to alter the ceiling grid work.

What type of ceiling—acoustical tile or drywall?
A ceiling access door is highly recommended when installing in drywall type ceilings or any ceiling where there is no other access to the outside of the lift.

By answering these questions, you can figure out what kind of lift solution best fits your need. Then head over to our lifts page and sort out which model fits your need.

Next week, we’ll discuss the pluses and best uses of each Draper model. Click here to read that post.