If you’re in the market for a new projector, there are many things to consider. The first one is how many lumens should I get? This can be an overwhelming question because it all depends on your individual needs. In this article, we’ll break down what lumens means and give you some examples of different types of projectors so that you can find the perfect one for your home theater!
What Are Lumens?
Lumens are a measurement of the amount of light that is detectable from an object in one second. They come out to be equal to candela per square meter (cd/m). If you want to get technical, lumens measure luminous flux which is the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source and power consumption reflects the strength or intensity at any given time.
Lumens can also represent how bright your screen will appear when looking at it from far away distances such as viewing images on your TV or computer monitor.”
How Many Lumens Are Enough?
If you are in the market for a projector, it is important to know how many lumens will be enough. If your movie theater needs a lot of light and brightness or if you want to project images on very large screens at night time, then more lumens will be necessary.
However, if you only need something that projects onto smaller screens (such as TVs) during the day time but still wants clarity and vivid colors from its image/projector quality, then less lumens should do just fine.
According to CNET’s review of Home Theater Projectors “Generally speaking 100 ANSI Lumen projectors produce screen sizes up to 120 inches; 200 Lumen models can handle up to 150-inch displays.” This means that 100 ANSI Lumen projectors are good enough for up to 120 inch screen size, and 200 lumens will work best with screens 150 inches or bigger.
How Bright is too bright?
The simplest answer is that too bright a projector may cause eyestrain and headaches. This is true for any bulb intensity level, not just the brightest ones. Another consideration when making lumens comparisons: if you are using your projector in an environment where there’s ambient light (sunlight or incandescent lighting) it can be very difficult to see clearly on screen even with low lumen projectors.
The Bottom Line on Lumens
A lot of people worry about the lumen count when they are buying a projector. They will do their research and find that some projectors have more lumens, while others only have less than 1000 lumens.
When deciding which one to buy, it is important to keep in mind what you plan on using your projector for. If you want to use it mainly just for watching movies or playing games then you can go with something lower because those applications don’t require as much light output.
However if you intend on projecting presentations often from powerpoint slides then you should get something higher so that the image doesn’t appear too dark or washed out. 3000+ would be ideal in this case unless there’s not enough ambient room lighting either way though.
In general, it is always good to have more lumens than you think you need. You can never tell when the bulb might burn out and then that would mean you don’t have enough light even if your projector was brand new which defeats the purpose of having a big screen TV in the first place! So make sure to get something with high lumen output so that it will last longer as well.