Are you planning to set up an outdoor projector in your backyard to watch movies or play video games with your friends?
So, to get the cinematic experience right from a comfort zone, many people make their backyard a small theater-like area with a proper setup with BBQ, speakers, and comfy chairs.
But sometimes, due to extreme weather conditions protecting the projector becomes necessary when the projector is fixed permanently.
Also, last year a heat wave in California makes me think of building a protective box for my projector to save it from getting overheated quickly, which decreases the lamp’s life very soon.
So, for all these reasons, it is always better to look at some key ways to help you protect your outdoor projector from any damage.
What is the reason for watching movies outside rather than inside?There are many reasons why people love to watch movies outdoors instead of inside, giving a feeling of being in a drive-in theater.
You can lay back on your lawn chair, enjoy the fresh air and have a great time with family and friends while watching your favorite content.
Also, outdoor projector screens are usually much larger than indoor screens which give a truly immersive experience.
Finally, watching movies outdoors can be a great way to socialize with friends and family during these lockdown periods.
So have popcorn, and soda spill on the couch, relax, and enjoy the show.
How to protect outdoor projector?
Projectors are expensive and require proper care wherever they are placed inside or outside of your house.
If you want to keep yours in good condition for a long time, you should invest in a proper protection solution.
There are many ways to protect an outdoor projector, and the most popular ones include using a projector enclosure or tarp.
Where should I place my projector?
We all know a projector does not require a permanent setup solution to view movies or play games with family members.
All you need is a specialized screen, or you can even project images on a white-painted wall.
The white color helps the projection to be brighter even though the lumens power is lesser in your projector.
So, if you plan to set up in a day and watch movies in the daytime, then it’s always recommended to place it under the shade or in a gazebo.
This process will prevent any overheating issues and keep it safe from any type of weather condition, such as rain or snow.
It’s important to find the right location for your outdoor projector because if you place it in an area that’s too windy, there’s a risk that the projector might fall from the table.
What about placing a projector in the evening time?
On the other hand, if you are going to use it at night time, then you should consider placing it in a dark area.
Also, at night time, you can place the projector even without the help of any shed or canopy as there are fewer chances of it getting overheated.
But the only disadvantage of viewing a movie at night time is the disturbance of bugs that might fly near the projector, which will disturb your movie experience.
So keep any bug repellent or candle near the device to get rid of bugs while watching the movie.
Different Ways To Protect Outdoor Projectors?
There are many ways to protect an outdoor projector, but the most popular option is explained below.
My friend has made a small video of approx 4 minutes on youtube on how to protect outdoor projectors with easy-to-follow steps.
You can either build a gazebo or shed to protect your projector or buy a commercial one. If you want to save money, you can choose the DIY option.
But make sure that the shed or gazebo you build is big enough to accommodate your projectors and other equipment, such as speakers, wires, and seating arrangement.
Placing On a Flat Surface
If you are placing your projector on the ground, make sure to use something like a tripod so that it’s stable and not at risk of being knocked over from any accidental fall.
Can I use the waterproof projector when it’s raining?
If you have not done enough waterproofing around, the water might get inside the unit, damaging the projector’s parts.
Also, the projector’s fan could suck in water and damage the internal components.
How do I protect my projector screen outside?
To protect your outdoor screen in the daytime, put the projector and screen inside the gazebo or under the shed.
But if it’s raining, put a waterproof sheet on the screen or take it inside the house.
How does the enclosure help in protecting the projector?
An outdoor projector enclosure is a specially designed casing that protects your projector from the weather and other environmental conditions.
It has features like ventilation and cooling to ensure your projector doesn’t overheat and security features to deter thieves.
Protecting it from the elements is important no matter what type of outdoor projector you have.
Investing in a weatherproof cover or an outdoor projector enclosure is the best way to do this.
These products protect your projector from rain, snow, and even sunlight.
No matter how much waterproof your projector is, it’s always advisable to take the projector inside when it’s raining if it’s not covered with some cover or inside the shed.