How to Choose the Right Projector for Different Ambient Lights

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • How ambient light affects projector light source
  • Choosing the best projector for different ambient light profiles
  • WEMAX Portable & Laser Projectors
  • Wrapping It Up

Do you ever feel like the lights in your room just ruin the vibe while watching a movie? So much so, that it feels like you’re not even in a theater anymore? We've all been there - and if you want to up your home theater game, then a projector might be the right move for you.

With advances in technology today, finding one that suits your ambient light issues doesn't have to break the bank. There are plenty of great options available for different kinds of lighting environments; however, knowing which one is best for you can be tricky. That's why we're here to guide you on how to choose the right projector for different ambient lights to truly enhance your viewing experience!

How ambient light affects projector light source

The easiest way to understand the deep relationship between a projector and a room's ambient light is to remember that projectors are also light-based technology. Projectors aim for light when they are in operation, and that means that depending on the intensity of the light in your room, the image might not be as crisp or clear as it should be.

In short, if a room is too bright it can drown a projection, and this is why it's important to pay attention to a projector's ANSI lumens and consider its intended working area as well. Generally speaking, you'll want a projector with more ANSI lumens than its intended work area, so let's take a look at some estimates that will help you make an informed call:

  • Candlelight - 14 lumens
  • Sunrise/Sunset - 400 lumens
  • Office lights - 500 lumens
  • Light bulb 100W - 1600 lumens
  • Overcast midday outdoors - 1000 to 2000 lumens

Choosing the best projector for different ambient light profiles

Wemax Nona Projector

Now that we understand what role ambient light plays in projections, it's time to take a look at how to choose the right projector for your needs. 

You need to consider ambient light conditions at home and your desired screen size for your home cinema. Ambient light rejection (ALR) is an important factor to consider since it reduces the impact of ambient light on your projections. So, picking the right projector screen can help you make the most of your projector and home cinema. 

READ MORE: ALR vs. CLR Screen: Do You Need An ALR or CLR Screen?

Ambient Light

One of the most important things to consider when discussing ambient light is that it's not necessarily a fixed value. After all, as the sun rises and goes down, the amount of light in each room will vary.

Of course, if you have access to a room with no windows you can completely control the ambient light. But for most other locations or for those that enjoy projecting outdoors this isn't a possibility. So let's take a look at the three main ambient light intensities today. 

When we talk about Low Ambient Light areas with lights that are off or dimmed. In these rooms, there's not that much light, so smaller and less powerful projectors can work. In Moderate Ambient Light settings, you can expect a consistent source of light in the room, perhaps ceiling lights, or sunlight, this means you'll need a brighter projector in turn. And of course, last we have Strong Ambient Light, usually, this means you are dealing with focused light, which means you'll be needing the absolute best for a projector. 

Screen Size

The first thing we need to address is that each projector has an intended screen size, but they do offer leeway when setting them up. As a rule of thumb, just make sure not to go above their max listed size, that's when you could begin seeing a loss of quality.

Screen size also plays a large role when choosing an accompanying screen, which as we mentioned above can have light-rejecting properties to help "boost" the quality of the projection.

Last but not least, your choice of screen size also comes down to your needs. If you live in a compact apartment, you might prefer a smaller screen size. While those who hold viewing parties or outdoor presentations will need a very large work area. So think of the room where you'll be using your projector, and you should get a good idea of the right screen size for you.

WEMAX Portable & Laser Projectors

Now that we've covered the basics when it comes to ambient light, it's time to bring some practical recommendations to the table. At WEMAX, we have a wide variety of projectors and accessories, and coupled with our experience we can guide you as you get started in the wonderful world of projection. 

WEMAX Go Advanced (For Low Ambient Light)

wemax go advanced

WEMAX Go Advanced offers 600 ANSI Lumens and a Native 1080p resolution, ensuring that the projector will look great in moderate ambient light settings, but it's the details that make the WEMAX Go Advanced stand out. 

With automatic focus and smart screen calibration, this projector will always look the best it can, which will help provide the kind of image quality and crispness you deserve. Plus its smart design means that it basically generates no noise or heat, and can be easily carried everywhere. Meaning that this can be your go-to projector for work and entertainment alike. 

WEMAX Dice (For Moderate Ambient Light)

wemax dice

WEMAX Dice is a portable native1080 projector and is a wonderful product for anybody who wants to project on the go without sacrificing power. Packing Full HD resolution and 700 ANSI Lumens (2.4 times brighter than standard Lumens), the Dice is a practical package that you can carry anywhere and will look great in low to moderate light.

Its built-in battery and Android OS also mean it's fully self-reliant, making it an amazing experience on the go. 

WEMAX Nova (For Strong Ambient Light)

When strong ambient light is present you'll need the maximum brightness possible, which is why we are recommending our 2100 ANSI Lumens ALPD® laser projector: The WEMAX Nova.

wemax nova projector

WEMAX Nova is of course more than just a ANSI lumens powerhouse, and in every aspect of its design, you should be prepared to find an amazing experience. 4K UHD resolution means that every frame will look perfect. A max 150-inch projector size ensures that you will get a truly cinematic experience, and its ultra-short throw ratio allows it to display its image very close to the screen. Of course, everything else you could wish for is also included. Built-in android and Dolby Audio speakers, multiple inputs, and even improved eye protection.

Wrapping It Up

At the end of the day, a projector is a light source, and that means that ambient light will play a direct role in how well they perform. But if you can control the ambient light of the room to a degree, and pick a projector that has the right brightness values and contrast ratios you'll be able to get a great performance no matter how strong the ambient light is.

At WEMAX,  we are committed to providing the best possible visual experiences to our clients. We believe that you deserve a high-quality viewing experience, wherever you go, and that's what has turned us into a leading brand in the projector market. With over 200 unique patents and top-of-the-line technology, you can rest assured that at WEMAX we always offer the best. 

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