Its a common practice to install an LCD/ DLP Projector over the top, near the ceiling of a meeting/ conference room. This is done in order to fix the projector permanently in place, so that the image output is consistent and perfect every-time one switches On a projector. Further, a projector fixed on the ceiling mount avoids anyone fiddling with its settings and does not become a source of heat/noise on the table where people are sitting around.
This is a permanent fixture and all the cables (VGA, Audio-Video) are taken from the meeting room table to the projector mounted on a ceiling mount. A power source is required somewhere near the ceiling mount (for the projector). Ceiling mounting a projector is no-doubt a good option, but for one consideration- It looks awkward!
People spend a lot of time and resources to make sure that the interior decoration inside any room is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. In a way, the ambiance of a room can be a contributing factor to increase in job productivity. And hence, a ceiling mount hanging abruptly from an open tile in the false ceiling makes the setting look slightly nonuniform. One open tile on the false ceiling (which is otherwise fully closed) doesn’t look nice!
That’s where the motorized ceiling mount/ electric projector lift can help. A picture of the electric projector lift is shown in the above image. The false ceiling tile is seen at the bottom. When there is no presentation going on, the conference room looks very normal – without any tiles missing on the false ceiling.
When the presentation needs to be started, a remote control (IR/RF) can be used to bring the projector down (along with one of the tiles in the false ceiling). After the presentation ends, the projector and the tile (attached to the bottom of the electric projector lift) goes back to its initial position. How neat?
The motorized ceiling mount/ electric projector lift consists of three parts. An upper part that fixes to the ceiling. This part also houses the electric motor that lifts and drops the projector/ tile to its exact position; the middle part that consists of a projector belt and a suspension arrangement (like the scissor arrangement in the diagram shown above) and a third part that consists of a projector holding enclosure (along with a universal projector mount) along with the ceiling tile affixed at the bottom of this enclosure. Of course, different makes may have different constructions.
The upper enclosure attaches itself to the firm concrete ceiling and it contains the motor that drags the projector up and down. The exact position (length over which the projector mount needs to travel up/down each time) is fixed during installation and this length can be set according to the height of the ceiling. The size of the ceiling tile that can be attached to the bottom of the electric projector lift is predetermined and the customer needs to check for the sizes of the ceiling tiles that are compatible with each model.
A remote control is supplied along with the projector lift, to make it move up/ down automatically when the respective buttons are pressed. Alternatively, conference room control systems (like Crestron) can be used to control this system through centralized A/V control systems which may include a touch-pad.
Of course, all the audio-video cables/ VGA or DVI cables still needs to be taken from the conference table to the motorized ceiling kit and carefully connected to the projector. This arrangement also needs power supply source/ power sockets at the ceiling.
The Motorized Ceiling Mount/ Electric Projector lift is not very expensive and if you live in the United States you can click on the above image (in the beginning of this post) to find out the price of one such motorized ceiling mount model.
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