There’s no feeling better than enjoying a nice holiday evening with your family, reminiscing about holidays past and savoring the moment for future reference. You can, however, enrich the event by some small details that will add up to something far greater and memorable. One of the things that fit the bill (no, not “foot”, we’re not talking about the expenses yet) is an unassuming device called Christmas Light Projector.
Now, it’s one thing to choose a part of your house or backyard to highlight, and then point the projector this way or that, but adjusting the angle can be just as important as making the right decision about the object to illuminate.
How to Get Maximum Power Out Of Your Christmas Projector
Before even considering the right angles and distances, think about what you’re buying. Don’t be shy to spend an extra buck to get the quality. Once you switch it on, you’ll know where the money went. So, what else is good to know or think about when setting up a Christmas light projector?
For starters, don’t think about the lighting, but rather about your backyard or the room in the house where you mean to use it. It’s fine either way, because most, if not all projectors are for both indoor and outdoor use.
Perhaps you’d like versatility, so you can move it around? That’s also valid, and not a problem in the least. Remember, we’re not discussing this pre-buying, but after the fact.
So, let’s take a hypothetical situation.
You’ve decided to illuminate your porch, and let the neighbors and passers-by enjoy the festivities with you, at least to an extent. This is good, because it’s a flat surface, and projectors love flat surfaces. However, laser lights projectors don’t make a difference, and they’ll equally liven up a well as well a tree. Some projectors are brighter than others, so distance will affect the brightness level.
Most claim that they function at a hundred yards, but for optimal effect, keep it at 20 to 100 feet. If, however, this does not give you the desired result, feel free to experiment.
Since we’re speaking of distance, there’s a fact worth noting – while regular projectors (the ones you show movies on) are greatly affected by distance, laser lights projectors are not. If you put a standard projector to close to the surface, the picture will look too bright, too big and too fuzzy.
If you put it too far, the image will lose all the detail and look far too tiny. With laser projectors, the focus does not get affected by the distance, only brilliance, and the spread of laser points (if you’re using projectors that replicate the effect of a starry sky or snowflakes).
It’s important to also keep in mind that these projectors are ground-based, though you can always haul it up and set it on the roof to shine across some particular part of the house. (Actually, this is not a bad idea if you want to make a flag or some similar effect.)
So, all it takes is to drive a stake in the ground, mount the projector, and hey, presto! Narnia.
If you don’t have a suitable surface to stick the stake, just lay the projector on the ground, and make sure you don’t trip over the cord.
About the angling, there are actually no tricks to it. Most projectors come with stakes and adjustable sections underneath the casing where you screw or insert the upper part of the stake.
Getting the right angle is a simple matter of toying around with this adjustable part. However, if you don’t have exposed ground, but only asphalt, you can just as easily leave the projector on the ground and angle it by putting something large and heavy underneath.
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