Big screen viewing in the home cinema with secure fixings

10. December 2019

Is there anything cosier than watching films on the big screen in your own home cinema during the cold season? We tend to spend more time at home during winter, seeking out a cosy and homely atmosphere. Having your own cinema at home can be a great idea. Home cinema systems provide you with your own private screen with your own film selection and no queues in sight. You also don’t have to deal with obstructed views or annoying background noise. The most important thing is to correctly install the projector and screen.

A permanent hold for projectors and screens

Those who want to have a cinema experience at home can attach a projector to the ceiling and operate it using a remote control. The projector thereby doesn’t take up space and doesn’t require setting up and putting away again after every use. It also blends into the background and reduces any dust or operating noise which the machine generates during operation. Another advantage of installing the projector to the ceiling is that it cannot be knocked over accidentally. Running cables along the ceiling also reduces tripping hazards. Safety should be the utmost priority, particularly when children are around. This is the first step when safely installing a home cinema. The ceiling mounts can be swivelled and turned, allowing the projector to be set up in the best possible manner for the perfect picture. There are two basic types of mounts: Ceiling mounts which hold the projector in a panel or in a box, and telescopic mounts which directly hold the projector without a storage enclosure.

Finding the perfect projector mount

The height of the room is crucial for the ideal installation. Conventional mounts which carry around 15 kg tend to be suitable when installed at a distance of approximately 15 cm below the ceiling. Alternatively, adjustable mounts offer additional options to vertically retract projectors. Wall mounts for projectors are another option to bridge spatial distances. Electrical mounts now also offer unprecedented control and comfort. A simple rule of thumb helps determine the right distance between the projector and the screen: The projection surface should only be about half as big as the viewers’ seating distance, allowing them to see the entire screen. Vertically adjustable mounts tend to be more expensive. If you know the height of your projector beforehand then you can opt for the cheaper, fixed version. If you are uncertain or want to reposition a projector then you should choose an adjustable variant, which will be more convenient in the long term.

Safely installing the home cinema

In order to securely fasten the projector to the ceiling, the construction material, anchor and screw must be suitable for the load which the mount will be subjected to. Anyone who is unsure about the parameters should consult an expert, such as fischer’s Application Engineers. The mount often includes a fixing plate which is attached to the ceiling with screws and anchors. The holes should first be marked in the right place before being drilled with a hammer drill. Walls made of perforated brick should only be drilled into with a rotary drill to prevent damage to the stone. Threaded sleeves are located beneath the projector, which allow it to be connected to the mount.

Concealed fixings are a sensible solution when mounting the screen, allowing the picture to unfold its full potential. Fixed frame projector screens remain in position and are attached to the wall with anchors and screws, just like a picture. Foldable projector screens on the other hand can be lowered and retracted by hand or controlled via remote control. A rope tension system holds the surface to the edges of the display. The screen case is normally mounted to the ceiling or wall with provided angle brackets.

The crucial role of the anchor substrate

The existing anchor substrate plays a crucial role when selecting the right anchor with which to install home cinema equipment. Expansion anchors and their corresponding screws should be used for solid building materials. The fischer DUOPOWER is a safe choice, for instance. Its intelligent two-component anchor can expand, fold and knot, making it particularly practical. It can be used in various anchor bases due to its three functions, making it ideal for installing the projector bracket and screen case in perforated construction materials, for example.

Toggle anchors are particularly suitable for subsurfaces with cavities, such as stud walls. The fischer DUOTEC for instance can carry heavy tensile and shear loads by folding behind the panel. It can also be used as a regular expansion anchor in solid construction materials, however. Safe installations mean that cinephiles can enjoy their favourite films on the big screen with their home cinema equipment for many years to come.

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