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Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Projector Lift

  • How large is the projector you are using?

    All Draper lifts are made to fit a specific size range of projectors. Make sure to verify the dimensions and weight of the projector you wish to use to ensure select the correct lift. Cable inputs also need to be considered in the overall width and length of the projector.
  • How far does the projector need to descend into the room?

    Several Draper lifts place the projector just below the ceiling line while others can descend a long distance. Generally, you should plan to position the center of the projector's lens at the same height as the top of the screen's viewing area. You will need to verify the exact position of the projector with the specifications of your projector.
  • How much space above the ceiling is available?

    (24" of space allows many different options). If your installation requires an environmental airspace housing (Plenum vs. environmental airspace housing?) verify that the lift you choose will fit into that space by looking at the overall height of the lift with the environmental airspace housing option. If you are not using an environmental airspace housing, then you need to account for the height of the lift, projector bracket, projector and closure panel. Allowances for installation hardware and workspace will need to be considered for any installation.
  • Is the available space above the ceiling an environmental airspace?

    If so, then you would need to select a lift with an environmental airspace housing option. Most commercial type installations will require an environmental airspace housing. Plenum vs. environmental airspace housing (.doc)
  • Does the lift have to fit within a 2' x 2' ceiling grid spacing?

    If this is a concern then there are several lifts that will fit within this scenario so you would not have to alter the ceiling grid work.
  • What type of ceiling - acoustical tile or drywall?

    A ceiling access door is highly recommended when installing in drywall type ceilings or any ceiling where there is not other access to the outside of the lift.
  • Don't have room in your ceiling?

    If you do not have room in the ceiling, then you can consider putting a lift in a table or other piece of furniture. Draper has lifts that can also be used in these types of applications.