So you've decided to get an LFC but you aren't sure which projector to buy...
- Keep in mind, you can use LFC with most normal or short-throw projectors but the projector you choose will be dependent on your use case and how large of an image you're looking to project and in what lighting conditions.
- As you are shopping around, make sure the projector you plan on using has the supported specs and throw ratio. You'll also want to make sure your computer or laptop meets our minimum requirements for running Lightform Creator.
Here are some helpful resources to aid in your search.
When selecting a projector for projection mapping, there are a lot of options and variables to consider. The LFC works with 0.5-2.0 throw ratio projectors and focuses beyond 1.5 ft. The max distance and size would depend on the projector you use with it - the projector minimum focus distance will be your limitation.
The best resource for finding the right projector is Projector Central. Here is how to use it to find a projector that is compatible with the LFC and meets your use-case and budget requirements.
- View projectors by LFC's compatible throw ratio by doing a search like this one:
Please note - There are multiple search options that might help you narrow down your search (e.g.,number of lumens, throw ratio range, price).
- Choose a projector from the search results and visit the specs page for that projector to find the minimum throw distance, e.g. this Optoma projector has a min throw distance of 1.3 feet.
- Finally, using Projector Central's calculator, enter in the name and model of the projector you've chosen to determine how large the scene can be & from what distance. Here is an example of how you'd determine projector placement for that Optoma:
- Check out this article for more information on understanding projector throw ratios.
- To see some of the projectors we use, we recommend looking at our project examples on Lightform.com.
For example, from there can see we've used the Epson PowerLite PRO G7905U for outdoor projects like this one or projects like this one. Another one we like is is this Optoma projector. For beginners interested in small-medium scale experiences, the Epson Home Cinema 1060 or the Epson Home Cinema 2150.
- You can also use our Projector Brightness calculator to determine if the projector you are using will be able to scan under your lighting conditions here.