Purchase Considerations for Projectors in Education

From installing new projectors to changing filters and lamps, maintaining numerous projectors can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, maintenance can be greatly reduced depending solely on the projectors an educational institution purchases. In order to save the most time and money, we wanted to share with you five purchase considerations for projectors:

1. Projector installation and replacement.
When replacing old projectors, special construction work may be necessary to ensure the projection still aligns with the projection screen, but moving a mounting bracket requires time and money. In order to make installation as simple as possible, consider projectors with a lens shift function, which allows the lens to shift even when the projector cannot be installed directly in front of the screen.

2. Minimize total cost of ownership (TCO).
Lamp replacement, lamp management and filter maintenance all increase the total cost of owning a projector, especially when the school or university uses many projectors. Further, when numerous projector models are installed, the management of spare lamps becomes a burden. Purchasing projectors with lamps and filters that provide long service lives will allow organizations to minimize the operating costs over the lifetime of their projector. Additionally, some manufacturers offer lamp standardization across a projector series, simplifying lamp inventory management and further minimizing TCO.

3. Reduce periodic filter maintenance.
Filter maintenance can be particularly difficult for ceiling-mounted projectors, because they are not easily accessible for cleaning. Carrying a ladder to every classroom is laborious, but filter cleaning is essential for stable projector operation. In order to avoid this problem, it is important to choose a projector with filters that require minimal maintenance (up to 12,000 hours of operation), such as Panasonic’s Eco Filters and Auto Cleaning Filters.

4. Check the service and warranty offerings.
Because projectors are constantly being used in schools and universities, the devices need to be reliable and protected with services and warranties. Prior to selecting a projector manufacturer, it is important to understand if the devices are warranted against failure due to defects in materials or workmanship and for what period of time. Projectors that come without a warranty should be a significant concern. Additionally, before making a purchase you should understand what type of technical support programs are offered if the projector should stop working properly.

5. Ecological solutions can save energy and reduces costs.
Power consumed by projectors can be a major cost factor, especially when installing a large number of them. Environmental conservation is also a concern, as power consumption increases CO2 emissions. In order to combat these two issues, select projectors with eco-friendly features, such as a power saving mode that switches the projector to standby when no input is detected in order to provide efficiency and energy cost savings.

Taking note of these purchasing considerations will ensure your investment reduces both maintenance needs and overall costs. For additional purchase considerations for projectors in education, check out this AV Technology article by Panasonic’s Art Rankin.

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