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I own a small brewery & tap room in Ohio, and we're currently expanding into a new space. I want to create a large beer menu on a wall above our taps (about 10 feet wide), and I'm considering using a projector instead of a traditional chalkboard beer list. But I'm concerned about the amount of ambient light in the room (I don't want the beer list to look faint or washed-out).

The room will have quite a bit of natural light during the day (there are glass garage doors on the front of the building), and obviously less natural light at night (but there will be light fixtures inside). I know we would need a bright projector to 'outshine' the sunlight during the day, but I'm concerned that a really bright projector would be TOO bright at night, when we only have light from our interior lighting (and not sunlight). Should I be concerned about that?

- If so, are there projectors that adjust the brightness automatically?
- What minimum brightness would you recommend for projection during the day?
- Can a projector be projected onto a black surface to make it look like a chalkboard?

Are there any laser projectors out there that meet these requirements?
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Realistically, I would look at a ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen to deliver a good deal of pop and a consistent image regardless of lighting conditions.

Better projectors from Panasonic, NEC, Christie, and others may offer scheduling options to adjust brightness if necessary, but the ALR screen should really provide a more consistent image during both daytime and nighttime usage.

I'm not sure I wouldn't just pick up 3 or 4 65" TVs instead.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Mar 23, 2018 2:54 PM):
Realistically, I would look at a ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen to deliver a good deal of pop and a consistent image regardless of lighting conditions.

Better projectors from Panasonic, NEC, Christie, and others may offer scheduling options to adjust brightness if necessary, but the ALR screen should really provide a more consistent image during both daytime and nighttime usage.

I'm not sure I wouldn't just pick up 3 or 4 65" TVs instead.

Thanks for the reply. I'll look into ALR screens, that sounds like it might be a good option. Are they all rear-projection screens?

I've considered going the LCD monitor route, but I would want the monitors to be seamless (to create one large screen). Seamless monitors of that size are very expensive. To buy four of them, I'd be spending at least $10,000 if not $15,000.
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ALR screens are almost all front projection.

ie: https://www.milestone.com/products/da-lite/screens/fixed_frame_screens/parallax?ScreenFormat=Wide&Surface=%7B15C16863-F291-47D3-9A9D-AD499E183937%7D&Size=57_5%20x%2092

There are some manufacturers which have 'grey' screens they call ALR, which are not. Beware, as this is an expensive technology to implement as well, and the screen should cost $2,000+ for a properly designed screen.

The one I linked to is about $4,000.

Here's another...
https://www.screeninnovations.com/screen/7-zero-edge/

Once again, $4,000.

The size of these screens is limited to 2.35.

You will want to pair it with a 5,000+ lumen LCD projector and unless you get a UST specific screen, you will need the projector located a fair distance back from the screen, right about even with the top of the screen.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Mar 29, 2018 11:17 AM):
ALR screens are almost all front projection.

ie: https://www.milestone.com/products/da-lite/screens/fixed_frame_screens/parallax?ScreenFormat=Wide&Surface=%7B15C16863-F291-47D3-9A9D-AD499E183937%7D&Size=57_5%20x%2092

There are some manufacturers which have 'grey' screens they call ALR, which are not. Beware, as this is an expensive technology to implement as well, and the screen should cost $2,000+ for a properly designed screen.

The one I linked to is about $4,000.

Here's another...
https://www.screeninnovations.com/screen/7-zero-edge/

Once again, $4,000.

The size of these screens is limited to 2.35.

You will want to pair it with a 5,000+ lumen LCD projector and unless you get a UST specific screen, you will need the projector located a fair distance back from the screen, right about even with the top of the screen.

I was doing some research and saw that ALR screens have very narrow viewing angles (you have to pretty much be right in front of it to see it well). Is that true? Since this is a beer list, I want people to be able to read it even if they're seeing it at an angle. Also, it'll be hanging up high (the bottom of the screen will likely be around 7 feet off the ground).

I found an Epson projector (Epson PowerLite 2265U) that looks like it might work well. 5,500 lumens and a high contrast ratio. And the lamps aren't that expensive to replace. Do you think that model would be bright enough?
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