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Picking the best projection screen for areas with ambient light

High ambient light areas require the right screen

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Maximizing image quality in two-piece projection isn’t just about selecting the best laser projector on the market. Pairing a high-quality projection screen with the projector is essential, especially in environments with strong overhead lighting, windows or other uncontrolled ambient light.

Totally darkened rooms are hard to come by outside of a theater environment. Ambient light is almost always a part of the projection equation. Physics teaches us that ambient light comes with two variables: intensity and direction. Depending on the levels of each, the ambient light that falls on a projection screen will wash out image contrast, color saturation and dynamic range.

This has been a major projection impediment… until recently.

Are there different types of ambient light rejection screens?

Gain screens, Contrast Based ALR (gray screens) and True Optical ALR screens affect image contrast and quality in different ways. It’s critical to understand one size does not fit all when rejecting ambient light in two-piece projection.

How are True Optical Ambient Light Rejecting screens different?

True Optical ALR screens are designed to reject higher levels of ambient light from specific angles in a room, maximizing viewer experience. Discover how the multi-layer properties of True Optical ALR screens accept projector light while rejecting light from other sources.

What do I consider when selecting an ALR screen?

The audience is taken into consideration with the selection of any screen, but most especially an ALR screen. Viewing angle and throw distance are important considerations during the selection process. Check out this handy guide (http://bit.ly/2XRLKjB) to understanding how design elements, audience location, viewing angles, and projector throw distance impacts the selection of ambient light rejecting (ALR) screens.

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