Deciding Between A Projector Vs. Flat Screen For Church
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Deciding Between A Projector Vs. Flat Screen For Church

Projector or flat screen for church?

Many churches struggle with this quandary when installing or upgrading a video projector system. Which one is best for us?

It is difficult to answer this question because many variables could lead you in the right direction. This article will help you make an informed decision in choosing the right flat-screen TV or projector for your church.

My church recently bought a projector to replace the antique and has started to use a flat-screen monitor for our multi-purpose area. These are the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Flat Screen vs. Projector for Church

Flat Screen TVs or Monitors: Advantages

They are now a viable option for small and medium-sized churches due to their low price and ability to display in high or ultra-high resolution.

These are the benefits.

  • Sharper image than a projection system
  • Projection systems are more affordable than they are.
  • You will have lower maintenance costs. There is no need to change bulbs or clean filters.

Flat Screens: The disadvantages

There are some important things to consider before you rush out to buy a flat-screen screen for your church.

Flat screens require a closer viewing angle. Flat screens are easier to see from a wider angle than 30 degrees. You may need two flat screens if your room is larger than deep.

Depending on the lighting conditions, you might experience glaring problems, particularly outdoor light coming through the windows. This is due to the glossy finish on flat-screen TVs of consumer models.

Your sanctuary might need to be larger than it is long. Flat screens cost exponentially more as they get larger.

A flat-screen screen is fragile. Consider the fragility of a flat screen if you are worshipping in a space used for kids’ ministry, sports, or other activities.

If you’re a portable church or church plant and need to set up and tear down your church every Sunday, consider the size of a flat-screen and the risk it poses during transport or when erected.

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The Advantages of a Projector

A projector system is a great option for medium-sized churches. …..

  • You get more bang for your buck. A projector will cost you less if your screen is larger.
  • Glare is not a problem. There are no problems with glare.
  • Projectors and screens have a wider viewing angle. A person sitting at an angle to the screen can still see it.
  • It is more durable and easier to set up and take down. It doesn’t break easily.
  • It’s easier to transport church plants and portable churches.

The Disadvantages of a Projector

  • A projection system costs more than a flat screen. This difference disappears as you need a larger screen and projection systems to become more cost-effective.
  • Projectors require maintenance. Regular cleaning of filters is necessary, and bulbs should be changed after approximately 5,000 hours. The cost of replacing bulbs can be quite high.
  • Projectors lose image quality. A projector produces a poorer image quality than a flat screen. The pixels will be enlarged as the projector’s projected image onto the screen. This can vary depending on how far away the projector is from your screen.
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As you can see, there are no definitive rules about which projector is best or whether a flat screen for a church is better. It is up to you to decide what works best for your needs. This article should have helped you see the bigger picture and help you make the right decision.

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Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.