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Running Projector in Cold Climate

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I've got a question for anyone else that lives in cold climate areas (you southerners need not respond). Does anyone else run projectors outside in the cold climate? And if so, do you leave it out all night or do you bring it in after your nightly show?  I live in Nebraska, and I always bring mine in at night which is a pain to have to wait until the show is over each night (and the last car has left) before I go out and bring it in. So just curious if I'm just being over cautious with it. Mine is a Dell 2400MP projector if that matters at all.

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I was wondering if those projectors would work inside, with the image going out through an open window.  I'm thinking about buying a projector to use at Christmas, but I definitely don't want to have it outside and bring it in every night.  Did you get any replies to your topic? 

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5 hours ago, slankard said:

I was wondering if those projectors would work inside, with the image going out through an open window.  I'm thinking about buying a projector to use at Christmas, but I definitely don't want to have it outside and bring it in every night.  Did you get any replies to your topic? 

I never got any reply here on it, but most of the time I was bringing mine in every night.  At one point, I did put a C7 light bulb inside of my cabinet just for a little heat generation and left it out for a couple nights.  The projector started up fine each time OK.  So still not sure if I will do that all the time, but that may give me options if I just can't bring it in on certain nights.

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Did you try running it through a window onto a screen?  I realize it would show the images backwards, but unless there were words, it wouldn't matter.  I'm thinking of trying that, but I have no idea what to use for a screen.  It would have to be sheer enough to allow the picture through to the other side.

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9 hours ago, slankard said:

Did you try running it through a window onto a screen?  I realize it would show the images backwards, but unless there were words, it wouldn't matter.  I'm thinking of trying that, but I have no idea what to use for a screen.  It would have to be sheer enough to allow the picture through to the other side.

While I haven't used it for a show I did test this idea and it works fine. Al long as the window is clean. And most projectors have a setting specifically for rear projection to mirror the image for you. I used a cheap frosted shower curtain from Walmart and it worked great. 

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For Christmas, I run my projector outside to show the 'Frozen' video on my garage door so that wouldn't work through a window.  But for Halloween, I do have a smaller LED projector that projects on a screen covering the window.  I had originally purchased one of the projector kits at a Christmas Expo that included one of the Atmos(?) videos.  The screen material that comes with that kit was really too small to completely cover the bedroom window that I was using.  So I actually purchased some material online: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Translucent-Fabric-Projection-DIY-home-movie-screen-material-SOLD-BY-THE-FOOT/181950861081?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

Cut and sewed in my own edges to give it a little strength and put in corner eyelets so I can put it on/off easily with stick on clips around the windows.

Here is a little video of one of my last year Halloween that shows the window from outside: 

 

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We bought something similar at Home Depot last year for $100, and it really did a nice job.  At Halloween it had two giant cat eyes, which the neighbors loved!  I'm wanting to try to up it to a projector and an outdoor screen mainly because of watching Mike Ziemkowski's lightsondisplay for years.  I've got several music clips I want to show.

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