Saturday, May 22, 2010

Money for a Ceiling-Mounted Projector! Now What?

Amarillo Bible Chair recently received a generous grant from a local, private foundation that contributes to educational efforts like ours.

In my request letter, I said that it would be so nice if we could move our classroom projector from a floor stand to the ceiling, and just have it out of the way. They agreed. So now we have the money to make this improvement; and I have the summer to get it done. Only problem is, I have no idea of where to start.

A few of the particulars and some of my questions:

1. We have enough money, I think, to purchase a new projector as well as pay for the mounting hardware and installation, etc. If we go ahead and get a new projector, I'm not sure what we should do with the old one.

2. Also, I'm not sure of what brand and type of projector we need. Our classroom measures approximately 30 x 24 feet. It seats no more than about 30 students. So a projection with a diagonal measurement of about 50 inches is just right.

3. Here in Amarillo, I'm not sure who'd be best for the mechanical and electrical installation.

Any recommendations?


Arlene said...

Frank, perhaps Robin Liles from Central or Kevin Schaffer can help with ideas etc...

JemGat said...

Call Norris Audio/Video. They're the best!

Frank Bellizzi said...

Thanks, Arlene and John.

Matt Dabbs said...

We did this in one of our classrooms at church, projector and all for around $800. We didn't need a screen. So you could do it for around $1000 for everything you need: projector, wires, screen, mount, etc. Let me know if you have any specific questions or need more advice on how to do it.

Frank Bellizzi said...


Thank you. I think I would like to give you a call sometime and find out more about what you all did. If you would, please email me the best phone number(s) for calling you on a weekday.

Dee Andrews said...

Hey, Frank - When you finish there at school, take a trip down south here and install a system for us, okay?! We'd LOVE to have you come . . . and the system, too!! ;-)


Frank Bellizzi said...

Thanks, Dee. That's sweet.

I'd really love to head south sometime soon. Alas, all of my plans have me going mostly north and east this summer. A class at Yale and my boy's graduation in June in CT. Hope you and yours are doing well.