In the last couple of years, the projectors have brought lots of benefits to us. However, you might need to know how to run power to ceiling-mounted projector; as it gets difficult to access the outlets to power up the projector once it’s mounted.
Though you could use projectors for different room ceilings including bed ceilings after mounting them for better brightness. But unfortunately, the power cables connected to the outlet…may look ugly just dangling there!
Lucky for you Projectors Rating is here to help. At the end of the article, you won’t have to ask someone for life hacks to provide power to the ceiling-mounted projector – while avoiding dangling cables.
Check whether there is a power outlet in the ceiling/attic or not?
Today most the houses are built by keeping in mind the up-to-date living requirements such as having a TV in the living room or bedroom. Therefore you could find sufficient power outlets around the TV space.
On the other hand, you could also find several other outlets around the room as well. Some of them would have waist-length height; while others could have shoulder-length height.
Due to the popularity of projectors among the general public, you might also find apartments having top-mounted or ceiling-mounted power outlets. So if you do find an attic there’s a possibility of a power outlet being present in the attic.
However, before rushing into connecting the projector make sure that you’ve placed the projector in the center in front of the projector screen. Here center means that it must be placed horizontally center to the screen.
After ensuring the placement you could jump into powering the projector. By connecting it with the power outlet through a power cord — usually 3 to 4-foot long. So make sure that it’s long enough to reach the power outlet.
In case if the usual length isn’t sufficient enough then you’ll have to use a power cord extension cable as well. But before using a power cord extension cable you must know that it can’t handle the immense power surge. Therefore it’ll be very difficult for you to have clean power for the projector.
However, an extension cord could also be turned out as a safety hazard as well if it doesn’t use correctly. On the contrary, if you don’t have an attic then there is nothing to worry about; as there is another life hack you’ll love to know.
2 Life Hacks Just For You
As we discussed earlier that two life hacks will be mentioned in this article. Among these two life hacks the easiest one is with an attic. In case you don’t have an attic then we’ve covered an alternative life hack in this section…just for you!
1. With an Attic
In case if there is an attic above your ceiling then it’ll get very easy for you to power the projector. However, an already accessible outlet found in the attic would make it, even more, easier for you – just use these simple tricks and you’ll get through.
Step 1; Through a Cable Power Kit System
Generally, a cable power kit is used to supply the power from an unused outlet to a power grommet near the mounted projector.
Just for the sake of reference the cable power kit is almost similar to the Legrand-Wiremold CMK70 [LINK] and comes with an entire wall cable management system. Therefore you could connect the projector using it with just a little bit of hard work.
The video mentioned in this section has all the things you need to know to use the cable power kit and place the power grommet near the projector.
Step 2; Grab Some Sufficient Sized Power Cable
As we’ve discussed earlier the power cable comes with a 2 or 3-foot long length. In case the projector is very close then it’s recommended to use only a power cable having a 1-foot length; so it won’t hang unnecessarily.
On the other hand, if the projector is far away then you need a power cord having 6 or 10-foot length. If the length of the power cord is still not sufficient enough for you then there are also 25-foot longer power cords available on Amazon.
Step 3; Test the Projector
After all of these steps, it’s time to test the projector. Here make sure that you check hows the power outlet is performing by connecting an old device or lamp… to avoid any kaput!
Once you’re sure that the power outlet is doing fine connect the mounted projector with it right away. If everything remains fine then congratulations you’ve finally powered a ceiling-mounted projector. Now just line up the projector and make all the required adjustments.
2. Without an Attic
In case you don’t have an attic then don’t worry then we have a backup plan. However, it’ll require more planning and work; as you don’t have open space. You’ll have to fish the cable around by following the steps given below:
- First of all, start planning the route for the cable. It should go up the ceiling then down the wall cavity and then out to the nearest outlet.
- To ensure that you won’t stuck in studs and joints prepare a stud finder. The best way to do it is to design a map of where all the studs and joints are.
- Before rushing into the next step turn off the electric breakers while being extra careful
- Now drill a hole in the ceiling and near the outlet
- In the next step using the ceiling hole pass the cable to the outlet hole
- Finally, just plug it in and turn on the projector
After exploring the overall topic now you don’t need to beg someone to know how to run power to a ceiling-mounted projector. Moreover, if you follow each step mentioned in the article correctly then it won’t be hard for you to run power to a ceiling-mounted projector anymore. Plus the two life hacks mentioned in this article land you in a win-win situation.