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Compare Dark Viewing Environment Projector Screen Materials

Compare Dark Viewing Environment/Controlled Light
Projector Screen Materials

Carl's Place offers several front projection materials specializing in a dark viewing environment; also known as controlled light.
The Key Deciding Factors are Highlighted in Yellow.

Viewing Environment

FlexiWhite UltraWhite 4K (UHD/Ultra HD) ProWhite Blackout Cloth
Lighting Considerations * Dark Controlled Light
(i.e. Movie Theater)
Dark Controlled Light
(i.e. Movie Theater)
Dark Controlled Light
(i.e. Movie Theater)
Dark Controlled Light (i.e. Movie Theater)
If you wish to begin the movie at dusk/sunset and your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with white. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with gray. Unfortunately, these items are not meant for full sunlight.
Approximate Viewing Angle 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- L/R)
Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor
Outdoor Outdoor– Yes, 100% PVC Mildew Resistant Not Recommended Not Recommended Ok with Care (Not Mildew Resistant)
Portable/Foldable Portable/Foldable Not Recommended Not Recommended Ok with Care (Long-Term Folds May be Stubborn)

Specialties & Specifications

FlexiWhite UltraWhite (4K Ultra HD) ProWhite Blackout Cloth
Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection
Rear Projection No No No No
High-Definition HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD/UHD, HDR Ready HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD/UHD, HDR Ready Not Recommended Not Recommended
All of our projector screen materials are compatible for HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, projector screen materials with little to no texture provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K projected images.
Gain 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.0
Active 3D Ready Active 3D Active 3D Not Recommended Not Recommended
Color/Finish Bright Matte White Zero Texture Matte White Textured Warm Matte White Matte White
Acoustically Transparent
Sound Transparent
No, sound will not pass through if speakers are placed behind your screen
Max Height for a Seamless Screen 126 inches Tall 98 inches Tall 126 inches Tall 110 inches Tall
By Default This Item Ships Folded in a Box Rolled on a Tube Rolled on a Tube Folded in a Box
Max Height for Tube Shipping & Normal Shipping Carriers (Avoids Freight) 116 inches Tall 98 inches Tall 116 inches Tall 110 inches Tall

Installation

FlexiWhite UltraWhite (4K Ultra HD) ProWhite Blackout Cloth
Tension-Mount
(pull tight like a giant artist canvas or trampoline)
Tension-Mount Non-Tensioned Non-Tensioned Tension-Mount
When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly all the way around the screen we call this tensioned. Tensioning provides a flat screen for even light distribution. Securing tension-mounted screens at the top and bottom, just the sides or only in the corners will not provide a flat surface for even light distribution. If you choose not to tension-mount applicable materials you are likely to see waves or ripples in your image. Visit our How-To page for Raw Material OR learn about the 4 inch Rule for Finished Edge Screens (bottom of page) and don't forget our Awesome FAQ.
Wall Mount or Roll Down Application Not Recommended Ideal for a Wall Mount or Roll Down. A fixed frame is also possible, but is more challenging to install. Ideal for a Wall Mount or Roll Down. A fixed frame is also possible, but is more challenging to install. Not Recommended
Which Side Faces the Audience? Project onto the white side. The back is black. Project onto the white side. The back is black. Project onto the white side. The back is black. Project onto the side with a rubber coating– Quick Look

Projector Information

FlexiWhite UltraWhite (4K Ultra HD) ProWhite Blackout Cloth
Standard Projector
(Not Short Throw)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Lumens 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Minimum Lumens Recommended
Short Throw/Ultra Short Throw Compatible Yes with fewer chances for hot spots Yes May cause hot spots Yes

Product Types

FlexiWhite UltraWhite (4K Ultra HD) ProWhite Blackout Cloth
Raw Material– No Edges (Seamless) Projector Screen Material ( T ) Projector Screen Material Projector Screen Material Projector Screen Material ( T )
Black Vinyl Edges and Grommets (Seamless) Finished Edge Screens Not applicable due to lack of portability Finished Edge Screens
Large Venue (Over 126" or 10.5' Tall) Oversize Welded Seam Screens Not applicable due to lack of portability See Finished Edge Screens
Hanging Projection Screen Kits Hanging Projection Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability Hanging Projection Screen Kits
Standing Projector Screen Kits Standing Projector Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability Standing Projector Screen Kits

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* Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor lighting or street lights, etc. If you have a dark room where the lights can be turned off we call this controlled light versus dealing with a street lamp, for example, which you may not have control over. An example of a dark viewing environment is a movie theater, low light might be a small light coming from the next room and high ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen.

Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.

Generally speaking, the darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results. We recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments & gray projector screen materials for environments with low ambient light concerns. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient light concerns. For best results the ambient light should NOT come from the same direction as your projector.

Always choose the material that will be best for the majority of your viewing.

( T ) In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your raw material rolled on a tube, if available.