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Compare Ambient Light Projector Screen Materials

Compare Projector Screen Materials for Ambient Light
(Uncontrolled Light)

Carl's Place offers several front projection materials specializing in a low to high ambient light environments.
The Key Deciding Factors are Highlighted in Yellow.

Viewing Environment

FlexiGray ALR UltraGray
(4K UHD)
UltraALR
(4K UHD)
ProGray Ultra-Short Throw
Lighting Considerations *

** For best results the ambient light should not come from the same direction as your projector. **
Low Ambient Light
(i.e. Stage Lights)
Dark to Moderate Light (For best results the ambient light must not come from the same direction as the projector.) Low Ambient Light
(i.e. Stage Lights)
Dark to Moderate Light (For best results the ambient light must not come from the same direction as the projector.) Low Ambient Light
(i.e. Stage Lights)
Low to Moderate Side Light (For best results the ambient light must not come from above or from the same direction as the projector.)
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 160° (80° +/- Left/Right) 80° (40° +/- Left/Right) 160° (80° +/- Left/Right) 80° (40° +/- Left/Right) 160° (80° +/- Left/Right) 80° (40° +/- Left/Right)
Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor Indoor
Outdoor Outdoor– Yes, 100% PVC Mildew Resistant Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended
Portable/Foldable Portable/Foldable Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended

Specialties & Specifications

FlexiGray ALR UltraGray
(4K UHD)
UltraALR
(4K UHD)
ProGray Ultra-Short Throw
Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection Front Projection
Rear Projection No No No No No No
High-Definition HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD, HDR Ready HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD, HDR Ready HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD, HDR Ready HD/High Def, 4K Ultra HD, HDR Ready HD Possible HD Possible
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, materials with little to no texture can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K projected images.
Approximate Gain 0.8 - 1.0 1.5 0.8 - 1.0 1.5 0.8 - 1.0 1.5
Active or Passive 3D Ready Possible, but in our opinion FW, ALR or Ultra ALR provide more pop. Active 3D &
Passive 3D
Possible, but in our opinion FW, ALR or Ultra ALR provide more pop. Active 3D &
Passive 3D
Not recommended, in our opinion FW, ALR or Ultra ALR provide more pop. Active 3D
Color High Contrast Gray Dark Pewter High Contrast Grey Zero Texture High Contrast Gray Dark Pewter High Contrast Grey Textured High Contrast Gray Textured Dark Charcoal High Contrast Grey
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 126 inches Tall 84 inches Tall 90 inches Tall 126 inches Tall 98 inches Tall
By Default This Item Ships Folded in a Box Rolled on a Tube Rolled on a Tube Rolled on a Tube Rolled on a Tube Rolled on a Tube
Max Height for Tube Shipping & Normal Shipping Carriers (Avoid Freight) 116 inches Tall 116 inches Tall 84 inches Tall 90 inches Tall 116 inches Tall 98 inches Tall

Installation

FlexiGray ALR UltraGray
(4K UHD)
UltraALR
(4K UHD)
ProGray Ultra-Short Throw
Tension-Mount
(pull tight like a giant artist canvas or trampoline)
Tension-Mount Tension-Mount Non-Tensioned Non-Tensioned Non-Tensioned Non-Tensioned
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 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. 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.
Which Side Faces the Audience? Project onto the gray side. The back is black. The matte finish side faces the audience. The side with the sheen is the back.– Quick Look Project onto the gray side. The back is black. Project onto the gray side. The back is black. Project onto the gray side. The back is black. Project onto the gray side. The back is black.

Projector Information

FlexiGray ALR UltraGray
(4K UHD)
UltraALR
(4K UHD)
ProGray Ultra-Short Throw
Standard Projector
(Not Short or Ultra-Short Throw)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Not Recommended
Minimum Lumens 2000-3200 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800-2000 Minimum Lumens Recommended 2000-3200 Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800-2000 Minimum Lumens Recommended 2000-3200 Minimum Lumens Recommended 2000-3500 Minimum Lumens Recommended
Short Throw/Ultra-Short Throw Compatible Yes with fewer chances for hot spots No Yes with fewer chances for hot spots No May cause hot spots Ultra-Short only, mounted at sharp angles and shooting almost straight up or straight down

Product Types

FlexiGray ALR UltraGray
(4K UHD)
UltraALR
(4K UHD)
ProGray Ultra-Short Throw*
Raw Material– No Edges (Seamless) Projector Screen Material ( T ) Projector Screen Material Projector Screen Material Projector Screen Material Projector Screen Material* Projector Screen Material
Tip: *Consider testing Ultra-Short Throw Material before purchase. It's a highly specialized material made for very specific installation environments with a deep, dark rich image not suitable for the most common installations. Ultra-Short Throw Sample
Black Vinyl Edges and Grommets (Seamless) Finished Edge Screens Not applicable due to lack of portability
Large Venue (Over 126" or 10.5' Tall) Oversize Welded Seam Screens Not applicable due to lack of portability
Hanging Projection Screen Kits Hanging Projection Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability
Standing Projector Screen Kits Standing Projector Screen Kits Not applicable due to lack of portability

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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.