Now In Stock! Panasonic PT-AE3000U Home Theater Projector.

Panasonic PT-AE3000U In Stock!

The Panasonic PT-AE3000U has been a hard to find projector lately, so we thought we’d better post that we now have a plentiful amount in stock and ready to ship. Also worth mentioning is the current special running on the AE3000 which you can take advantage of if you buy before the end of May.

In Stock Now! Projector People Special Offer!

Buy a Panasonic PT-AE3000U from before May 31st and receive the following items FREE with your purchase.

  • 25′ HDMI 1.3 cable
  • Universal Projector Ceiling Mount
  • AVIA II Video Calibration DVD
  • PLUS 2-year Limited Warranty (from Panasonic through June 30th)

Shipping charges apply to promotional items. Offer good now through 5/31/2009, or while supplies last. Free cable, mount, and calibration DVD are only promotions. Lamp warranty is a mail-in rebate from Panasonic that is valid through June 30th, 2009.

Memorial Day Home Theater Projector Deals!

Happy Memorial Day

Kick back and enjoy your long Memorial Day weekend with extra savings on our most popular home theater projectors. This weekend only, we are serving up these deals:

Deeper Discounts, More Free Stuff

Free gifts with purchase!

Our Memorial Day lamp warranty deal is in addition to our current special of a FREE 25 foot HDMI 1.3 cable, FREE universal projector ceiling mount, and FREE AVIA II video calibration DVD. All but lamp warranty offer good now through 5/31/09, or while supplies last. Lamp warranty offer ends 05/25/09. Shipping charges apply to promotional items.

Deal of the Day Inside Scoop!

Panasonic PT-AX200 Deal of the Day

We will also be offering a sweet Deal of the Day from Saturday to Monday at midnight. It’s a newly constructed Panasonic PT-AX200U package deal for a great price! This is also in addition to the free AVIA disc.

  • Mega-Deal of the Day with a Panasonic PT-AX200U package for just $999! (Deal begins Saturday 12:00am and ends Monday 12:00pm.)

Memorial Day Weekend Only! Deals end May 25th, 2009!

Recently Reduced Sanyo Home Theater!

Sanyo Price Drops

We have recently improved our already competitive coupon discounts on the three Sanyo models below. But due to manufacturer restrictions, we cannot display our lowest price until our coupon code (SANYOSAVE) is added to your cart. So, click and add these projectors to see the Projector People discount for each of these fine Sanyo home theater models.

*Add to cart and use coupon code “SANYOSAVE” to view your discount!

Mitsubishi Projectors Green Initiative

Mitsubishi new Green Initiative

Mitsubishi recently announced a new green initiative in their popular projector line. They outline some of the efforts they are taking to reduce their impact on the environment in an announcment below.

In order to lessen our impact on the environment and conserve natural resources, Mitsubishi Electric is committed to being socially responsible. Over the last few years, we have incorporated numerous environmentally friendly features into our products. In an effort to Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle the finite resources of our planet—the following are some eco-friendly initiatives we have implemented in the design and production of our projectors:

  • Energy-efficient, long-life lamps
  • Lead free solder on all Printed Circuit Boards
  • Our newest models consume less than 1W on standby mode
  • Use of recycled paper products for user reference guide and carton box
  • Projector cabinets are not painted, and conductive coating is not used
  • User manual has been converted from paper to a digital format (CD)
  • Compliant with both California and European RoHS standards

Guided by our commitment to make positive contributions to the Earth and its people through
technology and action, we will help bring about a sustainable society through our business activities
by promoting a wide range of distinctive, advanced technologies and proactive, ongoing
actions by our employees. We truly are making changes for the better.

The release also indicated that they are working on a recycling program in the near future. You can expect to see other projector manufacturers following suit – and others those that have been working on green efforts may begin touting their efforts.

Tips for Greener Projection

Green Cycle

It’s not like we are all just now catching on to the Green thing, but for a long time there was seemingly little discourse about greenifying projectors. However, with all the “green” stimulus money in the news, there is more talk than ever about going green. So, in order to allow our readers to be a part of the greenversation, we wanted to offer up some reminders for more eco-conscious projection.

Use Only What You Need

Believe it or not, this mantra of less consumption can also be applied to projection habits. How so? Well it essentially comes down to power consumption. The more lumens you project, the more energy you use. So how can you reduce power usage? Two ways : Use Economy Modes and Shop Smart.

Economy Modes Good for Your Economy

If you’ve been shopping around for a projector, you have probably come across some products that feature “economy modes.” This feature was initially billed as a way to extend a projectors lamp life (and it can nearly double it), but busting from the fine print to the headline is the fact that Economy Modes also lower your projector’s power consumption.

Projectors don’t typically lose a lot of brightness in Economy Mode – usually only a 25-30% of their total lumen output – but they can significantly reduce energy consumption. For example, our featured projector the NEC NP901W drops from 310W usage to 260W in economy mode. So, when it’s an overcast day in the boardroom, economy mode is – as the name implies – more economical.

Quick Tip : If you want to be the greenest of the green, it might be worth considering lights-off projecting when the situation permits. Lights-off-projection has two benefits. First, fewer lumens are required to create a big and bright image in a dark room. And second, you’re not using any energy to light up the room.

Shop Smart

When it’s time to purchase a new projector there are a few eco-friendly factors to consider. The most significant decision in terms of energy usage is in the projectors energy consumption.

Unfortunately there are not “Energy Star” ratings for projectors just yet. But most manufacturers list the power usage in their complete specifications, so they are easy to compare. In general, brighter projectors use more energy than lower lumen products – although some of the micro-portable projectors may pull a little more juice to cool the projector. So, should you just buy the projector with the lowest energy consumption? Not exactly. The trick is to buy “only the brightness you need.”

How Many Lumens Do I Need?

If you already know how many lumens you need, then you can compare energy use by model. If a projector has an ecomony mode, you may see two values for lumen ratings. Pick a projector that gets most of what you need done in the eco mode. You’ll have a longer lamp life (reducing waste) and leave a little leeway if you need more brightness from time-to-time.

If you don’t know how many lumens you need, we have a team of seasoned Projector Experts who can help you determine with unusual accuracy the right lumens required for just about any application. So if you need to fill up the side of your house for an evening movie, they can tell you what you need. If you need to project to six people in a dark room, they can tell you the magic lumen number. So, if you need help deciding how many lumens you need, just give us a call at 888-248-0675.

Quick Tip : In your zeal to become green, don’t unplug your projector too quickly! You still need to give most projectors a minute or so to completely cool down before unplugging and storing them. You will know it’s ok to unplug them when you hear the fan stop turning. If you unplug your projector before it’s been properly cooled down, you may do damage to the lamp, shortening its life span and causing unnecessary waste.

Disposing of Unwanted Projectors and Electronics

Did you know that most electronics can be recycled? Odds are you did. But, what most of people don’t know is where to take their out-dated electronics. The website has information on how to dispose of most kinds of electronics. Both the electronics inside of the projector and the lamp module are recyclable. In fact, many projector lamps have some mercury in them, which means you are required to dispose of them properly. So when you remove that old lamp, be sure to follow the EPA recommended steps for proper disposal.

Some projector manufacturers have “trade-up” programs (like NEC’s Eco-Care), where you can send in your old projector for a discount on a new one. Some programs will take any old projector, while others only take trade-ins for their brand equipment. These programs are a wonderful idea, but don’t expect an enormous discount for your donation. The biggest benefit is that the manufacturers will be sure to properly dispose of your old equipment with less hassle for you.

Now Go Be Green!

These are just a few very basic things that can be done to make your AV greener. There are more ways to make your AV greener, particularly if you have a network that you can integrate your AV into. There are also some manufacturers that say they use greener production methods when building their projectors. But these are all topics for another newsletter. Stay tuned!

Quick Tip : When I was a kid, those crazy grown-ups used to say that it took more energy to turn a light off and back on again than it does to just keep it running. As it turns out, that isn’t exactly true. Mary Beth Gotti, manager of the GE Lighting and Electrical Institute in Cleveland, says that for all practical purposes, “it almost always makes sense to turn the lights off.” She continues, “From an environmental standpoint, the best way to save energy is to turn off the things that you’re not using.” (source Scientific American)