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Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

Plasma manufacturers on house-of-worship applications.


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What makes the process of installing plasma displays in a house of worship different from that for other venues?

Baumann: Sight lines, optimum viewing distance, length of cable runs are all important location considerations. Also, because many houses of worship are older buildings, contractors must be careful in their modifications and stick within local codes. Sometimes, if they do too much, other items must also be brought up to code, which brings up a financial issue. A possible solution to reducing financial expenses is to see if any of the work can be done by congregation members.

DeManss: Considerations for layout and ability for the congregation to view the content in the desired manner (line of sight, number of screens related to screen size, etc). Consultation with the religious leaders is important, as the display technology should be designed to complement their sermons without interfering with the desired impact.

Hale: Houses of worship tend to have more volunteer labor available because of a valued sense of community, but the labor force may not have a specialized knowledge for this type of activity. This means they should look for a plasma display that comes with multiple resources from the manufacturer, such as a detailed owners manual, easy-to-understand technical documentation, and technical support. Most importantly, the plasma display should be compatible with current and existing legacy equipment. When a piece of video equipment breaks, most houses of worship can't afford to buy a whole new system. They buy products to replace the piece of the puzzle that isn't working anymore. This means the plasma display needs to work with whatever components it may be asked to interface with.

Holmes: Plasma screens are heavier than other technologies, and care should be taken to make sure they are mounted in accordance with local codes and the rated weight of the display. Typically, safety cables are used to secure a plasma display in case the mount fails.



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