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These Light Projection Effects Make for Quick and Easy Themed Decorating

An easy way to decorate is by using light projection effects, which cast designs and colors on the ceiling or wall

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A fun (not to mention easy) way to decorate for the holidays, parties, or even a baby’s nursery, is by using projection effects slides, which cast decorative images on a blank surface such as a ceiling, wall, or screen. When looking for projection effects of your own, once you’ve determined you need the decoration for, you should look mostly into how easy the projectors are to use, the quality of the image, and how many projection options they come with.

Things to Consider When Buying Light Projection Effects

Whether you’re trying to jazz up your Halloween game with the least possible effort or looking for a sweet night light for your little one, look first into what images and designs the projectors come with, and then how much it is possible to customize.

Still vs. Moving Image: Some decorative projector effects are extremely low-key, consisting of little more than colorful slides installed over a light source projecting a still image. As far as ease-of-use goes, these effects have an obvious advantage. Other, slightly more high-tech projectors cast moving images, such as a shimmering wave pattern.

Image Options: Aside from still or moving images, projectors will generally grant you at least one other degree of choice. For holiday or themed slides, for example, we look for packages that come with options for several situations, from New Year’s Eve to birthdays. Other projectors allow you to adjust for color and speed of movement, which lets you customize the vibe for anywhere between Saturday Night Fever to The Big Sleep.

User Friendliness: Important things to look for when it comes to user friendliness are a sturdy tripod keeping the projector in place, projectors suitable for outdoor as well as indoor use, and remote control operations.

1. NEXGADGET Holiday Projector Light

If you’re looking for a fun, low-effort way to add a little holiday cheer to your living space (no matter the holiday), we are big fans of this NextGadget projector’s 12 exclusively designed slides with interchangeable images. Users appreciate the high-quality display and crisp images, as well as the ease of use. Simply install the included batteries, attach the desired slide, and flip the switch, either holding in your hand or prop on the included tripod. It’s not just for Christmas either; there are slides for everyday occasions too.

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2. Zeonetak White Automatically Moving Water Wave LED Projector

You could certainly use this projector as holiday decoration, but the rippling wave display also makes a soothing, nighttime image perfect for lulling insomniacs of all ages to sleep. You can use this projector both indoors and outdoors, but in either case, you’ll get the best image when used at night when the lights are dark.

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3. DuaFire Laser Lights

This water wave projector is a little more involved, and comes with seven different colors and three different speed modes, which you can switch up and customize via remote control. Though slightly larger than our other picks, this projector is still easy to set up and small enough to carry from room to room, or indoors and outdoors.

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