That combination, the Bright lamp setting combined with Bright display mode, clocked in at 2,965 lumens as stated above, a 15% reduction from the manufacturers stated claim of 3,500 lumens. We would have liked to see it come within 10% of claim, but even 15% down is fairly typical. Far less projectors hit claim than come up short. We’ll stay in the bright lamp setting for now and go through the rest of the Picture modes.
In Presentation mode, the lumens dropped to 1,680 lumens, but the screen remains reasonably bright and the colors were much more accurate. For Movie/Cinema mode, we ended up at 1,318 lumens, no surprise, as it is typical for “Movie type mode (on other brands it might be called Cinema, Theater, etc.) - no matter the name, these “best picture quality” modes, have lower brightness in order to produce more accurate colors.
In sRGB/Game mode, we measured 889 lumens, technically that is the best mode, and allows for color matching for special applications, but that’s not something to be used with projectors in this class. On the off chance that you have an “old school” blackboard in your classroom, Blackboard mode clocked in at 1,976 lumens, but it’s not ideal on a regular screen. There is also a User mode!
Note: Once you go to edit any of the contrast, color, or brightness settings, those settings become your User mode. The downside of that is that you can’t really save more than one edited mode. This is not likely to be a real problem, but if it is, search elsewhere. Regardless, we would have preferred to see more than one User mode to edit and save as anything that makes things more efficient for the end users is endorsed by us.
In the Eco lamp setting, the IN116xa is reduced to about 2,200 lumens at its brightest mode. Presentation mode saw a reduction down to 1,120 lumens, Movie mode went down 922, and sRGB mode was reduced all the way to 626 lumens. And once again if interested in Blackboard mode, this was able to put out 1,285 lumens. Table provided below for all lamp modes and color settings.