Infinity Star Ceiling Panels
|Fast to Install - on any ceiling type.||Modular - 1 square metre to any number you want.||Brilliant star field - nobody does it better!.|
With 100 mixed diameter stars per square metre, the Infinity system can deliver the ultimate star ceiling experience. Ease of installation coupled with flexibility of design makes Infinity a natural choice for any serious home cinema room. Each panel is individually assembled by our staff at Woodside, so every installation is unique.
Infinity star ceiling panels fitted into a coffered ceiling by UK Home Cinemas, complete with LED flexible tape as an edge illuminator.
Infinity is a butt-jointed panel based system that has been designed from the outset for ease of installation. Individual panels have a bundle of 100 mixed diameter fibres (0.50mm, 0.75mm, 1mm and 1.5mm) distributed in a natural star pattern across the face. On the rear of the panel this bundle is connected via a push-fit optical joint to a corresponding carrier tail connected to the light source.
An array of 6 infinity panels in our workshop demonstrating a nice star pattern with clusters and gaps. This is what we do best. With three amateur astronomers on the team, the star pattern is always central to the stunning depth of the display.
Because of exposure issues with the camera this photo does not show panel joints. Follow the link on the thumbnail below to see a photo of what you would expect to see in daylight. In darker conditions the joint should be almost invisible. The blotches on the photo are camera lens flare from the daylight coming from the skylight above.
The system is now selling world-wide and attracting very good reviews. Read on for an overview of our unique star ceiling panels and don’t hesitate to call Peter, John or David for a chat about your upcoming projects. 01289 332900
Our magnetic mounting system uses steel track developed by Starscape.
Designed to be fiixed to the ceiling at 500mm centres, the latest version of the track has an 80mm-wide face which allows plenty of room for the magnets of two adjoining panels. Pairs of holes along the sides of the track at 150mm centres provide pass-through openings for the carrier tails and also serve as anchor points for the carabiners at the ends of the safety tethers.
The finished panels will be 47mm below the original ceiling if you use the channel and magnets. If you're simply screwing the panels to wooden battens then allow for a total depth of perhaps 30mm.
In this illustration the Infinity panels are screwed directly to timber battens. If using this method Starscape will supply adhesive black felt dots to conceal the screw heads.
|Infinity panels 'floating' in the centre of a ceiling. As sight lines may show the fixing framework the track and magnets have been inset or cantilevered.|
Infinity panels fitted into a recess.
Infinity panels fitted above a bulkhead.
|Accent lighting option|
This photo displays the features of the Infinity installation quite well. You can see the steel mounting channel running across the ceiling, with some of the magnetic panels already in place. Since this photo was taken we have introduced a new style of channel and decreased the spacing for the steel channel to 500mm centres (see the installation notes).
Richard Bell of UK Home Cinemas is handling some of the long tails which carry light from the light sources (two in this case) to each of the panels. Cable ties connect the tails to the mounting track so that the weight of the tails is not superimposed on the magnetic panels.
You can see that Richard is working with the light sources turned on - you can see a bright glow at the end of some of the tails, in his left hand and at the very top of the photo.
Dense star pattern – each panel is different.
Each panel is unique with its 100 stars laid out by hand. Starscape's panel assemblers compete to create the nicest combinations of clusters and constellations. This sort of star density is very rarely attempted in on-site installations - whether professional or DIY - and is one of the key features of the Infinity system.
No electricity or heat in the panels, light is distributed from the light source to each panel by sheathed fibre optic cable or 'carrier fibre'.
Six panels can be connected to one of our MiniLED550 light sources and 15 to our Maxi series. Light is distributed to each panel in the array from the light source via a carrier ‘tail’ of sheathed fibre. This is terminated in an aluminium ferrule.
The panels in turn have their own short mini ‘tail’ with a corresponding ferrule.
Also in this photo are the four safety tethers and nine super-strong magnets. Click the image for a close-up of the safety tether.
The joint is a simple push fit.
Speaker cutouts available
Edge trim available to conceal mounting track if sight lines are long.
In many installations the Infinity panels will be installed into a recessed coffer with the installer building a bulkhead around the display, or the panels will fill the entire ceiling space. This effectively covers the edges of the panels but is chiefly designed to hide the mounting track where sight lines within the room might make the track visible from below.
If this is not the case and the edges can be seen -and the edges present very neatly - consideration must be given to sight lines to the resilient channel or whatever fixing has been used. This can be mitigated by cantilevering the edge panels – setting the mounting system back from the edge (see installation notes) - or using our black anodised aluminium edge trim which conceals the fixings above the panels.
We're indebted to HiFi Cinema of Berkshire for this photo of an Infinity installation. From early 2017 their showroom in Aldermaston will feature an Infinity display. This photo is noteworthy since it shows the fibre tails which carry the light from the light source to the star panels. The light source has been switched on, so you can see the very bright light produced by the tightly packed optical fibres in the ferrule at the end of each tail. These ferrules are mated to a similar ferrule at the end of a short tail in each panel and the light travels across this optical joint.
This second photo shows the HiFi Cinema project with the Infinity panels in place.
If you’re considering an infinity star ceiling then we would recommend using a qualified Home Cinema Installer. CEDIA is a good place to start looking although there are plenty of excellent installers that aren’t members. We will soon have a page dedicated to installers who can help, but in the meantime give us a call on 01289 332900 and we may be able to point you in the right direction.
If you want to go-it-alone and install Infinity yourself then there are a few things we need to know:
1. Make a plan of the proposed star ceiling area remembering that full size (1000 x 1000mm) and half panels (1000 x 500mm) represent the best value for money. We can cut panels to size but you will be paying for the waste, so if you have the option, plan for an array with full and half panels.
2. Light source location is very important. We calculate the carrier tail lengths from this point so we must get it right. As the panels are demountable, as long as you have the depth, the light source or sources can be located above the display. If this is not possible try to keep them as close to the edge as practically possible. The carrier tails can actually transmit good white light for more than 12 metres but, as the system ships with a nominal 3 metres of carrier, any more than this will be chargeable.
3. Let us know if the panels will be in a coffer or bulkhead or located by themselves in the centre of a room as this effects the magnet position. For coffers and bulkheads the magnets will be on the outside edges. For a central location, where sight lines to the mounting track may be an issue we will inset the magnets creating a 100mm cantilever.
4. Finally, decide on the sort of display you want to see. A classic white twinkle can be achieved using a simple MiniLED550 light source. For more sophistication, including colour change, twinkle, strobe and dimming the MiniLED750 or MaxiLEDRGBW would be a good choice. The 750 and RGBW light sources are also DMX compatible so will integrate with home automation.
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Llight source features and capacities.
The MiniLED550 (up to 6 panels) features a nice, very natural twinkle effect. It doesn't offer any sophistication in terms of control features, but it's the unit we use in our own displays at trade shows. This light source will handle 6 Infinity panels and is supplied with interchangeable colour and twinkle wheels. The unit has to be physically configured to use one or the other. Power consumption is 6 watts. This light source has a rudimentary radio remote control: Power on/off, effects motor start/stop and dimming. Dip switches in the rear panel control twinkle/colour wheel rotation speed. There is no DMX function, so when used with home automation systems it will be limited to on/off.
The MiniLED600 (up to 12 panels) has a very good twinkle and has the advantage of 2 optical ports, so can light 12 Infinity panels. The radio remote control gives on/off and effects wheel start/stop. Power consumption is 11 watts. Twinkle wheel speed set by dip switches on the rear panel. There is no DMX function, so when used with home automation systems it will be limited to on/off.
The MiniLED750 (up to 6 panels) is a more sophisticated light source with DMX capabilities. This source can illuminate 6 Infinity panels and has twin effects motors with overlapping twinkle and colour wheels. Colour change, twinkle, strobe and dimming are available from the remote control or via a 4 channel DMX input. This light source also has on board programmes which can be set via dip switches.
The MaxiLEDRGBW (up to 15 panels) is a powerful DMX light source with red, green, blue and white LEDs mixing to offer a very wide colour palette. Colour change, twinkle, shimmer, strobe and dimming are available via an 8 channel DMX interface. A variety of preset programmes are available via the remote control. Power consumption 40 watts (max). A single MaxiLED is more economical than a pair of MiniLED750s, but its larger size means that it won't fit everywhere where a 750 will go. It also produces some operating noise which has to be factored in at the design stage.
Home automation systems such as Control4, Lutron, Rako and Crestron will interface with our DMX light sources. Do check with your installer that the necessary module is available.
The SDC-6 DMX is a 6 channel controller that will operate the MiniLED750 light source. The controller can be fixed at a remote location and connected to the source via a DMX cable. This controller would be best suited to a hidden location such as a cupboard.