Customer project 133 - Lovely bathroom star ceiling.
Thanks are due to Paul Spencer for these photos of his attractive bathroom which he's enhanced through the addition of a star ceiling. Rather than settle for one of our standard off-the-shelf DIY kits, Paul wanted to aim for a higher star density. So, after some discussion we configured a custom fibre harness of 400 mixed diameter (0.5mm, 0.75mm and 1mm) fibres in a range of lengths from 1.5 to 2.5 metres. To provide for the possibility of showing twinkle and colour effects simultaneously, he opted to use one of our more sophisticated light sources - the MiniLED750.
This has two motors driving overlapping twinkle and colour wheels, whereas our standard entry level MiniLED550 has a single motor and thus can use either a twinkle wheel or a colour wheel, but not both at the same time.
So much for the components. For the installation Paul has clearly adopted our recommendation that he use nice clusters of stars, and also to leave some areas of the ceiling relatively unpopulated, just as in the real night sky.
The MiniLED750 light source which is illuminating these fibre optic stars uses a conventional colour wheel (sometimes called a Gobo) with segment of different coloured filter glass. The wheel is driven by a motor and rotates so that each section of glass passes through the beam light with the result that the light entering the fibres is constantly changing colour - unless you use the supplied remote control to stop the motor. Where you can see stars with two different colours this is because at the moment the photo was taken the colour wheel was transiting from one colour to the next. So, you might - for instance star with all our your stars green and then gradually have some yellow ones appear. The more yellow stars, the fewer green, until all the stars were yellow. Then, as the wheel continues to rotate the first stars in a new colour will appear and so on.
Fibre optic stars generally provide night light levels of illumination. They're not a replacement for primary task lighting, but you'll be able to find the soap and shampoo easily enough.