Home Cinema Lighting Project 7
This project involved a home cinema in a loft conversion and was executed by Starscape customer ET Home Cinema - a professional home cinema installation firm in South Yorkshire.
We'll let ET's managing director, Colin Scott, describe the job. "The clients were existing customers where we had previously installed a TV distribution system and Sonos music system.
After a return visit to our showroom, the clients had a good idea of the desired finished result. They particularly liked the various colour changing LEDs and Starscape fibre optics they had seen in our showroom.
Due to the narrow ceiling space to place and to access the Fibre Optics it was decided to create a false boarded ceiling which also created a recess for the colour changing leds.
This professional installation by ET Home Cinema of Doncaster makes good use of LED tape.
The fibre optic package supplied by Starscape consisted of fibres in 4 different diameters and lengths connecting to one light source at the back of the room. The varying diameters of the fibre optics creates a more natural starry sky effect. Because the ceiling consisted of panels that can easily be removed this makes changing a lamp in the future easy. Also, by locating the light source at the rear of the room, this ensures that any noise from the cooling fan is not audible from the seating positions*.
The skirting boards were stepped off the wall slightly to also create a recess for the colour changing LEDs.
We had a box section installed under the fixed screen to house the Monitor Audio in-wall speakers and again had a recess underneath for the colour-changing LEDs. The rear speakers were Monitor Audio in-wall .
Control is via a Control 4 Processor and Ipad. At a touch of a button from the Ipad , the lights dim , projector switches on and depending what you have selected to watch - eg Sky - then the Sky controls are available on the Ipad . There is a standard 3 button light switch at the entrance when integrated with the Control 4 system can be programmed for a wide range of options as you enter or leave the room.
A Sonos Zp90 music system was also integrated into the design to supply music to the cinema room.
All AV equipment was housed in a rack unit at the rear of the cinema room out of sight.*
Looking back towards the other end of the room. The fibre optics are more of a decorative feature to the concealed LED lighting than a true star ceiling.
* Newer, LED-based light sources don't have cooling fans and so are quieter in operation.
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