Home Cinema Lighting Project 9
This is yet another project by our regular customer ET Home Cinema, but very different in scope and scale to the installation featured in Home Cinema Project 8, which was a charitable project supported by members of the professional AV installation community (and us!). While the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice was a fairly modest installation, in this project for a private customer in Buxton ET have pulled out all the stops.
The ceiling features deep coffers with fibre optic stars in a black background.
Their achievement in this project received acknowledgement from their peers in the AV sector, with ET picking up a "Best Home Cinema" award at the Essential Install awards ceremony in early December (2012).
The project is featured here on our website, since we supplied them with both custom fibre optic harnesses for the star ceiling and with LED tape for the mood lighting.
However, we'll let Colin Scott, ET's managing director, describe the details of the job:
"The client was very knowledgeable about certain aspects of cinema and was a keen hi-fi and electronics enthusiast. He had his heart set on B&W Nautilus speakers and wanted a traditional feel to the room which needed to incorporate a bar area in the entrance.
After several meetings at our showroom and the client's property, we created some 3D visuals to get the project moving.
B&W Nautilus speakers are at the heart of this luxurious installation.
"We also arranged for Neil Mattock from Draper screens to meet us on site to demonstrate various screen materials as the client was keen to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different screen gains.
From the visits to our showroom the client realised the importance of lighting and acoustic treatment in a cinema room. He also loved the Control4 control system and was keen for us to commence the project.
RGB Lighting was installed in the main cinema room and bar area to create a stunning lighting effect which can be altered to any colour at a touch of a button on the Ipad or Control 4 6-button keypad.
Acoustic performance was imperative for the client, which is no surprise when you specify B&W Nautilus speakers. With this in mind we recommended Sonapanel HT acoustic panels which as well as providing a fantastic sound treatment helped to complement the RGB lighting. The client was blown away with the acoustic and visual result.
The client also requested that a suitable flat screen TV be installed in the bar area which played in HD quality whatever was playing in the cinema room. This was achieved using a Wyrestorm Hdmi splitter and cat5 convertor.
Control is via a Control 4 Processor and Ipad. At a touch of a button from the Ipad, the lights dim, the projector switches on and - depending what you have selected to watch - Sky, for instance, the appropriate controls become available on the Ipad.
There is a 6-button keypad 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.
"All AV equipment was housed in a rack unit in an adjoining room out of sight.
A media plate was installed near the front of the room . This is cabled back to the main rack which is located in an adjoining room and allows for integration such as a Wi or Xbox where a sensor bar can be placed at the front of the screen.
All cinema rooms installed and commissioned by ourselves are calibrated using THX recommendations to ensure the best cinema experience for our customers.
This project took over six months to complete as various trades were involved and the client did not have a particular end date in mind so we were more focused on getting every last detail just as required.
The client's reaction at the end of the job was one of sheer pleasure and he has already asked us to quote to extend the lighting control system into a swimming pool area and kitchen above."
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