Hi there all,
After 1.5 years lurking and browsing this forum for advice it is time for me to finally(!) begin with my home theater room. Within a month I will get the keys of my new home, and want to convert my living room to a man-cave. I live in the Netherlands, just across the ocean. So don't mind my possible language mistakes.
First of all things of which I think they suite me well when reading this forum:
My Floorplan of my home:
- Projector: Epson 5020. (2400 lumen I just need for ambient light). It will be ceiling mounted; At position A.
- A 16:9 DIY Screen. I was convinced to use MDF, but I saw a thread here where Forex PVC Foam (5 mm) was used. This suits me better, so I think I need this one.
- I want to make a custom RGB LED Ambilight behind the screen. As shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrWvQlIEMc8
- I want to make sure that it is watchable with `some` ambient light. As you can see on my floorplan I have a 2 big windows next to my room. But with curtains I tend to make room as dark as possible.
I came across this thread from MM:
This is the kind of screen I like. Maybe with a thin black border for contrast enchangements.
My room measurements. From A to B: 4.44 meters (Damn metric system heheh). This converts to 14.5669 feet.
As shown in the Projector Cental Calculator (http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-PowerLite_Home_Cinema_5020UB-projection-calculator-pro.htm
) I lose my mind which paint (SF / MM) is the best for me. So my questions for now:
- Which paint is advicable for my demands?
- Which gain do I need?
- Which screen size I can get maximal / minimal from this conditions?
- I read very much about the importance about of the space around the projector screen (such as the ceiling). I really want to paint anything black, but keep in mind; it is a living room, so I want to avoid this. Which other measurements I can take to improve my contrast. I think I need a nice balance between good blacks, and good viewing in ambient lights.
Which brings me to my bonus question; I think I can solve a lot of problems to create a custom lightning plan. On my floorplan, where my couch is, if i create some (recessed) lightning sources with the lights facing towards the audience? (Sorry for the crappy explaination). In short; What can I do with lights to make my projectorscreen area as dark as possible, and my couching area lighter without suffering from contrast loss. To sum up;
- Which tricks can I pull to improve the contrast in ambient light with non-reflective paints and such? Some tips are very welcome!
I think I said all the thing you guys need to know. I hope someone can give me some advice what to do! I am looking forward to this moment for 2 years now, and can't wait to start painting. (Yes, I have a spraygun etc).
Thanks in advance for your time, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!