I don't agree with your suggestion of aiming overhead cans (eyelids or not) so they wash the walls..that spreads light everywhere instead of putting it where it's needed while keeping away from the screen. It's also much less effective to light a dark-colored room using wall diffusion than a normal light-colored/white because the surfaces are specifically painted to absorb ~90%+ of the light, so wall-washing lighting isn't very efficient in a dark-colored theater.
Now that's really funny, because you cannot seem to understand (...or cannot have a clue..) that when one Wall Washes or Spot Lights a Darker colored Wall with light, one is not trying to light the Room
...or "Spread light everywhere
"...they are using the Wall to absorb "a lot of
" the light, while also managing to provide a restricted umbra of light around that given area. The end result often being a pleasing amount of illumination that is in no way detrimental.
That is what Sconces
should do...and do very well if the right type are used. and no one sensible ever criticizes the color of the wall a Sconce
casts it light onto. Yet provide a degree of "localized" light in the room they do. A Wall Wash Can Light
is no different. That is if one understands it's purpose and intent.
The entire premise being that overall, there is more light provided where it is needed, and less where it is not.
It's called effective use of the entire room...the walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, draperies....and the light sources / dimmers, to create atmosphere when desired, and dark room immersion when not.
The spots I have installed will all be properly directed onto / behind the seating. The mention of "Wall Washing
" was done in the context of describing an option.
You seem completely entrenched in "absolutes". You feel the Walls must be capable of 90% light absorption, and the Screen must be 100% White unity gain, or the entire Room is wrong.
This comes from having only very limited experience in real life, and depending instead on what you read....because honestly, most all of what you write is simple parroting. Borrowed information gleaned from others.
Which wouldn't be so terribly bad if you could use such information constructively, instead of in a myopic, biased, and confrontational manner. You have little imagination, and no real grasp of problem solving that goes beyond a very restrictive viewpoint. You should try having to create effective Theater environments for a living, repeatedly...all the time..with people you actually have to deal with personally, face to face...and be completely responsible for the outcome, and you just might wind up seeing things a little bit deeper, and with more complexity. You might even start thinking your really accomplishing something.
Therein lies the difference between one suggesting to others a halfway measure, or providing simple, unimaginative choices...or committing yourself and your reputation to a specific suggestion and/or course of action that takes every aspect to it's maximum length.
That's exactly how I approach everyone I try to help..and many if not most all who ask for my help understand that because I "pretty much" know exactly what is best for any given described situation. I can cover every aspect of a Theater's design....from the Room build "studs-out" to the Furniture & Equipment Choices...and while I may not always get them to do everything 100% my way in every case, I get most to do things 95% my way...far enough along that route to know the end results will be everything and more than hoped for...from the start...not sometime later on down the road.
I live or die on this Forum by the results gleaned from my advice...and after 15 years I ain't died yet.
In the room I've shown in my images here, I had a excellent Projector to work with. I had a Client who completely bought into the idea of a frame-less Screen wall for all the right reasons. They took my advice and painted every surface "except" the Screen wall in a dark, non reflective color....including the Trim. They allowed me the choice of lighting....and where to locate them, and agreed to the removal of the centrally located Fan w/Light.
(...oh Mega, Mega, Mega....
I chose the shade of Screen Paint used for the Screen not to please your sensibilities or expectations, but for the needs of the Client. I knew the shade used was not going to be as effective as my darker iterations would be in strong Ambient light, but exactly what was best to assure a pristine, clear 4K image with superb colors and deep blacks...while still perform decently in modest ambient light. Along the way...at every step I educated the Clients in both usage and expectations, so they would know exactly what their strong and weak points are.
As for you, all you could try to do was point out the shortcomings of my choices...how things weren't as effective as it could be...even though my shown examples never purported the Screen to be a High Performance AL screen...just one ideally suited for the purpose at hand. All the foofarah afterwards was your doing, by your trying to justify using a Matte White over a Metallic Gray..yet never showing an example that would tax a Matte White as compared to what I ventured to show.
Now it's swung over to Lighting..a subject you obviously know little to less about as far as designing something beyond replacing the bulbs in a overhead light. It's kinda like asking me how a Nuclear Reactor works. You can be certain I know exactly how it works...I learned all about such, between my schooling and having read much and more about it, and I can relate much of it with a discerning accuracy. But you sure the hell wouldn't want to take my advice on how to design or operate one. I'd need the real, actual experience I obviously do not have.
It's not upset'tedness I feel about what you post..and what you decide to leave out or ignore....more really a case / combination of disgust and sadness that so much of my time is wasted, and the quality quotient of this thread (..and other threads...) gets trashed.
But perhaps worst of all is that it seems you just don't care.