I've got some GOOD news, some GREAT news and then some HILARIOUS news!
First up - the good news is that I've made some good progress again. I have managed to cover the four masking panels and the frame where the screen will fit in, with black velvet. The two horisontal masks and frame were covered with normal velvet and the vertical masks were covered with stretch velvet to make it AT for when it moves in front of the speakers and screen in 4:3 mode. There is a very subtle colour difference between the hor. and ver. masks, but since they won't mask the screen at the same time, it should'nt be noticeable. I can't believe how black this stuff really is in comparison to my VERY black columns, they look almost charcoal now!
Here is a pic:
And now for the GREAT news:
I've also managed to put up the LED RGB colour changing strip lights around the perimeter of the soffits. The paint and crown moulding must still go up, but it looks GREAT!
The strips got their own 3M tape backing, that is you just peel of the cover strip and stick it down. They come in 5m lenghts and each needs its own RGB controller. I grouped the 4 controllers together and sticked the 4 IR receivers together to make sure all 4 receive the signal together. I put it in the front right column for now. All four controllers are connected to one power supply.
Here's some pics of the controllers and the strip:
Sorry, but it's very difficult to take a proper photo of the strip next to the white soffit:
For those who have not seen this type of thing before, here is a pic of the remote for the controllers:
You can do alot with these striplights. They can be dimmed and have different modes, like fade, strobe, flash and smooth. You can also adjust the speeds of the different modes. The fade mode is very cool. It cycles slowly through the whole colour spectrum. You can also just press a colour button like blue or orange to change to a static colour. I LOVE this
The major deciding factor for me with this setup was that you can have any colour you like and not just blue or red or white like the rope lights. So if you get bored with one colour you can change it, or if you are indecisive say between white and blue - GET BOTH!
And now, the HILARIOUS news. Very funny for you guys but for me, not so funny, in fact, I'm close to tears
Who whould have guessed that most of the IR commands for the RGB controllers and the MASKING system would be the same!!!! Yep, if I press the BLUE button for the lights, the masks move and if I want to change the aspect of the screen, the lights change
Not all of the bottons - but most, so I won't be able to use them together as it is now
BUT....I think there will be a solution. I want to get myself a Harmony 900 remote for the HT because all of my equipment will be outside the HT and the RF function will work good with that, so I think that I can program the masking system commands into the remote and then just send them via RF to the IR distributor and from there a dedicated IR flasher just to the masking system, isolated so that the RGB controllers don't pick it up.
Anyway, I'm very happy with the outcome of the lights. One thing I must still figure out is what colour to paint the white soffits that will minimise reflections from the screen, but still look good when the strip lights shine on it. What colour do you guys think, medium gray? and how will that look with the rest of my colour scheme? Decisions......decisions......
Here is two videos of the lights in action. The first just shows the different static colours that change when I push the different colour buttons and the second shows how I can dim and brighten the lights.
Click on the pics for the videos: