Originally Posted by kae
Above is the layout I've determined for the recessed lighting for the movie room. The lights will be 5" and I'll be using 50w par30 flood lights. I have ordered 2 dimmer switches that I plan to tie these to. Walls are dark grey and ceiling is dark blue. Have total light control in this room.
First, I'd echo petew's comments about placement. Two dimmers for this size of a room may not be adequate to get the desired lighting scenes for a theater...
1. I'm looking for suggestions on the which lights should be tied to each dimmer. the first dimmer will at the very least be tied to the front row closest to the screen. However, because is my first rodeo, I'm not sure if that will be adequate for viewing scenarios (such as sports) where the other two rows will be lit. I'm looking for suggestions based on other experiences with this. I do not think my setup really warrants 3 dimmers, and I would like to stay away from that.
Take a look at the lighting setup in my build thread. You want to keep the front of the room dark during movie watching so you don't throw light onto the screen, so that's one dimmer. Keeping the wall wash lights on at a moderate level is your second. Having light overhead of the seating location is a third.
I didn't put any downlights over my seating positions, and I wish I had, as it's too dim in my room to read comfortably. But that said, those would absolutely need to be on their own dimmer. As petew said, having those on for movie watching would be a distraction.
Not sure why you want to stay away from more than 2 dimmers / zones. The cost is really minimal at this stage, especially for the potential flexibility. You can always combine wiring at the switch if you don't need them separated. But you can't divide them later...
2. In my current layout, the last row is 16ft from the wall. My plan is to mount the projector at 17' (or 18' if I have to for head space at the second row). Will this be too close to the projector? Since these bulbs are incandescent, I'm concerned about the heat. Anyone with knowledge on this please share.
Heat probably not a big deal, but you probably want to adjust your lighting placement regardless. The standard grid placement for downlighting in a normal room isn't the best approach for a theater...
Hope that helps,