Originally Posted by psychdoc
Thanks TMcG. I like your thought process (no psychiatry pun intended). One step further, I guess it would also make sense to put the LEDs on all four soffit ledges and see what the end product is and if it shows up as any reflection in the screen. If it does, I can always chop it and make it shorter and exclude the back wall soffit.
From an aesthetic point of view, I wouldn't do this. And I can guarantee you that the light from the projector will more than drown out the small amount of reflected light coming off the black fabric ceiling, especially when you have the lights at a very low level. I'd run the lighting around the perimeter and wouldn't think twice about it. You may not have considered this, but the fiber optic start ceiling will actually put out more light into the room than the soffit lights will. Even at the lowest setting the cumulative effects of 100s of fiber optic fibers gives an extremely faint (yet perceptible) "moonlight" to the room that you can only really notice if you turn the star ceiling off. I had the great pleasure of visiting Moogie and his incredible "The Saga of Old Vic" home theater back in February of this year. He has a FOSI star ceiling which looked absolutely fantastic and had this touch of light coming down. It didn't affect the performance one bit. And technically speaking, if you are that fanatical about anything affecting your picture, the whole room would be pitch black and all the lights would be completely off anyhow. Anything different like medium-toned woods, bold fabric panel colors, etc. will have an effect on the reflected light and therefore the image in the room. But all of this is perfectly acceptable except for when projection equipment is being scientifically tested. So this is a lot of info, but with the same recommendation - go ahead and put the full lighting up and don't think a minute more about it, things will be just fine.
Originally Posted by psychdoc
On a side note, I was checking out your theater thread a few minutes ago. Am I wrong or do I suspect you are showing all the individual parts going into your theater but you are keeping the wraps on the overall build? You have so many details going in. It makes me think I didn't do enough (even though this seemed like an impossible project for my skill set just a while back). Anyway, I look forward to seeing your progress. Take care.
I only wish I was keeping the wraps on the overall build. Yes, I do have some pictures to post, but it is of the finished drywall in the ceiling joists and the Kinetics wall sway brackets (CWCA product code)....but that's it. I have either been travelling, working long hours on work projects, exhausted with all the new baby activities - or a combination of all three!!
So I am not holding out much. The other part is I have to work on finalizing all details before closing up the room due to the level of complexity, mainly with the Color Kinetics LED lighting system, plans to illuminate lighting on the theater door itself and some of the control system. And before I hang the ceiling I have to finalize ALL of my finishes, complete with measurements of soffit depths, etc. The reason is that these Kinetics WAVE hangars have to be selected and arranged based on the final weight load. That means EVERYTHING has to be finalized as far as finishes and substrates before I can even hang the ceiling, including moldings, star ceilings, veneer panels, etc.. It may seem like I am a planning guru, but I really have to finish the design all the way to the end to get the engineering for the hangars right. In retrospect, I may have invested in the traditional clips and channels simply to close up the room and worry about all the other finishing details at a later point. And one final thought - because of travel / work load / baby / fatigue I sometimes steal 20 minutes here-and-there to knock out a bit more planning. Things will start moving far more quickly in June and July as far as the build is concerned, so stay tuned.
Keep up the great work in your theater!