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Question about bias lighting setup

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I did a search but couldn't find an answer to my question. I'm not sure that there is an answer to be honest. I have a 50" Panasonic 50S2 with an 18" fluorescent light fixture mounted to the back for bias lighting. The setup looks good, and it's mounted in a way that flipping the switch on the light fixture is easy enough. But what I'd like to do is set it up so that it turns on automatically whenever I turn on the TV. There seem to be a few ways of achieving that. Some people plug the light into a switched outlet on the back of the AV receiver, but mine (Pioneer VSX-520) doesn't have an outlet. There are LED setups like this one that are powered by USB, but my TV and receiver both don't have USB ports. One more option I don't know much about is remote controlled outlets. They seem to be controlled by radio waves rather than infrared, so I wouldn't be able to program it into my Harmony 650 remote.

So I'm wondering if there's some kind of solution out there for me. Ideally what I want is for the light to turn on when I press the "Watch TV" or "Watch a movie" button on my remote. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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I've researched this as well. I've just ordered an insteon ir receiver $99 that picks up the signal from my harmony 880 remote. I also ordered an insteon 3 pin on/off module $34 that switches on and off with my harmony's activities. Purchased both from amazon. The benefit to this system is that I've added 2 insteon dimmer switches $49 to my living room lights. Now when I put my system in theater mode, the lights dim and the bias lights turn on. The insteon system is infinitely expandable. Insteon by smarthome on amazon.
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I use a 60W equivalent CFL light with a temp rating of 5500k strategically placed behind my tv (which is on a media console and not wall mounted). The wall behind the tv is a neutral color and the light completely illuminates the wall behind the tv with an even diffusion of light. The light temp is important to get the best possible benefit out of the bias lighting. The light is activated via a wall switch. Not as elegant as remote activation but I was more interested in the accuracy and correctness of the bias light than the ease of use.
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Accuracy is very important, especially the color 6500k. I use 6500k led strips by inspired. 6500k is important because it is the native color for the lighting from your led, plasma or projector. It provides an easy transition for your eyes in a dark room. The color also tricks your brain in perceiving darker blacks.
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+1 for automation
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Originally Posted by scoobywrx99 View Post

Accuracy is very important, especially the color 6500k. I use 6500k led strips by inspired. 6500k is important because it is the native color for the lighting from your led, plasma or projector. It provides an easy transition for your eyes in a dark room. The color also tricks your brain in perceiving darker blacks.

Do those LED strips have a CI of 90 or greater? I understand the science behind visual perception and how bias lighting works.
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Wow, that looks like it would do exactly what I'm looking for. If I use the TV or receiver as the control, everything else turns on whenever the control is turned on. The PVR can be plugged into the "always on" outlet. Simple.

Unfortunatly in Canada the thing costs twice as much as in the States, but Future Shop has several similar models by Cyberpower, Rocketfish, Belkin, and Tripplite with varying levels of protection and warranty. Any thoughts on those brands and what I should be looking for? I don't really know the Cyberpower name but their line seems to offer the best specs for the price.
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That's just the first hit searching for 'automatic power strip'. I haven't tested or used any of them.
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Do those LED strips have a CI of 90 or greater? I understand the science behind visual perception and how bias lighting works.

Sorry my explanation was for mister f. I'm not sure if the led lights are greater than cl90.
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^^^^ ok, thanks.
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Originally Posted by scoobywrx99 View Post

Sorry my explanation was for mister f. I'm not sure if the led lights are greater than cl90.

Thanks for the advice, although I already know the theory behind bias lighting and what type of light is best. I already have a setup, I'm just looking to automate it.

I ended up ordering a surge protector that turns devices on and off based on a master control. Looking forward to trying it out!
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