Another member, Jeff Hovis, was going to build a frame around rigid insulation, then cover it with black GOM. Once the fiber was inserted through the insulation, he would hoist it up to the ceilng and attach. I'm not sure of the status of the undertaking though.
I went to www.thefiberopticstore.com. They were very helpful. It is a LONG process though. I'm only 1/2 done right now due to other time constraints but it is cool. I did it in a drop ceiling which is black. It really looks cool. I did it simple without copying the real sky. I simply drilled the holes and inserted the fiber. It's a neat accent when a movie is playing, especially a space type movie.
I did some testing in my old house to see the effect before I did it permanently. I used it in white tiles. When the lights were off, it still looked cool. I wouldn't think the color of the tiles would really make much difference.
I agree with Jason. My ceiling is quite light (but not white), and when the other lights are out and only the stars on, it looks very dark. The light from the fiber optics is quite directional and doesn't illuminate the ceiling very much. OTOH, my ceiling is higher than most, so it doesn't get much reflected light. Some pictures of my installation are in the "Construction" section of my website.
I agree with Jason. My ceiling is quite light (but not white), and when the other lights are out and only the stars on, it looks very dark. The light from the fiber optics is quite directional and doesn't illuminate the ceiling very much. OTOH, my ceiling is higher than most, so it doesn't get much reflected light. Some pictures of my installation are in the "More Pictures" section of my website.
You answered my question... i just had my ceiling painted - (light mustard) - and wanted to do a star ceiling too...
How did you poke the holes? Drill or Poker (stainless steel wire tool )?
In the "Construction" section of my website you will see my main guy drilling holes through the paper template from below using a high speed drill. While he was doing that, I was above the ceiling color-coding the hole so that it could be found later and supplied with the appropriate fiber. Drilling went fairly rapidly; running the fiber took me several weekends. (I ran out of fiber.)
When you snip the fibers, leave 1/4" - 3/8" sticking out, so if you want to paint later on you can go back and cut all the fibers down again which will leave a clean end. I just finished my ceiling, an area of 6' x 17', using black suspended tiles, and about 550 stars. Quite a bit of work but it gets a huge "WOW" factor.
We intended on doing one of these but it would cost a little more than I want to spend. My wife and I recently went to several home theater show rooms here in atlanta and saw several rooms with stars and clouds painted on a black ceiling with flourescent paint. It looked very good. Actually we liked the look better than what I think the fiber optic would look like (as I havn't actually seen one). The price was about $500 I think. I'll try to dig up the guy's card if anyone is interested.
Those StarTiles are pretty cool... but pricey! Are there any star field solutions that are powered via a standard ceiling fan pre-wire with light? I really want to hang a star field centered around the existing ceilling fan pre-wire but am not sure where to begin.
Are there even any fiber optic kits that can be wired in to a ceiling fan pre-wire? I'd hate to have to cut off the end of a plug and "rig" it.