Originally Posted by Cuda1447
So I'm guessing that light control is a better option. I just thought it wouldn't really be possible to get good light control in my situation, but perhaps it is.
The room is very large. The distance from viewing area to screen is probably around 18'. The projector would be mounted just behind me, so a good distance throw. I was hoping to get around a 120" screen, but am willing to go smaller if needed. The ceiling is about 13' high behind me, but above the tv/projector wall its closer to 20'. The lights in the room are recessed into the ceiling, so not directly on the screen. In addition, typically I can just turn on the lights in the kitchen and it'll give us enough light in our main room most of the time. The biggest obstacle is the wood colored floors (although I do have a rug in front of the tv that covers about 70% of the floor in this area, the light blue walls and the white ceilings. Those won't be changed, the wife won't allow it I'm sure. Being that the room is very large though, I'm hoping enough light is dispersed upward toward the high ceilings that it gets lost and not reflected back to the screen. Which just leaves one thing to contend with, the big ass windows right next to me. I could probably get some dark curtains to cover the sliding glass doors. The upper windows I couldn't do that with. They don't allow light directly in, typically, as the patio roof partly obscures some of the sunlight that would normally come straight in those windows. I'll still get light, but nothing direct or drastic.
What else am I missing here? Sorry for all the questions, its just so difficult to tell just how good/bad something will be from descriptions and pictures on the internet don't typically represent the actual end result exceedingly well.
Light Control means No light from other sources INCLUDING Reflected light from the screen off the White/Light walls, ceiling and floor.
Again, do the paper test, projectors do not project Black and there is a lot of detail in shadows which are dark.. Also.. think about the last time you went to the movies.. what did the room look like? How much light was on during the movie? Where there reflections off the ceiling or walls?
There is a reason for this..
Rule of thumb for a mixed use room is dark non reflective paint/fabric within 5' of the screen. No light on in the room from any other source.
Maybe this will help make the point... I would rather watch a 46" LCD TV during the day than my 110" projection screen due to the light that come into the room from the dinning room to the right. A single lamp in the room ruins it for me.. I am also not willing to compromise the way things look to put up curtains between the livingroom and dinning room..
With the type of room you have, you have to be willing be making many compromises which will include room changes that the wife may not allow.
For instance my living room is white during non projection time except for the ceiling which is permanent.
Day time there is no wall treatment in place and we use the TV. At night the TV goes against the wall and the wall treatments are put in place.