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  1. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    I am starting to build a home theater out of an old storage room and I am putting in a star ceiling surrounded by a thin soffit with indirect lighting. My question is in general how much horizontal gap should I leave between the soffit and the starfield (Many pictures I see a zero clearance)...
  2. Home Automation
    I have a large property largely built in concrete, and the exterior lighting left something to be desired. I had the ext lighting connected up to a LightwaveRF system but it is just not up to the job - it needed three hubs to cover the property, and even then control is flaky. I want to...
  3. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    Couple questions here regarding Light and Paint, any advice would be great! Our room is 16x16 with 8FT ceilings in the basement. We are either going with a darker blue, or darker grey (linked). PAINT: 1) Typically you paint the baseboards white, but in a theater room should we paint the...
  4. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    This is a bit of a follow-up on this discussion: How to handle these wide soffits on low ceilings? Because space is so tight, I'm trying to see if I can figure out a way to use what was suggested by BIG in that thread (great suggestion, BTW!). What I'm wondering, is if I can do the following...
  5. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    I've read that 1% LED dimming is possible but I haven't found fixed-fixtures that seem capable of doing it. Example of the type of lighting I'm looking at: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0811TZBGX/ref=twister_B089SK6LY1 Those can dim to 5%, many others are only rated to 10%. From what I've...
  6. Home Automation
    Hey guys, So I built a house a few years back with automation in mind. Basically I ran all lighting romex back to a closet in my office. I have 4 15A feeds to 14 relays. The 4 feeds each feed different quad blue boxes that have insteon inline lincs in them. This was enough to pass inspection...
  7. Theater Room Items & Accessories
    I have a home theater setup in my upstairs room. The stairs are carpeted but have a wooden lip on the sides going up. I would like to install something like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F6WDS50/ref=crt_ewc_img_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3RGX6MNGS8FBD I still need to make sure it...
  8. General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms
    Does anyone know if there are surface mount LED lights that don't require a hole in the drywall for an electrical ceiling box? That is, are there any that are installed with just a hole for the wire like track lighting? We have limited head space for track lighting and would like to avoid...
  9. Home Automation
    I have a two floor home and in the planning phases of adding "smart" devices and automation to our home. My plan is to start with small things and work my way up. I've looked at C4 and Savant and both are impressive but not sure I need that much functionality and cost. The first investment...
  10. Home Automation
    I know Plex Pass users have access to the Plex Labs feature Webhooks but it looks like the development for using those commands is still in early stages. I was wondering if anyone is using those Webhooks or other http commands to integrate Plex with their home automation system. For example, I...
  11. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Hi all, I bought my own TV for the first time recently, it's a Sony Bravia KDL-49WE753. It's great but it has a huge problem in that it's as reflective as a mirror, and it completely ruins the picture in dark scenes because I can see myself and my armchair, and the wall behind me. The obvious...
  12. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    Hello - How should one attach track lighting to a resilient (clips like RSIC-1 + hat channel + layers of drywall) ceiling or soffit? Directly to drywall (presumably screwing through into hat channel)? Or does it need some kind of additional backer for support (like RSIC-1 backer)? Thank you...
  13. Home Automation
    Hello, I am new to this forum. The house we moved into a few years ago came with a Vantage Q lighting system. I understand it is an outdated system by today's standards (perhaps discontinued?) but for our purposes it still works well enough and we have no immediate plans to replace it. However...
  14. General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms
    This is my first post on here, I've done a lot of browsing on the forums here and am looking for any input from you guys. I am finally in my house and I have a spare bedroom upstairs that is being converted to a theater/media room. As of now I still have a bed and furniture in there. I will be...
  15. Home Automation
    Can anyone suggest a replacement system for X10 lighting, since they went out of business my equipment has been slowly dying off. One good thing about the x10 system is the ability to control the lights with a control pad rather then a smart phone. I find one fault with much of the home...
  16. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    Hi, I'm designing a lightplan for our small pyramid shaped HT. Which type of the below fixtures do you think is most suitable? They are going to be positioned at floor level, vertical in or on wall mounted and pointed upwards so that it will illuminate the walls: A. Philips Ledino Mathea 5W...
  17. Home Automation
    Has anyone had any luck with re-using the cut off segments from their Light Strip or Light Strip Plus (just released). It seems silly to have to purchase another $$$ LS+ (light strip plus) Kit when I already have my desired length from the leftovers of my original kit. I guess you'd need to...
  18. Home Automation
    Hi all, I'm pretty interested in installing a Loxone Miniserver in a new build which is still in the planning stages. I've got some questions which I haven't quite managed to pin down scouring the internet. There seems to be a significant lack of demos and user posts using this HA system...
  19. Home Automation
    I searched for a thread that was only about Lutron Caseta and the Smart Bridge and could not find one, so I decided to start one. Last week Lutron launched Homekit support for their new Smart Bridge hubs. They also launched a "PRO" dimmer that allows you to use an existing mechanical toggle...
  20. Theater Room Items & Accessories
    Hello! I just bought a Prodigy system from Crestron and I want to do lighting from Lutron. Does anybody know the best system to get from Lutron that is compatible wirelessly for lighting with the Crestron Prodigy system?
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