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Last night I installed my HS10. I am really happy with the picture but now I need to limit the amount of reflected light from the walls and ceiling, without making the room a cave. I have a 15 by 12 room with the screen on the 12' wall. The amount of reflected light from the HS10 is really a surprise! I now have a 4' wide strip of light reflected from the screen to the walls and ceiling.


Would painting the walls a coco brown be that much of a help in reducing the light reflected off the walls?


Is there a better color?


I have heard that some people place a black strip on the ceiling but in my case that strip would need to be 4' wide and look really bad. I was thinking that I might make some type of drop down light trap that would shield the reflected light and look decorative. Has anyone any Ideas on that?



Thanks for your help


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Darker is better. Dark brown is good, dark grey works, black is always a winner.


You can use cloth on the ceiling, possibly a dark rug on the floor, and dark drapes around the screen. The cloth on the ceiling does look kinda strange in an otherwise light room, but if you use something inexpensive like a dark bedsheet on the ceiling and floor you'll get to see what the improvment in contrast is and whether or not making it permanent is worth it to you.


I did something similar here.
 

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For CRT, the darker the better.

For digital projectors, use something less than black. Many folks prefer a shade similar to Kodak 18% Gray (Black as far as the eye is concerned, until it is held next to true black).

Avoid glossy materials and paints.

For me, nothing short of non-shiny, thick, black velvet for the most incredible image contrast.
 

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You could mount your screen in a recessed light box to help out with the light reflecting from the screen, use a template or enclosure to block stray light from the projector lense, or paint your room dark and flat. I use velvet black (by rosco) paint for the ceiling and screen wall along with a projector box that only allows the light heading to the screen out. I still get the area around the screen that seems to glow. The next step would be mounting the screen in a recessed box.

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Hello:

For what it's worth: I wall papered my ceiling with a white embossed paper and didn't even know reflected light could be a problem. My walls are red, carpet is white Berber. My pj is a 2000 lumins Sony VPL CX5 mounted on the ceiling.

Regards,

Richard
 
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