Sky & cloud panels are increasing in popularity. Many people use them in their bedrooms and living rooms, and along with their popularity comes an increasing variety of new ideas on how and where to use them. Among these ideas are using sky & cloud panels as a unique lighting system for a home theater. Many people are using a spare room as a home theater.
The availability of large screen TV sets has led to the increasing popularity of fitting out a room with large 50″+ screen. A 60-inch screen is best vied at 6 ft – 9 ft away, which is ideal for a home theater, and should be set on a wall so the viewing angle is no more than 15 degrees up from horizontal.
A combination of large screen dimensions and their flat profile renders them ideal for wall mounting at a convenient height and distance for viewing in a home theater. Furniture is now available to recreate the comfortable seating with the drinks/food consoles that are available in luxury cinema theaters. All you need now is the lighting!
Sky & Cloud Panels – Ideal Home Theater Lighting
Sky & cloud panels are an ideal form of home theater lighting. You can use LED or fluorescent light panels displaying a view of the night sky. We offer a number of different night sky views, and also photographs of cosmic phenomena such as nebulae, black holes and spiral galaxies. The ordinary night sky light panels offer a reasonable level of illumination without spoiling the home theater effect.
It is possible to purchase dimmable LED and fluorescent lights, but they are expensive. If you don’t want to go as far as this relatively expensive dimming capability in your lighting there is actually no need. You can do it in stages, although this is best achieved when installing your lighting system.
Using Multiple Fluorescent Light Panels
With two separate lighting circuits, you can have regular white lighting from normal diffuser panels until you are about to play your video. Most people dislike total darkness, so you could switch off the regular lighting and illuminate your night sky & cloud panels when the movie starts. Not only do you have this fabulous night sky view above you, but the system costs less to maintain than dimmable lamps. Use remote-controlled light switches and – wow!
It is theoretically possible to install any number of different types of decorative fluorescent light panels in a room and switch between them at will. All you need is a circuit for each – many already have different circuits. If you have wall lights and ceiling lights in the same room, they likely operate from different circuits.
It might sound a bit complex and contrived, but the effect is astounding when you switch from a sunny summer day on your ceiling to a view of the constellations. This is one of the benefits of using sky & cloud panels: you are not restricted, and can even use a variety of decorative fluorescent light panels at once – a mix of sandy beach, ocean scenes and sunsets looks totally amazing – and at just $29.99 for each panel it is easily affordable.
Other Home Theater Lighting Ideas
Back to sky & cloud panels and light panels for your home theater. Another idea is having regular wall lights for general lighting, and then switching these for your view of the night sky on the ceiling during the movie. You can likely come up with some great ideas yourself – visit our ‘Shop’ link for a list of all the type of decorative fluorescent light panels we have to offer.
We have 80 in our current standard range plus some specials, but we can also use your own photographs to print up a custom light cover. These covers are easily fitted over standard panels and each is just $29.99 – even your custom designs at our standard size of 4 ft x 2 ft.
So if you have a home theater, or intend installing one, give some thought to your lighting. Do you want the ‘same old thing’ or do you want to be different and wow your guests with fabulous sky & cloud panels as you ceiling lighting? These unique light panels are not increasing in popularity for nothing!