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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by deckard, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. deckard

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    Now I wouldn't for one minute suggest you paint your lounge ceiling black (unless you're a serious Goth!), but I've just painted my listening room in the cellar.

    Used matt black paint on the ceiling and grey on the walls, only problem was the ceiling had been covered in artex before and the black paint was an absolute bugger to get in all the crevices, took me 2 days to do a 14'x13' ceiling :mad: .

    Still, the end result is great. The ceiling now 'disappears' when the lights are out and doesn't reflect any light from my TV.

    All said, a good result, and I recommend blacking out your ceiling wherever it's domestically possible!;)
     
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    And if you can't paint it then i'd guess hanging some decent dark drapes across should do a good job too.

    Have you got an pics deckard?
     
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    ReTrO, that is a brilliant idea. I was thinking how to darken my ceiling but never thought of that.
     
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    Hi ReTro

    Will try and dig out my camera tonight to get some snaps.
     
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    I suppose if you used curtains then you would be able to draw them too, so you could have a white ceiling normally, but when you wanted to darken the room, you could close them.

    I'll get the wife to start with the sewing machine now! :D
     
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    Not quite Alfie

    The point of the exercise is to both reduce reflected light from your display so as to as remove the distraction from the ceiling and also a darkened room requires less contrast from your display - useful both if you have a low contrast device such as a PJ or to allow lower contrast settings on a CRT TV as high contrast levels reduce fine detail and linearity.

    I'm afraid a white ceiling will not help these points as it will still reflect light from your display hence only dark colours (ideally black) are useful, just think about your local cinema.
     
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    ReTro

    Here's some pics - I'd have the lights off for viewing though.

    Firstly, with flash on:
     

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    Now with flash off:
     

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    Wow that's dark!

    Are you thinking of getting a projector any time soon?


    :smashin:
     
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    I have fabricked (is that a word) my walls and ceilings and this is 100% non reflective.

    It really is the next stage on from just painting it black removes any reflection, especially when utilising a CRT.

    Mine was not draped but fabric wrapped panels, looks truly awesome, far more tricky than draping but worth the time and effort.

    However photos are virtually impossible as even with a flash all the light is absorbed. I am getting a couple of floodlights for the weekend to try and get some good photos.

    Cheers

    Elliot
     
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    Sounds good Elliot.

    Any chance of taking a peek sometime?
     
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    Sure,

    The room is just waiting for the Key Digital scaler to be released (should be mid April) and then it will be 100% finished, audio is fully sorted at the mo.

    Just gagging for the Picture :)
     
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    I've got a Video Cheese Box going spare at the moment. Superb bit of equipment...

    :rotfl: :smashin:
     
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    Hmmmmmm :)

    Going to be running a Lumagen scaler temporarily so i will at least have something to watch.

    I have a ridiculous amount of unwatched discs at the moment, keep buying but with nothing to watch them on :)
     
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    ReTro

    My TV's on rental and has another 12months or so to run until I give it back, definitely thinking about a projector then though - funds permitting!
     

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