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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by TopMeTom, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. TopMeTom

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    Do you have to have these for pj viewing all the time?If so, how much are they where do you get them?

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    Phil

    I'm sure there are benefits of having a using Blackout curtains when viewing using a PJ. :)

    I'm about to discover them soon having yesterday endured a trip to IKEA and purchased a 140cm x 195cm blackout curtain for £16.

    Prices start from £10 to £20 (I think) for various widths up to 200cm x 195cm

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    is it just called a blackout curtain or some fancy swedish name?

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    Phil,
    You can also get blackout cloth from John Lewis if thats closer to you.

    Whether you need it or not is another matter. If your room is totally dark then the answer is no. If you have some light getting in (ambient light) then you could get away without it. If you have a lot of light then you'll need it.

    A lot depends on the projector setup that you have and personal taste but in general, the less light the better (some folks like some light, others prefer none).

    The cloth is cheap enough to buy so its worth getting it and trying it out :)
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    Cheers,now to find a projector!!!!!!

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    LOL

    In which case I wouldn't bother with the curtains until you are sure you need them.
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    I have been told you need full darkness otherwise it's just not worth buying one?
     
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    Hi Phil,
    I have seen the list of projectors you are demo-ing and would agree that for these guys, the darker the better.

    These projectors are pretty bright though, if they are showing a daylight scene then you can certainly live with some light in the room but once you get to darker scenes then better that there is less light coming into the room.

    However, total darkness can in some ways spoil the display too. Small amounts of ambient light can actually make the black level of the picture look deeper than they really are. Its trial and error for what works in your setup and is also a matter of personal taste. Full darkness is not required but would be useful - better to have too little ambient light than too much!

    As long as you are confident that you can stop any/most light getting into the room then I would buy the projector and then deal with the light to your taste. (Easier to do it once you see how the projector looks in the room)

    One caveat - if the light from any windows or whatever shines directly onto your screen as seen from your viewing position then you will have problems and the light will HAVE to be blocked.

    Difficult to answer without seeing the room but if you think you can block any stray light then I wouldn't worry about it too much. If however your problem more "will my wife accept this blackout cloth as curtains" then thats a different issue (although easily solved - put the cloth behind the curtains, buy lined curtains, etc)!

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    what pj's would you recommend then mate?
    Cheers for all the help,

    Phil
     
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    It's called TUPPLUR

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    Phil,
    I think the bunch you are demo-ing are fine but any recommendations need to be made with your budget in mind and your own requirements. Messiah is the best person around here for pj recommendations, he's seen just about everything out there but again even he would need to know your budget and have some idea what you are looking for and why.

    Best thing to do is go to the demo, see what each of them can and can't do and then have a think about what you want, ( a 16:9 or a 4:3 projector, DLP or LCD, high resolution or will lower do for now, where you want to place it, how much you want to spend, what screen is to be used, cables, display source, etc etc).

    I suspect you need to see some in action, do some reading of this forum and then decide what you want (and also find out whether it will work in your room) . Its not easy but its a well-trodden path and its all in here somewhere.

    Buying a projector is easy, buying the right projector for you takes a bit longer!

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    That's a bit strong. I recently had curtains made for my lounge, and I had them made with balckout lining, which cost a couple quid per metre more than regular lining. There is a little light leakage around the curtains but the light level is low enough to watch stuff on the PJ during daylight hours.

    HTH,

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    Del,

    Which department are these in? I've just scanned the 2004 IKEA catalogue curtain section and don't see any curtains by the name of TUPPLUR ... pillow cases yes, curtains no :( ... any idea where else they may list them?

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    Sorry I don't have the 2004 Catalogue so unable to say which page.

    However having checked the YET UNOPENED blackout curtain's container , it is called TUPPLUR.

    I found them in BRENT CROSS IKEA last week in the curtain Dept along with other items such as Venetian Blinds etc..... They are available in vaious widths up to 200cm (£20).

    As a side note, I've always found that Ikea do not list all items in their catalogue.

    Hope this helps:)

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    Okay, at least I know they ARE curtains in IKEA's world ;) ... maybe this means they're an ex-range, have to charge over to my local one and see if there's any left.

    Thanks for confirming the name. :smashin:
     
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    Hiyawl....
    You can buy curtain blackout lining from any curtain or material shop. Comes in rolls 55 inches wide and costs around £5-£7 a metre. Dead easy! Also makes good cheap screen material (in case you didn't know!!):smashin:
     
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    Have to say I haven't popped into a curtain shop, not one handy really, but I'm surprised I guess that it's not considered a "specialist" requirement.

    Cheers .. will have to make an effort tomorrow to pop into town at lunchtime.
     
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    I just use horizontal blinds and curtains for 'blacking out' my room :)

    Works a treat.
     
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    The woman who made my curtains said that she makes a lot of blackout curtains - though they are normally for kid's bedrooms!

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