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How to improve a living room darkness?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by ascanio1, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. ascanio1

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    Hi,
    Happy Girlfriend, happy life... I can eliminate all light sources from my living room when I switch on my HT but the walls and ceiling are completely and absolutely white and I'm not allowed to tamper with the aesthetics of the room! Any improvement must be something that disappears once I finish watching my HT (non reflecting white paints, side curtains, etc...???) which will keep girlfriend/wife happy?
    A new, grey, screen would a possibility but I need custom size (16:9 with 175cm height) screen to keep the room perfectly dark (window behind screen) and replacing it would mean having one made to measure: a rather expensive solution...
    Any advice?
     
  2. Jim Mcc

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    First off, who's house is it? If it's yours, do what you want. I suggest you paint the ceiling a flat black. If she's keeping you from doing this, I can only imagine how things will be if you get married. :huh:
     
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    Jim,
    Yup... you're actually right! :rolleyes: I'm very worried: and that's why I'm letting her have a big say in it - today it's still my choice to let her have a say, once I get married it won't be such a free choice. :( I'm testing how much I'll have to give up to make her happy and how much of it I can handle. :)
    Besides... I love her and I actually do want her to be happy so, if I can compromise with whims which I consider absurd, and still be happy myself, it means that I can give up enough to make this relationship work without mortifying or curtailing my own (or hers). :D
    But, you are 100% right! I can't imagine how it will be in the future and I'm pretty scared! :huh:
     
  4. ascanio1

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    Looking into the costs of this solution
    Excellent idea! I was thinking of curtains but this might even be better as it will be totally invisible once I remove them!
    As for the carpet I can't: the whole home is carpeted with one identical material & colour. Can't touch that. But, from your previous Idea, I can also lay on the floor a dark carpet when i watch and remove it when I don't.
    I wonder how long I will last putting everything on and removing... we watch movies every night... but it's a start to think about... an idea to explore. Better than nothing.
    Thanks!
     
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    BTW, how do I change my login name? It was created by default! I tried to do so in the edit profile menu but no such option!
     
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    thanks. Have done.
     
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    Don't worry about the carpet. It's much more important to have the ceiling a dark color. And it's best to run the black fabric all the way to the projector, if possible. And if you watch during daylight, you need to have blackout curtains or something similiar.
     
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    May sound kind of weird, but I use red incandescent light bulbs in several of the lamps in my living room (think they're 25 watts). Kind of like old fashioned developing rooms for photographers. Just enough light to see by when you need to walk around, but no glare and at least for me are very compatible with movie viewing.
    Have a feeling they may be getting kind of rare with the newer CFL bulbs, etc. so I always stock up on a few here and there when shopping. Easily swapped out if you've got guests visiting or just want to go back to regular lighting. The store I usually shop at was out once so I tried orange, which was no good. Definitely ditto for blue or green.
    I've got dark burgundy wall to wall carpet, but white walls and celing, along with a large floor to ceiling mirror, but have no problems viewing when I use the red bulbs.
     
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    hmmm:( ceiling may be a problem... Not sure that I can convince my girlfriend to a black ceiling and I don't want to hang a black 3.6mx4.9m cloth (too large). I thought of a sliding ceiling curtain but I'm not sure that I can pull off a good, elegant, and practical solution. If you guys had some pictures of a sliding ceiling curtain or some other ideas, it would be great!
    @stan
    Red lights + white walls and ceiling? Wow... that seems very bright to me...
    I have white walls and ceiling and when I watch a movie I almost don't need any light to have dinner in that room. I only keep the door ajar and it's already ample light from the screen!
     
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    Kevin,
    I'm pretty sure it's worth having. My room is completely white! But, thanks for the test scenario. I will use it for reference.
     
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    Like I mentioned, sounds kind of weird, but it works, at least for me. Ceilings and walls are semi-gloss white so not highly reflective, most of my problem was other lights in the room, a lot of glare. Also have full length light blue drapes on two walls, so they're somewhat neutral. One entire wall is left side drapes, center is four foot wide floor to ceiling beveled mirror, right side another full set of drapes (inherited from my grandparents so not my design). Even with a couple of red lights it's not quite bright enough to enjoy a dinner, but light from the screen provides just enough while at the same time making it a very intimate, comfortable setting.
    Certainly not a family chit chat room and turn on more lights during social gatherings, but excellent for films and TV shows.
     

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