Home Theatre Lighting Design Tips
Everyone loves a trip to the cinema. The smell of delicious buttery popcorn, the promise of a cooling choc top and the excitement of watching a new movie sets your senses alight. Is there any better way to watch a film? Imagine having the luxury of doing all of this in your own home, in your pyjamas with your feet up! Although it may seem like a goal that is a little out of reach, home theatres are becoming more and more popular, but there is so much more to a home theatre than just what movie you are going to watch first. Although it may not seem like it in the beginning, one of the most important aspects of a home theatre is the lighting design. Your lighting will need to be adjusted depending on who’s going to be using the space and what you’re going to be watching. For example, if it is going to be a predominantly cinema space, you won’t need too much general interior lighting. However, if you want it to be a child friendly space or somewhere to simply kick back, it may be an idea to have more general lighting. The most important thing to keep in mind in this area is to ensure that the lighting you choose won’t reflect on the screen, so be careful with what you install on the opposite wall!
Here at LA Lounge, we have a professional and expert architectural lighting design team ready to help you with all of your home theatre lighting design ideas. Our team can help you turn all of your plans and ideas into a well-rounded, polished final project to create the perfectly lit home theatre. Let us take some of the pressure off of your next project by helping you create the perfect plan that aligns with your timescale, budget and aesthetic needs, while possibly even coming up with some concepts that you have never thought of! If you want your friends and neighbours queueing up for a ticket to your cinema, our team will be the perfect fit for you. If you’re planning on installing a home theatre, let us inspire you with some tips, tricks and ideas for any home.
If you want to create a traditional cinema vibe, then up and down lights will be the perfect addition to your home theatre. As you can see in the image below, up and down lights in a dramatic setting can draw your focus along the walls and guide you to take a seat and settle in for the night. Our expert team recommends recreating this look using the DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) compatible Zoom – SW5 which comes in a black or copper finish, or even in a custom colour on request. Using DALI products in a home theatre is a fantastic idea because the lights are dimmable, easy to set up and use, and also look incredibly modern and chic in the space. DALI is used by many international companies, so you know you are purchasing from a reputable and established brand. The wiring is easy to set up and can even be reconfigured through your smartphone or computer! These lights are also incredibly energy efficient as they are dimmable, cutting down the running costs throughout their lifetime. The lighting in the picture is also layered with ambient, recessed ceiling lighting to highlight textures and create a welcoming atmosphere in the space. Our expert team can talk you through your recessed lighting options as the placement can vary between spaces.
If you want to create a more family friendly multipurpose home theatre space, creating a warmer and fresher atmosphere is the goal. In the image below you can see that the use of textured warm lighting creates a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for a home theatre. Although there are a few aspects to this scene, the use of LED lighting in the ceiling is the most captivating. Creating this look is a lot simpler than it seems as it creates such a beautiful focal point within the room. Our lighting design team recommends installing LED strip lights within the ceiling crevice to draw your eyes up and lead your gaze over to the screen. This look works really well with warm, dimmable lighting so it is adjustable for when the curtain comes up. Not only do they look great in this space, LED lights also have a range of benefits. These little lights have a long life, lasting longer than other types of lighting, while also providing excellent energy efficiency. As they have a longer life, you know you will spend less time and money on maintenance, providing another beneficial saving point for your pocket. LED lights are also eco-friendly as they are free from toxic chemicals and are 100% recyclable – meaning you can reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third! Not only will these lights perfectly accentuate your home theatre space, they will also help you do your bit to help the environment.
With the popularity of home theatres on the rise, the possibility of having your very own private screening of any film you want is becoming more and more likely. If the thought of putting your feet up with a box of buttery popcorn in your very own cinema ignites your senses, then let us help you with the perfect home theatre lighting design plan for your home! Our professional and expert architectural lighting design team is here to help you turn all of your home theatre lighting ideas into a reality with a well thought out lighting design plan. Whether you need help picking the right up and down lights, are unsure which dimmable LED strip lights to choose or simply need guidance on where to even begin, we can help you every step of the way! Our team can help you turn your initial ideas into a polished project plan while working to your time, budget and ideas. To book a free lighting design consultation with our talented team at our beautiful Neutral Bay showroom, please contact us on our website or call us today on (02) 9999 4948. We look forward to working with you very soon!