The Beginner’s Guide To Designing An Ideal Home Theatre Setup

Is it your first time buying a home theatre? We understand all the confusion, excitement, and hassle you must be going through to make sure you get the best one home. 

We talk a lot about establishing your home theatre setup, designing ideas, creating a theatre-like experience at home on our blog. However, we understand how daunting it could be to cut through the scattered information when you’re a beginner. 

If that’s what your challenge looks like too, you’ve arrived at the right place!

 

This blog will help you understand:

– The main components of a home theatre setup

– Home theatre wiring

– Lighting

– Some dos & don’ts

 

Introduction to Home Theatre Components

 

Projector Screen, TV

A projection screen or television, whichever you opt for, is paid the highest attention by the buyers of a home theatre. The obvious reason being, it is the ultimate medium of that theatre experience we crave for.

The direct exposure of blue light through smart TVs is dangerous for your eyesight. Hence, we only recommend opting for a premium home theatre projection screen that not just provides you an immersive experience but also a safe, secure and healthy viewing experience.

In addition to this, our Acoustically Transparent Screens also have the provision to place the speakers behind the screen so that your setup looks neat and tidy.

 

Home Theatre Receiver

The second most important component of your home theatre setup!  A receiver is the one that receives, processes, and transmits the sound to your projection screen and speakers.

Make sure to buy one that at least has five channels and one subwoofer output to connect with your home theatre system. Having said that, remember that an AV receiver with 100s of features is not equal to the best receiver. What matters here is a good quality receiver with important features and provisions that you think you will need.

 

Speakers

One of the most loved components of home theatre setup, isn’t it?

 

Here are some of the speaker types you can explore:

  • Bookshelf speakers
  • In-wall & in-ceiling speakers
  • Stereo system
  • Surround sound system

 

Amongst this, the stereo and the surround sound system are the most popular ones. If you’re wondering how they exactly function, find all your answers here – Stereo vs Surround, which audio system is better for you?

We hope this brief introduction to the components helps you to some extent. To dig deeper, you can check out our blog which explains all of them in a much detailed manner here.

Once you’re through the components, you would need to understand a way to connect them correctly, i.e the wiring part.

 

Home Theatre Wiring 

 

These wires will either be for the audio or the video part. Here are some of the most crucial ones you’re going to need while setting up your home theatre for the first time.

 

Audio & video cables:

  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)

 

Audio only cables:

  • Optical Audio
  • Stereo RCA
  • Coaxial Audio 
  • Multi-channel RCA
  • Mini Stereo Jack

 

Video only cables:

  • DVI (Digital Video Interface)
  • Component
  • Composite
  • VGA

 

As much as you would need to take care of connecting them properly, do also look into placing them carefully so that everyone in the room stays from tripping over them.

Looking to understand the detailed version of this section? Check out our blog written exclusively on Home Theatre Wiring.

 

Lighting

 

Having observed so many wonderful lighting ideas, it tends to get overwhelming while deciding which one we should go for.

So here are some of the lighting types and ideas that will truly make your home theatre setup stand out:

 

Overhead lighting: It lights up your room bright enough so that everyone can see all the elements in the room clearly. You can definitely switch it off while the show is on, but for every other time, this is must-have lighting.

 

Sconces: They complement your setup beautifully by giving it an elegant room with their not-so-bright lighting.

 

Fiber-optic lighting: Looking to make the ceiling of the room interesting? Fiber-optic lighting looks just perfect with it while other lights are off.

 

Seat-side lamps: 

If you need light support around your seating area, you can consider installing seat-side lamps on each side of the chairs in your home theatre setup room.

Other than these, there are LED light strips, Cove lighting, LED bulbs, and such that you can use to build the lighting of your home theatre setup. 

Want to take a look at the detailed version of this information? Find it here.

 

Some DOs & DON’Ts

  • Considering all the components, wiring, lighting you need to place in your home theatre setup and the seating, make sure you choose a room that has sufficient space for all of it. 
  • Since this is going to be a long-term investment, before choosing any brand, do your homework i.e. research. Also, go through reviews of people on the respective website, Amazon, Flipkart, and such portals. Make an informed decision.
  • Keep a healthy viewing distance between the seating area and the projection screen.
  • Do not go along with people’s definition of a dream home theatre setup. Decide what you want it to be and give your best turning that into reality.
  • Choose colors for your home theatre setup room wisely, be it for the walls or curtains. Colors like grey, indigo, brown, or any lighter shades will create minimum interference of the reflections throughout the watching time.

 

Winding up!

We hope this blog helps you kickstart your home theatre setup journey! While you’re at it if there’s anything you find yourself stuck on, feel free to come back to the comment section and put down your queries there. We will be happy to help!

We highly recommend you check out the blog section of our Lumina Screens where you will find answers to most of your home theatre setup designing doubts.

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7 Best Movies based on Real-Life Stories

No doubt fiction is awesome, but there’s something about movies based on true events that connect us with the characters and storyline in a way nothing else can.

While everything seems fascinating on those big giant screens, the fact that the story that’s giving us goosebumps is a reality of someone is more than fascinating. 

The genre of these movies could revolve around anything from romance, thriller, drama, comedy. Be it anything, the way they use the real-life stories and wave them into visuals, videos and characters is what makes them worth watching.

So, here’s a list of movies that have taken the internet by storm by how amazingly they were presented to leave a long-lasting impact on the audience.

 

  1. Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015)

This extraordinary tale of love, bravery and persistence is probably one of the greatest biographies made by Bollywood, which is based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi.

Popularly known as the mountain man, he set himself on the mission to carve a road through mammoth peak for 22 years for it killed his wife while she tried crossing that mountain.

Using only a hammer and a chisel to cut through those mountains, this movie is a must-watch to witness the sheer rage of a man to achieve the impossible purely out of love for his late wife.

 

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

One of the movies based on true events that managed to garner huge attention from audiences all over the world. 

It’s not a movie but a roller coaster ride showing the real-life of Jordan Belfort, from how he went from a nobody to stock-broker minting loads of money to ultimately going behind the bars for his involvement in crime and corruption.

Leonardo Dicaprio didn’t just get into the role but absolutely owned it with his brilliant performance backed by amazing direction by Martin Scorsese & writing by Terence Winter.

 

  1. Kesari (2019)

Kesari, a movie based on one of the bravest battles ever fought – The Battle of Saragarhi by 21 extraordinary Sikhs against 10,000 Pashtun invaders.

No matter who you are, Kesari is sure to bring you that adrenaline rush, get you high on your patriotic sentiments and give you goosebumps with how those 21 Sikhs fought with their head held high till victory!

There are only a few movies that will leave you with an impact as deep as Kesari does.

 

  1. Padman (2018)

This revolutionary film is based on the real-life changemaker Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu who created a machine to make affordable sanitary pads and raise awareness of menstrual hygiene problems faced by women.

He was inspired to take this step when he witnessed his wife struggling to use a hygienic cloth during her menstrual cycle.

Although it is based on a serious social issue, the movie is just perfectly knit with all kinds of emotions like humour, romance, and challenges.

The way this film ensures to put across the message on a topic that’s a taboo in Indian society – women’s menstrual hygiene, is highly commendable.

 

  1. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

As much as we would like to call it an extraordinary movie, it will still be a little less than the story of this real-life hero Srinivasa Ramanujan, the pioneer of Indian mathematics.

The Man Who Knew Infinity does an excellent job at showing the early life, struggles, and different aspects of Ramanujan’s life out to the world.

It’s a story worth telling and sharing for it represents one of the greatest humans this world has ever experienced.

Dev Patel, who rose to fame with his debut The Slumdog Millionaire, playing Ramanujan and Jeremy, playing his professor G.H.Hardy, wonderfully captured the details of the character they were playing and gave a memorable performance.

 

  1. Jobs (2013)

If you’re a budding entrepreneur or already building something, you’re going to be in love with this American biographical drama based on the life of none other than – Steve Jobs.

From being a student trying to revolutionise home computers with his friend Steve Wozniak in the garage of his house to launching Apple, which is today a 2 Trillion worth company, Jobs beautifully captures the early parts of Steve Jobs’ journey.

It’s a documentary that truly makes youngsters believe that a man can make anything possible with just determination, hard work, and of course, with his unquenchable fire to create a difference. 

 

  1. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

A film based on the dramatic tale of an Indian athlete (seven-time national steeplechase champion), and an Army Man, Paan Singh Tomar.

His life takes a 180° turn after his retirement from the army. The unfortunate events that take place after that make him the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley.

The way Irrfan Khan makes this character come to life as an athlete, a husband, and a dacoit is what makes this film a memorable one and truly brings the thrilling story of Paan Singh Tomar’s life out to the world.

 

Is there a movie that also deserves a place on this list? Do let us know in the comments below!If you plan to watch any of these, make sure you watch it only on Lumina Screens for it is the best real-life projection screen for you!

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5 Best Novel Turned Movies You Must Watch If You Haven’t Yet

There are books that stay with us for a long time and there are books turned into films that stay with us forever.

Unless it’s a well-known author or a New York best-selling book, we are hardly ever aware that the movie that we loved watching was based on an amazing book.

Although books have their own place in the hearts of people across the globe, sometimes, movies based on them turn out to be so unbelievably good & make us wonder.

We had a few such movies on our mind and recently we discovered a few more which we had NO idea about the fact they were based on some books!

So here we are to share them with you too!

 

Shrek (2001)

While introducing this film here we wonder – is there even a person on this planet who has not watched Shrek yet?

This animated comedy film released in 2001 based on the 1990 fairytale picture book is probably the most sensational film Hollywood has ever produced! Probably the film that introduced Hollywood to the kids who never watched it. 

Sure the book is fun but the rollercoaster ride the film takes its audience on is just unmatched. Seeing the angry Shrek falling in love with the princess, the mischiefs of the Donkey that make us go ROFL and many such scenes are best enjoyed only visually as a film!

 

Forrest Gump

The fact that most of us never had an idea that this beautiful Oscar-winning film is based on a book is the biggest testimony that how the film totally outperformed the book.

While all characters played their role effortlessly well, we believe, if this film had to be made, it was for Tom Hanks to portray the role of Forrest Gump as amazingly as he did and leave a powerful message for the world.

As one of its dialogue says, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”, we feel that this movie is like a box of beautiful life lessons.

 

3 Idiots

Although Chetan Bhagat is a celebrated author in India today, when 3 Idiots came out back in 2009, nobody had a slight idea that this mind boggling movie is based on his novel ‘Five Point Someone’.

The magical director of Bollywood Rajkumar Hirani did a fantastic job turning it into a film that broke records worldwide.

The way it narrated the tale of Friendship & the societal pressure a student faces under an Indian Education System, the youth of the country could relate their heart out with the film and the characters. Even 12 years later today, the film is just equally popular and watched by everyone with the same enthusiasm.

 

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The award-winning book ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky was transformed into a movie 13 years later and won even bigger recognition.

It perfectly depicts the emotions a shy teenager goes through when he enters high school. The film gives many moments where we feel a strong relatability with the scene and yet feel how we could never express it ourselves enough.

With gorgeous cinematography, the movie has brilliantly touched upon dark topics while it also managed to tickle our funny bones.

Totally a must-watch novel-turned-movie if you haven’t yet!

 

Kai Po Che

Yet another Chetan Bhagat authored book (3 Mistakes of My Life) turned into a film!

This 2013 release film was the late superstar Sushant Singh Rajput’s debut film which helped him kickstart his entry into Bollywood.

A movie with a talented star cast, appealing storyline and the perfect tone for expressing every incident, Kai Po Che truly stands out from every Bollywood movie out there.

The immeasurable joys and lessons this friendship trio take us through is the no.1 reason to watch Kai Po Che on a screen.

That’s what our top list looks like! Is there a film that we seemed to have missed out on? Do share it in the comments below!

With no news about when movie theatres are going to be reopened, we know it’s hard to wait to finally catch up on movies on the big screen.

However, did you know that you get just as good of an experience on Lumina Screens?

Our audience says they feel they’re not at home but at their favourite theatre while watching movies on Lumina Screens. The only missing factor is…umm..the Popcorn. If you can arrange for that, well, there’s nothing like that!

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9 Trending & Quirky Home Theatre Designing Ideas

If you’re someone who is ready to go that extra mile and create the best home theatre set-up one can ask for, this blog post is exclusively for you!

Unlike old times, today is the time when everyone wants to stand out with their home theatre setup and get that theatre-like experience at home. From the ambiance to layout, people love to have a customized experience.

But, what does it take to create such a setup? How to get ideas to do something unique?

Let’s look into some trending and quirky ways people love to design their home theatre setup!

Cuddle Seats..Sleek Seats..Sofa Bed – what do you prefer?

Cuddle Seats bring you that extra comfort on cozy movie nights and make you feel the warmth.

As classy as Sleek seats look, they equally provide for relaxation as they give you that extended leg area.

Sofa beds give you the comfort to use as a Sofa when you just want to chill and watch the movie…as well as when you want to rest with those extra pillows and watch the movie.

What seems the best for you?

Do you like the entrance that’s dominated by your favorite movie/show/game posters?

Nobody likes to enter their home theatre setup room in a boring way. Maybe you could have some of your favorite avengers displayed there?

 

Hide the audio devices in style!

Sometimes, the home theatre comes with custom speaker grills that conveniently hide the speakers behind a beautiful design. And no, they don’t affect the sound quality.

 

You decide the feel of your room!

Once you decide on the ‘theme’, whether you want to keep it Traditional, Modern, Stylish, Cozy or the cinema or web-series look, you can decide on every element of the room (seating, lighting, positioning) in a way that it aligns with the theme.

For instance, if you wish to keep the theme cinema style and stylish, you can tag the sleek sofas for the set-up. 

On the other hand, if you wish to keep it cozy with fancy elements, you can do those avenger posters at the entrance and tag the cuddle sofas for the setup.

 

So, what’s your type?

What’s your Lighting Mood?

Now, just like your layout, your lighting will decide the mood you want to maintain in your home theatre setup room.

One of the ideas is fascinating ceiling lighting like this one below!

 

Outdoor theatre setup!

Who doesn’t like watching movies under the wide sky full of stars?

Nothing beats an intimate movie night with friends on weekends and an outdoor home theatre setup will make it even more amazing!

 

Never done this setup earlier? We wrote a blog post explaining the same here.

Creating your home theatre setup in the basement & turning it into a multiple-use room!

Don’t have a separate room for your home theatre setup but have a basement? Perfect, use it! You can absolutely transform that old rusty space into an unbelievably beautiful setup!

Just look at this picture below.

 

Paint it with beautiful colours, install sound-absorbing carpets, furnish it well, make the provision for all the elements you wish to put up there!

In fact, if arranged well, you can make it a multi-use room which can act as a home theatre room, library, office cabin and much more.

Use discreet tubing to hide wires cleanly!

You don’t want those wires and cables sneaking out from everywhere and disturbing the movement of people. Even if it doesn’t disturb anything, you would love to keep it out of sight to give a clean look to the setup.

 

Last but not the least –

Choose a good projection screen!

This is probably the quickest hack to make your setup 100x likeable, better & modern. 

It will not matter if you implement 10 other ideas but not have the most basic thing to have in a home theatre set up – A great home theatre projection screen!

If you’re looking to get that immersive experience, great compatibility, most enhanced wide-angle view and an incredible HD experience, this is where you need to find your next screen: Lumina Screens.

 

 

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Blue Light Effects On Your Eye Health & What Can You Do About It?

Are you someone whose screen time is very high?

Are you someone who is addicted to watching content or playing games on your smart TV?

Are you someone who frequently faces burnout due to your screen time?

If you answer any of these as ‘Yes’, this is the blog post written especially for you!

We will help you understand how the modern lights are affecting your Eyesight & what you can do about it.

In this particular part, we will dive deep into understanding how the blue light produced by LED/Mobile Screens affect your eyes and what is the best step you can take right away to protect your eye health.

Let’s get straight into it! 

 

Different effects of blue light produced by LED Screens / Mobile Screens.

This is something that’s experienced globally – Parents scolding kids for sitting too close to the television.

It’s only when we become adults and start using technology and gadgets excessively as a part of our routine, we realize how our parents did the right thing by warning us in advance.

However, by the time this realization hits, it’s usually too late and we already start experiencing the effects of the ‘Blue Light’ produced by LED Screens & our Laptop-Mobile screens.

This blue light is nothing but the direct light that reaches our eyes as it is and in its most dangerous form through Televisions, Laptops, Desktops & Mobile Phones.

It has a very high amount of energy and it’s the same light that we receive from the Sun. However, the way we absorb it from the Sun is on a healthier part. On the other hand, the way we receive it from these gadgets is what leads to various eye health issues and a disruptive sleep cycle.

And this is something that has been the point of worry for scientists and leading health practitioners as well.

Some of its serious downsides include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Damage of retina to the point of going blind 
  • Disturbed sleep cycle

As kids are born, their eyes are not designed to look directly at this light, but through the reflected light. However, from day 1 we get exposed to some or the other form of the LED light. Just look around your home and you will find numerous ways through which we put our eyes into this trouble.

The bad news is – it’s only going to get worse as we live in a world where our livelihood is dependent on how long we sit in front of these screens and work. And not just adults, even kids from a very young age are falling prey to the bad effects of the blue light.

 

But how to avoid the blue light when we are not working but using it as a form of entertainment?

Have you ever noticed that a lot of times we switch to our smart TVs to take a break from our laptop, desktop or mobile phones but rather end up feeling even more frustrated?

There’s itching in our eyes…

Irritation due to the volume…

Headache if we watch it for long hours…

If that’s something you regularly experience, it’s high time you switch to projector screens.

Projector Screens, unlike smart TVs, do not have direct light but the reflected light that travels through various surfaces before reaching your eyes. 

Today, when movie theatres are closed, we tend to binge-watch movies either on our smart TVs or our laptops. Even worse, our mobile phones. The amount of exposure our eyes get throughout this is worrisome and carries the potential to damage your eyesight seriously in the long run.

If that’s not something you would want to experience, there’s no other way but projectors that will not just help you have a safer experience but also provide you with:

A bigger screen size: A bigger screen means lesser focus needed to understand the content you’re watching. 

Theatre-like experience at home: It’s no surprise here that projector screens truly give you that immersive experience you must be craving for right now since the theatres are closed.

Multiple uses: Want to turn your screen into an outdoor home theatre set up? Call your friends right away and get on to it. (here’s where we shared how you can do that – https://luminascreens.com/how-to-create-an-outdoor-home-theatre-setup/)

Sound experience at its best: The brilliant sound quality of home theatre will make you forget there’s a world outside.

 

And SO MUCH MORE!

Check out the best options of projection screens for your home theatre set up here: https://luminascreens.com/

We hope this blog post helped you understand the lesser-known facts about blue light & its effects. Do help us spread this awareness to your friends & family too by sharing this post with them!

If there’s anything on your mind about this topic you need answers to, feel free to drop it in the comments below and we will be happy to help!

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Home Theatre Wiring

Home theatre wiring is like the veins in a human body. Just the way veins in our body transfer oxygen-depleted blood towards our heart, the wiring of Home Theatre (or any for that matter) make sure to keep the current going from one element to another to indeed make you enjoy your Home Theatre experience to the fullest.

We understand that this might be a daunting task, but let us relieve you by disclosing the fact that in most cases, the wirings will come with a manual which will have exact instructions on how you need to connect the correct wires and match the terminals. Also, the wires are usually labelled as to where they are supposed to be inserted.

They might be just lying on the floor or hanging on the walls somewhere or maybe even hidden under the carpet but they still remain to be a very important part of the home theatre set up and hence we thought, it’s important to introduce you to this family of cable wires.

Let’s cover some of the most common audio and video wirings.

 

HDMI

The standard cable connection for connecting devices like TVs, projectors, desktops, laptops, etc. It helps you to transfer audio and video from high definition input devices. As the full form of this acronym typically indicates – High Definition Multimedia Interface.

 

DVI

Digital Video Interface (DVI) wiring allows you to send high-resolution videos, particularly used for projectors and computers. There are 2 types of DVIs that you can use; such as DVI-D (sends digital signals), DVI-A (sends analog signals) & DVI-I (sends both signals). You can check which one you require for your home theatre set up and buy accordingly.

 

 

Component

They are found in a set of 3 wires – red, blue and green one and you need to connect them as per the colour shown on the device you’re connecting it with. This is the most commonly used wire if you don’t have HDMI or DVI with you. They help you deliver analog video signals from sources like DVD players or blue rays to TVs, Projection Screens.

 

 

Composite

This wiring is not so popular for home theatre setups. It’s old technology and is being replaced completely by the component video cables. You might want to use it only when you need to transmit any video from older devices like VCRs.

 

 

 

VGA 

If you don’t have HDMI or DVI, this is the third-best wiring you can use to transmit video from your computer/laptop to TVs/Home Theatre Screens. You can receive an analog RGB signal from devices with high-standard signals. Please note that it doesn’t support transmitting audio signals.

 

 

Optical audio

These wirings can support up to 5.1 surrounds sound transmission to home theatres. It is one of the most popularly used connections for sending digital audio signals. They may not support high-resolution audio files and use laser light to transmit digitally between devices. A potential benefit of optical connections is that they won’t be affected by electromagnetic interference.

 

Speaker wire

They come in different gauges like thick wires & thin wires. Most of the time they don’t come paired with speakers hence you will have to buy them separately.  They are used to connect the amplifier to a stereo or surround sound system, whichever you opt for. Being said that, they work better for high-power and low-impedance systems.

 

Stereo RCA

Fun fact: RCA stands for the Radio Corporation of America and they were first used by this institute itself. Being a common connection for transferring analog 2-channel audio, RCA wires typically come in color combinations like White & Red/Black. It can connect a wide range of devices such as stereos, speakers, camcorders to your projection screen.

 

 

Coaxial Audio

Coaxial Audio wires allow you to transfer high-quality audio as well as video signals between a short distance. For its ability to transfer high-quality, it’s an amazing pick for exciting movie buffs as well as home theatre owners. Also, they are very easy to install!

 

 

Which connections should they use as per the audio & video classification?

From the above descriptions of these wirings, you must have gotten a brief idea of what these cable wires are to be used for. 

If we have to segregate these types, they could be into 3:

  • Audio only
  • Video only
  • Audio & Video

 

Audio & Video Cables: HDMI

Audio only cables: Optical Audio, Coaxial Audio, Stereo RCA, Multi-channel RCA, Mini Stereo Jack

Video only cables: DVI, Component, Composite, VGA

Now that you know this, you need to figure which connections you have on your devices and connect accordingly.

 

Final thoughts!

  • Get to know your cable connections very well before you even buy them. Also, understand your home theatre devices as well as the hardware.
  • If you do not plan on using connectors (although it’s recommended), then you should get wire strippers. Take off approximately 1cm of insulation from each end and twist the strands so they remain tight and together. 
  • If the wires can be hidden somewhere under the carpet or anywhere, do it so that they remain safe from anyone tripping over them. Also, this is for your safety too as you won’t be in close touch with them.

We hope this blog post sheds light on introducing the home theatre wiring to you. If you still have any questions, comment below!

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10 Must-Watch Movies on your Home Theatre for Their Brilliant Visual Storytelling!

If we ask, what is the one thing you watch movies for?

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if you reply – Story! Because that’s what everyone’s top priority is. But what if we share with you some movies whose visuals are just as appealing (if not more) as the storyline is!

Movies are indeed a powerful medium to witness visual storytelling!

Sometimes, we fail to acknowledge how gorgeous the visuals of some movies could be and how they make for a very meaningful addition to the story!

And let us tell you some movies have such stunning visuals that you and we can get lost in their beauty and might totally forget to pay attention to the sound. (Yes, no kidding!)

That’s what we are here to share with you today!

 

Let’s dive deep into getting to know some brilliant visual storytelling movies!

 

Tamasha

This is an interesting tale of two strangers who fall in love with each other on a holiday in Corsica while they decide to keep their real identities hidden. Directed by Imtiaz Ali who is loved for his beautiful storytelling. It was not shot in 1 or 2 locations but 6 of them! Be it the island of Corsica or the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, the movie truly makes you wish you were there experiencing the thrill yourself!

 

Interstellar

It’s not possible to not mention ‘Interstellar’ when we are talking about ‘visuals’. Christopher Nolan’s direction is undoubtedly one of the most visually appealing movies of the last decade. While Elon Musk is finding a new planet for humans in real life, this movie carrying the same curiosity takes the audience on a journey to explore new planets – a new galaxy! 

Here’s the twist – the movie has been shot on real-life locations (and not an artificial set) around the world but totally traps you into believing that it’s a different planet altogether. 

 

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD)

Who wouldn’t love to watch 3 friends finally taking their long-awaited road trip to 3 different locations?

While the movie has a powerful message presented through great music, humor, drama, we can’t resist but fall in love with all the places they plan to visit – Costa Brava, Seville & Pamplona. Be it the deep-sea diving, la Tomatina festival, or even the serene beauty of nature shown in the song ‘Khwabon Ke Parindey’, we bet you are going to fall in love with all of them!

 

Life of Pi

Unless you live in some jungle or are stuck in the stone age, you would definitely know about this masterpiece!

Stories to reality through impeccable visuals of a boy with ‘A Tiger’ stuck on a ship. Not to miss, the Sea is nothing less than a massive creature that glows so stunningly throughout the film.

Hands down, this story of a young Indian boy surviving a shipwreck on a small lifeboat along with a Bengal Tiger is one of the most beautiful visually appealing movies you will ever come across!

 

Baahubali: The Beginning

India had never witnessed more astonishing visual effects before the movie Baahubali!

From the jaw dropping waterfall scenes to the scenic nature to intense war scenes, Baahubali managed to ace each of them.

This epic action drama directed by S.S.Rajamouli and starrer Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty & Tamannaah was the most expensive indian film ever at its time of the release.

Also, the movie that gave birth to the most asked question on the internet – why Kattappa killed Baahubali?

 

Avatar (2009)

Before we tell you what the movie is about, let us tell you a surprising fact! After watching Avatar, fans expressed how desperately they wanted Pandora (the alien world shown in the film) to be real!

This statement speaks for the visuals and its impact this movie left on the audience. 

At Lumina Screens, we believe that a projection screen is much more than a white cloth and these are the kind of movies that justify our belief even stronger.

This sci-fi phenomenon directed by James Cameron is the story of a marine unit on a mission to visit the world of aliens – Pandora that leaves them with some great challenges to tackle between their heart and their duty.

 

Parasite

Parasite garnered the much deserved attention when it premiered at 2019 Cannes Films Festival where it became the first South Korean film to win Palme d’Or.

Relatively different and the subtle visual representation of this movie to show how the Greed and Class discrimination threatens society and the relationships between the poor and the rich.

The deep and meaningful visuals show this dark side of society like no one ever could. 

 

Taare Zameen Par

An unconventional story of a typical Indian household where you get to dive into the world of a struggling school student who finds himself different from the kids of his age!

The way this movie manages to capture Ishan’s imagination and brings life into them through the visuals is something that will leave you awestruck every time you watch it. The amazing direction by the lead actor, Aamir Khan himself takes you through the life of a dyslexic student and his every day challenges.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Although this movie may not be on the ‘must-watch list of everyone yet it’s something that grabs your attention just with its aesthetic visuals!

A dramatic tale of how the head concierge of the hotel is blamed for the murder of a guest and how he has to prove his innocence now. This story is carried through visuals that have a unique blend of color palettes, shots captured that exactly define the characters, and a bold approach to presenting everything. 

 

Barfi

Can we call this beautiful film visual poetry?

It’s a movie that’s truly a treat to your eyes and will make you wonder how each scene is designed so thoughtfully. 

Coming from a director like Anurag Basu, Barfi is an effortless attempt to tell the story of Murphy and his relationship with two women, Shruti & Jhilmil.

Although intense in some scenes, it’s presented through the visuals that felt most lively!

So these were all the breathtaking movies we wanted to share with you! Do you have any such films to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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How modern TV affects your eyesight without you realizing it!

Have you ever thought of considering ‘your eye health’ before you made that google search for finding a good smart TV for your home theatre set up?

If this was not on the top of your mind already, we urge you to read this blog post for it’s going to share some insights you may not have been aware of till now.

Looking at the title, you must be wondering what it is and how it is related to your decision to buy the projector screen or the TV you’re confused between.

Well, they are very much related and that’s exactly what this blog post intends to shed some light on.

So, let’s start with understanding how these two lights differ from each other & what kind of an impact they have on your eye health.

 

Emitted light

The emitted light is the light that directly hits the object for it’s been generated from the source that has its own light. To give you a simple example – The Sun.

What if we ask you to look at the Sun at 12 pm continuously for even a minute? Forget at 12 pm, you wouldn’t be able to do that at any hour of the day, would you? None of us can.

The very reason for this is ‘your eyes will hurt’ if you do so. That’s exactly what Emitted Light, generated from ‘any’ source, does to your eyes. 

It hits the targeted object when lit up. This does not leave much reflection on the surroundings and reaches the object directly. Some of the rays might hit the wall but the majority of the focus is on the space it is intended to light up without any reflection.

Now, here’s something you might be unaware of:

Blue Light, one of the emitted lights that are usually transferred through Television, is something that’s highly harmful to your eyes. Exposure to the blue light especially at night (when the viewers are most active) is one of the reasons why many people across the globe experience frequent headaches, dry and itchy eyes, lack of good quality sleep, neck-back pain, blurred vision, and such which adds to driving detrimental effects on our health like retinal cells being damaged, macular degeneration.

As per Statista Research Department, the average time Indians spend watching television is over 3 hours every day. Although social media is growing rapidly, watching television remains one of the most popular sources of entertainment across India. 

That means, 3 hours of exposing your eyes to emitted light! 

 

Reflected Light

Unlike emitted light, reflected light doesn’t create its own light. It simply reflects the light bouncing from another object.

That means it doesn’t fall on the object directly and rather gets scattered into a broader area.

It also doesn’t leave sharp shadows or enhance the brightness of the view but what it rather does is focus on multiple objects instead of just one.

Projector screens have reflected light. So, unlike TVs, they absorb the light first and then reflect the rest. which ensures to convert that emitted light into reflected light so that your eyes only receive the warm and gentle version of lights. 

Does this affect the visuals or the sound? Not at all. It still continues to deliver crystal clear visuals and undistorted sound to you which is, in fact, even more, immersive than what you see on a Television. In fact, due to the larger screen surface, your eyes don’t have the pressure to focus at one point continuously and rather can enjoy the comfort of a big screen.

Therefore, for your overall health and especially your eye health, you can switch to Projectors Screens (if you don’t have them already). They will keep you away from great danger by soaking a considerable ratio of those damaging wavelengths before they hit your eyes.

 

To conclude:

Hope we were able to help you understand emitted light vs reflected light in regards to your eye health. Based on the points we discussed today, it is safe to say that you can choose the reflected light (a projector screen over a TV) even with your eyes closed. The projectors coming out recently also have a lot of other smart features that fulfill your desire for an immersive viewing experience. 

If you’re looking to buy one, you might enjoy surfing some of the best options available in the market for home theatre projection screens here.

We hope this post helps you make an informed decision. In case any more questions pop up in your head, feel free to leave them below for us to get back to!

Emitted Light Vs Reflected Light

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Fixed or Retractable, which home theatre screen type you should go for?

Looking for a home theatre screen but not sure whether you should buy a fixed projection screen or a retractable one?

We understand the confusion!

When it comes to deciding on one, there are many factors that go behind.

This article will explain the difference between the both to help you make an informed decision.

Let’s get started.

First, let’s understand what exactly the two screen types stand for.

As the name itself suggests, a Fixed Frame Projection Screen is installed in a stable set-up & is fixed on an empty wall. The creation process involves stretching the screen material onto a thick metal frame. 

On the other hand, Retractable Projection Screen is a portable screen that can be rolled into a long metal case to mount to a wall or any other support. It requires a strong built-in electric motor that is used to raise or lower the screen. 

 

The key differences between both types:

Size

Fixed frames are televisions that are a lot flatter, bigger & give an immersive experience that an ordinary television can’t. While the retractable screen may not be as big as they need to be moved & handled with caution while rolling and winding them up after use.

Set-up

Fixed projection screens are usually installed in a stable home theatre set up for they need a large wall/room dedicated especially to them. 

This doesn’t stand true for retractable screens as they could be wrapped up & installed anywhere anytime you want. 

Challenges

Both the screen types require installation, but in the case of fixed frames, it’s one-time and relatively easy. Retractable screens would require you to go through the installation every time you use them and keep it back. 

Full-time vs part-time availability of the wall

The above point clearly indicates one more difference between these two types. The fixed frame will demand a full-time use of the wall while with the retractable screen you can put the wall to any other use while not using the screen.

Cost

A retractable screen might add to your cost as there are multiple electrical supplies required while putting all the elements together. The mechanical elements are even required for fixed frames, but that’s just one-time fixing and hence becomes more pocket-friendly.

Popularity

Why people prefer fixed frame screens mostly is because they’re more recognised than the retractable ones. You would any day have maximum information available out there on those compared to the retractable screen.

Do retractable screens get wrinkled due to keeping them folded?

This is one of the misconceptions that exist in regards to retractable screens. There is a technique to be followed while opening and folding it back to keep it flat, clear & wrinkle-free.

Only if you don’t extend it completely, it might get wrinkles. So make sure to be careful while installing it.

Final thoughts!

If you want to avoid the back and forth constantly, go for a fixed frame without a second thought.

But, if you think you don’t need the screen to be there 24/7 & only need it occasionally, a retractable screen is what you’re looking for.

If you’re a first-time buyer and confused as to what screen would be the most suitable for your home theatre set up, you can visit here & find the best home theatre projection screen the market has to offer!

We hope this article finally helps you make that decision whether you want to go for a fixed-frame screen or a retractable one. 

Got any more questions that have not been answered yet? Put them in the comments below & our team will be happy to help!

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How to create an Outdoor Home Theatre Setup?

Watching movies on the home theatre is great. But do you know what is even more amazing?

Watching those movies on a home theatre set up under the wide sky full of stars!

Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about the outdoor home theatre setup. Is that something that has ever interested you?

We’re guessing you might be planning to set up your first outdoor home theatre setup and that’s why you’re here today!

This article will help you understand –

  1. What are the things you must take care of to set up an outdoor home theatre?
  2. Which equipment will make a part of the outdoor home theatre setup?

Let’s try to understand the first part with some simple yet crucial questions!

 

Do you have the provision for smooth electrical connectivity?

When we do the usual inside setup, this is not a big concern. But since we are talking about an outdoor setup here, make sure to double-check every connectivity channel to have easy access to the power outlets.

In case you can’t install the electrical set up outside, you can use the extension and have the electricity supply running from inside.

 

Is your backyard large enough?

Remember that you will have to set up all the outdoor equipment that you would have done inside the house. So, make sure the backyard or any place where you’re planning to set up the home theatre is spacious enough.

For example – you need to keep the distance of at least 15 to 20 feet between the projector and the screen. Hence, a larger space would benefit you the most.

  

Is the weather good?

We don’t want you to run into a nightmare where you settle down for the movie and it starts raining. That’s why it’s very important to check the climate for it will make or break the complete momentum of the event. 

Also, keeping in mind that it’s best to enjoy the movie when it’s completely dark, you can schedule the movie post-sunset or after 8 pm when it’s almost dark everywhere.

 

Are you choosing the place wisely?

When it comes to selecting the place for the outdoor home theatre setup, you need to be very careful with spotting any disturbances that may become a barrier in your movie night.

What could be those? Any streetlight or headlight or basically any bright & shiny light source that will reflect on the projector screen. Other than these, make sure there is no noise of neighbours, kids playing from the distance or any construction work that might be going on around. 

To not compromise with your movie experience, choose a place that is possibly free from at least 90% of these disturbances.

 

Is your arrangement comfortable?

Comfort > Fancy, always! Your audience could include kids, senior citizens, middle-aged people, teenagers and so on. So, keeping in mind the comfort level for everyone, you can go for chairs or lawn, whichever suits the best for your audience. 

 

Talking about the equipment – Can you recommend equipments.

Projector:

Being the heart and brain of your entire home theatre setup, the projector is probably the first thing you need to look into. Make sure to adjust it just at the right height and at the right distance from the screen.

 

Screen:

Once you set up the projector, the next step would be to get your home theatre screen in place. The home theatre screens usually come either as fixed frame or inflatable. You can use the same one that you have at home or even better, you can have a dedicated outdoor setup screen. 

After deciding the screen, you will have to figure out where you will place it at the determined location for the movie night. No matter where you place it, consider everything from where the seating will be to where is the projector installed and position the screen accordingly.

If you’re looking for a screen to provide you with the most immersive experience no matter where you make the whole set up, Lumina’s Color Pro White is what you need!

 

Speaker:

The better the sound, the greater the experience. After the view what matters the most is the sound. You need to have at least 2 speakers around to make sure everyone present for the movie can hear the sound clearly. 

Considering the size of the location, you can go ahead with the projector’s built-in speakers. If your group is as small as 4-5 people, you can simply use headphones.

Pro suggestion: In case you don’t want to buy any of these pieces of equipment just for a single outdoor movie night, you can opt for renting for the evening.

 

What will be the video source?

Whether the movie will be played through a DVD, Laptop or online through any OTT platform is what you would need to check beforehand and keep it ready while setting up the projector.

This is pretty much everything that you need to get started with your first outdoor home theatre setup. If you have any specific questions for us to answer, you know you need to put them in the comments below as always!

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