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!

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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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Top 7 most-loved Indian Web Series you can binge-watch this weekend on your Home Theatre!

Entertainment…rescue… savior…what do you call them?

Yes, you got it right. We are talking about Web-series’.

Gone are the days when OTT platforms were meant to be enjoyed only by the youth on weekends.

Today, there’s something for everyone and if anything emerged as the top entertainment for people in India in the last year, it is the Indian Web Series’.

The mindblowing traction they received due to great storytelling, thought-provoking topics & epic performances by the entire star cast, has put them on top of our minds.

And for all the right reasons. 

Now, when the challenging times are back again, we thought why not recall some of the Indian web series that gave us a shot of happiness last year.

We’ve curated a special list for you to hop on and enjoy this weekend.

Here you go –

 

Sacred Games

Being the first web series produced by Netflix in India, it was expected to go big and when it was out, this Indian Crime Thriller just hooked the audience with its nerve-wracking storytelling.

With an epic duo of directors – Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane along with an equal star cast like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte, Sacred Games brings the thrill that stays with you long after completing the series.

 

Panchayat

This Hindi Comedy Drama is a great example of how simple stories can leave a big remark on us.

Panchayat captured the real essence of the struggle of a youngster when it comes to leading life in a small village in India. Especially a youngster with ambitions, dreams, and passion.

If you’re looking for something heartwarming to watch over this weekend with your family, Panchayat will beat all the other web series on this list.

 

Kota Factory

Kota Factory captures what goes behind the scenes in the city, Kota (India) where lakhs of students arrive every year with dreams and hopes to crack the most difficult examinations of the country.

After watching Kota Factory, we realize how little we know about their routine struggles, extreme pressure to crack the exam & how they manage to push every single day without parents in a new city.

If you would like to witness an eye-opening story like this, Kota Factory should be your go-to web series this weekend.

 

Scam 1992

Scam 1992 was the ‘talk of the town’ in 2020. We’re sure you don’t need an introduction to this series that took the internet by storm.

Based on the real scam of 1992 by Harshad Mehta, this series nailed everything from Acting, Story, Music and most importantly, its Dialogues!

‘Risk hai toh ishq hai’ has become an iconic dialogue and everyone who has watched the series simply doesn’t seem to get over it!

So are you giving Scam 1992 a shot again this weekend?

 

 

The family man

Why we absolutely loved this web series is because, unlike any other action drama, The Family Man not just shows us the on-ground scenes of the drama but also how the family life of such heroes unfolds. 

If you have a knack for stories that are thrilling yet emotional, you’re in for a great time with The Family Man.

Needless to say, Manoj Bajpayee is a treat to watch, as always!

 

Asur

Are you looking for content that would simply blow your mind?

Look no further and get Asur started on your home theatre already.

Words would fail to discuss the emotions one goes through when they are watching Asur. A combined genre of mythological fiction and thriller, Asur is the kind of content that’s produced once in a lifetime and when it does, you must watch.

Arshad Warsi made his debut through this series being the lead role and we wonder if there could be anybody who could play this role as fantastic as he did. 

If you want to go for something ‘unconventional’ this weekend, ‘Asur’ wouldn’t disappoint you.

 

TVF Aspirants

You can’t help but fall in love with any content produced by this wonderful platform – TVF.

Recently released TVF Aspirants just reconfirmed this faith. 

It is a story of 3 UPSC aspirants: their journey, their struggles & their friendship!

Gather your friends and tune in to TVF Aspirants this weekend!

 

If you have any more suggestions for all of us, put them in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to share this list with anyone who might be still wondering what to watch this weekend!

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What kind of lighting should be there in your home theatre setup room?

Done with your home theater setup?

No, not yet!

Not without the Lighting.

You might be done with the speakers, systems, screen, and everything else concerning the home theater setup.

But until you get the lighting done, the room is not ready yet.

So before you start calling your friends and relatives over for a movie marathon, let’s get this done.

The better the lighting, the better is your experience. 

Although it is recommended to decide the lighting for your home theater in the initial phase itself, it’s never too late to pay attention to this crucial part of your home theater setup.

 

Why do we insist so much on that ‘perfect lighting’?

The reason is simple. It sets the mood for the best viewing experience.

You might be wondering that shouldn’t your home theater room be completely dark?

Yes, but only while watching, right?

You need light while cleaning the room, adjusting the setup and all the other times when you’re yet to start the movie/show and you need the light to be able to move around.

Before you get too overwhelmed with the insights, let us promise you that it’s no rocket science. 

This article will help you understand –

  • The kind of lightings you can use for your home theater setup room
  • 4 things to keep in mind before you get started with the lighting set up

Let’s start.

 

Overhead Lighting

This one would be the ‘must have’ light in your home theater room.

Overhead lighting completely lights up the room to make everything and everyone in the room visible clearly.

This, obviously, will be used when you’re not watching something on your home theater or during the breaks.

However, due to the fact it is very bright, while watching something, it should be completely turned off or be kept at the lowest dim possible.

The overhead lighting could be any of these –

  • Recessed Lighting Fixture
  • Mounted Light Fixture
  • Hanging Light Fixture

You can determine which one suits you the best and get the one accordingly.

 

Sconces

While Overhead lighting acts more as an ‘essential lighting’ for your home theater, Sconces play the role of complementary lighting.

They are not too bright, are elegant and make for a beautiful addition to a home theater room. The lighting is not direct therefore you can keep them on even while watching something on your home theater.

Sconces are the light type attached to the wall and supported by an electrical box placed behind it.

 

Fiber Optic Lighting

If you’re anything like us, you would have probably been in love with those stars, planets stickers our parents would stick to the roof of our bedrooms and get us that amazing experience of stargazing while lights off. Felt nostalgic?

That’s exactly what it feels like with Fiber Optic Lighting. 

It’s the star effect you must have witnessed in some high-end home theater rooms. It is created by fiber tubes attached through a machine. 

They come in many colours while black ceiling with white lighting remaining the typical choice people go with. 

So can you get these lights too?

Yes, you can. But Fiber Optic lightings are generally suggested to those who have an indented ceiling. With that structure, it works the best!

 

Seat-side Lamps

If you need to have some quick lighting close to where you sit, you can opt for seat side lamps installing a table on each side of the chairs in your home theater room.

These can be used as lighting to keep everything around you visible, to find remote or maybe to just see the person next to you clearly.

Being said that, if you have already installed sconces, you can do just fine even without the seat side lamps.

 

LED Light Strips

Apart from the lighting purpose, if you want to use something that will simultaneously give a very cool look and feel to your home theater room, then undoubtedly, it’s the LED Light Strips.

You can be absolutely creative and experimental in terms of how and where you want to use them. 

Choose the ones that don’t produce much heat and can be cut to length to place them differently for different sections. 

If we have to give you examples, the most creative ones would be where people use them on steps, risers or simply hang them on the wall where they look most fabulous and give out the soft glow.

 

Cove Lighting

Looking for something classy? Cove Lighting can help you with that.

These are the lighting used for giving your ceiling a soft glow and adding a pleasant light to your home theater room. 

They do not reflect any light on the screen directly so you can always have them turned on at the lowest dim and enjoy the viewing time.

Which ones amongst these would you love to use in your home theater room?

Before saying goodbye for the day, here’re our two cents to consider before you get started with your lighting –

 

Use LED Bulbs

They might cost you a bit extra in the beginning but trust us, they consume a lot less energy and produce less heat as compared to any other bulbs.

The best thing? They come in different colors and temperatures so you can choose the best suitable.

 

Block the unwanted light

This is the last thing you would want to experience in your home theater room – The unnecessary light peeking in!

If there are windows to your home theater room, block the light with blackout or thick curtains or any other measure you have to take to avoid that light.

 

Wall Colour

The darker the wall colour, the less light it will reflect. 

Choose colours like grey, indigo, brown or lighter shade of black for your wall to get the minimum interference of the reflections throughout your watching time.

 

Use different breakers for connection

Instruct your electrician to connect all the lights that you will be using with different breakers than to one circuit. 

This will help you avoid the fixture noise to break into the audio system of your home theater.

Know that these points will only keep you less involved with fixing issues later so make sure you have them in place.

That’s all for today.

Hope we could help you out in some way to get started with your lighting setup!

 

If you still find yourself wondering about something, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below and we would be happy to clear the confusion.

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Bring IPL to your home this year! Watch matches only on Lumina Screens!

The Indian Premier League is here and we clearly can’t keep calm!

Despite the fact that things around us have started to go south again, if there’s anything that is keeping the sanity of Indians at this moment, it’s the excitement to welcome IPL Matches.

Now, most of us don’t have a choice to go out to the stadium and enjoy the live stream. Therefore, the closest you can get to experience the stadium thrill is your Home Theatre!

And what’s better than a Home Theatre Screen that would make you feel that the helicopter shot hit by Dhoni is coming straight at you?

Sounds fun, isn’t it?

Watch this IPL on Lumina Screens if you’re in no mood to compromise the entertainment & real dhamaka of the Indian Premier League!

Because we promise, it’s going to be equally (if not more) thrilling with Lumina Screens!

How?

 

Everything’s BETTER!

Lumina Screens operates with a belief that a projection screen is much more than just a piece of white cloth. 

Therefore, the technology and innovation used to make our screens always strive to give you that MORE & BETTER experience.

 

Made for EVERYONE!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at home? Great!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at the office? Amazing!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at your Hotel? Perfect!

 

Check out our Product Page & you will find a Lumina Screen available for every person, every place, and every occasion!

 

Viewing experience so good that it will keep you glued to the screen till the last over!

Ok, let us warn you in advance..

Once you sit down in front of the Lumina Screen, it’s not until a few hours (if not the whole night), you can convince yourself to log off. 

Our Satin Premium front projections screen is compatible to diffuse projected light from all directions so that you can watch the screen just perfectly from any angle.

And that’s exactly what makes for the most enhanced viewing experience you need to not just watch that match but truly live it!

 

What’s the fun without Commentary & the Audience’s Cheer?

If anything that brings life to IPL matches, it’s the Commentators & the Audience.

Be it Harsha Bhogle’s outstanding commentary or the audience going mad over Virat Kohli’s yet another century, THE SOUND MATTERS.

Lumina’s Accupix Pro is a special screen with the latest innovation that provides the most brilliant sound quality and transparency.

So that you can enjoy the match to the fullest and add your own voice to it!

 

If we had to summarise all of the reasons in one line, then it would be –

For the most immersive experience, you will ever discover!

And all the fun is not so far now!

IPL starts from 9th April 2021 & the first battle is a big one!

Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Are you as excited as us?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Buyer’s guide to purchasing the right Home Theatre System!

Who says investments only include stocks, money, or home?

Some investments are made for your happiness and one of them is a Home Theatre System.

If you’re here today, we’re sure you’re looking to make that investment but not sure how to go about it.

No worries. We have you covered.

In this article, we will talk about:

  • All the components that make for a home theatre system!
  • 2 important things to study before you step out to buy a home theatre system!
  • 3 mistakes to avoid while buying the right home theatre system!

 

Without any further adieu, let’s jump on to understanding all the components of a home theatre system in detail:

  1. A TV or a Projector Screen

A great TV or a stunning Projector Screen is essential for the amazing home theatre system that you’re planning to build. 

If you have a room that you can completely dedicate to your home theatre system, you should not go for anything but a premium home theatre projector screen.

Projector screens as compared to TVs provide –

  • Better and enhanced viewing experience. 
  • Makes the color and the light feel more real and prominent.
  • Ensures a high performance in terms of all the areas.
  • Brings a theatre-like experience at home.

 

Some screens allow you to place the speakers behind them which in turn gives you the freedom to keep your home theatre system room more spacious and neat.

 

2. A home theatre receiver

Some say the AV receiver is the brain behind the entire system and some say it’s the heart of the system. We say it’s both, the brain and the heart as it receives, processes amplifies and then transmits the sound to your TV and speakers.

For first-time buyers, you need to have an AV receiver that has at least five channels and one subwoofer output to connect with your home theatre system.

The receivers have a built-in sound system decoder that converts the sound input into the surround system. If you’re confused about going for a high or low wattage receiver, a high wattage receiver will anyway deliver a great sound quality compared to the latter one.

As a first-time buyer, you also need to understand one thing is the AV receiver with 100s of features is not always what you need. A good quality receiver with important features like 4k video compatibility with multiple numbers of audio and video outputs can also be a wise choice to go with. 

Determine what all features you wish to use and choose the one accordingly.

If you can afford to get a great quality for which you have to pay a little more amount than usual, we suggest you should go for it. The reason being that the less expensive one may have all the features and functions but it may not work as smoothly and efficiently as you envision.

 

3.Speakers

The component that ‘makes or breaks your home theatre experience’. Your Speakers!

While deciding this, make sure to take your time to determine your requirement specifically, budget, and space.

Types of speakers that can be paired with your home theatre system:

 

  • Bookshelf speakers:

These are best suitable for mid-range and high-end frequencies. As the name itself suggests, bookshelf speakers are supposed to rest on a shelf, table or any other elevated platform and are designed to maximize sound in small-medium size rooms.

  • In-wall & in-ceiling speakers:

These speakers are positioned into a wall or a ceiling.

The ceiling speakers are budget-friendly and make a great addition to a soundbar which is long thin bar-shaped having multiple speakers embedded in it.

  • Stereo system:

A stereo system is a set of 2 speakers which are positioned on two sides of the home theatre. Therefore, the sound is either coming from left or right. 

If you’re planning to use the speakers for streaming music, playing CDs or recording, they would be the best choice of preference for you.

  • Surround sound system:

A surround sound system could be a set of 3 speakers or more that are placed all around the room. The system usually comes in a set of 5 to 7 channel setups and comes with a subwoofer.

If you’re looking to have that immersive theatre-like experience while watching shows and movies or a great gaming session regularly, then nothing better than a good surround sound system for you.

 

Now that you know all the components that make for a home theatre system, let us reveal the 2 things you must look into before you step out to buy them:

 

  • The room:

Analyze and determine the room in which you’re going to place each of the components that we discussed above.

While evaluating the same, ask yourself –

Where do I want to keep the TV or the projector? How much space do I have for the same?

After setting up everything, how much space is left for the seating area?

As per the room, how do I want my speakers to be?

Having answers to each of these points would give you great clarity when you’re actually out and selecting the devices.

 

  • Do your homework:

If you’re a first-time buyer, we’re very sure that you must have a few things in respect to choosing brand, price ranges and such for the home theatre system you’re planning to buy.

So, we suggest before buying, you do thorough research about these brands for speakers, home theatre screens, AV receivers and read what people are talking about each brand.

At the same time, you can read the reviews on Amazon, Flipkart about the products of the price range that suits your budget.

Don’t rush into anything as everything you buy is going to be for long-term use and not for a few months.

 

While keeping in mind these 2 essential tips, we would also like to warn you to not commit these 3 mistakes –

  1. Buying the wrong size TV or the Projector Screen just because you’re fascinated by a giant screen you saw at a friend’s house. The very reason we already suggested to keep the room size in mind.
  2. Buying the wrong type of speakers. Know your requirements specifically and then only make this decision. You won’t enjoy the stereo sound system if you aimed to have an immersive sound experience.
  3. Buying less AV receivers. As much as it is important to select a great pair of speakers, an AV speaker that can receive and process them amazingly is equally important. 

 

Winding up!

We understand, the process of buying a home theatre system is a daunting task, especially if you’re doing it all for the very first time.

Hopefully, we could shed some light on all important factors to make this one a little easier for you. If you still find yourself scratching your head over anything, let us know how we can help by putting those questions in the comments below!

Feel free to share this article with somebody you know is searching for such insights!

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How to clean your home theatre projector screen?

Confused as to how you should clean your projector screen the right way?

We understand you could be a little conscious about this one as it’s not any other object that you randomly start cleaning. However, out of that consciousness, you can’t leave the screen untouched for a long time either.

Because no matter how great your screen is, if it’s left dusty, even the amazing speakers or your comfortable recliners won’t be able to get you that best home theatre experience you want!

Therefore, your screen needs cleaning. Period.

To help you with simple, easy yet effective tips, we have done our research, and here’s all you need to know before cleaning your home theatre projector screen.

 

Use compressed air can

Sometimes, removing the dust (if it’s not too stubborn) with the compressed air can is all you need to do. It is recommended to buy a can of compressed air usually from the same dealer or the showroom you bought the screen at. Make the dust easy to get off by spraying the screen with some strokes of compressed air in a can. Don’t hold the can too close to the screen as well. One inch from the screen is a good distance to go with. Also, ensure to cover your face with a mask while doing so if you have any allergies.

 

Prepare a solution of warm water & dish soap.

Take warm water (95%) & mild dish soap (5%) and stir them together in a big bowl so they are properly mixed. This solution will help you remove the stains or stickiness from the screen without disturbing the reflective paint on its surface. 

If this is also not getting those stains off, you might want to try denatured alcohol with the microfiber cloth. But do not let the alcohol soak into the screen. 

 

Wipe gently

No matter what solution you use, be gentle while wiping the screen. Use a microfiber cloth to lightly dampen and make sure to not soak it too much or get it saturated. Don’t ever scrub. Go as light as you can while putting the pressure.

 

Use the softest cloth

Go with the cloth that is very soft and is lint-free (the kind of cloth that does not give off any fluff when used). Considering the fact that the projection screen is very delicate, do not use any cloth that is hard or a scrubbing sponge.

With Matt White surfaces, you can go with a soft cloth/cotton/microfiber while with a high gain surface, you can use a soft brush.

 

Wear gloves

While cleaning off the already presented dust, fingerprints, or oily stains, you wouldn’t want to add the new ones to the screens. Therefore, before starting the cleanup process, put your gloves on. This further also saves the screen from being damaged due to your nails.

 

Wipe off the water immediately

While cleaning the screen with any solution or generally also, make sure to wipe off the water present anywhere on the screen. If you let the solution dry on your screen, be prepared to face some permanent stains right there.

 

Things to avoid:

 

Harsh chemicals:

If you’re going to use any solution other than water and the dish soap one, make sure to recheck it twice if there are any corrosive, wax, or abrasive chemicals present in it. These chemicals can instantly ruin the screen’s reflection. If the stains could be taken off with the simple water and the mild dish soap mixture, nothing like that. 

 

Air drying:

Air drying the screen will create spots on it. Therefore, as we already instructed, use any soft cloth/cotton/microfiber to gently dampen the surface to wipe the screen.

 

Masking tape

Some suggest using masking tape to soak the dust while some say it could potentially damage the surface of the screen. Giving the benefit of doubt to the latter, we suggest not to use masking tape as a cleaning tool for your projector screen.

 

Any special care to be taken with Retractable Screens?

No.1 tip to avoid dust on retractable screens is keeping them rolled up when you’re not using them. The times you clean it, make sure to never roll it up as soon as you clean. Give it enough time to dry and then roll-up.

 

Some measures to follow with these special screen types:

 

Matte White Screens and Woven Screens

With these screens, use mild liquid soap with water as a solution only if the grime is too tough to get rid of. After cleaning, use a very soft cloth to wipe the surface gently. Rinse that cloth often with clean water.  Once done, you can give the Woven screen for dry cleaning if required.

 

Coated Screens

These screens are advisable to clean using a dry process. Unlike every other screen, avoid using any water or detergents to clean Coated screens. Make sure to clean it from top to down with a fine soft brush or a microfiber cloth applying limited pressure. Don’t use the dirty or used cloth to wipe the screen hence shake off the cloth after each stroke or change it if it’s too dirty.

 

Ensure to clean the back portion of the screen too!

One of the most underrated yet important tips many articles and posts fail to cover is focused on covering the back of a portion of your screen too while running the cleanup. This area is usually ignored indirectly but the interesting fact is it is where the stickiest and the heaviest dust is built up. So, next time you initiate a clean-up for your projector screen, don’t forget to vacuum the backside too.

 

How often should you clean a Projector Screen?

Most of the premium projection screens do not need to be cleaned too often as they are made up of high-quality material and if are kept in a clean, dust-free environment. However, if the screen is placed in an auditorium where there are many sources of dust and dirt, it is recommended to clean your premium projector screen every 6 months. Other than this, in case you notice a speck of dirt or water on the surface anytime, make sure to take immediate action. Otherwise, it’s all good.

 

The last and the most important tip for the day:

Remember every projection screen demands a different kind of handling and maintenance. The reason simply being the material used to manufacture every screen is different.  So, it’s always a good idea to take some insights on cleaning the screen from the dealer at the time of the purchase. If they aren’t sure either, you can directly connect with the manufacturer and understand the instructions as per your screen. After all, none of us wants to do any harm to the screen while all we were intending to do is to clean it.

Hope these insights can help you keep your home theatre projector screen clean, bright and get you that most amazing viewing experience for years to come.

If you still have any queries on your mind, feel free to put them in the comments below and we would be more than happy to help!

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