Home Cinema Lighting Tips

When planning your home cinema lighting, the first thing to consider should be where you are going to arrange your furniture. Where is your screen going to be placed and how will you set up your seating? It is important to ensure that your new lighting scheme compliments your arrangement. The last thing you want is light reflecting on the screen and ruining your cinema experience!

To make sure you set the right mood for your movie nights, we’ve put together our top three home cinema lighting tips…

  1. Lighting Controls

Lighting controls are absolutely essential in a home cinema – they enable you to control the lighting from the comfort of your seat. Some controls or apps even let you set your favourite light levels as default settings, so that you can create the perfect ‘mood lighting’ for different types of use. For example, you may wish to keep all lights on for general family TV watching, but have the option to select your ‘movie’ setting to dim wall lights, turn off overhead lighting and keep seating light strips illuminated.

  1. Backlighting

Another popular home cinema lighting feature is backlighting. This means placing a light source behind your television. This technique is sometimes called “bias lighting,” and it helps by enhancing picture contrast and reducing eye strain. You can also use colour changing led light strips behind your screen to really help set the mood for your chosen movie. Even when your screen is switched off, backlighting creates an effective focal point in any room.

  1. Concealed and Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting allows you to add adequate lighting to your home cinema without creating a glare or reflection onto the screen. This type of lighting can be added behind mouldings, around ceiling coves or even along the bottom of walls in recessed skirting boards. You can also add smaller recessed lights within the floor surface to highlight other features around the room such as columns or artwork. It is a good idea to try layering the lighting, so that it offers a flexible solution for the way the room can be used by all the family.

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