A Star ceiling can be one of the most delightful finishes to a home cinema room possible. We’ve partnered with Starscape to install their wonderful Infinity Star ceiling. This is made up of black felt covered panels populated with fibre-optic “stars”. The fibres are bundled together to a simple ferrule, which allows a number of panels to be driven from an LED light source. Using fibre optics means that only one source is needed and is simple. The fibres give rise to different sized “stars”, and these can be made to “twinkle” and have a range of colours if required, adding to the delight.
Prices from around £300 per square metre.
Example HiFi Cinema Star Ceiling Installations
The Star ceiling can be either as a floating island coming off the existing ceiling, or recessed in a coffered or framed area of the ceiling. Most of the star ceilings we have installed are arranged as panels within a coffered ceiling, as this gives the effect of an open-to-the-stars ceiling.
To build a Star Ceiling
There are three key elements to the star ceiling:
The Star Panels are typically 1m x 1m boards, and are attached to the ceiling via magnets, “sticking” to steel channels suspended from the actual room ceiling. In this way there are no fixings visible, and a very neat finish can be achieved.
The lighting source, is typically a small box with one or more high intensity LED light sources inside. This of course needs to be housed somewhere, be provided with mains power, and have a path for the fibre optic umbilicle to connect to the ceiling panels.
The light source may be a simple white light, include a “twinkle” wheel, or be a sophisticated RGBW unit with DMX control. The DMX facility allows the unit to be completely controlled via an automation system, generating custom colours, brightnesses and twinkle effects.
The ceiling supports have to be installed accurately so that the Star Ceiling is in the correct place, and this requires some careful planning, measuring and marking. We are able to make up special sized and shaped panels to fit odd-shaped ceilings, however these require a bit more effort to ensure the panels can be supported correctly.