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A Brief Introduction to the Set-Up of a Star Ceiling

by:TBT     2020-08-11
A star ceiling is an innovative illumination effect that enables one to create a star-field-like illusion on a ceiling. This effect is achieved with the use of fiber optic strands that glow at one end-this is the end that is visible on a ceiling surface. When hundreds of such end-glow fiber optic strands are assembled in a random pattern on the ceiling, they resemble the effect created by twinkling stars at night.
These ceilings are in vogue today, and lend an unparalleled aesthetic appeal to a nursery, bedroom, mini home theatre, recreational area, and so on. Much before the star ceiling concept became popular in houses across the world, these illumination effects were used in hospices, cancer treatment centers, casinos, amusement parks, conference arenas, auditoriums, and entrance ways, and so on. In fact, this effect can even be created on floors and walls, and not just ceilings.
How are they installed?
The typical installation process begins with the customer deciding the exact density of the star-field effect on the chosen ceiling. The customer could also put forth a request to their installer or designer to include constellation patterns in the star-field effect. If the ceiling is small, these effects are often not recognizable. Hence, the constellation effect is best incorporated in very large or very high ceilings.
It is vital that these stars are installed in a random fashion to closely resemble the natural night sky that has several dark spots too. To achieve this effect, installers typically install 3-4 stars per square inch. This number can be increased to suit individual tastes and preferences.
The star ceiling is installed by drilling hundreds of minute holes in a ceiling, and installing end-glow fiber optic strands in these holes. The wires and light source(s) are usually concealed behind the ceiling to keep it from general view.
What is the oft-used light source for star ceilings?
The light source primarily depends on whether the star ceiling is a ready-to-install kit or a custom ceiling. If it's a kit, the light source is likely to be a low wattage quartz halogen light source. However, if it is a semi-custom or custom ceiling, the light source could be quartz halogen or HID. However, LED light sources are the best option because they have a long life, consume less power, and they produce very low amounts of heat making a ceiling safe. A power supply of 5v to 12v usually suffices for LED light ceilings.
There certain companies that offer solutions pertaining to fiber optic cables that can be contacted for star-field ceiling requirements. Such companies also deal in other cutting-edge technologies such as machine vision lighting.
Such companies are better-equipped to meet your design challenges head-on. Additionally, star ceiling can also be designed to have a special shooting star, or twinkling star effect.
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