A Starscape animation showing the components of the Infinity star ceiling system and the installation method.
This video was recorded in our workshop shows our colleague Martin, installing six Infinity panels using our unique magnetic mounting system.
Building a Home Cinema
This time-lapse video by Richard Bell of UK Home Cinemas shows the creation of a high specification home cinema room from start to finish, complete with perimeter bulkhead and Infinity star ceiling panels.
Each panel is unique with its 100 stars laid out by hand. Starscape's panel assemblers compete to create the nicest combinations of clusters and constellations. This sort of star density is very rarely attempted in on-site installations - whether professional or DIY - and is one of the key features of the Infinity system.
Speakers and projectors
Speakers, lights, projectors and other shapes can cut out from the panels. All we need is a plan to work from.
Thanks to Ryan Cooper, Custom Electronic Design.
A popular way to display the panels is to create a bulkhead around the perimeter of the room. This creates a recessed ‘coffer’ .
The light source could be positioned inside the bulkhead.
Or mounted above, if space allows.
In some installations the bulkhead is below the panels, allowing a flexible approach to placing LED tape if required.
Infinity panels in the centre of a ceiling in a ‘raft’ configuration.
As sight lines may show the fixing framework the track and magnets have been inset.
We can supply masking strips to conceal the track. Have a look at Infinity Edge here.
Things to consider
1. Make a plan of the proposed star ceiling area remembering that full size (1000 x 1000mm) represent the best value for money. We can cut panels to size but you will be paying for the waste, so if you have the option, plan for an array with full panels.
2. Light source location is very important. We calculate the carrier tail lengths from this point so we must get it right. As the panels are demountable, as long as you have the depth, the light source or sources can be located above the display. If this is not possible try to keep them as close to the edge as practically possible. The carrier tails can actually transmit good white light for more than 12 metres but, as the system allows for a nominal 3 metres of carrier, any more than this will be chargeable.
3. Let us know if the panels will be in a coffer or bulkhead or located by themselves in the centre of a room as this affects the magnet position. For coffers and bulkheads the magnets will be on the outside edges. For a central location, where sight lines to the mounting track may be an issue we will inset the magnets creating a 100mm cantilever.
4. Finally, decide on the sort of display you want to see. A classic white twinkle can be achieved using a simple MiniLED550 light source. For more sophistication, including colour change, twinkle, strobe and dimming the MiniLED750 or MiniLED850 would be a good choice. The 750, 850 and RGBW light sources are also DMX compatible so will integrate with home automation.
light source features and capacities.
The MiniLED550 (up to 6 panels) features a nice, very natural twinkle effect. It doesn’t offer any sophistication in terms of control features, but it’s the unit we use in our own displays at trade shows. This light source will handle 6 Infinity panels and is supplied with interchangeable colour and twinkle wheels. The unit has to be physically configured to use one or the other. Power consumption is 6 watts. This light source has a rudimentary radio remote control: Power on/off, effects motor start/stop and dimming. Dip switches in the rear panel control twinkle/colour wheel rotation speed. There is no DMX function, so when used with home automation systems it will be limited to on/off.
The MiniLED600 twin port (up to 12 panels) has a very good twinkle and has the advantage of 2 optical ports, so can light 12 Infinity panels. The radio remote control gives on/off and effects wheel start/stop. Power consumption is 11 watts. Twinkle wheel speed set by dip switches on the rear panel. There is no DMX function, so when used with home automation systems it will be limited to on/off.
The MiniLED750 (up to 6 panels) is a more sophisticated light source with DMX capabilities. This source can illuminate 6 Infinity panels and has twin effects motors with overlapping twinkle and colour wheels. Colour change, twinkle, strobe and dimming are available from the remote control or via a 4 channel DMX input. This light source also has on board programmes which can be set via dip switches.
The MiniLED850 twin port (up to 12 panels) is a sophisticated light source with DMX capabilities. This source can illuminate up to 12 Infinity panels and has RGBW colour mixing capabilities. Colour change, twinkle, strobe and dimming are available from the remote control or via a 4 channel DMX input. This light source also has on board programmes which can be set via dip switches.
The MaxiLEDRGBW (up to 15 panels) is a powerful DMX light source with red, green, blue and white LEDs mixing to offer a very wide colour palette. Colour change, twinkle, shimmer, strobe and dimming are available via an 8 channel DMX interface. A variety of preset programmes are available via the remote control. Power consumption 40 watts (max). A single MaxiLED is more economical than a pair of MiniLED750s, but its larger size means that it won’t fit everywhere where a 750 will go. It also produces some operating noise which has to be factored in at the design stage.
Home automation systems such as Control4, Lutron, Rako and Crestron will interface with our DMX light sources. Do check with your installer that the necessary module is available.
The SDC-6 DMX is a 6 channel controller that will operate the MiniLED750 light source. The controller can be fixed at a remote location and connected to the source via a DMX cable. This controller would be best suited to a hidden location such as a cupboard.