Illuminations Lighting professionals design media rooms for Houston clients seeking an experience that surpasses that of public cinema. We build each project around four key elements that we then customize and personalize specific to each clients desires, lifestyle, and home environment. This multi-specialty approach to media room design differentiates the genius of our Houston home automation division from our competitors and offers an unparalleled, one-source synthesis of aesthetic effects and state of the art equipment. Each aspect of media room design is treated as a specialty unto itself, requiring a synthesis of interdisciplinary designer cross training, technical expertise, and advanced automation programming and controls to effectively create. The following summaries indicate these basic elements of media room design and the core from which we expand and customize each project into a truly home theater system.
Video Sourcing and Positioning
It is important to consider that film is first and foremost a visual medium. Every Media room design must give priority attention to the screen as the visual focal point for the audience. Our clients are often surprised to learn that we do not always recommend the largest room in the home as the location of the media room. The designer’s primary concern is video sourcing and positioning. The screen must produce an image that appears to fill an entire wall, and the surrounding media room design must focus audience attention on the screen in such a way as to envelop perception with each scene. The video source must also balance with its surroundings so as not to detract from cinematic and setting. Houston residents have access to professional grade high-end televisions and projectors available through distributors like ILD, including, but not limited to, Sony, Panasonic, and Runco.
Audio Equipment and Positioning
Two major factors determine acoustical equipment and positioning: the size and shape of the room itself, and the acoustical qualities of the materials composing the ceilings, floors, and walls. Developing the audio segment of the media room’s design requires the type of advanced architectural and construction cross training our specialists undergo. It is extremely important for designers to fill the media room with sound with just enough reverb to give sound a “3 dimensional effect.” Too much reverb, however, creates static and echoes, and only a trained engineer can strike this perfect balance. Once our media design team clearly determines the acoustical dynamics at hand, we then select state of the art audio equipment both differentiate action sounds from character dialogue and to create multiple layers of sound effects that create the illusion that the audience is actually within the film, living the story along side of the characters.
Lighting Design and Effects
To design a media room for Houston residents that never makes them want to leave home again requires us to go beyond the normal lighting fixtures of public theater houses. Our lighting design for media rooms must do three things to accomplish this task. One, lighting must be dimmable to avoid any glare on the screen or detraction from color rendering. Two, lighting must consist of programmed, layered lighting themes that supplement genre and movie content. Third, lighting must offer special effects for mood and altered states of mind. Our proprietary, layered lighting design strategies ensure these three requirements are consistently achieved, balanced, and seamlessly united.
All of the drafting, development, and labor we invest in media room design would offer little value if it was as complicated to operate as it is to plan and install. The good news for Houston clients is, we make it just as easy on clients as we make it challenging to ourselves. Thanks to our trained and certified home automation team and licensed electricians, we link all key elements of media room design together and directly tie their functionality to automation themes that we program into a central processing controller. Users never have to touch the controller. The touch panels and remotes respond to simple push button commands and translate user input directly into algorithms that activate programs already loaded and ready to activate upon one-touch command.
ILD professionals offer every individual not only the best in home theater and automation, but also the most unique and personalized media room designed for direct control by the homeowner—something public theater cannot offer. Call 713-863-1133713-863-1133 now and ask to speak to a home automation and theater specialist about combining touch control, intuitive programming, and the world’s latest technology into a one of a kind home experience that makes staying at home the next new level of adventure.