While most rooms will work for a star ceiling, there are some variables that make it easier (and less expensive) to create this great effect. Here’s are some of the variables you might want to consider:
Ambient Light: Considering that the stars come out at night, it would follow that the room should have a lower light level. Home theaters and basement rooms tend to have low ambient light levels and work well for our indoor universes. That said, it’s possible to control the light levels of an upper level room with blinds and window shades. (Of course if your going to enjoy your star ceiling only in the evenings, ambient light is not an issue.)
Type of Existing Ceiling: It’s possible to install a star ceiling in a finished (sheet rocked or sprayed) ceiling. However you will need to have access from above. With out this access you will not be able to run the fibers from the illuminator to their final destination. If you have access from above, we’ll show you how a couple of our customers created great star ceilings in there finished ceilings! If you have a finished ceiling with out access from above, you might want to consider installing a suspended ceiling or using acoustic panels as part of the equation. We address this type of installation later in this guide.
“The Dock” was one of our first fiber optic ceiling installs they we designed back in the 1990’s. It is located in a windowless room in the basement with 9+ foot high ceilings. The evening scene featured the back end of a small ship that is docked, under a cloudless starry filled sky.