Films are as popular today as they’ve ever been, but the ways we watch them have changed. Up until the eighties, going to ‘the pictures’ was the primary way to enjoy a film. Then videos and DVDs created a way of bringing the movies into our homes, and the cinema lost some of its popularity.
In recent years, there has been a further shift. A new form of cinema has emerged: the home cinema! With projectors and screens becoming more affordable and cinema tickets more expensive, people can now set up a cinema room at home. If done well, the results can be stunning, and one of the key factors is lighting. Now thanks to LEDs, you can emulate a real cinema’s lighting without spending a fortune.
When you invite your friends round to watch a film, you don’t want to have to flick a light switch. This doesn’t happen in a real cinema! You want dimmable LEDs, preferably with a remote dimmer, so the room descends into darkness automatically at the start of the film.
In addition to the main room lighting, why not show off your movie collection by aiming a spotlight on your DVD cabinet? You could also hang framed posters of your favourite movies on the walls, using picture lights to emphasise them. This will create talking points for you and your friends when you’re not watching the film.
If a projector is overkill for you but you’d still like a cinema room, your existing TV will do (provided it’s big!). And while a projector screen does look impressive, you can always use LEDs to compensate. For instance, if you’re going for the ultimate ‘wow’ factor, how about placing your TV on an LED lightstand? You could also use LED strip lighting on the walls and ceiling, turning the whole room into a scene from Tron!
Lighting is a crucial element in cinemas and LEDs provide you with numerous options. But whichever lights you opt for, don’t forget that other essential feature of a night out at the cinema – a good supply of popcorn!