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Home Theater Lighting Best Practice

Having a home theatre in your home is a nice thing to enjoy the experience of your movie in a private space. Do you intend to construct one in your house? However, are you curious about what kind of lighting you should provide in your private theatre to have the greatest viewing experience? We help you to do it; just read the following to know more.

Your theatre will be attractive and opulent thanks to the superb lighting. The lighting in your home theatre is very important. When you are selecting the finest lighting system, it is also necessary to consider the optimum lighting intensity and location.

Do you understand that the majority of people seem to believe that a totally dark room is the greatest option for their home theatre room? However, it is not true, as you know! Watching in total darkness might damage your eyes and give you a headache and some minor symptoms.

Types of Home Theatre Lighting

Let’s see about the various lighting systems that are available for your newly built home theatre in your private space, which gives you a variety of experiences based on your color selection and type of lighting and location. The following are the types of lighting that can be provided for the home theatre.

Cove Lighting

Cove lights are a fantastic method to make your home theatre stand out as indirect lighting visualization. Cove lighting, which can be provided with LED strip lighting or rope lighting, is a fantastic way to add a gentle glow to your ceiling. When you don’t want the room to be completely black but don’t want any light spilling over the screen, cove lights are one of the most efficient ways to provide light into your home theatre.

For every home theatre room, lighting emitting diode strips makes the finest solution. You may utilize led strips behind the screen and around the edges of the floor. While viewing, use a mild glow light that will not irritate your eyes.

Wall Sconce

Wall sconces are the major lighting choice for many people for their home theatre room, and they are one of the greatest lights to utilize. This light alternately glows up and down, so it does not directly draw your attention. Wall sconce can be put on a wall or in the columns that span the length of the entire room if you prefer the variety in the lighting that shines in the various directions that are up and down or along the sideways without emitting any visible light directly outwards. In other words, the light bulbs are not visible to you directly from your seating.

Certainly, there are some really having amazing looks of ornamental sconces that employ candelabra type lights that are totally visible, and this may be the aesthetic you want for your theatre, but we believe they can be disturbing to the eyes if you use to watch the movies in the theatre with them on. If you are planning to decorate your theatre with it, it is okay to have them when you are ready to keep them off while watching something on the screen in the theatre.

Star Ceiling Light

Star ceiling or starfield lighting systems are one of the most impressive lightings for your home theatre. In certain instances, you may even see shooting stars while using this kind of lighting since it gives the appearance of a starry night on your ceiling. Because it is made of small fiber optics, starfield lighting adds relatively little light to the room. However, the cost of a fantastic system can be greater than the cost of your front projector, and that we would only suggest this if your budget is not restricted in any way. It’s a really great aesthetic, but keep in mind that it’s usually quite expensive from other types of lighting systems for your home theatre.

Step Light

If your home theatre includes stepped seating planning, the stairs must be clearly visible to prevent your visitors from tripping over them in the dark. Decorative stair lights are available in a variety of styles and colors on the market that suits your preference. Indirect lighting is the best to throw in your home theatre, which we strongly recommend you to choose. During the movie, the majority of people will opt to keep their step lights on at a low setting. You won’t be preferred any kind of light that shines directly onto the screen, so make sure none comes in the way. We have come across some installations where mounting the bright step lights on the vertical riser and shone directly into the screen; this was not a good idea, in our opinion. Make sure that the step lights are placed to the side, if at all possible, and that they have louvers or some other kind of feature to guide the light source downward.

Task Lighting

When it comes to home theatre task lighting, you may wonder why you would need it in the first place because a movie theatre is already gloomy. If you have to clean your home theatre, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to view the whole room without straining your eyesight? According to our observations, recessed ceiling cans are the most effective kind of fixture for theatrical task lighting. Most recessed cans are available with a dark trim ring, which will blend in well with the dark ceiling in your home cinema room. A normal theatre will need 3 to 4 rows of cans, with the cans placed about 3-4 feet apart, to provide the maximum light while cleaning.

Aside from the actual fixtures, there are other lighting considerations in a theatre. We’ll go through a couple of these in the next sections.

Alternatives Cheap Lighting

Desk Lamp

General illumination is provided by the conventional lamp and shade that is placed on a table, while task lighting is provided by the desk lamp. This lighting is a less expensive option for your home lighting. These types of lighting generally are provided in the bedroom on the sides of the bed, which helps you to read while lying in bed as it does not flush lighting throughout the room and focus on a particular area. This lighting comes along with a variety of ornamental lamp covers which do not spread the light throughout. Desk lamps can be placed on the sides of the seating. 

Play Lights

With the press of a button, you may choose between a million different colors and create an ambiance. Alternatively, you could just cycle between various shades of white light – wake up to soft, warm tones that grow stronger as the day progresses into the evening. You may use it to highlight a wall on the floor, display it on a shelf to illuminate your pictures or connect it to the back of your television to produce a bright backlight that’s ideal for movie night.


A spotlight is powerful lighting used as accent lighting to focus on something to highlight on particularly on the wall or on the floor. Series small and low-intensity spotlights have something similar to starfield lighting. Along with creating ambiance and affecting mood, accent lighting is utilized to attract attention to architectural elements and significant items while detracting focus away from things that aren’t as pleasant to the eye. Even though accent lighting may be used to conceal design mistakes, it is the most often overlooked of the three kinds of lighting.

Colour Changing Led-Bulbs

In addition, you may program some lighting changes to occur automatically in response to certain triggers. When you press the play button, the lights darken automatically. When you press the stop button, the lights come back on, and you may make your way to the kitchen to get some food. If someone has to get up during the movie but doesn’t want to disturb it, you may connect tiny LED lights on the floor to motion sensors. Whenever a person gets up out of their seat, the exit lights illuminate to direct them to the nearest exit.

Things to be considered 

While building a home theatre lighting system, you should think all about customizing your space to accommodate your viewing screen, audio speakers, and projector. Every component of the room may be customized to provide the greatest visual and audio quality possible. Much of the emphasis in the latter is on establishing the appropriate lighting atmosphere. We assist you in designing the best movie-watching experience in your house that matches the one in a commercial theatre by using smart control, aesthetic changes, and blackout shades.

Use smart lighting controls (which is easily integrate with Alexa or Google voice assistance)

As part of your home theatre design, you should have a smart control system in place that makes it simple for you to switch lights on and off, dim them, and open and shut the shades. Manage everything from the same device you use to switch on your projector or change the station. This way, you don’t have to get out of your seat to shut blackout blinds and adjust the appropriate illumination.

Eliminate the light reflections

If your movie theatre is equipped with a front projector, you’ll want to be cautious about what you put in the area surrounding the projection screen itself. In the event, if your screen is just placed flat on a wall, you won’t have to worry about anything. However, if it’s recessed in any kind of cabinet or just has a cabinet or any type of surface immediately underneath it, you’ll need to consider the surfaces beneath it as well as the cabinet itself. A front projection screen reflects light back to our eyes, rather than allowing it to escape straight out the other side. It is possible to obtain a good image even while sitting to the side of the screen since the light reflects off the screen at a rather broad angle.

Choose the warm color of light

While choosing the light, consider not just only the difference between cool and warm light but also where and when to utilize each kind of light. A combination of warm and cool light will almost certainly be required in a room, and it is particularly beneficial to have distinct settings for “scenes” that need a different ambiance than the others. In-home theatres, warm light makes the best choice to make.

Eliminate ambient lighting

The use of ambient light is more basic to flush the space or room with light, but in the home, theatre does the opposite to the rest of the room space. Making the space as dark as possible is an important aspect of any home theatre design. We recommend placing your system in a room without windows, but if that is not possible, you may add blackout curtains to decrease light from outside. You may also make changes to your décor to prevent light from bouncing about the room.

Block any outside Lighting

Remember that you’ve never stepped inside a movie theatre that had windows before when designing your home theatre. If your theatre room has windows, please consider a method to completely screen off the light that will be streaming in from the outside. Heavy blackout drapes or shades may be used to achieve this effect. In the case that you want to use shades, ensure sure they are mounted on a track system to prevent light from streaming in from the sides. Automated shades may also give a fantastic wow element to your home, especially if you set them to darken the room as soon as you start watching the film.

Integrate the Lighting into the Architecture

Planning the placement of the lighting system in your home theatre simply for the sake of having a light does not do the room righteousness and may have a negative impact on the viewing experience with your home theatre. We propose incorporating lighting components into the building if your budget allows. There are several ways to incorporate lighting into a room, including column lights, cove lighting, step lighting, and a star ceiling.

Back of the screen

Backlighting from behind a television screen is referred to as bias lighting. This helps to alleviate the strain on the eyes produced by gazing at a bright light in a dark environment. Bias lights also enhance the color and contrast of your television, as well as the black levels, while emphasizing the television as the main point of the room. It’s important to use lights with a color temperature of about 6500K since all television sets have their whites calibrated to this temperature.

Recessed in the ceiling

Among the most common task lighting designs for home theatres, LED recessed ceiling lights are one of the most popular. Recessed ceiling lights, when placed on separate circuits and controlled by different dimmer switches, offer you more flexibility over where you want your lighting to be directed. While cleaning your cinema, ceiling lights may be used as ambient lighting as well. For a more relaxed atmosphere, leave a few lights on and dimmed for casual viewing, which is ideal for watching sports events and award shows.

Under Your Seat

Under-seat lighting gives a highlight element to your home theatre. If you are joining in the middle of a movie in the darkroom, for you searching for your seat, it is quite difficult to locate one. This feature helps you to point out one and helps you not to disturb others in the middle of the movie. Along with step lighting will lead you to the pathway without hitting on something.