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Yesterday 09:54 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

For those wanting to paint a night sky in your theater rooms... let me give you an idea of something that a customer and I just worked on. The customer painted the mountains around his room and then used some blue paint that I gave him to create moonlight on the tops of the mountains. Then I painted the ceiling and came down to the mountains.

If you want to do this yourself... he cut some long sheets of paper to create the outline of the mountains, with the mountains on the bottom of the paper. His walls were already dark blue. He then took black paint and painted from his stencil down to the floor. Then he took some silver paint and went along the mountain tops so that it would show up in the light, and also under blacklight. When I showed up I showed him some blue paint that I had, but rarely use... and I gave it to him to go over the silver paint, with my blue glow paint. Since my blue glow paint also has the fluorescing additive in it... that's what you are seeing under the black lights, and the blue glow with no blacklights on.

This turned out sooooo amazing (in person) and I tried to capture the look and feel of this room in long-exposure pictures, but you still don't get the full effect of the realism in pictures. I liked this look so much that I will be creating an add-on to my DIY Kits that will have generic mountain ranges and a few popular mountain peaks. Hopefully, I'll get around to finishing these.

Anyway, I was hoping that this might give some of you an idea of what you can do if this is the kind of thing that you like. You're always welcome to email me with questions or ask them here.







09-16-19 12:07 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

Isn't Glow paint and Fluorescent paint the same thing? I get this question frequently so I wanted to answer it in a video.

09-11-19 02:52 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

If you are planning to paint a star ceiling and you are going to put in a soffit for the charging lights... then here's a little diagram of a suggestion that I've given people over the years.

Besides coming down as far from the ceiling as possible (so the lights will hit the paint all the way out in the center of the room)... I always suggest a couple of circuits up there (one for the Charging lights and one for other rope lights for mood lighting). Sure, the blacklights are nice to look at, but sometimes you want a different color coming out of the soffit... thus the two circuits.

Also, if you have a fairly large ceiling, then I usually suggest an outlet (for the charging lights) to go in one corner, and then another to go in an opposite corner. The reason is that LED lights that are closest to the tube blacklights and give off the least amount of visible lights come in 12v... and can only run for 16.4' before needing more power. So, with two outlets, in opposite corners, you can usually cover most ceilings. Just plug in two 16' strips of lights into one outlet and then run the lights in opposite directions down the walls inside the soffit. Then, from the outlet that is in the opposite corner, run two more strips in opposite directions down the walls. By doing it that way, you can run 64' of lights without any extension cords. If your ceiling is bigger than 64', then you can add more outlets in different places.

The other circuit can then be used to power RGB rope lights, or whatever lights you'd like in there for mood lighting... and then run them independent of each other.

So, here is a graphic that I made for a customer to help explain things. Hope this helps someone.

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09-06-19 10:31 AM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

So you just paid a lot of money to have a star ceiling painted, or you spent a lot of time painting it yourself... and now it's time to charge that mural up and enjoy it. You look at the price of regular tube black lights, or the UV blacklight LED strips... and have some sticker shock. But then you find some blacklight rope lights that say that they are UV also... at a fraction of the cost of the other lights. So, you are about to pull the trigger and pay the $15 for enough lights to string around your room 3 or 4 times... when you see this video. Does this video validate your purchase, or discourage it?

09-05-19 11:35 AM
NightSkyMurals
A star mural on a Tray ceiling

Have a "Tray" ceiling and thinking about painting a star ceiling? Sweet... they are the best!!!

09-04-19 05:45 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

Here's something to think about if you've decided to paint, or have painted, a star ceiling.

08-17-19 03:57 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

Thanks! He's very talented... and I wish I could get him to make more for me!


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toothybugs wrote: View Post
Yup, nailed it
08-16-19 09:59 AM
toothybugs
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

Yup, nailed it
08-12-19 01:30 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

When you give your son carte blanche on making a video for you (with fingers crossed)... and he nails it.
06-26-19 03:51 PM
NightSkyMurals
Re: Star Ceilings - Painted vs Fiber optic

Hi Dean...

Thank you!! I really appreciate that. But, as I mentioned in the post... both types of star mural has benefits that the other doesn't. And, if you will have a room that get's very dark, then there is nothing better than a painted mural.

Thanks again!

Jeff


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deanpegal wrote: View Post
I believe the paint job looks amazing than fiber.
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