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Home theater systems came as a boon to the cinema aficionados who couldn't make it to the theater every time they wanted to experience the excellent audiovisual amenities of the movie halls. Since they first became popular in the 1950s, technological advancements have made watching movies in your home just as real as watching one in a movie theater. The real experience of a home theater is complete when the proper lighting complements the superior picture and sound quality. Some people have gone to the extent of dedicating an entire room to their theater system.

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When it comes to installing lights in a movie room, most prefer to keep it dim. From wall sconces to fiber optics, there are many choices for the more passionate viewer.

Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are a great option that add to the mood of watching a movie. Their soft lights create the perfect ambiance that neither diminishes the essence of the movie nor do they strain the eyes. Wall sconces that come in a variety of shapes and designs provide soft backdrop lighting that add a touch of class to any movie room. These devices create a dimming effect with the help of a plastic covering or translucent glass that diffuses the light, or the metal shell that reflects the light back onto the wall. Some manufacturers also make themed wall sconces to help create the perfect atmosphere.

Recessed Lighting
Also referred to as pot lighting, recessed lighting is installed in inaccessible places in a room, generally inside a ceiling. They direct light at the ceiling, towards a wall, or any other area of the room. This helps to reduce the glare of the bulb.

LEDs
Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, have come a long way from being used in microwaves and VCRs due to their dim light output. Nowadays, LED lights are bright enough to replace normal lights. However, their small size and low electricity requirements mean that they can be used in rope lights and cove lighting that would perfectly complement the mood of a movie room.

Accent Lighting
This refers to installing a low-voltage light behind the couch or the screen, which emits a soft glow that is soothing to the eyes. Having it behind the screen will give a sense of depth to the image, this reduced the strain on your eyes. Certain television manufacturers have provided specific television models with accent lighting features that change color according to the theme of the image being displayed on the screen.

Fiber-optics
Fiber-optics can be used for numerous designs. The most common of these is creating a night sky that is lit by numerous glittering stars. A fiber-optic ceiling can be installed by purchasing pre-manufactured panels available in the market, or you can use a kit to do it yourself.

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If you use wall dimmers, these could be replaced with dimmers that are operated with a remote control. Installing voice controlled switches could be another great idea. These switches could function as normal switches and can be programed to respond to your voice.

While choosing the lighting equipment, keep in mind what your movie room looks like. A projector works best with no lights, as additional light sources will produce a glare. Flat screens and plasma televisions distribute light more evenly with less glare. Hence, these work best for those who want to have some sources of surrounding light for their movie room.

The tangled wire mesh is a big problem of home theater systems. These wires need to be concealed by drilling holes in the walls, which is highly inconvenient. A wireless home theater system helps to avoid this obstacle as the speakers do not need wires to connect to the system. These are available in both audio and video varieties. The factors involved in choosing the best wireless speakers are quality, sound range, and the total investment involved. The cost of these speakers is an important factor. However, it does not mean that low-cost speakers are necessarily good.

Transmission Modes

The transfer of the data required for these speakers uses the following two transmission modes:

Radio Frequency Transmission
Radio frequency technology uses radio signals to transmit audio signals from the base system to the speakers. The transmission speed of 40 kbps, and the 900 MHz frequency are used for this transmission. It is beneficial, as 'line of sight' transmission is not necessary. The radio signals can travel through walls, electronic devices, and other interruptions. The position of the speakers must be adjusted in such a way that the best reception and audio quality is available. These kinds of speakers are generally used in outdoor speakers and can be kept in different rooms. However, they have a limited range which must be tested in the room in which you are installing them. This technology is being improved upon to minimize the interference of electronic devices like cordless phones and radios. It is an expensive option as compared to infrared speakers.

Infrared Transmission
Infrared speakers use infrared light to transmit data signals to the speakers. The transmission rate of this technology is 50 to 2000 bps. The wavelength of the transmitted light is in the range of 870 nm to 950 nm. This technology is the best for home theater systems set up in a small area. The maximum range of the transmitter and speaker receiver is 20 feet, for which line of sight has to be maintained. Opaque physical materials obstruct the infrared signals. Glass does not, unless it is tinted or colored.

Types

Integrated Wireless Home Theater System: This is a completely wireless system that consists of the amplifier, transmitter, front and rear speakers, front center speaker, two frontal speakers, and a sub woofer.

Add-On Wireless Speakers: This system consists of transmitters, receivers, and surround sound speakers. It is meant for those who already have a wired home theater. The new transmitter is connected to the already existing amplifier.

The disadvantage of wireless speakers is that they have a limited range and no external power supply. They need a rechargeable battery unit which acts as a backup and is quite expensive.