Seymour-Screen Excellence Introduces Industry First Color Temperature-Tunable Back-Lighting Kit
Ready to break ground on some new technology, Seymour-Screen Excellence is ready to bring an industry first tunable white bias lighting kit to the market. The kit can be adjusted from 3,000K to 20,000K to achieve a true 6,500K Kelvin color temperature Properly-calibrated back-lighting - also known as hue - behind and around the film screen serves to improve contrast and reduce eye strain. This is especially useful when combining a high-brightness projector with an ambient light-rejecting film screen in a darkened room setting.
“Lighting kits have become popular among film screen and HDTV users, however much of the ones available on the market actually contaminate the video experience because they simply project primary or secondary colors onto the wall," said Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour. "For video purists like us, this looks so ridiculous. We jokingly refer to them as 'dancing UFO lights.'"
“Understanding that the vast majority of homeowners aren’t painting their room walls a D65 color, we set out to design a solution that could compensate for their wall color and make high dynamic range (HDR) and high-brightness viewing less fatiguing. Now when the homeowner gets their projected image calibrated, their calibrator can find the bias light setting for a true 6,500K,” he added.
The kit is comprised of LED light strip assembly that gets taped around the rear of the fixed-frame film screen. Via the kit’s IR remote, the calibrator can bring the color temperature up or down to best suit the wall-color, using a color meter to measure the temperature.
“If the walls are yellow or orange, the kit would be dialed toward a blue (or cool) tint to increase the ambient bias lighting up to 6,500K," explained Seymour. "Conversely, if the walls are on the bluish side, the kit would be dialed toward the warm-end to decrease the ambient bias lighting down to 6,500K."
Ambient light-rejecting film screens are beneficial in rooms subject to daylight or other lighting that cannot be completely controlled – albeit a multi-purpose entertainment room or dedicated theater. Additionally, some homeowners are opting to use a high-brightness projector with an ALR screen to achieve an eye-popping large screen experience that exceeds the size of a flatscreen TV. While ALR screens have been popular over the years, they have been prone to problems that affect performance, namely issues such as color shifting, hot spotting, ringing, or sparkling.
Comprised of LED light strips, a power supply and IR remote, the tunable white bias lighting kit represents the first back-lighting solution from Seymour-Screen Excellence. The kit used in conjunction with the Seymour-Screen Excellence Ambient-Visionaire makes for an unprecedented cinematic experience. With MSRP set at $490, the light kit is shipping now.