July 13, 2007
If you’ve ever researched just what goes into installing a fiber-optic, star field ceiling for your home theater, you’ve likely discovered that while the end result is often spectacular, that result doesn’t come without considerable planning and effort. The guys over at iSky panels want to change that; have changed that would be more accurate.
The iSky star field panel system consist of 2×2’ panels (other sizes available) with integrated low-voltage LED’s, illuminating fiber optic strands. The panels can be linked together to power one another and mounted flush (below the surface of the ceiling) making a do-it-yourself installation much more feasible than typical fiber optic systems. Thus far typical fiber optic ceiling installations consist of a separate illuminator and individual fiber optic strands punched through larger, bulky tiles and or the sheetrock itself.
While iSky’s surface anchor system does simplify the installation method for sheetrock ceilings to some degree, the tile for tile drop-in replacements for acoustic ceilings couldn’t be simpler to install. Well that is unless the iSky guys came out and did it for you. Pop out all your existing tiles, paint your ceiling tile grid black and from there it’s basically a paint by numbers exercise.
We currently use two different “star ceiling” systems but the iSky system certainly produces the more intense effect of the two. Below are a few images of an iSky panel in detail and illuminated with the lights dimmed. (Note: the panel pictured is a dealer demonstrator, the actual panels are larger).