Let’s Talk Ceiling Lifts

A TV lift is a basically an electrically powered system which moves a television. This can be horizontally or vertically in and out of furniture, the ceiling or walls. This not only allows the user to save space within a room, but it also allows them to integrate a TV into the design of a room. Today though specifically, I want to talk to you about ceiling lifts.

Ceiling lifts allow TV’s to be concealed horizontally within a ceiling and at a press of a button, hinged downward for perfect viewing. Many ceiling lifts are perfect for when you have a relatively small ceiling void area, or when you have limited space. They allow televisions to be concealed unobtrusively when not in use freeing up floor and wall space in any room.

That not all though, many lifts have a swivel function which means that you are not limited to a single viewing angle. Instead you are able to position the unit anywhere within a room and be able to watch it from wherever you wish. This is particularly useful for when you would like to watch TV in two rooms.

Thinking about getting one for yourself? Then why not check out our new range:

Future Automation CHR4, CHR5 & CHR6 Ceiling Hinge TV Lift Mechanism 

Future Automation CHRS4, CHRS5 & CHRS6 Ceiling Hinge TV Lift Mechanism With Swivel Rotation 

Future Automation CHRT4, CHRT5 & CHRT6 Ceiling Hinge TV Lift Mechanism With Telescopic Lowering 

Future Automation CHH7, CHH8 & CHH9 Heavy Duty Ceiling Hinge TV Lift Mechanism 

There’s something a little special about these lifts though; a completely new re design of the old CH series of ceiling tv lift hinge, the new design incorporates some brand new installer friendly features.

They are available is a RF remote option which will allow the lift to operate by remote out of the line of sight, a handy addition if the unit is not being configured to an existing control system.

The New CHR range also features an MDF “Plaster In Edge”. This allows for a neat installation into the ceiling which is designed to eliminate any visibility on the ceiling flange around the mechanism itself. This new addition helps to create the perfect seamless installation with only the thinnest of shadow gaps around the lid when closed.

All the CHR units are shipped as one whole unit ready to install this greatly reduces the chance of errors upon installation and streamlines the entire installation process.

To discuss your needs and how a new ceiling list installing AV equipment can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0800 669 6600.

The Evolution of the Projector

Projectors in their most basic form is an optical device that projects an image onto a surface. That can be a single image or a series of images and the surface can vary from a projector screen to a simple white surface such as a wall. The projector has a rich history which dates all the way back to BC, one which we will now explore.

A Brief History of the Projector

The origins of projection can date back as far as Chinese magic mirrors. If you have never seen one, these mirrors are made of polished bronze with a beautiful design on the back. When a light is shined on the front, this imageis projected onto a screen. Not bad considering this was 206 BC to 24 AD.

Next came shadow puppetry in Asia. It is one of the oldest forms of puppetry dating back as far as 840 all the way through to the 1000’s across Indonesia, China, India and many more countries. Crowds would gather and watch shadow shows made with light projected onto a wall and puppets to act out scenes.

Based on the ancient Law of Optics, Camera Obscura dates back to Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti in the 5th Century BC. It works on the basic principle that light travels in a straight line, and when light rays pass through a small hole such as those used in the camera obscura they cross and reform inverted upside down onto a surface parallel to the hole. Aristotle in 384-322 BC fully understood the principles of the camera obscura but it wasn’t until the time of the Islamic scholar and scientist Alhazen (c.965 – 1039) – around the same time as shadow play was sweaping across Asia – that the concept was fully explored and included experiments with lanterns.

This was developed even further in 1490 as Leonardo Da Vinci explored camera obscura in his notebooks. Many of the first of its kind were large rooms like those detailed in 1544 by scientist Reinerus Gemma-Frisius for observing a solar eclipse.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, we need to head back to 1420 where Giovanni Fontana depicted the first illustration of the Camera Obscura. In practice this was where light (either from a lamp or candle) shone through a vertical case on which images were drawn and were therefore projected onto the surface held vertical to it.

We are now going to move forward 10 years to 1430 where concave mirrors were starting to be used. At this point it was artists that used concave mirrors or reflective lens to project images onto canvas and boards as an aid. 

During the 1500 – 1600 the projector took a few more developments as based on one of his sketches from 1515, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci had a projecting lantern with a condensing lens, candle and chimney.

Similarly in 1608 Cornelis Drebbel describes in a letter the ‘many marvelous transformations’ he performed using his new invention based on optics. Interestingly, this letter was found amongst the papers of his good friend Constantijn Huygens – father to Christiaan. This reason this is interesting is because if we fast forward around 50 years to 1659 then Christiaan Huygens developed the magic lantern, a device which used lens to project an image forward onto a screen or wall, much like our modern projectors.

Next though we need to go back to 1612 where Christoph Scheiner would further the work originally performed by Italian Mathematician Benedetto Castelli and his mentor, Galileo Galilei. Castelli and Galilei were working on projecting images through a telescope to be able to to study sunspots. Scheiner took this one step further and was during this time working on his Heliotropii Telioscopici which later became more simply, the Helioscope. 

We now find ourselves in 1645 and this is where things start to get interesting as we see something more like the modern projector start to emerge. Athanasius Kircher, a German Priest used to project hand painted images onto a screen using candles and oil lamps. This “Steganographic Mirror” was descibed in his book Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae which was well received at the time and is thought to have inspired Huygens with the creation of his magic lantern.

In 1756 this technology moved forward though when  Leonhard Euler demonstrated his opaque projector – a device which projects by shining bright light from above. Mirrors, prisms or lens within then device then focuses the image onto a screen. Euler’s opaque projector (or episcope as it became more well known) worked for opague images and small objects. This was taken further first by Jacques Charles in 1780 who used his megascope in his lectures and then again by Henry Morton in 1872 as he used a device based on the same technology to project huge images in the Philadelphia Opera House. A venue which could seat up to 3500 people.

As we move into the 19th Century we see the development of the overhad projector with the French physicist Edmund Becquerel developing the first known adaptation of this device in 1853 and was demonstrated by French instrument maker and inventor Jules Duboscq in 1866. The overhead projector continued to develop and was still widely used up until the 1980’s and 1990’s in schools and other institutions.

During this time, the technology developed with the invention of the magic lantern also continued to evolve into slide projectors which became hugely popular during the 1950’s not only in the education sector but also for use in the home to share holidays pictures.

This brings us up to the 20th Century when in 1996 the first SVGA projector using DLP technology was launched. This produced digital images of a quality and brightness never seen before. It included in built audio and colour technology giving a new level of accuracy.

Soon many more models were seen on the market and by the time we moved into the 21st Century, a wide range of film, video and digital projectors could be found on the market, some of which you can find in our own range for home cinemaeducation and business purposes.

AV Installation – helping you work, rest and PLAY

So here we are – our final installement in the monthly series where we will be looking at the audio-visual industry and looking at ways which it can help us work, rest and play. This month we are looking at the world of play.  If you missed our previous installments then you can look back and read all about work and rest.

We’ve heard about how AV installation can help businesses strive, can help people relax but how can it help you play? Well, the answer is any way that you want it to!

TIME TO GAME

There are  alot of gamers who love to step into a virtual world and AV Installation can really enhance that experience. Wide screen digital TV’s to give your picture quality and clarity, adjustable TV mounts set up to optimise your viewing experience as well as integrated sound systems all give the user the best possible experience.

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TIME TO PARTY

More of a social animal? Well background music systems can add whatever atmosphere you want to any party. Ramping up the volume? Looking for something a little more classical? Wanting something which blends into the background allowing you to focus on your guests? All are a possibility at the set up of a playlist and the push of a button.

Subtle and able to blend into it’s surroundings, in ceiling speakers allow you to pump music into every room in the home giving you a solution which keeps you and your guests as the focus and topic of conversation….unless you want to flash the tech that is!

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TIME TO HOST

Parties not quite your thing but still want to be social? Then what about a movie night? Well a home cinema installation provides professional wall mounting and positioning of speakers as well as cable management solution which hides away those unsightly leads. It includes system setup and calibration as well as the connection of all devices. All this means your home cinema is set up and ready to go giving you the best possible experience.

Want something a little more attractive? Then what about a CINEWALL®? This is a decorative panelled feature wall which offers an attractive solution to wall mounting flat screen TV’s and concealing all the interconnecting leads without the need to chase out and replaster.

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That not enough for you? Then what about motorised speakers that sit flush to the ceiling or wall when not in use but then whirr into the place when required to diffuse the sound evenly throughout the room: a perfect option for a home cinema solution.

Be it gaming, movie nights, a good house party or dinner with friends, there is no doubt that AV equipment can help enhance your enjoyment by providing the best quality picture, the best quality sound and overall, the best possible experience.

To discuss your needs and how installing AV equipment can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0800 669 6600.

Photo credits: Ugur Akdemir & Adam Wilson both available at @unsplash

Background Music Systems

As touched in our last post: AV Installation – helping you work, REST and play – there is more to the world of AV than just TV’s. For those who prefer audio entertainment as opposed to visual then there is a whole world of background music systems for you to discover.

There are three main areas that this area can be optimised to enhance your business or home:

Background music systems for retail

Comsumers today are not simply just buying a product; if they wish to do that they can do so online very quickly at the post of a button. If they are shopping in your store then they are also buying the experience and music adds to that. Ther can be no doubt that people are influenced by music and you can easily use it to capture the attention of your demographic and draw them into your store. If they enjoy their experience with you, they will come back, and if they come back then they buy more.

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Background music systems for hospitality

A well designed music systems in pubs, bars, cafe’s, hotels and restaurants creates a good atmosphere for your clients and if they are happy and comfortable in your establishment then the likelihood is that they will stay longer and therefore spend more money in your business. Like with anything else, people are buying the experience as much as a product so the music will add to this: encourgage people to relax in spa’s, burn energy in gyms, de-stress in your bar or relax in your restaurant – all can be helped by the gentle influence of music, encouraging people to stay longer and most importantly come back.

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Background music systems for you

A music system is not just for comsumer use though, they are for enjoyment so why not invest in one for your home? Being able to control music at the push of a button. With the ability to pipe it through your entire home using  in ceiling speakers you could be playing something upbeat in the kitchen while making dinner, some classics in the living room as you unwind after a long day, something more up tempo when friends come round for dinner, some gentle white noise into the baby’s room to help them sleep, or something soothing as you relax in the bath – bubbles and wine completely optional! The options really are endless.

 

To discuss your background music system needs and how installing AV equipment can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0800 669 6600.

 

Photo credits: Clem Onojeghuo & Ashim d Silva both available at @unsplash

AV Installation – helping you work, REST and play

So here we are – our second installement in the monthly series where we will be looking at the audio-visual industry and looking at ways which it can help us work, rest and play. This month we are looking at the world of rest.  If you missed our first installment ‘work’ then you can catch up here.

For rest we’re going to look at the truest form of relaxing….watching TV. Which as you can guess is right at the heart of AV Installation. The service we can provide is all about setting up your TV and home entertainment system to enhance your viewing experience whilst optimising the space available to you within the home, and there are so many options available to you.

Short on space? Then what about an under the bed solution which allows you to relax in bed and watch TV but then hide it away when not in use. Similarly what about a ceiling lift which allows you to hide your TV in your loft cavity.

Looking for a solution that has a little more style? Then what about a TV that can be hidden behind artwork, or within a mirror or even within furniture all of which only become visible when you are ready to use it.

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That’s not all though: what about a wall bracket that can swing out at a 90 degree angle which means you no longer need to be confined to a stationary TV set? That’s an option you have available to you. Also what about a bracket that allows each family member to set their favourite viewing position? You could have a setting dedicated to watching movies, another for gaming and a setting specifically for the kids – or maybe settings optimised for every seat in the room meaning that no matter when you sit, you can be sure of your best viewing experience. All at a push of a button.

Now if that isn’t resting then I don’t know what is…..

Now this post has been all about TV so far but there are of course other means of relaxing that people enjoy such as listening to music, and don’t worry we have that covered in the form of in ceiling speakers.  Imagine being able to pipe music into any room in the house: glass of wine in the bath while a little easy listening plays in the background …. sounds great to us and all a possiblilty with good quality audio visual equipment.

That not enough for you? Then what about motorised speakers that sit flush to the ceiling or wall when not in use but then whirr into the place when required to diffuse the sound evenly throughout the room: a perfect option for a home cinema solution (more on cinema’s next month for our ‘play’ installment of the series).

Be it watching TV – movies or otherwise – or listening to music, there is no doubt that AV equipment can help enhance your enjoyment by giving you the best possible experience. In short, it helps you to rest by allowing you to relax doing some of the things that you enjoy in the AV world.

To discuss your relaxation needs and how installing AV equipment can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0800 669 6600.

Product Spotlight – CINEWALL® TV Wall

Imagine the scene, you’ve bought a new TV or have reorganised your living room and you want to wall mount your TV. You’ve done the work and now your faced with an ugly bunch of cables hanging down the middle of your wall….now this wasn’t the look you were looking for!  This is where TV walls and specifically CINEWALL®  can help as they offer very latest in wall mounted flat screen TV solutions.

Basically what this is, is a decorative panelled feature wall which offers an attractive solution to wall mounting flat screen TV’s and concealing all the interconnecting leads without the need to chase out and replaster. In short it is an ornamental panel system on top of an existing wall which allows customers to hide unsightly cables in an elegant way while providing a sleek and professional finish.

Sounds good right? Well it looks even better!
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Not sure what option to get, well that’s ok as the wall kits come in 8 varieties of surface styles including multiple wood tones as well as a striking red and a beautifully elegant Marbella white so plenty of options to choose from.

How it works is that the TV wall is mounted using a series of wooden batons and aluminium rails which the decorative panels slide into: the wooden batons stand out from the surface of the wall by 60mm – not too far to look odd but far enough out to cover anything that is already there but still needs to be used such as electrical and aerial sockets. It also provides enough space behind it to run all the required interconnecting cables meaning they are no longer seen without the need to chase them into the wall and then plaster over the top of it.

The wall is suitable for screens up to 60 inch or maximum Vesa 600mm x 400mm and with a maximum weight of 60kg and although we stock 2 standard size options (200mm x 1920mm & 1920mm x 1920mm), the design of CINEWALL® is modular which means that you can purchase as many kits as you like and build a wall which suits your exact needs.

That’s not all though; the wall does a great job of mounting your TV and hiding all those cables, but what about everything else?  The SKY box, the DVD player, the Playstation, what do you do with those? Well, in addition to the basic TV wall set there are also a range of accessories to turn it into a complete media centre including a range of shelving and cupboard solutions designed to house anything else you may use.

There is even a decorative LED light system which can be attached to the inside of the side panels producing a soft gentle elegant lighting effect, imagine that on movie or games nights with the lights down low!

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In summary the CINEWALL® is an excellent option for customers who are looking for an elegant, coordinated designed solution which is able to incorporate all their home entertainment equipment. TV Walls are suitable for installation in any room and offer a stylish finish that is flexible to meet your needs.

To discuss our CINEWALL® range or any project you may have in mind, please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0800 669 6600.

AV Installation – helping you work, rest and play

Welcome to a new monthly series where we will be looking at the audio-visual industry and looking at ways which it can help us work, rest and play. This month we are starting in the world for work.

The first thing that most likely comes to mind when we imagine AV equipment in the workplace is rows of monitors, laptops and PC’s in an office environment. However, in the same way that not every workplace is the same, not every workplace has the same AV needs. Yes, there are offices but consider that office is a contact centre; dealing with the needs of incoming calls with customers. What these workers need is information; how many callers do they have waiting on the line? What is the average call length? How close are they to meeting the targets set for them by their employers? Well, we could help deliver this information by installing flat screen TV’s throughout offices in locations to provide optimum visibility to workers. Give them the information they need, and this will help them meet the needs of their customers and in turn will help the business.

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Does Santa wall mount his TV?

There are many pressing questions this festive period: Have we been naughty or nice? Which company has won the battle of the TV ads? Will we have room for Grandma around the Christmas table? And of course our favourite here at AV Installs HQ: do we think Santa has wall mounted his TV?

Lets be honest, as much as we love him, his physique does loan itself more towards time spent on the sofa versus time spent on the treadmill so we are in little doubt as to whether he owns one. The question is where we do think he has put it?  Looking back to our post in September where we discussed the benefits to wall mounting your TV, we need to consider whether Santa is the kind of person who would want to capitalise on all of these benefits? Continue reading

Introducing Lithe Motorised TV Mounts

Ever had the desire to view a TV from a different room? Think CBeebies to pacify a toddler or Strictly on a Saturday evening as you cook dinner. Could you benefit from adjustable viewing positions? Preferences based on your needs be it for TV or gaming. Do you have limited space where you need to store a TV out of the way in a room? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then Lithe may hold the answer for you.

Our new Lithe range is exactly what the name represents: thin, supple and graceful. Whatever your needs; be it a bracket which will allow you to view your TV across two areas of a room, to adjust your TV’s viewing position at the push of a button or space saving requirements met by flip down technology: Lithe Audio has a mount to meet your needs. Continue reading