Mastering Home Theater Lighting: Best Practices for Ultimate Viewing Experience

We unravel the secrets to creating a mesmerizing home theater experience. In this guide, we delve into the realm of home theater lighting, unveiling the best practices that transform your movie nights into unforgettable cinematic journeys.

  1. The Power of Mood Lighting

Mood lighting sets the tone for your home theater escapades. Employ dimmable LED lights to create an ambient glow that immerses you in the cinematic atmosphere from the moment you step into the room.

  1. Strategic Placement for Maximum Impact

Strategic lighting placement is pivotal. Install sconces along the walls to eliminate harsh glare on the screen while providing soft, indirect lighting that complements the on-screen action.

  1. Dimmers: Your Theater's Best Friend

Dimmer switches provide unmatched control over your home theater's lighting intensity. Adjust lighting levels seamlessly to match the mood of your chosen movie, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

  1. Bias Lighting: Reducing Eye Strain

Integrate bias lighting behind your television screen to reduce eye strain during prolonged viewing sessions. This gentle backlighting minimizes contrast between the screen and the surrounding room, making for a more comfortable experience.

  1. Color Temperature Considerations

Choose LED bulbs with adjustable color temperatures. Cooler temperatures are ideal for action-packed films, while warmer tones enhance the coziness during heartwarming scenes.

  1. Acoustic Treatments and Lighting Harmony

Balance acoustic treatments with lighting arrangements to enhance both sound quality and visual aesthetics. Wall-mounted acoustic panels can double as decorative elements and housing for hidden LED strips.

  1. Lighting Control Systems

Embrace the convenience of lighting control systems. Smart home technology allows you to adjust lighting settings via your smartphone or voice commands, ensuring the perfect ambiance with minimal effort.

  1. Starlit Ceilings for Whimsical Ambiance

Take your home theater to another dimension with starlit ceilings. Fiber-optic starlight installations create a celestial effect that transports you to a galaxy far, far away.

  1. Curtain Call: Automated Blackout Shades

Automated blackout shades are the grand finale to your home theater setup. With a single command, these shades descend, blocking out external light and enhancing the cinematic experience.

Conclusion: Elevate Every Scene 

Mastering the art of home theater lighting requires a delicate balance between ambiance and functionality. We are your partners in crafting the ultimate viewing environment. Explore the intricacies of lighting design, and transform your home theater into a cinematic haven that captivates your senses.


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Outdoor Entertaining Essentials for Your Backyard, Pool, or Patio

Entertaining outside is popular. This is especially true of those looking to add value to their homes with outdoor upgrades and enrich their lives through building friendships. Outdoor entertaining elements have gone beyond plastic chairs and beach umbrellas. In fact, if you want to throw a party in your backyard, on your patio, or by your pool, you’ll need essentials that more closely resemble furnishings used inside.

Seating for Outdoor Entertaining

Popular now in outdoor living areas are sofas, cushioned chairs, and throw pillows to transform backyards into living rooms outside. When looking for outdoor seating, you’ll want to find pieces designed exclusively for outdoor use. These furnishings use weather-resistant fabrics and materials to withstand the elements and look great for years. They are also more comfortable than cheaper plastic pieces that can easily crack and don't enhance the appearance of the party area.

Audio for Outdoor Entertaining

Parties need great audio, but you probably won’t get the sound volume and quality you need out of a portable speaker. Instead, have outdoor speakers installed in your landscape. These speakers have exceptional sound output, blend into your landscape, and offer sound throughout your yard. With great speakers, you’ll be able to play music for your parties for everyone to hear.

Lighting for Entertaining

Outdoor lighting is another element of entertaining that many people often neglect when setting up backyard parties. Good lighting ensures that everyone at the party can see clearly after dark. Plus, with lighting around a yard, people can spot tripping hazards even after dark. Lighting controls for the outdoors put you in charge of the amount of light and the mood created in your yard for the party.

Get the Outdoor Entertaining Essentials You Need for Your Next Event from Experience Audio Video Inc.

While you won’t find furniture or food at Experience Audio Video Inc., you will find great brands of audio and video equipment, lighting, and controls for everything. Additionally, you’ll get professional installation of these essentials to let you focus on your party instead of trying to set up these elements yourself. Contact us at Experience Audio Video Inc. to learn more about how you can get great A/V equipment installed in your landscape for the ultimate outdoor entertaining space.




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All About Outdoor Speakers

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Why rely on earbuds or your phone’s speaker if you want to listen to music on your patio? With the right outdoor speakers arrangement and selection, you can have clear, crisp audio by the pool, on your patio, or in your outdoor lounge area. Understanding how landscape speakers distinguish themselves from those used inside will help you to appreciate these technological marvels that can extend the audio experience that you have inside to your backyard.

How Outdoor Speakers Produce Sound

The task of any speaker is turning signals delivered into mechanical vibrations that produce sound. You hear this sound as the audio from your audio system or TV. To perform this task, indoor and outdoor speakers have several vital components.


The major parts of speakers that you hear about are the drivers, broken down into woofers and tweeters. These parts translate different types of signals into various sounds. Woofers are larger and generate deep bass sounds. Tweeters have smaller sizes and produce higher-pitched sounds.


Enclosures, sometimes called cabinets, hold the speaker components. However, they are more than just containers. They protect the delicate electronics of the speaker while also improving sound production and generation. For outdoor speakers, the enclosures must also be weatherproof to keep moisture, heat, and humidity from corroding the internal speaker components while hiding the unit in the landscape.


Crossovers provide the means of delivering electronic signals to the correct drivers. Some speakers have all the components in the same enclosure, such as two-way speakers with woofers and tweeters or three-way speakers that add mid-range drivers.

The Difference Between Outdoor and Indoor Speakers

Outdoor speakers must have components that do not sustain damage from high humidity levels. You don’t have to live in a swamp to experience high humidity. Any time you have fog or rain, the humidity is at 100% and can damage moisture-sensitive components in typical speakers.

Devices used outside have weatherproof enclosures that keep rain, fog, heat, cold, and even splashed pool water from causing damage. For woofers installed underground, the enclosure must do extra work to keep the components protected from soil moisture.

Installation of Outdoor Speakers

Installing outdoor speakers requires putting the wiring and speakers into place to ensure that all components remain hidden from view while still providing bold sound. When choosing high-quality speakers and controls, such as those controlled by Crestron Home, you need professionals to place them around your yard for generating the best sound and for correct installation. These professional technicians can also set up the controls through Crestron Home so you can use a phone app to control your outdoor sound.

Get Outdoor Speakers Setup Professional by Experience Audio Video Inc.

Experience Audio Video Inc. has decades of work in home theaters and outdoor audio and video installation throughout the Southern California area. Trust our experts in audio and video installation and Crestron Home setup to provide you with the outdoor speakers to produce high-quality sound in your yard. Plus, we are a Crestron dealer in the area. Working with an authorized dealer is the only way that you can get control through Crestron Home and products from that brand. Reach out to us today over the internet or by phone to learn more about our outdoor entertainment options.





Make Your Outdoor Space an Oasis

A lot of us have been forced to stay home in this trying time. Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or go outside. Do you have a backyard? Well you can turn your backyard into your outdoor oasis. Home Theater Installation Orange County is here to help!


Get Your Dance On

 Outside might be the best place to dance. There is a lot more room outside than inside and you don’t have to worry about breaking grandma’s antiques. You might be thinking that you don’t have anyway to get music outside, but we have a few solutions for you.

  1.     Triad Garden Array
    •       Satellite and subwoofer speakers that are placed strategically throughout your yard. Each satellite speaker offers a 150-degree listening area. 
  1.     Sonance Mariners
    •       Sonance Mariners come in different sizes, the smallest being 10-inches tall. Each mariner has precision mounting brackets that simplifies installation and provides up to 180-degree of pivot and securely locks the speaker into place

 Outdoor Living Room

You have the perfect outdoor area. You have your outdoor furniture, you have an outdoor fireplace or firepit (maybe both), and you have your speakers set up what is next? You might not have thought about it, but an outdoor television could make your outdoor area complete. A SunBrite Television is built to be outside so there is no stressing about the rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air, humidity or extreme temperatures. 

Get Some Vitamin D

You have been working from home for a few days and are getting restless, your kids are driving you crazy and not getting their homework done. It’s time to head outside, have your kids play their favorite sport, make an outside bowling alley, listen to music, or just enjoy the sun.


Check out Control4’s blog, Tech that Takes Your Outdoor Spaces to the Next-Level, and then give us a call to set up your new outdoor speakers.


 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or for a Free Consultation.


Summertime! 3 Entertaining Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

It’s already summer, so if you’ve been looking longingly at your dull backyard, it’s time to turn it into a year-round outdoor paradise.

With some music, video distribution, and some smart lighting, your yard will be a place that’s ready to entertain, whether it’s just the family or a community cookout. 

But installing the right A/V equipment for outdoors is essential; using indoor equipment means a higher chance of damage and higher replacement costs. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a local and experienced California audio-visual installation team to help plan an outdoor entertaining space that will last.

These three ideas will get you started on your new entertainment space.

  1. Show Movies

Install an outdoor television screen so you can watch the big game or the season finale of your favorite show. Take things a step further and get a projector and a portable screen for night-time movie watching.

  1. Don’t Skimp On Sound

Sound travels a lot differently outside, which means speaker placement needs to be strategic. Too few speakers and you’ll have “dead spots” in your yard, and the wrong placement can mean your neighbors hear your music louder than you do.

  1. Keep Control In Your Hands

You’ll need the right remote to control all of your outdoor A/V elements, but you want something that will stand up to the outdoors. Your remote should be waterproof, large enough to see, and ideally in a color that will make it stand out, even at night.


About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or for a Free Consultation.