Starry ceiling panels – Build your own – Part 2


When you look up to the stars at night what do you see?  A perfect evenly spaced layout of stars all of the same distance and brightness?  Certainly not.

A natural starry sky has random clusters of stars of different brightness, black spaces, bright stars and barely visible stars all slowly twinkling away.

One thing that must be carefully done when building a starry ceiling panel and with a lot of attention to detail is the position of each star and it’s size.

Too often we’ve seen attempts where all of the stars are the same size and they’re so evenly spaced, it just doesn’t look right.

Here at custom fibre optics, we’ll very rarely use just one diameter fibre,  unless it’s requested for a budget panel for a sensory room.

We always highly recommend using several mixed diameter fibres. This creates a near – far effect as the larger fibres look closer and the smaller fibres appear further away, adding realism and depth to the display.  This coupled with a natural white LED light and twinkle wheel creates a stunning, softly twinkling, natural  3d night sky effect.

No two panels we make are the same, we carefully build each one by hand in our workshop star by star, drawing, drilling and threading each individual star.

Our most popular design is the most obvious,  a completely random night sky effect with the result looking like the description above with an asymmetrical, natural display of randomly placed stars.

We also love a challenge. Some of our favourites involve a 32x10ft anthracite ceiling above a swimming pool in which we designed a massive milky way effect.

Another favourite is a 700+ star galaxy design we designed and installed in a beauty salon which used 5 different sized stars.

We also recently designed and installed an 8ft milky way effect panel inside a soft play tunnel at a children’s special needs day centre.

You could have any design, this is where your imagination comes in. For some examples you could have a milky way, galaxy, a pattern, stars spelling out fonts, logos, shapes and so on…

There is also the opportunity to have multiple zones of stars, which brings us onto the third part, effects and light sources.

Read on…. Part 3

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