Our standard consumer Ideal-Lume was the original model we developed. Since Mr. Joe Kane, of Joe Kane Productions, began writing about the findings of SMPTE's Professional/Studio Monitor Working Groups (which he chaired), the need for 6500 Kelvins lighting in a video viewing environment became known to consumers. Others have written in the years since about proper monitor backlighting and the benefits of "biasing" the iris for extended viewing of electronic displays. Prior to Ideal-Lume, readers were only instructed to assemble the proper components on their own.
CinemaQuest, Inc.'s founder and president experienced considerable difficulty in locating accurate, quality components over several years as a home theater hobbyist. His affinity with the average videophile/home theater hobbyist inspired him to develop and market a pre-assembled video bias light that was simple, accurate and affordable. Our standard Ideal-lume provides a ready solution, at a reasonable price, for discriminating hobbyists and TV viewers to enjoy critical benefits of "the ideal viewing environment" in their homes.
The T5 bulb used in this model is custom made for us and has excellent color performance in a smaller size. It's three-phosphor mix is specifically formulated for color accuracy. With a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 90 out of 100 and excellent Spectral Power Distribution (SPD) this bulb offers superior color rendition over typical commercial daylight fluorescents more commonly found in much larger sizes. Industries that rely on accurate daylight color recognition when comparing physical color samples recommend ambient lighting with a minimum CRI of 90.
This new model no longer requires an optional dimming filter kit for adjusting its light output. We have devised a simple and permanent rotating mechanical baffle tube that is included with this model. Once the light is installed behind the TV and turned on, just rotating the baffle tube will adjust how much light is reflecting off the wall. This method allows for continuous variable dimming.
Our newest version of Ideal-Lume standard uses a custom made T5 fluorescent fixture that is extremely slender and light weight. It uses an electronic ballast for instant start, quiet, cool and efficient operation. The on/off toggle switch is mounted on the side. This fixture provides some unique, multi-gang, interconnectivity options. Up to 10 units can be connected end-to-end with a small adapter included with each unit. Optional 1 meter linking cables can be ordered from our store that allow for more distant spacing of the fixtures. Each fixture must be switched individually when ganged together. Industrial strength, high temperature, self-stick Velcro fasteners are provided with each unit. We also include screws and drywall anchors for additional mounting options.