StarTiles™ -A product of champions!

•February 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Numinus would like to congratulate customer, quarterback Drew Brees, for his stellar performance in Super Bowl XLIV!!!

Drew Brees

MVP Drew Brees

Manhattan Beach Home Theater

•March 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We went to visit one of our clients in Manhattan Beach today. It was the first time I have seen one of our mapped out accurate constellation star fields in a StarTile™ ceiling. I must say I was quite taken by it. I have a deep appreciation for constellations, and was worried they might loose their effect in a flat tile format… They looked awesome! We recreated this custom date for our client, and could easily see Cassiopeia, the dippers, Orion, Leo, Gemini… It was delightful!

Manhatten Theater Star Field

Manhattan Theater Star Field

Click on image to see gallery.

Our Client are Some of the Finest People on Earth… Brag

•February 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

Salt of the Earth

There is something special about our customers that I noticed when we first launched our business in 2001. Nearly all of them are truly the salt of the earth. Embedded in the combination of bankrolls and creative vision emerges people and organizations that are core-good and really enjoying all life has to offer, including the things money can’t buy.  This realization has been icing on the cake of our business…

From starting a ‘ma-and-pa’ shop in our basement less than 8 years ago (parents of four now teenagers) , selling products we designed (..completely unheard of products with no sales band wagon to jump on…crazy) , manufactured, marketed, and sold  …boot-strap sty, to having the success and client base that we enjoy so much today… So here is a few of the projects and people we have gotten to know as a result of pursuing our dreams:

Carrie Fisher: I list her first because she has been amazing. After filling out a contact form herself from our website… Carrie Fisher… Beverly Hills… phone #… (and I still thought how cool this gal has the same name as Carrie Fisher…) we talked on the phone for about an hour… our moms, grandmas, kids… life… she was so genuine and easy to talk to. At her home she greets us with hugs, and gives us the complete tour of her 1912 ranch-style home once owned by Betty Davis, and so full of amazing eclectic items everywhere; a true wonderland  …A red phone booth on her porch next to a giant shoe,  and a vintage crystal chandelier hangs from a huge tree in her front yard, that is just a small part part of the ‘welcome to this special place’  …OK this will need its own blog… remind me to write it if I forget… We did do the installation and other electrical work for her… and met Sean Lennon and James Blunt…  How cool is that?

 

Salt of the Galaxy!

Salt of the Galaxy!

 For Chris and Lisa -Who bought me the heavens & lassood me the moon.
From my galaxy to theirs- Carrie Fisher

Nicholas Sparks: Author of the The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe.

Brad Bird: Creator of Ratatouille; We are lighting Oscars… no big deal…

Drew Brees: Quarterback for The San Diego Chargers!! (And The New Orleans Saints.)

Macy’s Union Square San Francisco –Christmas LED Display; There is some special magic there!!!

Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth (and many other fantastic medical facilities… read more)

The ‘Spa Atlantis’ at The Atlantis Hotel in Reno. It just opened last week –it is amazing!! The colors, shapes, surfaces, treatments… We are flying there tomorrow; I will be blogging on this very soon.

Nathan Morris from the group Boyz II Men

Extreme Makeover Home Edition (I will blog that experience too… amazing stuff!) for now…

VH1 The Fabulous Life: They flew to Atlanta to film two of our installations. read more

 NASA: Johnson Space Center in Houston (earlier blog post on this one…)

Many off-the-hook home theaters with the most renowned visionaries in the industry! –and some that are not in the industry…

I will continue to feature these projects in this blog.

Well that is some the fun we have enjoyed… Thanks for reading! Pursue your dreams!!!

Lisa                         

The Lunar Landing StarDome

•January 30, 2009 • 1 Comment

Numinus is bringing

The Lunar Landing

back to NASA! 

 

 

 

 

 

Numinus is building The NASA StarDome for Johnson Space Center in Houston. The  10’ diameter StarDome going into the lobby of Building Two at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.  Numinus is recreating the Houston sky on the Lunar Landing, on July 20, 1969 at 10:56 PM with twinkling fiber optic and LED star field. This is the moment when Neil Armstrong, descending from Eagle’s ladder and touching one foot to the Moon’s surface, announced:

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

   Construction details:

The 10 foot diameter dome will be recessed into the ceiling, and have a trimmed soffit with a blue LED cove light. Because this StarDome will be in an area with ambient light, we used larger fibers of three sizes to depict the different magnitudes of the stars, and use our smallest size fiber (.25 millimeter) for the smaller stars between the constellations.  This dome was specified to be constructed out of gypsum, and will arrive in two halves due to its size. The dome will then be finished and painted deep blue on site, and will have a Numinus blue LED cover light. The StarDome sky is complete with the moon in the proper lunar phase as it was that night  near the horizon in the constellation Virgo. Below are images of the back of the StarDome showing the constellations.

Hercules, and Bootes surround Corona Borealis 

Ursa Minor and Ursa Major

 

To learn more about this historic event, visit http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/ap11ann/FirstLunarLanding/toc.html

 Lisa

Numinus, LLC

 

 

 

FAQs on LEDs?

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

What Are LEDs

The Future of LEDs

NuLEDs RGB Flood Light by Numinus, LLC

•January 22, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Two RGB Flood Lights illuminate the side of this house and change colors. This is a demo of our new NuLEDs Flood Lights. Program can be tailored to custom colors and fade times.

We, at Numinus, have developed a line of LED strip lighting, puck lighting, and controllers. We manufacture wall box controllers are for both single color and RGB LEDs. Our controllers can be operated manually or with contact closured, and we are developing serial port controls. We can customize color and sequencing order/timing to the customers/integrators specifications. We provide complete systems including properly sized power supplies, controllers, LEDs and specifications for your project.  Our LED wall dimmers can be controlled manually or by contact closures.  Call for your package quote:

Lisa Isaacson

(760) 931-2550  

Stargate Atlantis Home Theater

•January 22, 2009 • 1 Comment
Intergallactic Coolness

Intergallactic Coolness

Home theater designers Phil Chaney and Andrew Caldwell teamed up for this Stargate Home Theater that’s ready for intergalactic travel.

The homeowner, a huge fan of the Stargate Atlantis TV series and movie, went to Chaney, president of the Louisville division of Visual Concepts, with the idea of recreating the Stargate Atlantis for his theater.

The theater features the iconic round “Stargate” as the frame for the screen that is 10 feet in diameter. There’s also dual projectors, with one projecting a round water-filled scene.

“The Stargate took about three weeks to design, and Andrew had it assembled in only three days” says Chaney.

The ceiling has beams that lead to the fiber-optic StarDome from Numinus (six feet in diameter), a ready-to-install ceiling dome with a sky mural and twinkling stars. The StarDome cove light even dims to create a sunset effect.

Other features include: THX Series in-wall Atlantic Technology Audio speakers, two Sony CX777ES 400 disc players, a Blu-Ray player and a complete Control 4 control system.

“The Control 4 automation system controls everything including the lighting effects for the theater which are highlighted by the StarDome cove lights, and the star scape effect created with the fiber-optics we like to set the cove at about 25 percent for a pink-orange sunset glow,” says Chaney.

One of the coolest features: air-piston driven pocket doors that open by a hand-swipe motion sensor.

Shane McConnell of The Sound Answer created the acoustic sound panels by replicating the wall panels used on the Atlantis TV series.

“The shooting star catches everyone’s attention,” Chaney says.

Click here to view the Stargate Home Theater.