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  • neilalex
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    Many thanks. I'm sure we'll figure something out.

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  • the_unrepentant
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    Originally posted by neilalex View Post
    No, it's primarily a snooker room albeit there's also room for a pool table, table football, that kind of thing. However, I intend to make a very serious attempt to improve my snooker practising daily and getting coaching, so in that sense the other stuff is peripheral. I'm not too worried about the blinds because you can fit black out blinds which literally block any light over the table.

    The architect doesn't play snooker so I guess he just put something together that he thought would look good, and from an aesthetic point of view it does. The idea mentioned above of using a larger number of smaller lanterns may work, as I can potentially hang the lights between them.

    Ultimately if whatever I opted for didn't work and compromised the table I'd have to change it but obviously I'd like to avoid that. You can probably appreciate why I was keen to explore the idea of banks of angled lights.
    Its brilliant what you are doing! I'm sure you'll find a solution. It sounds like its going to be one hell of a room! As a full time musician, my room is dedicated first and foremost to the snooker table but then i also have a 32 track studio in there with drums, guitars, TV etc. I remember the excitement planning it and finally building it until it was done. You will enjoy the journey and have many years of pleasure to come! (and frustration....it is snooker after all!)

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  • neilalex
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    No, it's primarily a snooker room albeit there's also room for a pool table, table football, that kind of thing. However, I intend to make a very serious attempt to improve my snooker practising daily and getting coaching, so in that sense the other stuff is peripheral. I'm not too worried about the blinds because you can fit black out blinds which literally block any light over the table.

    The architect doesn't play snooker so I guess he just put something together that he thought would look good, and from an aesthetic point of view it does. The idea mentioned above of using a larger number of smaller lanterns may work, as I can potentially hang the lights between them.

    Ultimately if whatever I opted for didn't work and compromised the table I'd have to change it but obviously I'd like to avoid that. You can probably appreciate why I was keen to explore the idea of banks of angled lights.

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  • the_unrepentant
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    Blimey, I'm just glad when I designed my room, my wife didn't get involved!! Its a snooker room and it has to be right for playing snooker. Will it be anything else other than a snooker room? What does your wife plan to do in there? I'm just getting my heard around this and wondering how you can have a lantern roof above the table and even with blinds, how you can sort out the lighting issue. If the architect knew you were having a snooker table in there, its baffling me why he suggested this idea. Honestly, you need to do all you can to ditch the lantern idea. It will look odd anyway with a snooker light hanging directly under it....however that can be installed. Intrigued to see how this pans out....

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  • neilalex
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    The problem isn't the size of the unit, it's the positioning of the table right under the ****** roof lantern.

    The storage issue is ok, I shall invent some arcane snooker related reason as to why it needs to be kept clear otherwise the table could collapse and kill the kids/pets. If the design really needs to be changed and we lose one of the roof lanterns I can offer to spend the saved money on her. That may well smooth the process.

    Can't wait to get it done. Going to opt for a Karnehm Hillman, or an old B&W table.

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  • djax
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    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
    there is a TSF member selling a Star lighting units, don't know how big they are but if they are slim enough they could work for you?

    Also, ensure you lay down the law with the missus that the underside of the table is not for her storage!
    Aah, guilty Dean. That's where my rollers and bike stuff go. During winter, slide rollers out from under table 30-60 mins session, quick shower then on the table. The height of table is perfect for holding onto until you get ya momentum.

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  • DeanH
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    there is a TSF member selling a Star lighting units, don't know how big they are but if they are slim enough they could work for you?

    Also, ensure you lay down the law with the missus that the underside of the table is not for her storage!

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  • neilalex
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    Thanks, joking apart i see her point with the roof lanterns. I'll see if I can compromise along the lines of what you've suggested. It would seem from the replies that there is simply too much risk in not having the lighting overhead in the conventional way.

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  • djax
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    Originally posted by neilalex View Post
    djax and philip in China - many thanks for your replies. are the spots directly over the table or angled towards it? My problem essentially is that the opening directly over the table, as the drawings stand is marginally bigger than the table itself.
    The spots are angled. Only problem though was getting an even light spread. Plenty bright enough but patchy. In the end I resorted to 5 LED flat panels fitted into the suspended ceiling. If I was doing it again, I would be looking at larger spots, for a better spread.

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  • pottr
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    If you're the sort of person whose gonna be frustrated with a compromised playing experience, I'd bin the snooker table idea off...

    The Roof Lanterns do look class in a big space, so can't be to distraught at her indoors.

    Anything other than overhead lighting isn't worth the investment.

    Why not have a pair of smaller roof lanterns
    either side of your fixed table light?

    That would look class

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  • neilalex
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    Yes, hadn't thought of that. I suppose what I envisaged is a bank of angled lights on either side, but that still might cause problems. i'll try and test it out somehow to get an idea. Thanks again.

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  • jrc750
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    Tell the wife it's a snooker room and not whatever she thinks it is lol

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  • philip in china
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    Trouble with spots shining on the table from an angle is that they cast shadows of you as you play. They also cast shadows from the balls. Undoubtedly the best system is direct overhead lighting.

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  • neilalex
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    djax and philip in China - many thanks for your replies. are the spots directly over the table or angled towards it? My problem essentially is that the opening directly over the table, as the drawings stand is marginally bigger than the table itself.

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  • djax
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    Originally posted by djax View Post
    Seriously though. I have 15 adjustable spots above my table, maybe a solution?
    How about spots, suspended by a string of wire? You often see similar designs in retail units.

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