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iSky Starfield Ceiling Featured on HGTV’d 9/19/11

iSky Starfield Ceiling to be Featured on HGTV’d

Carter Oosterhouse Transforms Boring Bonus Room into Hip, ’50s Style Home Theatre with Swanky Lounge

Winnetka, IL September 19, 2011 – Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creator ofiSky Panel Systems, announced that its patented starfield ceiling will be featured on HGTV’d in a new episode this Saturday, September 24 at 8:00pm e/p. iSky was contacted by the show’s producers in June when their research discovered the company’s starfield ceiling was perfect for this client’s home theatre dream makeover.

TheHGTV’d episode description states: “After neglecting their beige and boring bonus room for years, Chris Zozaski and Amanda Bailey are ready for a change. As avid movie buffs and avowed Rat Packers, this hip, young couple’s wish is to transform this unused space into an entertainment hub and home movie theatre. Leave it to unflappable master craftsman Carter Oosterhouse to tackle the challenge! Carter’s vision is to fuse the past with the present by combining the glamour of Old Hollywood with modern, high-tech amenities. This way, he can capture their cool, fun style, while giving them state-of-the-art functionality. By the end, Carter surpasses Chris and Amanda’s expectations by transforming their boring bonus room into not only an ultra-hip lounge, but an ultra-coolhome movie theatre. Bring on the popcorn!”

The complete program description and schedule details can be found here.

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iSky EcoStar Wins Custom Retailer EXC!TE 8/15/11

 

Company’s New Starfield Ceiling Awarded for Being EcoFriendly, Innovative and Affordable

 

Winnetka, IL August 15, 2011 — Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems, was chosen by the staff at Custom Retailer magazine for an EXC!TE award for the company’s new EcoStar model. EcoStar is a patented starfield ceiling that is both affordable and eco-friendly while still providing a realistic night-time sky. EcoStar is made from recycled polyester fiber, using the latest in “green” technology (65% PET-recycled fiber and 35% PET-virgin fiber). The panels are so environmentally friendly they can even be recycled.

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Jeff Graham, president of Fiberoptic Studio Corp, commented, “We’re thrilled to have our EcoStar recognized by the experts at Custom Retailer for an EXC!TE award. Our classic iSky was previously an EXC!TE winner so this is indeed gratifying. One of our goals has always been to make a starfield ceiling that was even more affordable and environmentally friendly at the same time. An award such as the EXC!TE tells us that our efforts are well recognized.”
Available to order now, EcoStar’s black ceiling panels, in choice of drop-in or surface mount, significantly reduce the environmental footprint of acoustic treatment versus traditional fiberglass. They also reduce our dependency on foreign crude oil and other non-renewable energy sources. Yet, in addition to looking and sounding great, EcoStar costs about half of a traditional star ceiling, is easy to install, safe to use and provides significant sound absorption.

Not only does EcoStar look the same as a premium iSky panel, it retains all the exclusive iSky star ceiling effects built right in. With the added benefit of LED’s coupled to fiberoptic strands, EcoStar panels create the stars which allow these panels to mimic the night time sky like no other. EcoStar keeps with the company’s slogan, ‘Big Bang Effects, Without all the Banging’.

Prices for EcoStar panels start at $31.25 per square foot with one inch thick, being the standard that provides for sound absorption at 0.75 NCR. For additional sound absorption, two inch thick panels are available as an upgrade. Panels also come wrapped or unwrapped depending on the application and desired effect.

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For safety to both the installer as well as the client, all panels are dust-free, non-allergenic, non-toxic and fire retardant (self-extinguishing), rated ASTM E-84 “A” grade.

For ease of installation, all iSky panels are available as drop-in or surface mount and are field cuttable for electrical outlets, projector mounts, vents, lights and other unexpected challenges an installer runs into during a typical installation. The low voltage, energy-efficient panels run cool and quiet and are plug-and-play for fast reliable installs.

Fast Facts about EcoStar:

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    The experience – has similar appearance and attributes of iSky’s award-winning starfield panels. Provides realistic nighttime sky experience with sound absorption.

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    Patented technology – iSky’s patented starfield engine provides most realistic twinkle effect that is virtually random

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    Eco friendly – made from recycled polyester fibers and is recyclable itself therefore significantly reducing its environmental footprint.

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    More Eco friendly – Low voltage, energy-efficient. Runs cool and quiet

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    Safe to use – dust-free, non-allergenic and non-toxic

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    Easy to install – field cuttable, drop-in or surface mount panels, plug and play design

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    Maintenance free – no moving parts. Trouble-free, long life.

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    Affordable – costs about half that of a traditional star ceiling.

iSky will be exhibiting at the CEDIA Expo September 8-10 in Booth # 3007 in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Personnel will be on hand to discuss the company’s technology, show their new products and answer any questions.

iSky Newest Products to be Shown at CEDIA 2011

 CEDIA 2011 News

Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems, has several new products at CEDIA 2011. The new models build on the company’s twenty-five year history in fiberoptic, LED and acoustic innovation, offering a wider array of energy-saving solutions for the specialty retailer and custom integrator.

Featured among the company’s new introductions at CEDIA are:

EcoStar (starting at $31.25 per square foot) a patented starfield ceiling that is both affordable and eco-friendly while providing a realistic night-time sky. EcoStar is made from recycled polyester fiber, using the latest in “green” technology (65% PET-recycled fiber and 35% PET-virgin fiber). The panels are so environmentally friendly they can even be recycled. 

uRay RGB LINK (28.00 per foot) and uRay RGB TAPE ($18.75 per foot) two new products for their uRay color-changing line of LED lighting strips. uRay RGB ECO TAPE and uRay RGB LINK provide the perfect complement for the iSky starfield ceiling or they can be used for various decorative and utility applications for tasteful accents throughout the home.

uRay lighting consists of innovative, flexible LED lighting strips or TAPE that can be applied like tape for numerous applications from theaters to kitchens to children’s playrooms. When used with the company’s celebrated iSky lighting panels, they can be applied to the inside edge of surface mount panels to add a glow for enhanced depth and drama.

uRay Down Light ($65) a 3 watt low voltage fixture that is highly energy efficient and rated for over 35,000 hours. Building on its energy-saving virtues, the uRay down light uses a USA-made CREE LED chip which provides superior warm white color temperature.

With a bezel measuring only 2 inches, the compact fixture finished in premium aluminum can be used in conjunction with the company’s award-winning starfield ceiling or as standalone LED lighting for a variety of applications. The fixture can be tilted 30 degrees for precise aiming and is fully dimmable using iSky’s standalone dimmer.

All products are available for immediate delivery. All prices shown are MSRP.

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iSky Introduces Unique uRay LED Down Light 8/4/11

Winnetka, IL August 4, 2011 — Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems, announced the immediate availability of their uRay LED Down Light ($65 MSRP) a 3 watt low voltage fixture that is highly energy efficient and rated for over 35,000 hours. Building on its energy-saving virtues, the uRay down light uses a USA-made CREE LED chip which provides superior warm white color temperature.

With a bezel measuring only 2 inches, the compact fixture finished in premium aluminum can be used in conjunction with the company’s award-winning starfield ceiling or as standalone LED lighting for a variety of applications. The fixture can be tilted 30 degrees for precise aiming and is fully dimmable using iSky’s standalone dimmer.

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“Our new uRay LED Down Light is something our customers have been asking for and we are delighted to now have it available”, commented Jeff Graham, Founder and CEO of Fiberoptic Studio. “These down lights add an exciting new dimension to our starfield ceiling or can be fantastic lighting on their own for almost any room. The uRay down light gives our dealers one more valuable option in their tool kit to meet their client’s needs.”

 

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The uRay Down Light is easy to install in either acoustic panel, wood cabinet, or drywall using a 1 5/8 inch cutout and comes supplied with a 6 foot leader and male and female connectors. It is also expandable as 12 down lights can be daisy-chained together on a single 4 amp driver.

Fast Facts about uRay Down Light:

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    Natural light – Cree LED chip provides superior warm white color temperature

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    Precise- fixture can be tilted 30 degrees for precise aiming, 30 degree to 60 degree beam spread

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    Expandable – up to 12 down lights can be daisy-chained together

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    Dimmable – easily controlled using iSky’s stand alone dimmer or a PWM dimmer

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    Efficient – low voltage, 3 watt power consumption. Rated for over 35,000 hours

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    Easy to install – compact size, can be installed directly into iSky panel, wood cabinet, or drywall. Comes supplied with 6ft leader and male/female connectors.

iSky will be exhibiting at the CEDIA Expo September 8-10, 2011 in Booth # 3007 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Personnel will be on hand to discuss the company’s technology, show their new products and answer any questions.

Fiberoptic Studio Celebrates 25th Anniversary 8/4/11

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Winnetka, IL August 4, 2011 — Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems, announced their 25th Anniversary since being founded in August 1986 by Jeff Graham in Highland Park, Illinois. Now based in Winnetka, the company today is best known for its patented iSky starfield ceilings, acoustic solutions and uRay LED lighting, typically designed into premium home theater and media rooms.

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Graham’s first products with Fiberoptic Studio involved various, unique uses with fiberoptic lighting in residential jobs as well as in commercial signage for major companies like McDonalds, Motorola and General Motors. His custom work in high-end residential installations included starfield ceilings however the early designs were primitive and involved tediously embedding tiny fiberoptic lights one at a time into acoustic panels. It was here in 2003 that Graham invented the time-saving concept of pre-made panels with lighting already embedded. After changing the fiberoptic lights to LED, this version ultimately evolved to the patented plug and play system that iSky uses today.

“Fiberoptic Studio has always had a passion for innovative lighting.” recalled Jeff Graham, Founder and CEO of Fiberoptic Studio. “We began with installing fiberoptic lights in carpeting which we thought was really cool at the time and then started experimenting with fiberoptic and LED in other applications which included starfield ceilings. Twenty-five years later, though the products, applications and the markets have changed dramatically, we’re still excited to be creating useful solutions for our customers.”

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iSky will be exhibiting at the CEDIA Expo September 8-10, 2011 in Booth # 3007 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Personnel will be on hand to discuss the company’s technology, show their new products and answer any questions.

iSky Introduces New EcoStar Panels 7/26/11

Winnetka, IL July 26, 2011 — Fiberoptic Studio, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems, introduces EcoStar, a patented starfield ceiling that is both affordable and eco-friendly while providing a realistic night-time sky. EcoStar is made from recycled polyester fiber, using the latest in “green” technology (65% PET-recycled fiber and 35% PET-virgin fiber). The panels are so environmentally friendly they can even be recycled.

Available to order now, EcoStar’s black ceiling panels, in choice of drop-in or surface mount, significantly reduce the environmental footprint of acoustic treatment versus traditional fiberglass. They also reduce our dependency on foreign crude oil and other non-renewable energy sources. Yet, in addition to looking and sounding great, EcoStar costs about half of a traditional star ceiling, is easy to install, safe to use and provides significant sound absorption.

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Not only does EcoStar look the same as a premium iSky panel, it retains all the exclusive iSky star ceiling effects built right in. With the added benefit of LED’s coupled to fiberoptic strands, EcoStar panels create the stars which allow these panels to mimic the night time sky like no other. EcoStar keeps with the company’s slogan, ‘Big Bang Effects, Without all the Banging’.

Prices for EcoStar panels start at $31.25 per square foot with one inch thick, being the standard that provides for sound absorption at 0.75 NCR. For additional sound absorption, two inch thick panels are available as an upgrade. Panels also come wrapped or unwrapped depending on the application and desired effect.

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For safety to both the installer as well as the client, all panels are dust-free, non-allergenic, non-toxic and fire retardant (self-extinguishing), rated ASTM E-84 “A” grade.

 

For ease of installation, all iSky panels are available as drop-in or surface mount and are field cuttable for electrical outlets, projector mounts, vents, lights and other unexpected challenges an installer runs into during a typical installation. The low voltage, energy-efficient panels run cool and quiet and are plug-and-play for fast reliable installs.

Jeff Graham, president of Fiberoptic Studio Corp, commented, “We’ve enjoyed great success with our iSky starfield ceiling. Though ours is far less expensive than the old method, we’ve always wanted to offer an even more affordable solution yet one that was environmentally friendly. EcoStar achieves that and more by offering a similar experience as that of our award-winning starfield panels with many of the same benefits too but in a more affordable and greener package.”

Fast Facts about EcoStar:

The experience – has similar appearance and attributes of iSky’s award-winning starfield panels. Provides realistic nighttime sky experience with sound absorption.

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    Patented technology – iSky’s patented starfield engine provides most realistic twinkle effect that is virtually random

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    Eco-friendly – made from recycled polyester fibers and is recyclable itself therefore significantly reducing its environmental footprint.

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    More Eco-friendly – Low voltage, energy-efficient. Runs cool and quiet

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    Safe to use- dust-free, non-allergenic and non-toxic

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    Easy to install – field cuttable, drop-in or surface mount panels, plug and play design

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    Maintenance free – no moving parts. Trouble-free, long life.

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    Affordable – costs about half that of a traditional star ceiling.

iSky will be exhibiting at the CEDIA Expo September 8-10 in Booth # 3007 in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Personnel will be on hand to discuss the company’s technology, show their new products and answer any questions.

iSky Adds New Product To Brighten uRay LED Series 7/12/11

Winnetka, IL – July 12, 2011 – Fiberoptic Studio Corp, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems and a leading innovator in lighting products, announced two new products for their uRay color-changing line of LED lighting strips. uRay RGB ECO TAPE and uRay RGB LINK provide the perfect complement for the iSky starfield ceiling or they can be used for various decorative and utility applications for tasteful accents throughout the home.

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uRay lighting consists of innovative, flexible LED lighting strips or TAPE that can be applied like tape for numerous applications from theaters to kitchens to children’s playrooms. When used with the company’s celebrated iSky lighting panels, they can be applied to the inside edge of surface mount panels to add a glow for enhanced depth and drama.
All uRay strips are flexible and come with 3M double-sided tape for easy installation. They can be cut to desired length for a custom finish. In addition, uRay can also be dimmed, controlled and programmed for a variety of moods and effects.
uRay RGB ECO TAPE ($18.75 per foot MSRP) allows for a dynamic lighting effect to create more variety in the final design. Adding more depth and drama to an already incredible star ceiling, each panel has a built-in light shelf designed to seamlessly accept the uRay LED’s, using 3M double-sided tape. uRay can also be used to accent equipment racks, behind TV’s (Bias Lighting), pathway lighting, under bars, etc. The RGB LED’s can be dimmed and controlled with iSky’s standard IR Remote & receiver package or with the more advanced DMX RGB Module. 16’4″ can be powered using the company’s 4 Amp Driver.

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uRay RGB LINK (left) and uRay RBG ECO TAPE (right)

uRay RGB LINK ($ 28.00 per foot MSRP) completes the signature glow of the iSky Panels, adding more depth and drama to an already incredible star ceiling. Like RGB tape, each panel has a built-in light shelf designed to seamlessly accept the uRay LED’s using 3M tape. uRay can also be used to accent equipment racks, behind TV’s (Bias Lighting), pathway lighting, under bars, etc. Up to 15 ft of uRay lighting can be powered using the company’s 4 Amp Driver and dimmed using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM).
uRay RGB LINK is perfect for ambient lighting, seasonal/holiday ambience or to add striking elegance to any environment. Highly energy-efficient and safe generating virtually no heat, uRay RGB LINK’s slim profile provides a clean, finished look while delivering excitement and versatility.
iSky’s RGB Controller and receiver ($ 100.00 MSRP) features a 44 button IR Remote for basic control of the uRay RGB Tape and LINK.  The controller utilizes an IR Receiver connected to an 18″ leader cable to allow for installation of the controller in a more remote location.  Simply install the IR Receiver in an inconspicuous location. The IR Remote features 20 static color options and 6 dynamic color changing options.  If the 20 static options aren’t enough, there are 6 “DIY” options that allow for custom color blending that can be programmed into memory.
Jeff Graham, president of Fiberoptic Studio Corp, commented, “From dealers, consumers and the press, response to our star-field lighting panel system has been nothing short of tremendous. Running close in excitement though is our uRay lighting because of how many powerful applications it offers and the wow factor it adds.”
Mr. Graham added, “iSky is all about innovative solutions for the installer as well as an unforgettable experience for their customers. Combined with our versatile uRay LED lighting systems, iSky’s new products add considerable depth to their product line card, and offer a one-stop shop for a dealer’s acoustical and lighting needs.”

iSky Granted U.S. Patent 6/22/11

Winnetka, IL – Fiberoptic Studio Corp, the award-winning creators of iSky Panel Systems and a leading innovator of lighting products, has been granted a U.S. patent for its groundbreaking starfield ceiling. The patent (#7,766,526 B2) recognizes the unique design of the iSky star panel system by combining fiber optics with LED and digital technology to create a star ceiling experience like no other. The inventor is Jeff Graham, CEO of Fiberoptic Studio.

In explaining the background of the patent, as well as the company’s decades of work on these innovations, Mr. Graham stated, “While starfield ceilings have been around for some time, early designs had inherent problems in cost and tedious, labor-intensive installation. By taking a completely different approach, iSky was able to provide a more affordable, easy-to-install solution that is actually three products in one – LED lighting, a star panel ceiling and acoustic panels. We call it Big Bang Effects, without all the banging.”

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iSky Starfield Ceiling Panel with uRay lighting

 

iSky Panel Systems deliver a technically advanced, cost-effective, star-field ceiling in a package that is both simple and fast to install. As a result of the exclusive, low voltage iSky Star Engine, embedded into each panel for simple daisy-chain wiring, lighting effects mimic the random glimmer and color temperature of starlight for visual impact unlike any other system on the market.

For fast, easy installation, iSky Panel Systems employ a simplified screw-in method combining the ease of acoustic panel installation with the fiber optic star ceiling effect. The iSky solution secures easily to finished dry wall or drops directly into grid ceilings so it can be utilized in most installations. Cloud installations by which the panels are hung by chains can also be specified. Dimensions of 24”, 30” and 48” (in square, radius and triangle shapes) allow for ultimate flexibility in panel arrangement and coverage, with custom models available upon request. Up to 100 panels can be wired from one common low voltage “wall-wart” power supply.

iSky panels however provide more than just a dramatic, visual benefit. The panels’ premium fiberglass materials, from a leading, national producer, also ensure enhanced acoustical treatment and optimized sound quality in virtually any environment.

Fiberoptic Studio Corp., the creators of iSky Panel Systems and uRay lighting, has been designing high-end, custom fiber optic and LED lighting solutions for clients across the United States for 25 years. Their new, innovative system leverages cutting-edge technology and a patent-pending Star Engine to address and conquer the challenges of decorative ceiling lighting for specialized applications. The company’s strengths in lighting, design, and installation parameters, have enabled them to develop a lighting/absorption system that works as well for the end user as it does for the distributor and installer.

Key Features of iSky Panel Systems:

1. Patented technology- self contained low voltage star engine within each panel provides realistic, random glimmer of starlight with none of the heat, noise or space problems of traditional approaches.

2. Fast, easy installation- installs like an acoustic panel. Easy in-field modification for light fixtures, sprinkler heads, smoke alarms and HVAC fixtures.

3. Premium acoustic benefit- improves sound quality in any installation. Available in standard absorption as well as with diffusion.

4. Flexible sizes- variety of standard panel sizes plus custom sizes available. Beveled edge design effectively hides once-troublesome seams. Provides design look.

5. LED lighting- system provides added utility of LED lighting.