STAGE LIGHTING & WHAT LIGHTING EQUIPMENT SHOULD I HIRE?
Whether you're hosting an awards evening or you're organising a festival, the stage is going to be the centre of attention. As a result, you'll want to make sure that the stage is correctly lit to highlight performers, presenters, and provide a dazzling and captivating light show for your audience. In some instances, your lighting will even interact and dictate action from the crowd.
The point is that lighting is incredibly important to any stage, whether your event is inside an arena, a conference centre, or in front of thousands of fans at a music festival. So what do you need to be taking into account for your stage lighting?
+KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR STAGE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
First and foremost, think about where your stage is. Is it indoors? Or are you hiring a covered outdoor festival stage? How much natural light you have to play with is going to make a huge difference, as some lighting fixtures would be wasted in outdoor daylight conditions.
Once you've thought about how lights will perform given the setting of your event, you need to think about the two main aspects of stage lighting, visibility and performance. The percentage split between these two categories will depend mainly on the type of event your hosting.
For example, if you're hosting industry behemoths on stage at an annual conference, then your focus is going to be on visibility to ensure everyone can see you star guests. By contrast, a DJ slot at an EDM music festival is not going to be too fussed being seen, but will they will be insistent on the use of lighting fixtures that enhance the overall fan experience.
So let's take a look at the options when it comes to lighting your stage.
It'll come as no surprise that you're probably going to need some spotlights. These lights provide a focused beam of light to a subject such as a presenter on stage. You'll probably want to opt for follow spots too. They, as the name suggests, follow your key players as they move across the stage, ensuring everyone in the audience can see them properly.
+LED PAR CANS
PAR cans have been used to light up stages for decades. However, the traditional cans have since been upgraded with LED technology to reduce their power consumption and keep them cool throughout several hours of operation. These versatile lights can wash stages in all colours of the rainbow and form a crucial pillar of most orchestrated light shows.
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+MOVING HEAD LIGHTS
Another critical performer in dazzling and captivating light shows are moving head lights, sometimes referred to as "intelligent" lights. As the name suggests, these lights are always on the move. They can swivel and respond to point-and-shoot commands from those behind the controls. Again, you can have them emit light in a broad range of colours, attach overlays such as gobos, and use them to facilitate textured lighting effects.
Perhaps best thought of as the opposite to spotlights, floodlights are great for illuminating shadowy areas of the stage (usually the rear corners). They offer a softer, broader light than spotlights, and they are great for outdoor stages that have a large surface area to cover.
Fresnel lanterns act as the middleman between spotlights and floodlights and are popular choices for indoor stages. They are soft-edge lights can wash small to medium-sized stages. Perfect if you're hosting a more intimate event such as a conference or industry seminar.
An absolute must for outdoor stages at festivals, stage blinders cast bright lights over an audience for those heart-stopping moments in DJ sets and live performances. They come in a wide range of colours too, making them incredibly versatile crowd-pleasers.
A staple of any live DJ performance, lasers offer a massive array of functionality. Each rigged laser is capable of beaming hundreds of patterns and hundreds of shades of colours. When you add in complementary special effects such as hazers and foggers, lasers look even more dramatic, adding a great deal to the overall performance effect.
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