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How LEDs Have Changed The Event Lighting Industry

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Since 1879, we’ve all been using the same incandescent light first created by Thomas Edison. Until about five years ago. That’s when LED technology popped up, and began radically changing the lighting world.

On a similar note, you’ve likely heard a smattering of information about switching to LEDs at home. Although the focus of this post is on LEDs in event lighting, many of the topics listed below will also apply to how LEDs are used in homes. For that reason, we’ll explore how LEDs stack up to incandescent bulbs as well as CFLs (compact fluorescent lights).

  • An LED has a longer life span. LEDs last longer because they require less energy to work properly. An Incandescent bulb lasts around 1,000 hours before it completely blows out and becomes unusable. In comparison, a CFL bulb averages 8,000 hours of usage while an LED bulb lasts up to 50,000 hours!

{TIP} As your LED approaches the end of its life, the light will become dimmer. Buying bulbs with built-in heat sinks will help your bulbs remain cool to the touch and ensure a long lasting LED.

  • An LED has reduced power consumption. The power consumption of an LED is significantly less than an incandescent bulb, and slightly less than a CFL. A 60 watt incandescent bulb is equivalent to a 13-18 watt CFL and an 8-12 watt LED. The lower power consumption results in a lower energy bill, which means more money in your pocket.
  • An LED has decreased heat output. All light bulbs put out heat. And as anyone who’s touched a working light bulb knows, they can get quite hot! Any additional heat buildup leaks out into the surrounding space, causing your air conditioner to work harder at cooling down the air. Here’s how much heat you can expect from each type of bulb:

One 60 watt incandescent bulb produces 205 Btu’s/hour. An equivalent LED bulb produces 27 Btu’s/hour, and one CFL produces 44 Btu’s/hour. In this real world example, the incandescent is generating 7.5 times as much heat as the LED!

{TIP} You can easily convert any wattage to Btu’s/hour using the equation: 1 watt = 3.414 Btu’s/hour.

  • An LED has fewer cables. LEDs need fewer cables because they need less power. Since each cable is limited in the amount of power it can handle, the only way to add more power is to add more cables. LEDs are a great workaround to this particular problem. Using incandescent bulbs, you can only get 3 fixtures on one cable. With LED bulbs, you can place 30 fixtures on one cable. That’s 90% less cable required for the same amount of light output!
  • An LED has a lower long-term expense. The cost of an LED bulb has greatly decreased since they first hit the market. Although it’s still more expensive to initially purchase an LED, you will pay less over the long-term because you won’t have to replace them nearly as often as a CFL or an incandescent bulb. What’s more, those energy savings we mentioned previously should also be taken into account when viewing your long-term expenses.

At Bay Stage Live, we’re big supporters of LEDs! They’re easier to work with, they save energy and money, and they last far longer! Most companies agree, and are making the change to LEDs; however, some are still hanging onto the old technology.

The next time you need lighting for your event, choose a company that utilizes the newest technology and equipment!

For questions, concerns or guidance – call us at (813) 877-1089.

 

New Gear for the New Year- Part 3

 

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Welcome to the 3rd and final installment sharing Bay Stage Live’s new equipment.

Bay Stage Live Wireless Battery Powered LED:

A few years back, we introduced the Bay Stage Live wireless battery powered LED. We’ve now taken this already phenomenal product, and made it even better!

Ultimately they will be offered in either white or black casing.  Meanwhile, we are updating and improving our white Wireless battery powered LEDs, so the black ones will take their place for now.  These LED’s use RGBA (red, green, blue, white) color mixing technology, giving you a great range of color options. There are no cords or extension cables to mess with and you’ll get up to 18 hours of battery life per LED.  Unless, of course you would like to plug them in, there is that option too.

Setup is as straightforward as 1- Place it, 2-Turn it on and 3- Choose a setting. Charging couldn’t be easier with the rechargeable battery built into the road-case. Not only are the LED’s simple to operate, they’re compact and super lightweight for stress-free transportation.  Don’t forget the remote option that comes with preprogrammed colors and scrolls.

These light fixtures will bring something extra to your wedding, corporate meeting, birthday party and any other indoor event. Just use your imagination! We currently have (10) 12 packs available for rent allowing us to accommodate any size event whether large, small or something in between.

Chauvet Freedom Par Hex-4:

This compact, colorful, battery-operated LED can be used as an up light on the floor or hung overhead.  These will serve as a great alternative to the Par 38 uplight.  Eliminating your need for gel or a power outlet, however you can still plug directly into the wall should your application call for longer life.

At Bay Stage Live, we constantly update our equipment and technology so we can provide you with the best possible products and service for your event.

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Advantages of Using Battery Powered LEDs

The invention of the efficient battery powered LED light is only twenty years old, but it has already contributed to creating light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all. In fact, this past October, three Japanese scientists Isamu Akasak, Hiroshi Amano, Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Price “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” In other words, they invented an LED lamp that requires a very little amount of energy as it is cheaply operated by solar power.

The greatness of newly invented LED lighting has helped, and will help millions of people internationally, however the already advanced and efficient battery-powered LEDs have been making a difference in all sorts of ways, especially in the event industry.

In honor of the recent Nobel Prize victory, we took the time to list the top 5 advantages of using battery operated LED lights at your next event:

1. Less Need for Cables
Avoid unfortunate accidents, extensive set up and break down time.
Thanks to battery powered LED lights, there is now less need for cables in live event setups.

2. Low Energy Cost
LED lights are preferable to incandescent lights for many reasons, the biggest one, however, is that they burn cooler and produce more light for less energy cost. You can stay confident that your event, power wise, will be very affordable.

3. Variety of Colors and Styles
Corporate event? Wedding? Concert? LEDs are suitable for any ambiance. LED lights are available in a variety of colors and styles, making them suitable for any event.

4. No More Overloaded Circuits
One of the biggest dilemmas in event set up is the logistics of plugging in lights and making sure not to overload circuits. Battery power eliminates this problem entirely. Lights can be placed anywhere they are needed without regard to the nearest outlet or how many other lights are already near it.

5. Switch-Free
What is arguably the most popular feature of battery-powered LED lights is the remote control capability. The lights have a wireless controller allowing you to control up to 16 different lighting design options with the touch of a button. This adds excitement to any event you use these lights for, but makes them especially useful for live performances.

Our knowledgeable staff will help train you on the proper use of the lights to maximize performance, and we have a 24/7 customer service “emergency” hot line should assistance be needed outside of business hours. Contact Bay Stage Live to rent battery powered LED lights for your next event.

Let’s make your event, BRIGHTER!