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A Year In Review: Technology

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From massive walls to brighter bulbs and more powerful software, there’s no denying that 2015 was the year of the LED.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with LEDs (light emitting diodes), our blog post “Getting Started with LED Lights, Fixtures and Colors” provides a crash course in this technology. You can also check out, “How LEDs Have Changed The Event Lighting Industry” for a more detailed look at the advantages LED bulbs bring to the event world. Many of these benefits also apply to the LEDs you use at home.

Now, let’s get into the changes in LED technology this year.

LED software for the lighting industry is going crazy right now, but in a good way. The phase-out of incandescent light bulbs has greatly assisted in pushing LED technology forward. Everything is getting beefed up by becoming more powerful and user-friendly.

At the moment, everyone is trying to make everything LED. Many people who have their own specific vision about LED software, now have the opportunity to make it happen. It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting and design business.

At the same time, a lot of retailers are pushing out old products to get rid of their stock. It’s difficult to want to buy anything in anticipation of what new technology will be coming out next year. Right now, we’re in a similar situation to what happened 20 years ago. We’ve just about hit the threshold of what’s possible (with the LED), and are now waiting to see who will be first to break through to the other side.

Although LED software is quickly becoming easier to use, it’s still geared towards professionals, not the average person. Those who work in the lighting profession are hearing what people want to use, and they’re tweaking the technology accordingly. This is a big reason why everything is converging into one.

Once LED technology has been maximized, our prediction is that we’ll go back to standard-looking sets. We also anticipate further development of holograms. However, that’s at least five years away from happening. Virtual concerts are yet another future trend. These events could be fully virtual or just incorporate virtual in a small way. Right now, it’s just an interesting concept, but something will happen down the road.

At Bay Stage Live, we’re ecstatic to see what the future of event lighting and design holds. No matter what happens, you can always be sure we’ll share what we learn with you, our valued customers. If you have any questions about lighting design, products or need our help with an event – contact us today.

Bay Stage Live Services

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At Bay Stage Live, we deliver epic experiences.

During the past 58 years, we’ve built our reputation as the creators of extraordinary events. We’ve succeeded by pairing cutting-edge trends with our most innovative ideas.

Over time (and at the request of many clients), we’ve branched out to other areas, including: supply sales, equipment rental and repair. Next, we’ll share a brief explanation of each service we offer, so you understand the many ways we can help you.

DESIGN

Amidst our massive complex sits a state of the art Dream Theatre; the only one of its kind in Tampa Bay. Once we’ve developed a design concept, this theatre uses its amazing 3D technology to present you with a digital replica. You’ll be able to see the entire set design including audio visual, lighting, and staging. You can also calculate seating arrangements that produce detailed floor plans and layouts.

At Bay Stage Live, we feature the latest trends. And as you’ll soon find out – our custom designs boldly go where no designs have gone before.

LIVE EVENTS

Producing live events has been one of our specialties since we started this business back in 1957. Our world class staff of lighting designers, event producers, and production support know exactly how to customize your experience one idea at a time. When the time comes, you can be sure our systematically trained production team will deliver a meaningful experience for your audience.

After all, we understand the importance of executing a flawless event.

RENTALS

You deserve quality equipment, and that’s why we have a strict rental process. There is always a routine inspection of the gear before it leaves the facility and also upon its return. This inspection includes cleaning, testing and performance evaluation to ensure everything is working as it should be.

There’s also a 24 hour technical support line for questions before, during or after your event.

We carry current and NEW audio/visual technology, including: lighting fixtures, cables, pipes, trusses, dimmers, power distribution, consoles, LED technology and special effects.

REPAIR:

When it comes to repairing your equipment, our staff has the expertise to fix what’s broken. We’re also certified to handle warranty repairs. Our top of the line diagnostic equipment ensures a reliable analysis, allowing us to quickly identify and resolve any issue. And since we keep our warehouse well-stocked, there’s often no need to order and wait for repair parts.

SUPPLY SALES:

The warehouse stock room is brimming with our entire expendables sales inventory. In addition to MANY other items, here are a few of the supplies we often carry:

  • Gel (color filters)
  • Lamps
  • Tape
  • Gel Frames
  • Theatrical Paint
  • Batteries
  • Pattern Holders
  • Clamps
  • Fluids (haze, fog, etc.)
  • Gobos

For your convenience, we also provide the option to order additional items (for you) from these vendors:

  1. Apollo Design Technology, Inc.
  2. Rapco Horizon Company
  3. The Light Source Inc.
  4. Kennedy Webster Electric Company
  5. CITCFX Special Effects Equipment
  6. Rosco
  7. LEE Filters

When you hire Bay Stage Live, we consider ourselves an integral part of your team, and you are considered part of our family. Whether you’re hiring us to produce a live event or need advice with equipment rental, we are here to help.

If we sound like a good fit for you, stop by or CONTACT US today!

How to Enhance your Decor with Gobos

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In our last blog post, we introduced you to the gobo. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here: The Beginner’s Guide to Gobos.

We’re already revealed two major advantages of gobos; they’re economical and effective. Yet another benefit is their versatility. They can add texture to an object, realism to a situation or highlight something specific. They’re a popular technique for spicing up a party as well as a great way to brand a corporate event. Best of all, you have tons of options.

Choose one gobo or blend multiple gobos together to create one giant image. Design a custom gobo or select from a multitude of stock pattern options. Both Apollo Design Technology, Inc. and Rosco Laboratories, Inc. offer thousands of stock options.

Now we’ll move on to more specific ways of incorporating gobos into your next event.

Add Texture:

Texture comes in many forms. A few examples include rough, smooth, slimy and furry. Textured gobos work wonderfully for themed events because they can easily transform bare walls in any number of ways. A wave pattern could help convey a tropical theme. A winter-themed holiday party could use snowflakes or icicles to create a chilly vibe.

When choosing a stock gobo, you may find yourself automatically gravitating towards images which relate directly to your preferred theme. We encourage you to try a different approach! As an alternative, relate the theme to an abstract concept by using texture. This will still convey your motif and provide the added benefit of a very unique affair.

Enhance Realism:

A TV show will often use gobos to make you believe something exists when it does not. For example, a brick pattern gobo may be projected onto a blank wall to portray a brick wall. Or a garden image may be cast on a window, so the show appears to be taking place during the daytime in someone’s home, rather than on a TV set, at night. This same effect can be used for any event.

When using a gobo to enhance realism, choosing the correct color temperature becomes vital. This can be tricky. If your event requires a realistic gobo image, our team at Bay Stage Live is well-equipped to provide recommendations.

Create a Focal Point:

This is a very effective way to get your point across without saying anything at all. It can be done with almost anything you wish to highlight. The moving, intelligent lights at a concert are a great example of how gobos can draw your attention. The same “focal point” concept is also used at corporate events to display a company’s logo on a wall. Similarly, churches often use this type of gobo to emphasize objects of religious importance during certain times of the year.

By now, you’re probably realizing just how common gobos are. You see them every day without even knowing what they are. It may surprise you to learn that gobos have been around for at least 50 years. The technique has recently been perfected, allowing gobos to become multipurpose. For your next event, we encourage you to consider a gobo as an affordable tactic to stand out in a very memorable way.

At Bay Stage Live, we’re always available to help with your event needs. For questions or to schedule a consultation, call (813) 877-1089.