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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.

What You Need To Know About InfoComm 2015

InfoComm1 resizedInfoComm is a yearly executive conference exclusively available to live events professionals like Bay Stage Live! Here’s an inside look at what’s old and new in live event technology.

Old and New Technology

There were so many cool things at InfoComm! First off, there were a LOT of video walls. We’re starting to see LED technology become more universal. As more and more people embrace the LED, the focus has turned to fine-tuning it. We really liked the mesh walls you could line a truss with. It’s similar to a ticker that goes around the seating sections of an arena. We’d love to be able to line all of the trussing on any given show with the video mesh for added effect.

Throughout InfoComm, we noticed the excitement and tension in the air. The next big thing is going to be released soon and we’re all waiting for the moment when it happens.

In preparation, anyone still using and distributing old technology, such as projectors, are looking to sell these items. Now may be the time to get a deal.

Trending and Future Technology

There’s no green tech yet, but it is coming. There are a number of new technologies (out within the past few years) where we haven’t even scratched the surface in what they can fully do.

Sunbelt’s solar-powered light tower is one such example. The Tesla battery is another newer technology which could eventually be incorporated into the event & lighting industry. That would be revolutionary. Harnessing the power from the sun and turning it into event lighting is one of Bay Stage Live’s ultimate goals.

We also sense hologram technology will be improved on, maybe in a year or two. Right now, it’s very limited. We’re just getting to a place where we can do some cool stuff.

We’ve been waiting for the day when the lighting expert and video expert become the same person. It looks like that’s happening now. As all of the LED video technology continues to be used for lighting effects, the lighting professional must be well-versed in LED video technology in order to keep up with the times.

Understanding technology trends and how to use them to make your event incredible – is our job. If you would like our help in creating your next event, call us at (813) 877-1089.