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The Beginner’s Guide to Gobos

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You have so many extraordinary choices when it comes to event design. A gobo is one such prospect. Gobo refers to an insert which is placed into a light fixture, and then projected onto a wall as an image. The name comes from the idea of ‘go between’ a gobo goes between the optics and the light source, hence its name “Gobo”.   Although the term may be new to you, its use has become quite common throughout the event lighting industry.

Why?

It’s an affordable way to make a huge impact on a room.

The type of gobo you pick is best determined by the image you’ve chosen. Gobos are constructed from either steel, glass or plastic. Color is an option with all three, although the process does differ.

Steel gobos are the sturdiest option. Gel filters are used to display color, thus your shade choice is limited to the selection of available colored gels. The metal construction requires a technique called, “bridging”, which does not affect uncomplicated designs, but may be an issue when attempting to display images precisely.

Glass gobos are well-suited for detailed images because they allow more words and can handle smaller print. Custom colors are created by using several layers of dichroic glass. There’s no limit to the number of colors you can use, however, the more colors you have, the higher the cost. Glass gobos are more fragile and tend to be more expensive than steel or plastic. Since glass is so good at accurately replicating any image, it is the preferred choice for more intricate designs.

Plastic gobos are newer to the market. They combine the custom colors of a glass gobo with the durability of the steel gobo. Plastic gobos are often used because the selected image could not be accurately portrayed with a glass gobo. The one major drawback is their sensitivity to melting.

At Bay Stage Live, we aim to make your event one-of-a-kind. For questions or to schedule a consultation, call (813) 877-1089.

… Stay tuned for PART 2 on how to use Gobos to enhance your décor!