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7 Simple Lighting Techniques

 

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The start of the holiday season always has us excited about the many events to come! For those in charge of putting together a festive affair this year, the list below will help you make it a remarkable one.

#1: Transform the room with Leko lights (ellipsoidals).

Often standard in theatre lighting, a Leko or ellipsoidal is a type of spotlight. Currently, it’s the only affordable fixture with the ability to project a gobo. The intelligent light is another option, albeit a more expensive one. In our opinion, Lekos are the way to go!

#2: Create low-lying fog at the entrance.

This feature is sure to be a huge hit! Low-lying fog can create a short-term or long-term effect. To determine which technique will work best for your event, we encourage you to read our blog post “Atmospheric Effects 101: Fog versus Haze” or just contact us.

#3: Make it snow…

You won’t find quality snow machines for sale at your local retailer; however, our warehouse offers high quality choices that you can rent. Our snow machines work with biodegradable fluid that won’t stain your clothes. The fluid also dries quickly and won’t be a slip hazard. Not all fluids can make these same claims.

If you’d like to rent a snow machine, submit your request here or pay us a visit at the warehouse where our staff will be happy to help you!

#4: Stick with three decor colors.

There’s no denying that red and green have been engrained into our minds as THE colors of Christmas. But did you know that mixing these two pigments results in a not-too-pretty brown color? So, if you do decide to use red and green lighting, make sure your lighting does not overlap!

Since red and green are complementary colors, be careful when choosing each shade. If the level of brightness is too similar, both colors will compete for your attention. This can be very unsettling. One solution is to break up the red and green by incorporating a third hue such as amber or blue.

While you may be able to successfully mix more than three colors, keep in mind that the brain tends to get overwhelmed when it sees too many colors at once. One way to work around this issue is by choosing one color and using various shades of it, as well as several textures, throughout your décor. 

#5: Cover existing lights with colored gels.

Gels are an extremely easy way to incorporate color into your event. Use them to create a softly subtle mood or one that’s incredibly impactful. As you’re considering which colors to include, take a peek at the type of light source you’ll be covering. It could impact the final shade.

Rosco Laboratories, Inc. is one of our partners who offers a huge selection of gel brands and colors. Stop by the Supply Sales office in our warehouse for help choosing and ordering the filters you need.

#6: Turn the air conditioning down to 65 degrees.

This is an easy, often overlooked technique for setting the mood. Furthermore, a colder room will keep people more alert and comfortable.

#7: Merry Christmas gobo.

In our opinion, this technique will set the mood better than anything else. For maximum impact, place your gobo right smack in the middle of the action.

And if you know absolutely nothing about gobos, you’re missing out on a very cool lighting technique. Read “The Beginners Guide To Gobos” for a quick overview, or if you’d like ideas on how to incorporate gobos into your design, take a peek at this post.

You should now be well-equipped to transform your event using these seven lighting techniques! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (813) 877-1089.

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.

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!