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Atmospheric Effects 101: Fog versus Haze

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If you’re looking to create atmosphere, both fog and haze do a wonderful job. Though they may SEEM similar, each of these effects creates something slightly different. Below, we’ll explain what each effect actually is, as well as the best way to use it.

Fog, Fog Machines and Foggers

Fog is a thicker density smoke frequently used in movies, concerts, live theatre and amusement parks. It’s perfect for hiding or accenting an object. Additionally, fog is often used to set up a scene. It’s perfect for producing particular moods such as dramatic, mysterious and spooky.

The smoke from a traditional fogger will rise, due to the vapor’s warmth. A “low lying” fog is an alternative solution. It’s quite similar to traditional fog except its smoke remains close to the ground.

While there are cheap fog machines you can buy at local convenience stores, these do not perform nearly as well as the professional ones. Imagine buying a bubble gum ring as opposed to a wedding ring. The distinction is that big.

Recommended Usage: It’s best to use fog only a few times throughout your event. Overuse can easily turn this interesting effect into a boring one. We recommend one to two times for most occasions. Keep in mind that fog generally dissipates within several minutes. If you’re looking for a longer lasting atmospheric effect, haze is your best bet.

Haze, Haze Machines and Hazers

The primary purpose of haze is either to enhance or diffuse beams of light. It’s generally a more subtle effect than fog.

A haze machine places particles in the air, similar to dust. In fact, you can think of it as “liquid dust”. You’ll often find haze at concerts where it’s used to create the common “light fingers” effect. Haze has become synonymous with live events. Without haze, the lights just wouldn’t look right.

Recommended Usage: Haze can be used throughout your entire event. When positioned properly (and if the right-sized hazer is being used), haze can linger anywhere from an hour to several hours.

Oil-based VS. Water-based Hazers

Hazers are either oil-based or water-based, which refers to the type of fluid required to operate properly.

In the past, most professionals have preferred water over oil because oil could more easily set off a fire alarm. This no longer matters. Fire alarms are so touchy these days that either type of fogger has the potential to set one off. There’s only one real difference between oil and water hazers; it’s easier to clean water off anything it falls onto.

No matter which hazer you end up with, using the right fluid is imperative. Always read the instructions before filling (or refilling) the liquid in your device! Certain machines could be ruined by trying to substitute water for oil. Additionally, some manufacturers reserve the right to void the product warranty if you choose to make and use your own fluid. Most people (including professionals) buy their solutions because they don’t want to risk ruining such an expensive piece of equipment.

All in all, both foggers and hazers are comparably priced and provide similar effects. When working with a professional, it’s best to be clear on what effect you want to achieve so they can decide what machine and fluid to make it happen.

Interested in incorporating atmospheric effects at your next event? Contact Bay Stage Live today.


7 Basic Lighting Terms That You Need to Know for your Next Event

From mild to wild, elegant to bizarre, we know that great events thrive on impressive but appropriate lighting systems. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult the professionals, but wouldn’t it be nice to know some expert terminology before your consultation time? Not only will you have an edge, but you’ll also be able to plan ahead and on budget.

Here, you have a basic event-lighting term list:

Non-Intelligent lights: Basic static fixtures only move to the music. They have an on/off switch, which make them easy to control. However, like most of the light and special effects packages provided by Bay Stage Live, the hardware does need to be installed by a professional.

Intelligent lights: These lights can be controlled and programmed to music or ambiance; they must always be supervised by an on-site technician.

Vertical and Horizontal Truss: If you’ve recently been to a concert, chances are that you’ve seen vertical or horizontal truss systems on/ or above the stage.

Vertical truss systems are usually set on either side of the stage’s floor; they stand like long, steel, hollow columns that support special lighting. On the other hand, horizontal truss columns are supported from above or below the stage to allow them to lay over or below the stage for a unique, specific lighting design.

Up lighting: Paint walls, columns, ceilings or doorways or simply light up a special moment of the event or location, without picking up a paintbrush.

Pin Spot: Highlight centerpieces or VIP sections at your event with pin spots. Pin spots may hang from the ceiling, or put on poles around the perimeter; the poles can be covered to match your event’s theme. Note: this feature can be limited by floor layouts and rig points in the ceiling

Custom Gobo: Gobos are a simple way to customize your event and bring fun to the party! Whether you choose patterns or names, custom Gobo projections will make your party much more personalized and charming.

Haze: Haze reflects beams of light without any health hazard, which makes it the perfect selection for a safe but impressive event.

Haze is a clear, reflective water particle that works well to create an exciting ambiance and highlight the beams of light at your next theme party. Thinking of a concert with a local band, or maybe a themed Holiday party? Haze is your answer.

Got any ideas for your upcoming event? Call us today! We would love to bring your party ideas to life!  Bay Stage Live services the Tampa Bay Area and beyond.