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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.

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.