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Why You Need LED Lighting Now!

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Why You Need LED Lighting for your Band or Mobile DJ business Now!


Lighting is an important part of any band or DJ setup. It creates a party like atmosphere which gets people in the mood to dance and party.  For a minimal investment, you can set yourself  apart from the competition.

 

LED Lights

 

Bands that bring a show get larger crowds than those that don't.

Set yourself apart from the run of the mill cover and original bands by not only playing great music, but drawing on the visual aspects as well.  To your audience, adding LED lights makes it more like a concert, and it gets people more excited about what you are doing.  More excitement can translate to better business for the bar, which can mean higher pay for the band.  They can see you better as well!

Lights make you look more professional.

For a mobile DJ, it allows you to up-sell your clients. A better light show usually means more money in your pocket.  With affordable LED fixtures for uplighting, clients will be impressed, and that can mean a much better profit margin.  Even LED moving heads are attainable on a smaller budget, making a huge impact to the look of your lights effects.

LEDs have Low power draw, are lightweight and look massively cool.

You can run your disco effects lighting system off of one standard outlet.  Even a very large full band lighting system can be run off of one circuit as well.  No more hunting for multiple circuits for sound and lights.  And it keeps your setup simpler, with less bulky power cables to run.  Most LEDs are light as well, making setup and teardown a snap.

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.


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The New Blizzard G60 60 Watt LED Moving Head

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The G60™ is that mythical fixture you've been searching for but never thought you'd find!

The G60™ Moving Head Spot continues Blizzard Lighting's tradition of cutting-edge fixtures at exceptional low prices. Equipped with a 60-Watt Luminus LED, the G60™ offers significantly (approximately 15%) brighter output than the competitions 60-watt LED fixtures, and for less money!

 

G60 Moving Head LED Spot

 

Stunning Performer
The G60™ is a stunning aerial performer packed with eye-popping gobos and richly saturated colors, and boasts remote focus, rotating 3-facet prism and full electronic dimming and strobing. Plus, its ability to index gobos means it is great for mobile disc jockeys looking for a multipurpose fixture capable of monogramming and gobo projection!

Features Include:

  • Dual gobo wheels, including one with 7 indexing, rotating, replacable gobos + open (2 glass, 5 metal installed)
  • 7 gorgeous dichroic colors + white
  • 3 facet bidirectional rotating prism
  • remote focus
  • 15 degree beam angle
  • 540 degree pan / 263 degree tilt
  • Master/Slave/Sound Active/Auto Run
  • Pan/Tilt Invert
  • Ultrafast auto-correcting microsteppers
  • High-tech, lightweight polycarbonate casing
  • Luminous Intensity: 27,800 Lux @ 1 meter, 6,240 Lux @ 2 meters. (Chauvet Q-Spot 260 = 5,400 @ 2m, per Chauvet's website)
  • Weight: 28lbs (12.73kg)
  • Dimensions: 19.4 x 14.25 x 23" (49 x 36 x 58 cm)


Suggested Retail: $1699.99

MAP: $949.99

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

 

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LED Lighting Applications Technical Specs for you and me Part 3

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A basic guide to the features and specs for LED lighting Part 3

 

Moving Head LED Light

 

This week we will focus on specs relating to moving head lights.

Gobo and Gobo Wheel

In a moving head DJ effects light, a gobo is a pattern that can be projected by the fixture.  They usually reside on a rotating wheel, that can be controlled remotely via DMX 512.  Gobos are useful for projecting patterns on surfaces (even performers) and aerial effects.  Most fixtures have 7 or more different patterns to chose from.  Many fixtures have the ability to rotate the gobos to create even more movement and interest.


Color Wheel

Just like the Gobo Wheel, this one contains different colors that can be changed via DMX 512.  It allows rapid changing of colors with a single high power LED light source.  There is almost always an open slot for white as well.  Many movers have automatic programs that can cycle through all the colors in a sequence.

Prism

Basically a beam splitter.  Most moving head fixtures have 3 or 4 “facet” prisms allowing the beam to be split into 3 or 4 separate beams.  You can combine this with a gobo and a color to make much more interesting looks than a fixture without a prism.  Some fixtures even have the option to rotate the the prism for even more options.

Pan and Tilt

Easy enough:  Pan is side to side movement, tilt is up and down movement.  Many lights have options for speed, and can set limits on how far they will go on either axis.

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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FIRE THE LASER!!!

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Blizzard's new Pocket Nebula Review

In the past, I've never really been a huge fan of integrating lasers into small scale lighting design. They always provoke images of cheesy beams flying all over the room blinding the poor saps who were drunk enough to look directly at them.  Enter the Blizzard Pocket Nebula.  Not only is this thing compact and cheap, it's seriously cool.  Even my wife, who has never really been impressed with my lighting habit remarked, “wow, that's a cool little effect.”  Lasers indeed.

Pocket Nebula Laser

Out of the Box
This thing is tiny.  You could really hide them anywhere.  Nice.  It comes with a wall wart power supply, but it is pretty compact too and it's the rectangular kind that doesn't eat up power-strips.  In addition to the mounting yoke, it also comes with a small collapsible tripod stand to mount it on the floor or some other flat surface.

Controls
Although it's not a DMX 512 controllable light, it does have some control options on the back.  You can choose between strobing and a constant on, sound active or automatic and change the speed of the “star explosion” (more on that later), effect.  These are accomplished by a combination of slide switches, buttons and a knob.

The Effect
The output of the laser is best described as an exploding and imploding star field.  It also has a similarity to fireworks.  There are hundreds of red an green beams that can constantly move and create some cool aerial effects.  With a little haze, the effect is even better of course.  A couple of these shining above your audiences heads  (never point a laser directly into a crowd where there is the possibility of someone looking directly into them) and you will have a very cool spectacle of color and movement.  Good stuff.

The Best Part
The best part is that the Pocket Nebula is very inexpensive.  MAP on the unit is currently $89.99, so load up on a couple and go nuts!

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

 

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How much band LED lighting do I need?

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You've got a 4 piece band playing small to medium sized clubs.  How much LED lighting do you need and what minimum LED lighting applications are recommended?

LED Lighting Applications


How Much?
Well, that's a loaded question, because anyone who does lighting will tell you, you never have “enough”, you always want more!  Lighting is extremely addictive.  Luckily, LED lighting technology has come down to the price point that any working band or DJ can afford a good light show that is expandable later to get a great light show.

Minimum
At the very minimum, you will need front lighting.  Our suggestion is to get into flat LED pars, like the Puck.  For front lighting, it is beneficial to have amber LEDs because it compliments skin tones with a warmer version of white.  A great way to start is to have two Puck RGBAs mounted on either side of the stage, above the heads of the performers aiming down and in.  This is the most pleasing position for front lighting, as bad shadows will not be produced.  Mounting can either be sitting on top of your main speakers, or on small tripod lighting stands.  For the budget conscious, these can go without a controller, and either be set in auto fade, static color, or sound active modes.  As your budget permits, you can add more pucks to increase brightness and/or visual interest.

Next Steps
The next steps would usually be adding visual interest behind the performers.  This can take the form of more pucks, or even better, strip style fixtures like the StormChaser RGBA. You want to point them a little down when you have them in the back to avoid blinding your audience.  These can be mounted on tripod lighting stands, or even pointing upwards from the floor.  Next steps can also include a inexpensive controller combined with a foot controller if you want to run it from the stage.  The great thing about LED lighting, is you can expand you system very easily and inexpensively as your budget permits.

What are the key takeaways from this article:

  • Basic lighting can be simple and inexpensive
  • Start with lighting performers first
  • Augment with visual interest in the back later
  • Expand your system over time

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

 

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