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5 Steps to a better Club Light Show

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We've talked tech here before, now, lets talk a little more creatively.

 

Where should I put the lights? Where should I not put the lights? Here's a few basic points on stage lighting for a band.

 

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  1. Front lighting faces of performers is first priority – unless you are Pink Floyd cover band and the light show is very tied to the performance, people want to see the musician's faces.

  2. Front lighting looks best when performers are lit with a “warm” white tone, best provided by a fixture with amber LEDs

  3. Avoid front up lighting, it tends to cast scary shadows and makes performers look ghoulish

  4. After front lighting is taken care of, move to the back. This is the eye candy zone. Basic pars look good here, but moving head LEDs look even better. Even DJ special effects lights look good here too.

  5. If you are allowed by the venue, run a little fog or haze. A little goes a long way. This make the beams of light coming from the club lights show up and look really rock and roll.

 

These are the basic design elements that make a performance look good. Just remember, if it looks cool, it is cool. Be creative with colors and looks. Change it up, and be in tune with the style of music you are lighting for.

 

What to take away from this article:

  • Front lighting first

  • Move on to eye candy

  • Be creative!

     

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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Translating the Trends in LED Club Lighting

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Where have we been? Where are we going? A quick overview of trends in LED Club Lights.

 

In the beginning, there was the LED Par. Some had 5mm LED's, some had 10mm LED's. They were decently priced, some were downright expensive for what they could do. They had modest brightness, nowhere near what a conventional Par could do. But they still had advantages like low power consumption, low heat and low weight. Now we have a huge variety of fixtures, some still using 5 and 10mm LED's, but now we have the higher power chips available including 1 watt and 3 watt. These can be tremendously bright, but still have modest power draws and modest weight compared to their conventional counterparts.

 

Led Club Lighting

 

Moving Heads

For moving heads, there once were very limited options for LED sourced effects lights, but now we have anything from 15watt sources all the way up to a 90 watt powerhouse that rivals some HID fixtures in brightness. For the band or club owner, going to LED never made more sense.

 

The Future

What does the future hold? We are already seeing more and more fixtures use multi-color led's in one lens/housing for better color mixing and elimination of color shadowing. This trend will continue with more fixtures using this technology at a lower and lower cost. We also may see the first 5 way LED fixture combining Red, Green, Blue, Amber and White.

 

Closing the Gap

As time goes on, LED's will get brighter, better and cheaper and close the gap between them and conventional fixtures.

 

What are the key takeaways from this article:

  • LED Par replacements getting brighter and more affordable

  • Using LED's for club lighting is an easy choice

  • LED lighting becoming brighter for less money

 

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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A Numbers Game – DMX 512 Addressing for Club Lights

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How DMX 512 numbers work for Club Lights

DMX 512 Club Lights

 

The nitty gritty for Led Lighting Applications

We all know that DMX 512 stands for DigitalMultipleX with 512 control channels from our previous blog posts (DMX 512 Basics), but what is the nitty gritty for LED lighting applications? You may be asking - Am I going to run out of channels for my moving lights? How many channels do those disco effects lights I just bought need?

Most club lights use anywhere from 3-9 channels, and the basic layout is usually this:

  • Channel 1 – Master Dimmer
  • Channel 2 – Red Intensity
  • Channel 3 – Green Intensity
  • Channel 4 – Blue Intensity
Controlling Extra DMX 512 Channels

Extra DMX 512 channels can control anything from strobing to automatic programs. When you move into Moving head lights, the channel count usually rises due to the complexity of these lights effects.

An example of a moving head LED:

  • Channel 1 – Pan (side to side movement)
  • Channel 2 – Tilt (up and down movement)
  • Channel 3 – Color wheel (projected color)
  • Channel 4 – Gobo wheel(projected pattern)
  • Channel 5 – Dimmer and Strobe
  • Channel 6 – Automatic Programs

 

So, if you had a LED par can set to start at channel one, and it uses 4 channels, your next light would start at address 5 and so on. As long as you don't overlap any control channels, you can have separate control over every one of your effects lights. The first place to start when putting up new club lights is the user manual. In it, you will find a chart with every channel of DMX 512 control the fixture offers.

 

What are the key takeaways from this post?

  • DMX 512 Basic Channel layout
  • Controlling extra DMX 512 Channels
  • Be sure not to overlap any control channels
  • Read your LED lighting fixture user manual

 

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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Mobile Beat 2011 - Club Lights at its best

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We took a trip to Vegas last week to visit Will and Frank of Blizzard Lighting at the Mobile Beat 2011 Show at the Riviera Hotel.  It was  a great turnout and the Blizzard booth was pretty busy showing off all the new fixtures - The Puck™, The Puck RGBA™ and The Puck 3™

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Blizzard Lighting Mobile Beat

 

We got treated to The Cupid Shuffle after the show....

MobileBeat 2011

 

 

Mobile Beat 2011

 

It's always nice to come back from Vegas with more money in your pocket then when you left.  Turning $.25 into $200.00 - Nice!

 

Mobile Beat 2011 Wins

 

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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Club Lights - Band Lighting for Beginners Part 2

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Continuing from the last entry, Performance LED Lighting gives you some tips on band stage lighting for beginners.


When you decide to get your first band stage or club lights setup, you want it to be simple and cheap. The standard light for blasting light and color at your band is the LED PAR Can. They come in different sizes and outputs but one of the best lights for a small band gig is the Flat LED Par, like The Puck by Blizzard Lighting. There are 3 different versions of this LED lighting fixture, all at different price points and features. Six to eight of these little beauties would light your small band gig and leave plenty of power for the PA.

Club Lights

For band stage lighting on a small scale you have a few control options:

Simple LED Lighting Solution -

If you and your bass player are going to be rocking the rhythm, you don’t have to worry too much about lighting control. Plug all your stage lights in and leave them on throughout your gig.  Very simple.


Let the lights run in auto mode, set to a fixed chase or fade, or respond to the music via their built in mics. There are plenty of DJ and disco effects lights available that send out colors and patterns. These often move around to the beat of your band, using an internal microphone to control them. Just plug into an electricity supply and go play your gig. These LED lighting fixtures are also particularly good for dance floors and look amazing, despite being relatively cheap, when combined with smoke or haze to highlight the light beams.

A Little More Complex -

Using a hardware or software DMX 512 controller to “mix” your lighting effects during the gig.

This is a great option if have a friend who can fiddle with the faders while you are getting down onstage.

 

Oh, and if you are thinking that your 70′s covers band really needs a mirror ball, don’t forget to get some stage lights to shine at it. They don’t produce light on their own. The Pinball or Pinball RGB by Blizzard Lighting are perfect fixtures for this.

Once you get more advance and adventurous, you can get into moving head lights which allow greater versatility.
If your band is going to be doing these kinds of gigs regularly, it only makes sense to buy your own lighting equipment. These days bands need all the edge they can get. An amazing light show combined with some serious chops can keep the gigs flowing your way.

 

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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