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Stage lighting is a very important part of your performance and significantly affects the impression you will make on your audience.
Stage lighting and effects are an essential part of any live event and emphasize stage performance, create moods, energy and atmosphere during the performance, and can affect the feelings of the audience and arouse certain emotional states.
Stage lighting is a lighting technique as we encounter it in theater, opera, ballet, at music concerts and other performances. Several different types of stage lighting instruments are used in this discipline. Modern stage lighting can include special effects in addition to basic lighting, such as lasers and fog machines. People who do stage lighting are usually called lighting technicians or lighting designers.
Equipment used for stage lighting (e.g. cables, dimmers, lighting instruments, controllers) is also used in other stage lighting cases, including corporate events, concerts, fairs, television shows, film production, photo studios and other types of live events.
Stage lighting has several functions including:
- Selective visibility: the ability to see what is happening on stage. Any light design will be ineffective if viewers are unable to see the signs unless it is an explicit intention;
- revealing form: changing the perception of forms on stage, especially three-dimensional stage elements;
- focus: directing the audience’s attention to one area of the stage or distracting attention from another.
- mood: Adjust tone of the scene. A sharp red light has a different effect than a soft lavender like light.
- location and time of day: set or change the position in time and space. Blue can conjure up night time, while orange and red can conjure up sunrise or sunset. The use of mechanical filters is used to project scenes of the starry sky, moon, etc.;
- projection / stage elements: stage lighting can be used for projecting the scenery or for scenography on stage;
- plot of the play (scenario): A light event can trigger or accelerate events on and off stage.
- composition: stage lighting can be used to show only those parts of the stage that the designer wants the audience to see and to »draw a picture or scenes«.
- effects: colored lights and lasers can be used as a visual effect at pop and rock concerts, DJ shows or raves.
Lighting design is an art form, so no way is the “right” way. There are contemporary views that say that stage lighting helps to create the environment in which the event takes place, while supporting the style of the artwork.
Stage lighting instruments
Within lighting design, a lighting instrument (also called a lamp or bulb) is a device that produces controlled lighting as part of the effects that the lighting designer contributes to the performance. The term light instrument is better than light to avoid confusion between light and light sources.
Various lighting instruments are often used at venues. Although they differ in many ways, they all have the following four basic components in one form or another:
- housing - metal or plastic construction to accommodate the entire instrument and prevent light from leaking in unwanted directions;
- light source (illuminant or light bulb).
- lens or aperture - the aperture in the housing from which the light is supposed to emanate;
- reflector - placed behind or around a light source by directing more light towards a lens or aperture.
Additional features vary depending on the exact type of installation.
Most theater light bulbs are tungsten halogens (or quartz halogens), an improvement on the original light bulb that uses halogen gas instead of an inert gas to increase the life and power of the light bulb. Fluorescent lights are less commonly used, usually only as work lights, because despite being much more efficient, they are impossible to dim (operate at less than full power) without the use of specialized dimming ballasts, and only very expensive models will also dimmed to a very low level.
In recent years, LED-based stage lighting fixtures have been introduced to the market. Some of these devices became very popular, while others were unable to reach the performance levels of incandescent and fluorescent light sources popular with lighting designers. LED lights have a positive impact on the lighting market and are becoming increasingly popular, especially compared to the much higher energy consumption of current sources - conventional, halogen and fluorescent lamps.
In our offer of stage lighting you will find various reflectors, lighting sets, LED bar lights, lasers, sponge scanners, moving head lights, stroboscopes, lighting effects, DMX interfaces, smoke and liquid devices, bubble devices, etc.