There you are, in the auditorium or the place of the event you are managing, thinking if the lights are going to be enough for you. Searching for some new stage lights for the sake of it, you see that there’s a stage lighting sale nearby you! Well, the obvious reaction would be to grab your car keys and head there, right? Well, that’s what we are here to discuss: if a stage lighting ‘sale’ is worth your money or not.
First off, making things clear is the fact that we are going to assume that you have a budget to begin with. Now, depending on that budget and a few other factors it can be decided if stage lighting for sale is worth your money or not:
Budget: The obvious one is the budget. If you have some cash left after managing everything and you don’t know where to spend that money, maybe a lighting sale isn’t a bad idea. But even then, there are conditions. Buying extra lights just for the heck of it isn’t the best course of action. It goes without saying that people who don’t have a huge budget shouldn’t even consider unless they don’t have any experience finding workarounds, speaking of which.
Experience: If you’ve been working with stage lighting for a while now, you aren’t oblivious to the fact that there are workarounds that allow you to get some of the effects and features that high end lighting systems provide. It’s obviously not as polished, but it gets the job done. However, if you aren’t experienced in the field, then going for lighting equipment on sale.
If it’s worth it: Hyping up the price to bring it down in the name of discount is a strategy most of us know about, so the words ‘sale’ and ‘discount’ is something you should only pay attention to if there is a legitimate discount on the products. Here is where online research and a few phone calls to other lighting equipment stores comes in.
Warranty: There’s also the issue of warranty, as some sales are clearance ones, meaning the products might be out of their warranty period. We focus on the word ‘might’ because that’s not always the case. You’ll have to talk with personnel at the place and ask them about the same.
Also, it goes without saying that you should consult someone who knows about lighting equipment as they might be able to tell you if the products on the sale are worth it or not. So, with that being said, it’s time to conclude and answer the question:
The answer is: it depends. As always, it is there are multiple factors at play but more often than not there are ways to get the desired effect from the equipment you already own. Sure, if you’re looking to upgrade your existing equipment (considering its very old or stopped working), then you should take a look and see if the discounts are worth it but otherwise, we suggest making do with whatever you already have.
4 Different Types of Popular Stage Lights
As we’ve mentioned in our earlier posts, it goes without saying that lighting is an integral part of your play and not paying it enough attention is enough to make the entire hard work of yours go to waste. But, if you pay attention to lighting and the learn about the different types to see what works best for you, you’ll end up with something just as, if not better than what you expected. In this post we are going to show you the different types of lighting so you’re aware which one does what and if it’s suitable in your case:
Flood lights: Floodlights, otherwise known as floods are the simplest among the bunch as they are nothing more than a lamp and a reflector in a box which can be panned from one side to another or tilted up and down. They are devoid of lenses, and their output depends on the reflector and the lamp type. It can be useful for lighting cloths and skies, but isn’t as concentrated to focus on the actors in the play. They are of two different types: asymmetric and symmetric floodlights. Explaining what both of them do could take up an entire post by itself but in a gist, asymmetric floods are used in backdrops and scenery and symmetric ones are used for anything that requires a uniform distribution of light in all directions.
Profile spots: Profile spots, as the name suggests, are used in those aspects of stage lighting where you would require precise control of light on a particular subject. These can be combined with iris diaphragm and shutters to make the desired shape and size of the light. They come in standard beams and variable beams. The way we explained who profile spots work are the properties of standard beams whereas with variable beams are used for productions which change a lot of beam angles and edge qualities.
Beam Lights: While most kind of lights spread out as it travels further from the source, beam lights are designed in the way that the light is parallel regardless of the distance at which it is thrown. Due to this, the light thrown from a beam light is also brighter in comparison to others since all of the light is focused on one area. These can be useful for showing deep colors as the light creates a deep haze in the air.
Soft Spots: Since you can adjust the size and shape of the beam plus the amount of light emitted outside the desired area is pretty minimal, soft spots can be handled rather easily, making them the choice if you’re looking for short throws. But, since the quality of light emitted is edged and soft, you can’t exactly use it for long throws.