I wanted to write an article to cover some of the questions I have been getting lately regarding lighting options for events. To cover some basic lighting components, we’ll discuss some of the common types of lighting used in dance floor and DJ lighting arrangements.
Vertigo DJ lights are lights that bounce and refract light to create stimulating and magical environments of color. The traditional disco ball is the most well known and popular example of moonflower DJ lighting but this takes it a step further. The main reason that disco balls and other types of moonflower lighting is so popular is that it takes one single stream of light and turns it into myriad bouncing lights, which is extremely cost-effective.
Lighting setups including various types of moonflower lights can produce stimulating, multi-layered effects while saving money compared to other high-performance DJ lighting systems.
Beamers are lights are project solid beams of light across a dance floor. Texture and depth are added to the light with the addition of fill lights. Smart or ‘intelligent’ beamers can move in time with the music or to some other type of preset pattern.
Beamers are generally best used in combination with stage lights as the intensity of beamer lights is that they fade significantly the further one gets from the light source.
Strobe lights are another mainstay of DJ lighting basics. Strobe lights flash intermittently in order to provide a freeze frame or slow motion effect that adds drama to the experience, dance floor or stage.
Lasers are a really cool effect that adds a lot to a party and has gained in popularity in recent years. This is a precise type of lighting that is generally used in conjunction with other more broad lighting.
The mood and effect that is created will depend largely on the way that you combine the various types of lights. For example, stage lights provide a general wash of color and lighting for the dance floor.
The only way to find out what types of lighting will work best for your particular application is to experiment and find out what looks the best. And above all else, listen to the music as you make these critical lighting decisions. After all, the main reason to have DJ lighting is to accentuate and extend the art of the music that is being created.
A good place to start is to ask about a few of the basic types of lights mentioned above and start getting ideas. Beamers, in general, produce the most surreal and full landscape effects. Disco balls and other types of moonflowers (Vertigo) are best at filling areas with lots of light.
Start combining types of light and experimenting with different shades or systems for alternating shades of light. Other interesting experiments include altering the shapes and materials that the light reflects onto.
The addition of lasers are a great way to emphasize particular portions of songs. Any light components can be set up to respond to rhythm and music in general. This can be a wonderful way to build a dynamic light show that will naturally complement a music program of any kind.
Uplights are all the rage these days as well… There is a picture of an example included. They are light cans that can be set to a few different colors to match a room or a decor, but add a lot to a room without being “clubby”. It’s a very classy addition to a corporate party or wedding reception which shoots beams of light up walls and pillars…