Which Light Is Which? Begin With the Basics
In the world of lighting, half of the game is learning the vocabulary and knowing which type of light does what. Here's a look at some of the essential basics behind various types of lights.
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Using the Right Light for the Right Application
So you know how to power up your lighting system and get some light on your stage, but you can’t achieve the look you desire; one where you want to add more focus and interest, but aren’t quite sure how. Or maybe you were given some instructions on what to do, but you don’t know the reasons behind it.
In the world of lighting, half of the game is learning the vocabulary and knowing which type of light does what. We’re going to cover some of those basics, so you can be more confident using your existing lighting system and so you have a better understanding about what it takes to build one from scratch.
Light is good, but less light can create a stronger impact. On a brightly lit stage, adding more light to make an area stand out can result in chaos, with no definition of what is important. For instance, when there are too many light beams of different colors converging on a stage at once, it will create a white-pinkish mush.
So, instead of continuing to add light, create contrast.
Look at the stage and start turning lights off one group at a time. The more you turn off, the more focused the stage looks. There is no rule that says all lights must be on all the time.
Using the correct light helps you to define areas of focus, without overwhelming your stage with lights.
There are two main categories of lighting: floodlights and spotlights. Floodlights wash your stage with a “flood” of light and should be used to cover larger areas of your stage, like lighting a choir or creating a color wash with gels to enhance the mood. Spotlights are used to focus on specific smaller “spot” areas, like lighting your pastor at the pulpit or the pianist and the piano.
Choose the light that best fits your application, so you don’t create chaos on your stage.
Ellipsoidal lights are spot lights that are typically used as front light. Their beam can be accurately shaped using the four masking shutters so you can control where your light is focused to get a nice tight spot. Ellipsoidals are also ideal for pattern (gobo) projection. (Gobos are like stencils that block, color or diffuse light as an easy way to add texture, designs or mood.)
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