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By on August 28, 2013

Lighting for events has certainly evolved in the last few years and now offers many new affordable options for event planners. LED lighting and gobo advances lead the way and even projection is becoming a lighting instrument. LED lighting is now commonplace in many events as part of stage lighting and ambience. LED lighting makes sense for many different reasons:

• One LED lighting instrument can create thousands of colours as compared to a traditional instrument that has a single coloured gel.

• LED lights use a fraction of the electricity of a traditional instrument. This means that LED lighting can plug into a regular power receptacle (120v) instead of necessitating a power drop and using a “stove plug”

(220v).

• Less instruments and a straight-forward installation means that LED lighting requires less labour to install and remove the lighting system.

 

The above features correlate to greater creative possibilities. Wash the stage and light the room in organizations colour palette. Cross fade two or more colours for a dynamic display. Lighting instruments can be set up safely in places that traditional fixtures would have been a safety hazard due to the extreme temperatures. Some LED lights are battery operated (LED lights use a fraction of electricity so batteries can last up to 5 hours) and can be placed in high traffic areas or areas that do not have access to power. Robotic lighting adds dynamic moving lights to a presentation. Moves can be programmed so the lights move synchronously. An awards show might have four robotic LED lights do a

“Hollywood” around the room and then two of the lights snap to the podium while the other two lights illuminate a pedestal with the next award. Gobos (GOes Before Optics) are used to create a pattern out of light. Traditionally a gobo was cut out of sheet metal, inserted into a frame on the lighting instrument. The sheet metal would block the light from passing through so that a pattern of light is displayed.

A theatre group would use a gobo to quickly add a window to a previously blank wall. Organizations would project a one colour logo on a stage background or wall. Gobo’s can represent a great value as they can be used multiple times and are a relatively low cost. Today’s gobos are also available in glass and now plastic materials (plastic gobos are for use with LED lights as traditional instruments would melt them). These gobos can be single colour or near photographic quality full colour. There are specialized gobo projectors and some include motion to add animation such as clock hands moving or a kaleidoscope effect. Video projectors are also being used to add to the ambience at many venues by projecting a logo, image or short video loop onto floors, walls and other surfaces. Laser light shows have evolved into Architectural Projection Mapping events. Search YouTube “Architectural Projection Mapping” and see some amazing shows projected onto the sides of large buildings. 3D lighting is around the corner and promises to bring logos that will float on air above the stage. We can’t wait.

 

Ralph Niekamp, Inland AV Saskatoon General Manager addresses audiovisual considerations important to event planners. As a branch manager, Ralph brings a unique perspective as he is involved in permanent systems design, integration, and AV rentals applications.

 

 

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