Sensible and Effective Lighting
A trap many DJs fall into, and from which some never escape, is to just splash the dance floor with as much excitement as possible. It seems obvious, if you light up that focal point with a variety of colors and gobos, you've got an impressive light show and folks will want to dance more. But what are the REASONS this is a trap?
1. When folks start dancing, you hardly notice or see these effects anymore. You might see some splashes of colors and movement, (if you're looking) but with all the activity on the dance floor, those effects definitely lose their impact and pretty much just disappear.
2. A lot of bright lights shining right on the floor can annoy people. It's just too much bright stuff flashing in their eyes. After a dance for teenagers, where I had splashed the floor with those common mushroom effect lights, I candidly asked a kid how he liked the light show. I was expecting to get some praise for how cool the effects were. He just came out and said the lights hurt his eyes.
3. Concentrating on the dance floor without considering the rest of the room is only concerning yourself with 1/6 of the total area where good lighting could enhance the production.
HERE'S THE CONCEPTION: People do see the walls and even the ceiling. That's five surfaces we can illuminate. So, in many applications, you want to first "paint" the walls and ceiling with color, and then project static or moving patterns over this initial color layer. As for the dance floor—wash it with color. A color wash serves to light up the dance floor with appropriate colors, and also serves to colorfully light up the dancers. Changing colors, sound-activated or in a chase sequence of different speeds, bathing the dance area, serves to draw folks to the floor, provide atmosphere, and doesn't get lost in all the activity of moving bodies like gobos and a lot of bright flashes. Where there are lots of bodies moving around (as in DANCING), there's no longer a flat surface which is necessary to distinguish gobos and patterns.
Customizing the light show to uniquely compliment each event takes more time and effort, however, the results are a much more impressive production and much more impressed clients. (Top)
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