A typical audio visual conference package usually involves a wide range of essential technology – from stage sets and screens to projectors, LCD displays and sound systems – not to mention webcasting equipment, voting handsets and computer networks. But more often than not, the most memorable visual impact is generated by a relatively inexpensive element that’s too often taken for granted.
Lighting is the key for setting the mood and creating a memorable visual experience. Allied to good sound, lighting design can be used to create, manipulate and orchestrate the ambience of any event – from the smooth and calm to the dramatically exhilarating.
Lighting Equipment for Hire:
Lighting is the key for setting the mood and creating a memorable visual experience
The LED Revolution
Some tools of the trade – the lighting units themselves – have not changed a lot over recent years but the new breed of low energy, high brightness LED lighting has heralded an environmental revolution. LED light units use far less power than other lighting, generate low heat output and have a longer working life.
They can be controlled directly without additional dimmers or colour gels and are more visible than conventional lighting under daylight – better for outdoor events. LED lights can’t produce a hard-edged beam but we have plenty of other solutions for that!
The other big change is in control technology. With today’s sophisticated computer lighting desks, seemingly bewildering sequences and breathtaking effects can be programmed and activated perfectly on cue. And what a difference that can make to your show!
Versatile new LED light for colour wash effects. Compact and extremely powerful for its size (1250 lumens), tough, convection cooled and silent in operation. Only 80W – run a dozen off one 13A socket! They are also IP65 rated so can be used outside to highlight building features such as pillars, arches, walkways or truss rigs.
Clipped together or daisy-chained, Color Block builds a complete LED system using stock of just one generic fixture type – including battens and ‘blinders’. We use them primarily as battens to uplight stage sets, creating coloured effects over the whole set, from scrolling rainbows to block colour changes which alter the entire look of a set at the flick of a switch.
An extremely powerful and versatile fixture. The Robe Pointe is bright and fast producing dramatic parallel beam effects in 13 super rich colours that get straight to the point. With the addition of 6 way linear or 8 way circular prisms this small, lightweight unit will produce everything you could want in one body – beam effects, Spot, wash and special FX.
Robe 1200 E AT
One of the brightest moving lights, designed as the ultimate creative lighting tool. Houses 12 rotating glass gobos in two wheels (48 combinations) plus rotating prisms and effects, variable frost and many other features.
The heart of a conference or live event lighting show. Modern lighting desks can control a large number of ‘intelligent’ and traditional lighting fixtures. Our current inventory includes Jands Vista and a range of Avolites desks including Expert, Pearl 2004 plus Tiger and Tiger Touch.
PARCAN Economical 500W and 1000W lights used to wash large areas with white or coloured light. Good for bands and discos or for adding colour to stage features or venue exteriors. Smaller Par lights include 50W ‘Birdies’- useful for highlighting small objects.
PARNEL With diffusing and focusable lens the 575W Parnel is the standard light for washing small to medium sized conference and awards stages. Barn doors allow the beam to be shaped, eg to stop light spilling onto projection screens. More powerful basic ‘wash’ lights include STRAND CANTATA (1200W) and CODA (500W)
ETC JUNIOR ZOOM Our generic spotlight of choice for small/medium shows (575W). Beam angle and focus adjustable, from a hard to a softer edged spotlight. Internal shutters can ‘shape’ the beam eg to highlight graphics. Mainly used to highlight lecterns or other areas of interest.
Hazers are designed to produce a vapour cloud (or haze) which makes light beams stand out for a far greater effect. A venue can be filled with haze prior to, or during an event without creating an overtly distracting cloud – the more haze that is used the greater the impact from the beams of the moving lights on the show.
Old school, but essential for awards ceremonies! With adjustable focus and iris, follow spots hold a bright spotlight on people, like awards winners walking up to the stage or performers on stage for extra impact.