4 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy Any DJ Lighting
When it's time for you to buy into DJ lighting, there are so many options as to what lights to buy.
Here's what you need to know:
1: Don't Skip DMX
When you're looking at different effects lights, you're going to notice that some of them are stand-alone only, while others have the ability for DMX control.
Even though the stand-alone only lights will probably be cheaper, be sure and make yourself future-proof with DMX control. You may be planning to start out just keeping your lights in stand-alone or sound-active mode, and that's okay.
The day will come (hopefully soon) where you begin controlling your lighting from the DJ booth and make a awesome dynamic show. Wouldn't it be great if all of your lights worked with DMX control?
2: Not All Consoles Are Created Equal
The wrong lighting console can cause you a TON of frustration.
Maybe you're in this boat right now: you've bought some lights and a console, only to be disappointed in how difficult it is to program and run the darn thing!
The truth is, there are some very deceiving lighting consoles out there that are aimed right at DJ's.
While there are a lot of great consoles aimed at DJ's, there are a few that rise to the top as the very best.
For Larger Setups: ONYX
3: Don't Just Make "Light Noise"
The easiest thing to do when you're beginning with DJ lighting is to put your effects lighting into sound-active mode and let them go.
You and I both know, however, that sound-active mode is not nearly as cool as running your lights with the music of your show.
When you use a console, you can playback your lighting so that it matches the music - and it looks 1000 times better than a couple of lights in sound-active mode.
It's also easier than you think.
Check out this interview I had with DJ Steve Johnson about this very topic:
- Say Goodbye to Light Noise: Interview with DJ Steve Johnson
- How Do I Add Energy to My DJ Set With Lighting?
4: Uplights = $$$$
You may already know this, but the very best way to increase your profits in DJ lighting is to offer uplights along with your DJ service.
Uplighting is one of the easiest ways to make a drab room look amazing. And it can make a beautiful venue go off the charts!
Uplighting is also very much in demand for both weddings and corporate parties. It's not difficult either, check out this post on how easy it is to get started:
I truly hope you've enjoyed this guide to beginning with DJ Lighting, and that it's helped you make the best choices for your DJ business!
To really get moving forward, you've got to grab the complete guide to making a dynamic, fun and quality lighting show. It's called "Amplify Those Beats", and it's available to you inside of Learn Stage Lighting Labs for a special discount since you grabbed this free guide!