This week on the podcast I’m excited to discuss moving lights. Not only how you can use them today but also talk about how far moving lights have come.
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With those in the lighting industry as well as most people, in general, they think of moving lights as just something that makes a flash and can do crazy things. But that’s not the case with moving lights.
History of Moving Lights
About 11 years I started my career in the lighting industry and before that, I did a lot of volunteer work. When I started I began by working with more low budget equipment. So that meant on the moving lights I worked with the older moving lights.
But now, 11 years later, I am blown away by what these newer moving lights are capable of and what you can do with them. Not to mention moving lights don’t always need to be moving and I go more into that with this article: When Moving Lights DON’T Move
Different Types of Moving Lights
There are different types of moving lights and many different things that you can use moving lights for. It’s not limited to just movement.
With moving lights it’s not if you need moving lights it’s more of what kind of moving lights do you need and how can you use it in your show. There are different types of moving lights such as wash, spot, beam, and hybrid.
Wash Moving Light
These are generally the least expensive lights and a little brighter than the others. Depending on which one you get they can move, change colors, and some even zoom. But that’s it.
In my personal opinion if you want a moving light wash you want to get the zoom. These types of moving lights are great for front lighting people and these are also good for lighting upward such as a backdrop.
Spot Moving Light
The spot moving light is also at times known as the profile moving light. These are unique because with most units that have a white LED. These types of moving lights generally are not as bright as the wash moving lights.
Spot fixtures are great because some have prisms included and you can have different patterns you can use on the stage. For the most part a spot moving light can do anything a wash moving light can except zoom. Which isn’t normally a feature that is offered.
The downside to spot moving lights is that you don’t want to use it as a front light or lighting upward. But that’s when mixing spot and wash moving lights is really a great thing to have.
Beam Moving Light
The next one is the beam moving light that has a sharp beam to it as well as sharp edges. Some units do come with colors and gobos but that’s not always their strong point.
Beams are great when using moving lights to project lights into the air and especially when working with fog and haze. It really creates a good look in the atmosphere.
Hybrid Moving Light
Lastly, we have the hybrid moving lights that is normally a cross between different types of moving lights. The best way to approach these is to look at these models individually and decipher yourself if it’s what you want.
Personally, I have not been very impressed with these and had much better experience in getting either a spot, beam, or wash moving light.
When you are in the market of getting a moving light or lights you want to approach it as what does your stage need and decide which moving light will work better for you. It will always depend on your needs and what you want.
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Thank you for listening today and I really hope this helped you consider more about moving lights. Be sure to tune in next week as we have our Q+A Tuesday, see you then!
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