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 April 17

by David

This week, we’re continuing our series on lighting fixtures by talking about spot fixtures and beam fixtures.

Listen in to learn about the different types of lighting fixtures, and how you can use them in your show!

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Lighting News!

The Latest in Lighting News

The latest in Lighting in News is the annual Pro Light and Sound Conference happening in Germany! One of the highlights I would like to mention is the introduction of the Grand MA3 which is supposedly the new latest and greatest for Lighting Consoles which you can check out in the link below.


ENTTEC has also introduced Weather Rated Outdoor products for Pixels. I’ll be sure to share more on that as we get the latest information!

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Benefits of Spot Fixtures

Spot fixtures in lighting are lights that we use to get a hard edge light on the stage. There are two things that a hard edge light will get us:

    1.  It can be very easy to keep the defined light on or off a certain part of the stage.  But, it can be harsh on the skin and can cast hard shadows on people.
  1. You are able to use Gobos or Patterns in the light. You can use the pattern on the stage and look really good on the stage.

For a more in-depth look at Spot Fixtures please refer to our Post: https://learnstagelighting.com/what-fixtures-are-common-in-stage-lighting-spot-fixtures/

Types of Spot Fixtures

Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight (Also known as a Lekos)

This would be the most popular type of spotlight in the lighting industry next to the moving spotlight. There are many different names and types for the ellipsoidal light but the most common would be the The Source Four by ETC.

Not only does the Lekos have the Hard Edge it also has the changeable barrels which allow you to add the different lens sizes for the different distances that you need to shoot.The Lekos also have shutters in it which enables you to crop certain lights on or off the stage.

These are most popular lights that are used on various types of stages because of the flexibility of being able to highlight certain parts of the stage.

Follow Spot

The Follow Spot is used for exactly what it is named for, it follows. This is used in many theaters or arena shows and usually manually operated to “Follow” a person on the stage. These are similar to Lekos but often do not have any Shutters. They do have the Hard Edge and Patterns.

Moving Head Spot

The moving head spot lights are very similar to other spot lights except they move. The moving head has similar features such as the Gobos, Shutters, Color Fixtures, and so much more.

Pin Spot

The Pin Spot is more of a Beam Light which can be considered a subsidiary of spotlights. The Pin spotlight is good for when you have a haze in the room. But it is also good for when you do not have a haze. This beam light is great with or without haze because it can really cut through the atmosphere and look really good in the setting.

I talk more about beam fixtures here.


Destiny: How Can I Learn Everything and Anything About Lighting?

My best suggestion for those who have caught the Lighting Bug and want to follow their passions is to find what type of lighting work you would like to learn further.

Once you know what type of lighting you want to work with try to find someone who works in that field and see if you would be able to volunteer with them for a day.

This will allow you to some hands-on experience to see if you want to pursue this type of career further.

Sandy: Can a LED Par be Dimmed and Do I Need it to Come Up on My DMX Controller?

An LED has the dimmer and will not need to be plugged into a Dimmer.

With LED’s it has its own onboard Dimmer which is controlled by the DMX.

Don’t plug in an LED on a Dimmer because it will destroy the Power Supply of the LED.   Plug in DMX to it and then plug in the wall power. Then you will be able to control it from your DMX Controller.

Tom: What Software Would You Recommend That is Easy for Church Volunteers, while also able to control 8 moving heads, 20 LEDs, 2 Spots, and 6 House Lights?

The one console I would recommend for you would be the New LightShark Console. Instead of installing the software you are sent its own console where you are able to log on from any tablet or computer. You can do complex things but it also very easy to learn.

Check out the New LightShark Console here: https://learnstagelighting.com/what-is-the-lightshark/

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