Understanding Stage Lighting

Any sort of stage performance, whether it involves some level of artistry or is connected to a speech of some sort demands a professional look when it comes to stage lighting. The reason is that the impact of whatever words are being delivered becomes a hollow representation of the original intent when poor lighting is painfully evident.

Knowing what’s involved with this sort of system is important beforehand will allow the AV equipment rental that will be required to take into account all of the necessary factors. Mitey AV has worked with countless organizations and artists and offers the following primer in better understanding stage lighting:

What Kind of Lighting?

It’s understandable that any customer of Mitey AV might be uncertain about the options open to them for this particular AV equipment rental. Yet the type of considerations here involve pertinent matters that will be clearly visible to the audience watching the focus of that lighting.

Fixed lights don’t have to move, which is just fine when the lighting is one facet of the presentation. These are usually represented by beam lights, which act as a sort of a laser on the target of the lighting.

However, the advent of LED lighting might be more advantageous to a particular customer, while lights that are moving across a stage or podium also require a different approach. Perhaps a need for floodlights to bathe the stage visually in order. Finally, a possible need for special effects lighting might enhance matters in a creative way related to what’s being presented.

To Dim or Not to Dim

Standard lighting doesn’t come with a great deal of fanfare, though some presentations may benefit from the use of a dimmer switch. Within this is a subset of channels that are dependent upon exactly how many lights are in use.

The most basic of these involves a single channel, with four channels a fairly regular amount that’s seen. For the most elaborate productions, it may take up to 96 channels to do the job, so it helps to ask the experts what will work best in your particular case.

The Value of Consoles

In reality, this component is the linchpin for the entire setup, since, without a console in place, chaos ensues. Lights need to go on and off and an experienced lighting crew has to be in place to receive directions on those jobs.

With consoles, pre-programming of such directions can be handled beforehand with the availability of cue stacks. Also, different looks don’t require coming to a complete stop with the stage presentation. Instead, the sub-masters within a particular console offers a multitude of potential looks.

Going With the Pros

We excel at behind-the-scenes precision that’s puts the entire focus on what the customer is presenting. That may seem as if it’s basic information, but we’ve been around long enough to know that choosing other AV equipment rental companies brings a risk that often isn’t worth taking.

So when you need a professional stage lighting presentation, contact us at Mitey AV at 504-266-5681 to get the process started.

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