What about stage lights? How to use stage lights?

Stage lights for theater, dance, musicals, concerts, weddings and other performances is an art in itself, of course, now more and more people are also using stage lighting in churches. If done well, it will improve audience performance. In order to operate the lights, you will need some prior training and practice to familiarize yourself with the technical aspects of stage lighting. However, there are some basic principles and concepts you need to follow to master the intricate art of stage lights and help bring any show to our grace life, able to be a professional stage lighting user.

Method 1: Decide what stage lights to use

Choose lights according to the type of performance. Every kind of show has some simple principles behind that type of lighting. Do some research to understand these principles to help you decide which stage lights to use for your upcoming performance.

  • For example, a standard script has a lot of dialogue. The audience’s ability to understand the conversation is directly related to their visual connection to the speaker’s face. You’ll want to have a lot of frontal lighting focused on the actor’s face, which we call face lights(front lights).
  • Dance is where body movement is most important. The light from the side accentuates the fluid movement best. Use side lights at different heights and angles, we call side lights.
  • Concerts are all about color, effects, and atmosphere. Sometimes, you may need a spotlight to follow your performers, but most other lighting will be used for color, movement, and special effects. Consider symmetry, bold colors, and light washes, Of course, now all designers will choose LED stage lights.
  • Musicals are a combination of theater and dance because they contain elements of both. Often, lighting design for musicals combines principles from both. The time and quantity of led par lights used during the period are huge.
  • Check the site to help determine how many stage lights you need, which fixtures to use, the size of the venue, and where you can put the stage lights. Check the position of the light bar to see where you can hang things. Evaluate whether you can place the stage light on a stand on the floor or install a vertical pipe and hang it from the side.

  • When inspecting a site, there are five basic lighting positions for you to consider: front lighting, side lighting, high side lighting, backlighting, and down lighting.
  • Use Elliptical Reflector Spotlights (ERS) or led profile spotlights to illuminate the subject. These spotlights produce a sharp, focused beam of light. Use them to light a single subject, such as an actor’s face or a single singer on stage, and can adjust the color temperature.
  • You can also use Elliptical Reflector Spotlights to project images and patterns called “gobos”. These are patterned stainless steel or glass discs that you place on the lens to project the image onto the stage backdrop, and you can also play a specific LOGO. We call the stage lights:  gobo light or logo light
  • Elliptical Reflector Spotlights are usually used to cast light for medium and long distances. Of course, this led stage light is also often used in conference halls.
  • Use a fresnel spotlight to illuminate your subject and create strong shadows. Fresnel spotlights are softer than ERS (think those big spotlights you see at movie premieres). Scale up the Fresnel to a small diameter to create a spotlight, or scale it down to a large diameter to create an Ambilight. Igracelite’s led video lights have Fresnel, And some led spotlights also.

  • Fresnels are generally used for shooting short to medium distances.
  • Use LED par floodlight, led par can, backstage lighting, or side lighting. Led par cans to produce narrow or wide elliptical beams. They are effortless to use and are a staple tool in many different types of performances, from backlighting for concerts to side lighting for dance performances.

  • Led par cans are the lighting of choice in the rock and roll industry. They don’t give you a lot of control over the size of the beam (it depends on the size of the lens. Usually there are: 15°, 25°, 45°, and 60°.), but produce a lot of light and are great for lighting up concerts, One led lamp has eight colors, very colorful.
  • Use strip lights, border lights, or floor lights to illuminate wide, flat areas. These are fixture types that contain multiple lights. Use them for basic lighting on backdrops, drapes, or above the stage. Such lights are generally called commercial lighting or civil lighting. They do not belong to stage lighting. Therefore, it is impossible to find professional stage lighting manufacturers to purchase related products.

  • You can also use strip lighting to change the background color by mixing the color and intensity of the lights. Or maybe you can choose a led wall washer.
  • Use the following point to follow the performer on stage. A follow spot is a bright moving spotlight that requires manual operation. Use them to follow soloists as they move around the stage. A well led follow spot will get twice the result with half the effort.

  • If you plan to use a led follow spot, you will need another person dedicated to operating follow points.
  • Ask what stage lights are in stock. Most venues have a base inventory of stage lights equipment from which you can choose your lights.

  • Stage lighting can generally be described by its intensity (how bright or dark the light is)how many watts its, and color(now stage lights have RGBWAUv, one color,3in1,4in1,5in1 or 6in1, At most, we can do 8 in 1), distribution (the direction of the light, face lights, side lights and so on
  • Method 2: Adjust the stage lights according to the show.

    Consult the program director or person in charge. Discuss scripts, choreography, or concert types to collaborate and develop lighting designs to suit the show. Ask the director, choreographer, or band what they want the audience to see and focus on to determine how you will light the display.

  • Think of your stage lighting as a camera, a set of stage lights is a camera, and your job is to film and highlight the show for the audience.
  • Consider mood, movement, texture, and naturalism (such as whether you’re depicting day or night).
  • For example, you could try using different stage lighting to accentuate fast-paced, chaotic scenes versus slow, serious ones in a play. You can also use warm or cooling color temperature stage lights to convey the time of day or changes.
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    Decide at what angle you need to place the light. Grab a small directional light, such as a strong flashlight, and see how lighting it from different directions on the stage can create different atmospheres. See how different angles will complement the performance, and consider when to use them during the performance.

  • Angles are very important in stage lighting; you will want to use different angles for different types of performances. For example, if you are lighting a play and want to accentuate the faces of the performers, you will need frontal lighting facing down at a 45-degree angle on the stage. and at this time, you must confirm the color temperature used because the color temperature is very important for face lights.
  • If you’re lighting for a concert, then you’ll want to focus more on backlighting to make the performers stand out from the background, as well as special effects and colored lighting to create the right atmosphere for the concert. 
  • Use stage lights to help you create a mood and atmosphere. Use dark blue for nighttime scenes and yellow for warm sunny scenes. Use crazy color combinations at concerts to create exciting moments. Take everything you’ve already considered and add some colored lighting into the mix to really make the show pop.

  • You should be able to get a color swatch book from any theater equipment supply store from which you can choose the color of the stage lights you will be using. don’t worry LED par can not have such rich colors.
  • Method 3: Install stage lights


    Make a 45-degree angle between the headlight and the main body left and right. Each subject you want to highlight will need two front lights, one in front of them on the left and one on the right, and at about a 45-degree angle to them. This is the standard 3-point lighting technique used by most gigs.

  • This lighting system eliminates dark shadows while providing 3D clarity to the shapes of subjects. 
  • Turn on the backlight directly behind the subject at a 45-degree angle. This is the third light in the standard three-point system. Position the light directly behind the subject and at a downward angle of about 45 degrees.

  • If you want something a little less traditional, you can experiment with lighting to create different effects. For example, single-point lighting with only 1 headlight can be used to mimic the effect of the sun and create dramatic shadows. 2-point lighting with one front light and one backlight is also available
  • Divide the stage into a grid and cover it with overlapping lights to form a washing effect. Divide the stage into regions approximately 8 ft (2.4 m) in diameter. You’ll need to cover each area with fixtures to create general lighting that illuminates the entire stage.

  • For example, if your stage is 25 feet (7.6 meters) by 25 feet (7.6 meters), you can divide it into nine 8 feet (2.4 meters). Create general lighting stages.
  • You’ll still need extra stage lights to illuminate backgrounds and landscapes, or to highlight other things not covered by area lighting. It is worth mentioning that there are already many led stage lights suitable for led background lights and landscape lighting.
  • Draw the stage map and the location of the stage lights. Be sure to include the location of any fixed light bars you plan to use to hang lights in the diagram. Specify what stage lighting go where, where they will point, what color they will be, and any other relevant information.

  • If you have the facilities, you can add more fixed poles or use brackets on the floor to add additional lights.
  • If your venue doesn’t have enough lights, look for companies that can extra rent stage lights.
  • Hang up the lights and plug them into the dimming rack. Dimmer racks allow you to smoothly fade lights in and out using a lighting table or console. if you do not have any experience, you will need training on how to use a lighting table or console. There are many types of stage lighting consoles, and the prices are also different. Of course, we should choose the one that suits us, and the one that suits us is the best.

  • All stage lights can be controlled by DMX, you can also set up the DMX controller after hanging the light. DMX controllers allow you to pre-program light settings and effects that you can easily switch between using a single slider on the lighting console. Plug-in lights via DMX cable and program your desired lighting scenes so you can quickly create different scenes during shows. Of course, more and more stage lights now use wireless and WIFI, these are very simple to set up, if we are not professional, we can also use remote control.
  • Remember to double-check the position and angle of all stage lights before each performance to prevent accidental movement. you don’t want to find out that the stage lights aren’t working in the middle of a show!
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the best place to buy stage lights?

    When considering the optimal location for purchasing stage lights, numerous individuals instantly recall popular brands such as ADJ, Chauvet, Robe, and Martin. However, it is imperative to note that these well-known products are all manufactured in China. Grace Stage Lighting, specifically, has undertaken contract processing for both ADJ and Chauvet.

    When it comes to purchasing stage lights, particularly Igracelite stage lights, China offers the most economical option. For those interested, our online store can be found at www.stagelightmall.com.

    What is a typical dimmer for dimming stage lights?

    A typical dimmer for dimming stage lights is a DMX dimmer, which is a device that controls the intensity of the light output. DMX dimmers are commonly used in professional stage lighting setups and can be controlled remotely using a lighting console or software. For example: Igracelite MA console, Igracelite Tiger console and other typical consoles, and then control software, Grace Stage Lighting has a control box, HD512, which covers and supports: lightjockey, MagicQ, FreeStyler, Sunlite, Daslight.

    what are the two basic categories of stage lighting?

    The two basic categories of stage lighting are general illumination and special effects lighting. General illumination provides overall lighting for the stage, while special effects lighting is used to create specific lighting effects and enhance the mood or atmosphere of a performance.


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