Lighting for Mobile DJs

Articles on Lighting for Mobile DJs ranging from ambient to dance floor lighting.

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DJ Lighting Help – What Is An IP Rated Fixture?

January 22, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I was planning on going outside and doing a comparison of a couple of different LED par fixtures, but it started raining. So I decided to do a different video. So how was I able to do that? I used an IP rated fixture. In this case, this one right here, the WiFLY EXR HEX5 IP. Now, the WiFLY EXR means it's an extended range, wireless DMX, about 2,500 feet. It is a battery powered fixture as well. The HEX5 is one, two, three, four, five LEDs and they're hex; red, green, blue, amber, white, and UV. But what I want to talk about today is the IP part. What does that mean? IP, or ingress protection, is a rating to specify the environmental protection of an electrical fixture's enclosure. In this case, we are water resistant. You can't submerse this thing in a swimming pool or a hot tub or throw it in the lake, but... [read more]
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Creative Lighting Ideas – A Disco Christmas Tree For DJs

January 15, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Hello, everybody. Today, we're going to build a Christmas tree out of a light stand and micro Scrims and some cool lights to put underneath it. This is a silly lighting video. If you don't like my silly lighting videos, please turn this off right now and go -- I don't know -- watch something else. Watch some Star Wars trailers or something. Anyway, this was inspired by my daughter. Our tree that we have over here is about six and a half feet tall. And the reason we have a tree that tall is because that's about how tall our picture window was and we like the tree to be visible from the picture window the whole thing. But we do have nine foot ceilings in here and my daughter's, like, "What would a nine foot tree look like?" Let's see. Let's make a tree out of this 10 foot tall light stand, which really going t... [read more]
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DJ Help – Slipping Light Clamp Fix

January 8, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Here's a quick tip video for any of you who have problems with slipping clamps, especially when you have a clamp on some kind of overhead truss, be it a single pipe, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, ladder truss painted aluminum, doesn't matter. If you're hooking a light onto a truss, you put it in the position you want and it starts to slip because of movement or whatever, how do you fix that? Had a DJ with that problem today. They contacted me with an Inno Pocket Spot clamp problem. Everything hooks up fine. They kind of put it at an angle coming off of the truss, but after the light starts moving around, the clamp starts slipping a little bit. And this can happen depending on what kind of trussing you're using and how much your light weighs. There's a quick way around this. All you need is some black electric tape; the ... [read more]
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Care For Your Gear: Winter Cleaning & Organizing

January 3, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I have an odd obsession with organizing, rearranging, and sorting just about everything in my life. Whether I'm alphabetizing my vinyl or moving my studio furniture I feel some sort of peculiar comfort from changing things up. With the start of the new year, this strange habit becomes helpful as I participate in one of my yearly rituals; a complete gear cleanup and reorganization that gets me ready for a successful year of DJ events. Over the course of a year of gigs, our gear can get used and abused. Spilled drinks, crumbs of food, scuffs and scratches, dust, and a host of other things can make our gear look less than stellar. On top of that, in our hurry to get home to our beds after a long event our cable boxes, road cases, and bags can become a rats nest of cables, adapters, and clamps that become incr... [read more]
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Layering Lighting Effects – LED Wash, GoBos & Lasers

January 1, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
A question I get all the time is what kind of cool effect can I produce where I don't have to use any fog or haze. Most places where we play these days as mobile DJs don't allow us to have fog and haze. Very rarely do we go to. So yeah. What can you do? This is a cool, I don't know, effect you can use either on a ceiling or on a wall and we're going to use a few different fixtures to make this happen. First off, we need a pretty bright hex LED fixture. Now, for my purposes today, I'm going to use one these, Ultra Hex Bar 6. This is six hex LEDs inside, which produce red, green, blue, white, amber, and UV. I'm going use the blue and the UV. We'll also be using this Micro Galaxian II. This is a cluster laser; it produces red and green lasers. We're going to use only the green laser in this. And last, but now l... [read more]
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What is an Omega Clamp? DJ Lighting Help

December 25, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
I'm doing this video for a friend of mine today. This is an omega clamp. It comes with certain lighting fixtures -- moving heads and other things. This particular one is off of an 80J Starburst. Now, the term omega clamp is a little misleading. It's actually more like an omega bracket, because it's a bracket that quickly attaches and detaches from light fixtures, which could really come in handy when it comes to everything from packing a light to rigging. Say you want to leave a clamp on a fixture to save some time. You can absolutely do that, but sometimes the problem is when you have a clamp on a fixture like this, you can't set it down flat anywhere and it doesn't fit in your bag very well. With the omega clamp, that's not a problem. You can easily just detach it from the base by twisting these keys and... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Ceiling Lighting As A New Add On.

December 21, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, I've heard about this from about four different DJs and I have yet to do it myself, but I'm going to try it soon. This is ceiling lighting. We do uplighting around the room, but this is actually purposeful lighting on the ceiling. So what I'm going to end up doing is taking a T-bar and probably putting between six and eight Par cans on it and just send it up to the ceiling, angle each one, try to get as much light out of the ceiling as I can, either play off the bride and groom's colors or do kind of a sky effect. Maybe do some blues, throw an amber in there, just different colors and make it look cool. People do look up. I mean, I send my Revo 3 on the ceiling all the time for dancing and I want more, I want something a little bit different. So this is just an example I found onli... [read more]
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Improve Your Lighting in 2018

December 20, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
A little over a year ago, I set out to do something I had never done before. I decided to write a book. The topic I chose to write this book about was one I am extremely passionate about; lighting for the Mobile DJ. Always a hot topic in the forums and facebook groups, lighting is a subject that few DJs can resist chatting about. For someone new to the DJ or lighting game, the sheer amount of information available on the internet can be overwhelming. Hundreds of articles and thousands of videos are available to read and view, but where does the DJ who has never done more than plug in an effect light start? Which fixtures should they add to their inventory? How do they choose a DMX controller? What are the best lighting upsells for weddings? Over the years of obsessively learning about lighting myself, I... [read more]
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Blinded By The Light – Room & Stage Par Placement Help By Request

December 18, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
A DJ friend of ours from the Netherlands put this together for the teens in his area. This is a really cool looking rave hall. You notice he has some subs and some tops, a lot of trussing. He has some moving heads way up front above the stage. Above that, he's got some pars. Along the side, he has suspended truss and he also has pars shining at the audience. Here's his problem. He doesn't feel like anyone can see the DJ and he wants to know if I have any suggestions on how to light up the DJ. Well, I do have a couple suggestions for you, but here's what I think your biggest problem is. Here, check this out. See, you can't really see me very well. You're blinding the audience with these pars that are above the DJ. Now, I have a suggestion. One of the things you can do is move these pars to the truss bar you... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Sell The Add On Before You Buy It.

December 14, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. Had a conversation this morning with my man Pulse at Tall Music, DJ Pulse, Christian, another demonstrator with Pioneer, the man and we were talking about uplighting and selling and one of the things that I found works really well is not only doing a site inspection towards the actual day, but you know what, contact clients in front, meaning clients that you have in the next four months, five months, six months a year and see where they are with lighting. If you want to get into uplighting, you need to know that you can sell it and the best way to know you can sell it is to have clients in the future buy it already. So let's say you want to buy 10 lights, it's going to cost you $1,000 for numbers, call your clients and offer them a now special. You're going to offer them 10 uplights... [read more]