Lighting for Mobile DJs

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

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ADJ Heads to LDI 2017 With Two Innovative New Video and Lighting Product Ranges

November 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Since 1988 Live Design International (LDI) has welcomed lighting and video professionals from around the globe to its annual trade show and conference. ADJ will once again have a significant presence at the 2017 show, debuting two pioneering new product ranges as well as showcasing other exciting new recent additions to the company’s expansive portfolio of lighting, video and effects equipment. Having enjoyed huge success with the AV Series of LED video panels over the last few years, ADJ will use this year’s LDI to launch a brand new video panel range, the Design Series. This innovative system comprises four modular panels of different shapes that can be combined together to create video screens of almost any conceivable shape. The DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rec... [read more]
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Blizzard Lighting’s 8-Bit LDI Appearance

November 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - PRESS START! LDI 2017 is here and Blizzard is back with another epic booth design. They’ve also “levelled up” with a load of new fixtures to match. Plus, it’s all wrapped in plenty of 8-bit nostalgia including an ENORMOUS 26-foot tall, video wall covered 3-D “Q-Bert” style pyramid! Get your game off to a great start with WINK™, a slick and powerful moving head with blazing fast 540°/270°+infinite pan and tilt! This mover comes loaded with a 60W 4-in-1 RGBW main LED with motorized 5-45° zoom. A four segment pixel-mappable LED ring with a total of 8x 0.5W RGB LEDs adds even more personality and flair, just like your favorite 8-bit console heroes. If you’ve got quarters left in your pocket, Blizzard’s brand new Aria™ Profile series deserves a look. ETL listed and avai... [read more]
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Lighting Ideas – Mirror Ball Tight Set Up Solutions

November 13, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I've been thinking. What if you're really tight on space at a gig and you didn't have a lot of room to set up lights and things, but you wanted to run a mirror ball? You were using something like the eliminator decor MBSK, but you needed to illuminate your mirror ball. How could you do it? So here's some ideas for you, just some stuff I was playing around with. I'll show you some stuff that works, some stuff that didn't work and some stuff that I like. Check it out. So my first thought was to use something like this [pinpoint Gobo]. It's battery powered and it has a magnetic bracket on it, so you could do something like stick it right here, which you can absolutely do. But the thing is, this is only a three watt light. It's not very bright and the dots that I'm spreading around the room aren't really ey... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Get Cables And Cords In Different Colors For Different Needs.

November 9, 2017 by DJ Jay
Now, DJ tips in under a minute, I know it's dark in here, but hopefully you can see that, that's my extension cord today. It carries three plugs on it. And again, sorry it's dark, but I knew I was doing white pipe and drape today. So to make things look better behind it, all you can pick up is the white cable, which is actually right there blending in with the pipe and drape. So if you know you've got to do something like this where there's going to be white around the room, invest in a couple of white cables. Most of mine are black, I've got a yellow, I've got orange, I've got green, I've got all the colors of the rainbow, but in a case like this, I wanted to be able to really melt in with the pipe and drape. So the other thing is ask them to turn the lights down. Matt, the onsite here, has been awesome abou... [read more]
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CHAUVET Professional Showcases New Maverick Fixtures and Video Tiles At LDI

November 6, 2017 by Mobile Beat
LAS VEGAS – (For Immediate Release) – From a wash-beam effect with a ring of nine LEDs and continuous 360° pan/tilt movement, to an indoor/outdoor video panel with magnetic LED modules, CHAUVET Professional will be showcasing a wide array of groundbreaking solutions for lighting professionals at this year’s LDI show.   Certain to attract instant attention at the company’s LDI booth (1415) is the new Maverick MK Pyxis. Featuring a unique design that includes an outer ring of RGBW LEDs, a powerful zooming center pixel, 360° continuous pan and tilt movement and a host of other performance features, the new fixture produces an seemingly endless array of looks and can fill a variety of roles from beam, to wash, to set piece effect. read more]
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What’s That Moving Head Clicking Sound On Start Up?

November 6, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a friend of ours asked me a question the other day. I thought it was a good question and I don't think I've ever answered it before. He has a set of [NO ?] pocket spots and every time he turns them on, they start making this clicking sound like this. It's kind of loud. He's like, what's wrong with my NO pocket spot? Absolutely nothing. What's happening is the fixture is self-calibrating so it can find its start position. The fixture starts at the same place every time you turn it on that way, and in this case, NO pocket spot, and on most moving heads it's forward. You'll see that in just a minute. Right here, here we go. Bam, there it is, that's the start position. Every time this fixture turns on, this is where it's going to start. Now, why do we care that it has this specific start position? All right... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Odd Number Lights And Light Up Areas That Normally Are Ignored.

November 2, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute from a wedding, three lights, one, two, three. I talked to a lighting designer and a home designer and they both said, work in odd numbers. It's more impactful and it draws the eyes. So I have three lights today down the hallway, not four as I would normally do. So the tip is work in odd numbers, but also, try to find spaces that may not normally get lit up. As you can see, I'm going out into the main wedding area. This wall will stay here, but this wall will move and then we'll have everyone come inside. So if they go down this hallway towards the bathrooms, I want to give them an opportunity to pick up some of the light that's in the room. And again, these are tips that I've picked up from talking to lighting designers and other staffing at events as to what looks really sharp a... [read more]
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CHAUVET DJ To Showcase New Eve Series Fixtures, Along With Atmospherics and Washes At LDI

October 31, 2017 by Mobile Beat
LAS VEGAS – A collection of powerful new par washes and atmospheric effects designed to offer cost-effective design solutions for the event lighting market are among the innovative offerings that will highlight the CHAUVET DJ booth (1415) at LDI 2017. Covering a range of color options, the new Eve units include the 130W tri-color Eve P-130, the 140W variable white Eve P-140 and the 150W ultraviolet Eve P-150 UV. The three new Eve units have a bright, flicker-free output that makes them well-suited for events of all sizes as well as stage productions. All the fixtures are fan free and silent for use in video recording applications. Interc... [read more]
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Basic Uplighting FAQ – Is It Worth It?

October 30, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I get a lot of questions on uplighting. Some of these questions are pretty basic, so I thought I'd start a new video series called Basic Uplighting. There's going to be three or four videos in this series, so check them out if you want to. This is the first video. Before I even get into the first question, please understand that these are my ideas and opinions. They're not gospel, so you can take this or leave it. It's really up to you. So the first question is this. Is it worth it? I'm thinking about getting into it, but is it really worth it to make the investment? The short answer is yes. Let's break that down into three different parts. First part, customer perception. If you get a call from a wedding client and they ask you all kinds of questions about your services and you answer them right and the ... [read more]
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Do Clients REALLY Care About Your DJ Lighting?

October 26, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ, we have tons of equipment to buy, maintain, and replace. Of all those things, DJ lighting is at the top of the list for maintaining and replacing. How often, is up to you, of course. As a DJ you always want to present your product as best as possible. You, personally, have to be professional in how you look, dress, communicate, etc. Your equipment has to look and sound great, too. However, how far must you go to look and sound good? Do you absolutely have to have the best equipment in the business for every piece of equipment you own? There is no easy answer to these questions, but the simplest answer is, it depends.  What does it depend on? First, it depends on your level of business. If you're DJing as a hobby, and rarely do paid events, then it doesn't matter quite as much. You can even simply... [read more]