Lighting for Mobile DJs

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

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Star Wars Lighting Design Cues For DJs

February 19, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Hello, everyone, and welcome to another one of my silly lighting videos. If you don't like these kind of videos, I suggest you turn this one off right now and -- last time I suggested you go watch some Star Wars trailers. Speaking of Star Wars, it's happening right now. It's opening right now all around the world. Right down the street from my house, there were lines around the block. People in costume. There are people selling things on the street. It was on the news. They've done, like, over $100 million in ticket sales before the show even came out. They're predicting this could be one of the biggest movies of all time. And I think they might be right. What's interesting about this installment of it is they're using practical effects, which is the kind of things that DJs use every week. We use practical e... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Help – Train Wrecking a Light Show

February 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Hey, guys. What's up? It's kind of a cool light show we got going on here. You got a table like a DJ would have. You've got some Inno Pocket Scans and some Inno Pocket fusions going on. I'm going to turn some music on and we're going to go ahead and check this out, see what it looks like in sound active. That's a pretty cool light show. A lot is happening, but it looks good. We got some atmosphere going on. We were able to use fog at this gig, but it looks good. Now, just for fun, let's turn off the fusions and just rock the scans for a minute. I like that when it gets dramatic. Not too much going on, but the [inaudible] of the light is cool. Just needs two spots going in the air for the scanners. I think it's cool. We can ultimately turn off the scans and just rock the fusions. That's also a cool look. We c... [read more]
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ADJ Introduces New 6-Color Sensation for Up-lighting or Stage Washing

February 7, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ADJ is pleased to introduce the latest evolution in the hugely popular Mega Par Series of affordable LED-powered wash lights. Featuring ADJ’s patented ‘sit-flat’ design, the Mega Hex Par combines powerful 6-in-1 HEX color LEDs with useful features – including a bundled IR remote – to create the ultimate portable par fixture. The compact, low profile Mega Hex Par is designed for both up-lighting and stage lighting applications. It features 5 x 6-Watt HEX (RGBAW+UV) LEDs that allow smooth color mixing and a huge color palette, which is much wider than those offered by tri and quad LED models. The inclusion of the UV element also means ... [read more]
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CSL 4 5in1 to be released by MBLV22

February 6, 2018 by Mobile Beat
New unlimited distance CSL 4 5 in 1 High output LED system is to be released by Colorado Sound and Light at MBLV22 in March. Features: 5 15w RGBWA LED with Wide Coverage Beam RF Wireless 4 Zone remote control DMX controller capable 15 cell battery uplight (long runtine) Only 4 lbs. CSL 4 4 Pack with Roadcase - $1099 CSL 4 6 Pack with Roadcase - $1699 https://csnl.com... [read more]
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DJ Lighting – Halogen Vs LED Par Fixtures

February 5, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Hey. What's up, guys? Today, I'm going to talk about new school versus old school DJ lighting fixtures. In particular, the halogen PAR can versus the LED par fixture. There are a few reasons that I think this is definitely the way to go for a mobile DJ, especially when it comes to dance floor. First of all, the footprint. The LED PAR fixture is much smaller than the big halogen fixture. When it comes to lifespan of your light source, the halogen bulb has about a 2,000 hour lifespan, whereas an LED can go from 50,000 to 100,000 hours. Now, when you use LED fixtures, you use a lot less power than halogen. This is 250 watts. This is 16 watts. So the power draw is a lot less from the wall. This particular fixture, the Mega Par Profile Plus is RGB, plus it has a UV diode in it. It's $79 and it uses less than a 15... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Don’t Set Lights To Strobe At A Wedding

February 1, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, I just heard a story about a DJ who had some strobe lights going on around his booth and a parent came over and said, is there any way to kill the strobe lights? I have a child here who's epileptic and it could cause a seizure. And apparently, it's due to photosensitivity. And it's not the majority of kids who are epileptic, but according to the other DJ that told me the story, the DJ with the strobe lights instructed the parent to remove the child from the reception. My weddings, the bride and groom invite people they want. If I went up to a bride and groom and said, no more strobes, because someone could have a seizure, trust me, they'd go along with it. In fact, I tell my clients that I don't have strobing on my Revo-3 or on my atmospheric because of that reason. So if you want... [read more]
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Working Review: ADJ Dotz TPar System

January 31, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
All-in-one lighting solutions have been all the rage the past few years, and I for one am grateful for it. After purchasing a Chauvet GigBar LT around a year and a half ago I was amazed at the ease of use, simplicity, and effectiveness of these compact lighting systems. Instead of spending 10-15 minutes to set up a lighting T-bar for a wedding I could have my light show ready to go within 2 minutes. I recently sold my GigBar (after 50+ weddings of faithful use) and switched over to the American DJ Dotz TPar system, which I am going to review for you today. This review won't be like many you'll find on Youtube; it won't be full of specs and numbers that can be found in the online manual. Instead, I'll aim to give you honest feedback about points of the light I really like (and those I dislike) that are rela... [read more]
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How to Delay LED Par Fixtures In Master / Slave Mode by Using Dimmer Settings

January 29, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
So I was talking to a friend of mine today. He has four Mega Par Profile Pluses. He's just upgraded from the halogen stuff. Yeah. Believe it or not, people are still doing that; they're upgrading from halogen. And right now, he's got them all set up in sound active mode, master slave. And when a bass hit happens, it looks something like this. So when the music's playing, you get this effect. That doesn't look bad, but he wants a change. He wants them to do something a little different. And although we cannot do cool stuff like phases with internal programming on the Mega Par Profile Plus, as far as I know, what we can do is fun stuff like play with that dimmer curve a little bit. Let me show you how it's done. So for our demo purposes today, we have a master, then we have the two slaves right here in the mid... [read more]
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ADJ Launch 8 New Products at NAMM 2018

January 25, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Expanding the Vizi Series of professional-caliber moving heads, the new Vizi Wash Pro is ADJ’s most powerful wash fixture to date. Powered by 19 x 30W RGBW Osram LEDs and boasting motorized zoom that offers a beam angle of between 5 and 50 degrees, this potent fixture is equally suited to tight mid-air beam effects as it is to far-reaching wash lighting. It’s LEDs are also arranged in three concentric circles, which can be independently controlled to allow for dynamic eye-candy effects. With an affordable price tag – alongside professional features such as powerCON power input, both 3-pin and 5-pin DMX sockets, and a large backlit display panel –the Vizi Wash Pro is an extremely attractive proposition for lighting designers and installers. The Encore Burst 200 will also be showcased for the first t... [read more]
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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]