Lighting for Mobile DJs

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

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ADJ goes on tour this spring!

April 3, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ADJ Lighting will be hitting the road this spring with six new ADJ Road Tour dates from April to June 2018, including dates at ADJ’s locations in Los Angeles and Miami, to demo their latest lighting, audio and video technologies. ADJ Lighting have announced six spring Road Tour dates to demonstrate their latest lighting, video and audio technologies. The companies will highlight the latest lighting technologies that were on display at NAMM 2018, plus new products that will debut at Prolight + Sound 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Four of the six tour stops are open to ADJ dealers and end users. These locations are Los Angeles, Englewood, NJ... [read more]
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Working Review: ADJ WiFly NE1 Battery

March 15, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
There are some products that I come across that are so useful and efficient I wonder how I ever functioned without them. The American DJ WiFly NE1 Battery is one of those products. When American DJ sent me one of these controllers, I thought to myself "Perfect, a nice wireless way to program my uplights." The NE1, however, turned out to be so much more than your typical mobile DJ DMX board. Right out of the box the NE1 looks different. It's very compact, and instead of a large number of sliders, you'll find mostly function buttons, a few encoder wheels, and a screen. This simplified layout hints at its functionality; at the heart of the ... [read more]
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Lens Cleaning For Your DJ/FX Lighting Fixtures

February 26, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
So a lot of people have been asking how do you clean your lenses on your lighting fixtures, be it moving heads or Gobo projectors or even something like a moon flower. Like this mini decker has a lot of little lenses on it. How do you clean those? What's the safest way to do it? Well, the service department at ADJ recommends a microfiber cloth. This is something that you can get at Target, Wal-Mart, probably the grocery store, pretty much anywhere. It's like a dusting cloth, but it's made out of microfiber. It's very soft. And all you have to do is take this cloth, stick your finger in there, and simply wipe the lens. Now, if you notice that the lens isn't quite clean enough, maybe there's something on it, maybe there's some residue of some kind, it's perfectly cool to take a little bit of glass cleaner and... [read more]
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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]