When you go to see a play or attend a live concert, a lot of
work goes into the whole production. And although you may not see or
notice the things happening behind the scenes, it is a conglomeration of
all kinds of different elements that make it a memorable moment. Stage
lights play a large part in making sure you get the full effects
of a live happening. These lights perform many different functions, depending
on what you are watching. For example, a simple spotlight shining on
an actor doing a monologue during a play gives the audience a sense that
what he or she is saying is very important. Another purpose of stage
lights is to change
focus from one area of the stage to another by using moving
lights that can shine on different people at different times. Just
as importantly, these lights can set the tone or mood of a show by changing
color and movement. They can also create a sense of environment such
as weather or emotions, all depending
on how the lights are used.
There are a few basic components to stage
lights. First and foremost is the bulb itself which is usually an
extremely high wattage.
Second is the housing that surrounds the light. This housing is designed
especially for lights that perform a lot of
movement and that are on for extended periods of time. The housing allows
the lighting technician to
carefully adjust it and avoid it from becoming broken or damaged. It
also protects the light itself during tear down and setup. Most stage
lights are incandescent and very few are actually fluorescent. Flood,
scoop, spot, and strip lights are also other terms for stage lights.
The next time you go see a live event, remember the work and effort that
goes into the production, and pay special attention to how the lights
affect your overall experience.