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Stage Lights

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.

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