One of the most popular lighting choices
for dance clubs today are strobe
lights. These bright, fast flashing lights give an air of energy
and excitement. There is even a form of dancing known
as strobing, where dancers use the pulsing from strobe
lights to create a wild effect when dancing.
Although this form of lighting is
largely known for concerts and clubs, the strobe light actually has some
more important, practical uses as well. You may find it interesting to
know that the first strobe light was created in 1931 by a scientist who
wanted to study movements of objects. When the light flashed on and off
very quickly, it seemed to capture each movement made by the object individually.
While strobe lights are
commonly seen today, they can be very dangerous for those with epilepsy.
In fact, some cartoons have to be monitored by parents of children who
can possibly go into seizures if they are exposed to the lights.
Strobe lights are also used for alarm systems, pilot navigation, and
in photography. A typical strobe light
flashes about five flashes per second. The odd thing about strobe
lights is that although they flash at an amazingly fast pace, anything
that is in their path appears to be going in slow motion. The result
is rather baffling, and for some reason these lights are just as popular today
in large clubs and in theater as they were many decades ago. Strobe lights
are also used in science. Smaller versions of the lights known as stroboscopes
are still used in labs today for various applications. For example, the stroboscope is
very useful when learning about physics and other important sciences
that analyze motion and its intricacies.
Remember the next time you go out dancing and
see strobe lights that they are more than just an entertaining flash
of light, but an important tool in discovering our world as well.