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xsv434
02-20-2011, 04:46 PM
We are planning on using worklights, because that is what most bands around here use. 2 on each side of the stage. and then 2 boxes up front, and i was wondering what is used to control these lights?

doive
02-20-2011, 05:04 PM
Dimmers - these are basically like dimmer switches on normal lights designed specifically for the high loads that stage lighting has.

Where are you planning on setting these up? Does hte venue have it's own lights or not?

I do lighting design on a semi-pro basis and I would be kinda annoyed if a band turned up with 4 of their own lights... But i can help you sort anything else you need :D

an example of a typical dimmer rack: http://www.essentialstagesupplies.co.uk/zero_88_rack_6_dimmer.php?cat=121

due 07
02-20-2011, 05:41 PM
Whatever you do, don't use these lights in broad daylight. A stupid punk band in my town did that. :facepalm:

Quintex
02-20-2011, 08:42 PM
Are you talking about those 500 watt halogen work lights that can either be on tripods or on floor stands that cost $20-40 at the hardware store?

xsv434
02-21-2011, 12:57 AM
Are you talking about those 500 watt halogen work lights that can either be on tripods or on floor stands that cost $20-40 at the hardware store?

yes i am

axemanchris
02-21-2011, 01:27 AM
Lights are often controlled by midi these days as well.

Some of them can be set up to respond to the music on their own... sort of like a visualization preset on iTunes or Windows Media Player or whatever.

CT

ultimate-rocker
02-21-2011, 02:47 PM
Lights are often controlled by midi these days as well.

Some of them can be set up to respond to the music on their own... sort of like a visualization preset on iTunes or Windows Media Player or whatever.

CT


Do you know what it takes to set that up?

due 07
02-21-2011, 03:01 PM
Do you know what it takes to set that up?

This post won't be that helpful, but my old stage tech class had a lighting set up like that. It was a bunch of LED lights, a board, and a computer monitor so you could see what preset you were choosing.

Phil Starr
02-22-2011, 03:56 AM
your problem is that any control system that handles your worklamp is going to cost a lot of money. They also won't take well to dimming or worse still being flashed on and off, they use the wrong sort of bulb for that. You can colour them by using a 'gel' in front of the light but they are only really useful as a colour wash.

You'd be better off buying some cheap disco lighting which has the controls built in or better still some dedicated led stage lighting. The bulbs will outlast the band and individual lights have prorams which will give a light show on their own. They can be linked to work together and a set of four on a stand with a footswitch controller is available at a good price http://shop.sparkillystudios.co.uk/CHAUVET-4-BAR-LED-STAGE-SET-FREE-DELIVERY I've seen this sort of thing for 250 ish if you search around. Individual lights are about 70.

xsv434
02-22-2011, 01:05 PM
this is basically what i mean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ3edc1betk

kangaxxter
02-22-2011, 06:26 PM
It's called a light-board. They can go from ~$200US for a real crappy one to $1K+ for a professional one. You'll also have to get a light tech to operate the board, too.

Also, there's a good chance that hardware store work lights won't work with a light-board, and usually compatible lights come in at about $50-100+ each, depending on quality.

Just so you know, I am not a big fan of the flashing lights and such; I find they interfere with my playing.

EDIT: It would probably be better to go with what Phil Star said and get something dedicated to stagelighting.

Here, take your pick:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lighting---Effects-Packages-Lighting---Stage-Effects,New-Gear.gc