3 Tips When Choosing a Wash Light

July 3, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

When selecting wash lights, it is valuable to do your research to get the most bang for your buck. You want fixtures that will meet the demands of your audience, project your desired throw and fit within your budget. Before you decide to invest in an arsenal of wash lights, read below for some helpful tips.

Meet audience demands
It is very important that you don’t overlook your clientele when selecting a fixture. Ask yourself how particular your audience will be because color can be a personal thing. For example, if you light a wedding and the bride has a very specific color in mind, you should lean towards a tri-color fixture. You will be able to create a precise color and will find it to be worth the extra expense. In contrast, if your audience simply asks for red lights and is not particular about the exact shade, you will be able to purchase a larger number of standard RGB wash lights at the same price point.

Project desired throw
You should also think about luminescence and set up. Whether you’re lighting a wall or a stage, LEDs can give a nice, even glow and provide high-saturated colors. It’s important to remember that beam angle, power consumption and drive currents can affect the fixture’s overall performance. A wash light with a 20-degree beam angle seems to be the sweet spot.

Last but not least, balance your budget. Seriously consider color output, throw and your audience before looking at the pros and cons of the associated expense. Higher budgets allow access to fixtures offering detailed features at a larger upfront cost, but not all clients will require such details —many will fare just fine with single-color RGB fixtures.

An event without lighting is like a music performance without sound —it just doesn’t make sense. Wash lighting can make or break the ambiance of a venue and is often used as an important tool for creating a mood. Do your research to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

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