5 Traps to Avoid When Choosing Lights

April 19, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

by Wallace Greenaway, CHAUVET® DJ Product Manager

So, you have made the decision that DJing is your passion and you want to seriously consider it as your part-time or full-time career. You don’t lack the talent, but still, haven’t figured out all the details yet. For example, you might think lighting is not as important as your music list or your mixing equipment. Think again. Read on for some helpful ways to avoid these five common  traps when choosing your lighting.

1. Underestimating the importance of lighting. Your music will keep people on the dance floor, but lighting will turn the event into a true experience. Music and light complement each other and are the main ingredients for the perfect party or event. Music appeals to people’s hearing, but lighting impacts the visual, so remember to give lighting as much importance as you give to your music!

2. Investing in inadequate lighting. If you’re prepared to spend money on mixers and headphones, do the same for lighting. Don’t make the mistake of getting something without researching, only because it’s inexpensive. Wash lights and lasers can blanket the walls or dance floor and change an ordinary event into an extraordinary one. Shop by features, not only by price.

3. High wattage! Some fixtures consume too much electricity and you have to be able to differentiate and pick the right lights. You should definitely keep up with the changes in the industry and choose LED lighting. LEDs consume much less power than traditional lighting and last longer. Tip! Don’t power link too many lights! You risk blowing the first fixture and compromise the entire setup.

4. Buying too many lights. You want to have a balanced setup, so make sure everything blends in nicely; there should be a concept to your rig, so don’t buy randomly.  Also, don’t overwhelm your audience with too many lights, remember, quality over quantity!

5. Making things too complicated. Keep it simple and take advantage of sound-activated lights. These are easy to set up, no extra cables are necessary except for power, and offer great effects! When you’re ready, make the jump to DMX-controlled lighting.

Now that you’re on the right track to creating the right rig with the proper lighting, keep in mind that the learning process never ends. Happy DJing!

Filed Under: Lighting for Mobile DJs