Foggers vs. Hazers

May 9, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

by Allan Reiss, CHAUVET® DJ product manager

Mobile performers are always looking for ways to spice up their rigs. One way to do that is by adding a fog or haze machine to your setup. The type of machine you choose will depend on the type of effect you’re going for. Both will drastically enhance your light show, however, each performs differently. Read on, conduct your own research and decide which machine is best for you.

Fog Machines

Fog machines produce a thick, white plume of smoke and are not designed to run continuously. They emit bursts of fog and then usually have to stop to reheat. While fog machines enhance lighting and make beams visible, they are primarily chosen because of the dense, opaque effect produced. This effect usually dissipates within several minutes.

Quick Editors Note: If you would like some more information about popular fog machines or how they work you can find it here.

Haze Machines
Haze machines produce a thin mist that is visible yet subtle. They are designed to run continuously and are usually always ready go. These machines are mainly chosen to enhance lighting effects because the effect hangs in the atmosphere for an extended amount of time.

Things to Know:

Smoke Detectors
Some venues don’t allow fog or haze machines because they will set off smoke detectors. It is a big myth that haze machines do not set off smoke detectors — they will. A haze machine produces a thinner output than a fog machine, so it just takes longer to trigger. Click here for tips to get foggers or hazers at your event.

Always use the fluid recommended by the machine’s manufacturer. Using various types of fluid can damage or clog your machine. If your machine does clog, click here for cleaning tips.

Hot Stuff
Don’t touch the hot machine or put your hand in front of the nozzle as it’s producing the effect — both are extremely hot. Make sure the brackets are tightened and then pick up the machine by the handle.

Filed Under: Lighting for Mobile DJs