Pro Tips for Purchasing Disco Lights
So you want to be a professional DJ, huh? Then you are probably aware of the fact that you will need much more than music playing and record scratching skills. You will need good equipment, that will see you through your learning process, while also keeping your audiences entertained throughout the partying or concert warm-up experience. Equipment does not just refer to DJ equipment. Certainly by this point you have purchased a good turntable and several other items that you are getting familiarized with. Equipment, however, also means good lighting. So what does a good set of disco lights have to include? How will you know which brands to buy? Can you actually buy too many lighting items? Find the answer to all those questions (and so much more) in our brief guide to purchasing discotheque or club lights below.
1. Less Is Often More
You don’t necessarily need lots of disco lights to set up a great show. Good lighting comes from a clever use of the equipment you have at your disposal. When you go out to buy lights, don’t always assume that the more lights you have, the more fun the people will have. Learn to think in patterns. If you’ve already created a basic pattern with your existing pieces, think of how a new addition will impact the symmetry of that scheme. Which brings us to our next point, namely…
2. Symmetry Is Key
Look around the party room and figure out where to start. It will all be much easier if the room is at least somewhat furbished in terms of disco lights. If you already have a certain type of light in one corner, then add one of the same type in the opposing corner. Look around you at the next indoor concert you attend. Most of the time, a light on one side of the stage or the room will be matched by a similar light coming in from the opposite side. Another good tip here is to always get assistance in setting up the lights. If you’re thinking of hiring rather than buying the lights, the rental company will most often help you rig up the lights, and will come to remove them once the event is over.
3. Use Computers in Your Favor
Recent technological developments have made it possible for DJs and light show designers to set up their disco lights days in advance to the event. There are several good quality pieces of software on the market that will do all the math for you, while you focus on mixing, playing and scratching. However, the success of such software relies on very precise information input on your part. You will need to know the exact dimensions of the room in which you’re holding the party, or in which the event will take place. Since the basic mechanism behind these solutions is that of a simulation, you will be able to test and try out all sorts of different set-ups before you actually get to perform in front of a crowd of people.