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A Beginners Guide to Rental Event Lighting Terminology….

A Quick Guide to Learning some of the most common terms in event lighting planning


Looking to plan the right rental event lighting to set the mood for your event, but getting stuck on the lingo? Here are a couple key terms to get you started in the right direction:

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Spots vs. Washes- spots are used to shine directly on to an object such as your speaker or an element in your décor that you want to highlight. Washes give you an even overall illumination over a large area and can be used as part of your overall décor.

Automated lighting vs. Conventionals- automated lighting also commonly called intelligent lighting is a light that has moving capabilities such as panning, tilting, focusing, dimming and coloring. They are motorized and typically remotely operated from a control console. Conventionals are typically stationary lights that can only be moved by hand.

Gobos- are placed in the beam of a light usually used to make a specific image like a logo for your event.

LEDs- Also known as a Light Emitting Diode, LED event lights are energy efficient and have very long lives. They are also environmentally friendly which helps if your event requires a large number of lights. A favorite of event lighting designers.

LEKOs- This is a commonly used term for an Ellipsoidal, which is commonly used to create a spotlight.

Rigging and Truss- truss is used to hold up your lights, scenery and signs for your event. It can either be supported on the ground or hung in the air. In order to hang the truss you will need rigging equipment such as; motors, support cables, clamps, pulleys, pipes and other hardware.

Rental event lighting can be intimidating if you are new to the industry, but once you know the basics, you are well on your way to speaking the language!


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