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How to Use Club Lasers in Lighting a Nightclub

Updated on October 4, 2011

There are a variety of lights from which to choose when designing your club lighting. There are basic can and spot lights as well as more up-to-date LED lights for the walls, ceilings and dance floors. Further up the notch are specialty lights like black lights, strobes and neon lights with club lasers as an added effect that can be programmed with a DMX controller to provide a high quality show that swings in real time with the music.

The club lighting that the deejay uses serves to set the tone for the club. The lighting design that is used should be consistent with the décor and atmosphere of the club. Combining high technology LED lights and club lasers for the walls, ceiling and dance floor with a night club that is in dire need of a paint job and furniture replacement can be tacky and defeats the purpose of the lighting. The same can be attributed to a combination of new paint, furniture and design with outdated lighting. All the components of the club need to be brought together to create a consistent environment. One approach is a monochromatic effect where the lights used match the walls and furniture while another approach is to use a variety of colors in contrast to furniture and walls that are bright in color.

Each club should have its own distinctive lighting that sets it apart from other clubs. While one club can focus on LED lights that can change the effects of walls, ceilings and dance floors, another can make the LED lights a single feature amongst a sea of excitement. In this case, the more impressive and dazzling club lasers can be used.

There are several kinds of club lasers with their own specific effects that can be used in club lighting. The first is a static beam effect which is a laser light that remains stationary but is turned on and off on a periodic basis or in beat with the rhythm of the music, streamed through smoke or bounced off mirrors to create a variety of effects.

Dynamic beam effects can be created with lasers that move around the dance floor. These lasers can be shaped like a fan and cascaded up and down a wall or the laser beams can move in sequence or set up in particular shapes such as tunnels or cones. The dynamic beams are also able to use through diffracting elements that spread the colors of the beams all around the room.

Finally, lasers can be projected on a surface such as a wall, floor or ceiling to create special graphics and animated effects. Colors can be cycled and the power applied to the lights changed to enhance the image or effect.

The design of club lighting in conjunction with the overall atmosphere of the club is important to creating an environment to which patrons will want to return. With the wide variety of lighting that is available, club lasers should be used when more stunning and impressive lighting effects are desired.


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