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Jennifer Tipton, a Tony Award-winning lighting designer once described stage lighting as “music for the eye.” She explained that this was because lighting has an effortless way of creating an atmosphere or landscape from one place to another.
This sentiment rings just as true with reference to event lighting for your DJing gig. You see, in collaboration with your music, your lighting can be a powerful storytelling tool.
You can use it to create mood, direct your audience, and deliver an unforgettable audiovisual experience. Just ask any DJ who’s had the pleasure of playing an electro-house event, from Calvin Harris to Hardwell.
But there’s just one minor caveat. Creating such an audiovisual feast for the senses isn’t exactly what you’d call easy. Of affordable.
Today must be your lucky day because we know a way around this little restriction, and if you stick around, we’ll be pulling back the curtains on how you can achieve a similar audiovisual lighting setup on your next show.
Whether you're just starting out, or a seasoned pro, join us as we explore the brilliant world of event lighting and how:
Without further ado, let’s turn on the light on how you can take your stage lighting to the next level.
To create a spectacular light show and blow your audience away, you need the right equipment. So here’s a look into the must-have gear you need to attach your lights to your DJ truss.
Other than the music, your lighting will probably have the biggest impact on creating an unforgettable performance. The right lighting will amplify the mood, improve the ambiance, highlight your stage presence, and most critically, enhance the sound experience.
But to reap the full benefits of properly implemented lighting, you need to choose the right lights for your performance, style, and venue.
The most common options for illuminating a stage are PAR cans, which provide a powerful broad wash of light while moving heads will give you dynamic and versatile lighting effects.
But if you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic, then lasers and strobe lights are the way to go. These will help you create mesmerizing displays of light and color that will enchant your audience and enhance the overall experience.
Whatever your preference, you'll need the right lights to create an immersive and unforgettable experience for your audience.
To create an amazing lighting setup, you’ll need to understand the different DJ truss lighting options, and how you can use them to create an amazing show.
For example, the most common types of trusses used in DJ event lighting include the box truss, triangle truss, and ladder truss.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options and some key elements you’ll need to know when picking out the perfect option for your setup.
These trusses are all great additions to your performance gear. But if you live the bustling life of a mobile DJ, or an up-and-coming band always on the move, you must now be wondering what the best option for you would be.
Thankfully, we’ve got an answer to that too; The Griffin Triangle Crank Up Truss Stand Lighting System.
This versatile truss system features a robust build and is designed to simplify your setup process while providing a stable mounting for your lighting accessories.
Loraine Atuhire, a tradeshow aficionado, described the Griffin Truss Stand Lighting System as incredible. She got this lighting rig to help elevate her trade show setup, and since then has seen a significant uptick in interest towards her stand.
She also described how sturdy and easy the rig is to transport in her car, and appreciates its versatility—she uses it for everything from holding up her banners and displays to setting up for photoshoots.
While Loraine’s specific use case might sound far removed from your DJ or band setup, it speaks to the quality and versatility of this truss. In her own words:
“Wow! This is an incredible product. We show up at a trade show with this rig and everyone comes up in amazement when we are setting up. It’s super sturdy, easy to travel with (by car), and so easy to set up. We use it mostly at trade shows for banner and hanging display products, but it also works for holding up a backdrop for photo shoots nicely too.”
As per your needs as a performer, you’ll be glad to learn that Griffin Truss Stand Lighting System comes with a user-friendly crank and steel cable gear system so you can effortlessly hoist heavy speakers and lighting accessories up to 114 inches.
Additionally, the triangle truss sections offer a span of up to 177 inches—ample space to mount your lighting and effects equipment. The system also includes 12 metal C-clamps that are rated to handle loads of up to 44 pounds each.
Here is a brief product demonstration video of the Griffin Triangle Crank Up Truss Stand Lighting System:
But our favorite feature of the DJ truss system is its retractable and foldable legs. This feature is, in our opinion, the most impactful when traveling between gigs. It helps ensure well-illuminated and captivating shows, no matter where your gigs take you.
Clamps are the unsung heroes of your lighting setup. Without clams, you’d be unable to securely hold your lights in place on your truss.
But not all clamps are built the same. To ensure you have the right clamps for your truss and lights, let's explore the different clamp styles and their most important features:
To secure your lights to your DJ truss, you must have the right clamps for the job. From the options discussed above, it's evident that different clamps have varying strengths and weaknesses.
But still, creating the right setup, with the right clamps will make all the difference in ensuring your safety and that of your audience.
With this in mind, one product comes to mind—the 10-foot Wide - 2 Pack Triangle Truss Lighting System with Post Mount by Griffin—a complete lighting system, clamps included, by Griffin.
This system includes 10 metal C-clamps that can support up to 44 pounds each, allowing you to securely mount your light cans, mushrooms, lasers, fog machines, and other lighting accessories anywhere on the truss. Check it out on GeekStands.com to get the best deal.
Safety cables are an essential safety measure in the world of lights to trusses. They are a redundancy that helps ensure your well-being and that of your audience through:
Power cords are an often underrated part of any on-stage performance. But they play a critical role in connecting your lights to a power source.
When setting up, ensure that you have enough power cords to reach the outlets or power strips you plan on using. You should also check and ensure that your power cords are in good working condition to avoid running into any issues during your set.
Most importantly, make sure to check the wattage and voltage of your lighting accessories and confirm that your power cords can handle the load. As ever, always use grounded power cords to ensure electrical safety, especially when working with high-voltage stage technology.
If you plan on controlling your lights using DMX programming, then you will need DMX cables. These cables will allow your light fixtures to communicate with your controller so you can create intricate lighting sequences that complement your music and other audiovisual content.
When choosing DMX cables, ensure that they are compatible with your lights and controller. Also, make sure that they are long enough to reach the farthest lights on your DJ truss, with a little extra left at hand in case of any issues, or setup changes.
Wrenches are indispensable tools for setting up your DJ truss and attaching or adjusting the lights on your truss. The most common wrenches used for truss setup are adjustable wrenches, crescent wrenches, and wing nut wrenches.
To get ahead of any setbacks, you should have a few different sizes, depending on the size of your clamps and bolts. These will make your setup and take-down process far smoother.
So there you have it—the essential gear you need to ensure a dazzling DJ lighting setup. But where do you find this gear?
Well, when it comes to music tech and performance gear, there’s only one place you need to look, GeekStands.com.
With decades of experience in the industry, and the best deals and discount music gear, you’re sure to find everything you need for successful event lighting at affordable prices.
But that’s just the first step….
Just like the perfect melody, a well-planned DJ lighting setup can captivate your audience and enhance their overall experience.
But determining the ideal placement of lights on your DJ truss can feel like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube in the dark. But fear not, intrepid stage illuminator, we know exactly what you need to achieve the perfect placement.
So here are some of the factors you should consider when putting together your setup, and some tips to help you create a balanced and visually appealing lighting design.
The first, and biggest influence on your lighting decisions will be the architecture of your performance space. These will determine the best setup and dictate the direction you should take.
Here are key architectural features you should consider and how they may impact your lighting:
Think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create during your show, and let that inform your lighting placement. Other things that can help guide you toward achieving your desired effect include:
Here is a table that compares different lighting setups based on mood, music genre and performance style:
|Lighting Setup||Music Genre||Performance Style||Mood Setting|
|Moving Head Effects||Rock||Engaging||Intense|
|Strobe Lights||Hip Hop||Dynamic||Party|
As much as we wish we could power event lighting with sheer enthusiasm, we're stuck relying on electrical outlets. So keep these simple power source considerations in mind when setting up your lighting rig:
In addition to these considerations, here are some tips to help you guide you toward a balanced and visually appealing lighting design:
Above all, remember that these guidelines are just that. To create the perfect setup for you, don’t be afraid to tweak and refine these ideas until you find a setup that’s exactly what you envisioned for your show.
So, you've got your DJ truss setup, and you’re ready to start putting up your different lighting accessories. But before you go all in, let’s take a beat and make sure you’ve got the clamping process down pat.
After all, the last thing you want is a light fixture falling from the sky mid-performance, turning your event into an impromptu game of dodgeball.
Follow these steps to securely attach your clamps to your DJ truss:
If need be, you can use your trusty wrench to secure your clamp around your truss.
But that's not where your setup stops. There are a few other things you can do to ensure the stability of our clamps.
When it comes to setting up your DJ truss and lighting rig, one crucial component often gets overlooked—the humble safety cable.
These unassuming cables play a significant role in ensuring your lights remain securely attached to the truss, preventing them from crashing down on the unsuspecting heads below.
But you know better than to take this safety risk, so here’s a step-by-step guide to help you secure your lights and trusses like a true lighting aficionado.
Like most things, not all safety cables are created equal. To secure your lighting setup, you need the right cable for your lights and truss. Here's what to look for in an appropriate safety cable:
Before attaching your safety cable, ensure your light is correctly mounted on the truss with its clamp. In addition, your truss should be stable as a rock, and all your lights in their desired positions.
With your safety cable in hand, loop one end around the light fixture's designated attachment point. This point is typically near the clamp, and it should be sturdy enough to handle the light's weight.
Secure the cable by either using a locking carabiner or threading the cable's loose end through its loop.
Next, bring the other end of the safety cable up to the truss. Find a secure spot on the truss, ideally close to the light's clamp, and loop the cable around it. Again, secure the cable with a locking carabiner or by threading the loose end through its loop.
After attaching the safety cable, give it a gentle tug to ensure it's secure and properly fastened. Double-check that the cable isn't twisted or tangled, as this could compromise its integrity.
With your lights properly set up and secured, next you need to adjust and fine-tune to ensure perfect positioning. Remember, your lighting can make or break your performance. So do what you can to create the most captivating experience for your audience.
Follow these simple steps to help tweak your lights and achieve the perfect balance:
First, locate the clamp securing the light fixture to your DJ truss. You'll want to gently loosen the clamp just enough to give your light fixture some wiggle room, but not so much that it becomes unstable. You can use a wrench if necessary, but be careful not to over-loosen the clamp.
With your light free to move, you can now adjust its position. Consider the effect you want to achieve and the specific areas of the venue or stage you'd like to illuminate.
Remember, lighting can create mood, direct the audience's attention, and highlight specific areas of the stage and your performance.
As you reposition your lights, think about how they will interact with other lights in your setup to create a visually appealing and balanced design.
When satisfied with your setup, tighten the necessary nuts and bolts to secure your lights in their new positions. Securing your lighting fixtures is essential to your safety and that of your audience and fellow performers.
Always double-check that your clamps and safety cables are secured as an added precaution. Additionally, here are further tips to help ensure you achieve the optimal lighting effect:
Adjusting the position of your lights is essential to creating an immersive and engaging experience show. Indeed, lighting has the power to transform your standard DJ set into an electrifying performance that’ll leave a lasting impression.
Therefore, it only makes sense that you should invest in high-quality professional lighting and performance gear. And what better place to find such equipment than GeekStands.com?
The final step of the process before curtains up is testing your light setup to ensure everything’s working correctly and safely.
But given the high wattage and voltage of your stage lighting, you’ll need to take some precautions to prevent things from going sideways during the test.
As such, here are steps you should follow when testing your lights, and some common issues you should be on the lookout for:
Testing your lights is the final step to delivering a stunning performance. It helps eliminate any issues and doubts and boosts your confidence so you can deliver an unforgettable performance.
Remember, the key to a jaw-dropping performance lies in finding the perfect combination of music tech and stage technology. Testing makes sure that both these variables and reworking like clockwork and helps ensure your performance runs without a hitch.
Setting up your lighting rig can be an electrifying experience, but it's essential to prioritize safety during the process. You see, depending on the lighting accessories you have on your rig, the process can potentially be hazardous if safety protocols aren’t observed.
To protect yourself and those around you on stage, here are some useful tips to help you safely handle your lighting gear and prevent accidents during setup and use:
Here's a video showing how to properly mount your lighting to an upright truss kit:
Additionally, you can follow these essential safety tips:
Keeping to these safety guidelines will allow you to focus on dazzling your audience with your stage lighting while minimizing the risk of accidents.
As always, the show must go on, but only when it's safe to do so!
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