Washes, Spots, Beams: Varied Options Key For Your Lighting Rig
With the available choices of fixtures to consider, they will help make your lighting system come alive and will add a dimension of creativity that will open many possibilities for you as a designer.
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A beam fixture is pure visual joy!
It has one job to do… POP! PUNCH! WOW!
Beam fixtures have made their way into just about every major design over the last several years. They are extremely popular and when used properly, can add another layer of depth and dimension to a design.
I say “when used properly,” because the beam fixture isn’t what I would consider to be a “foundation” fixture, so it’s pure eye candy and is limited in its capabilities. For this reason, it can be used incorrectly and often can be used too much, in a design.
A beam isn’t a fixture that will ever give you a soft edge or a subtle gobo look. Its characteristics from a light beam perspective tend to have a significant hot spot and it is just not designed to be a finesse style fixture. It’s a big loud voice in a quiet room. It wants all the attention and it gets it.
Typically a beam fixture has a very narrow focus, often 3-5 degrees. They usually have a color and a gobo wheel to add some breakup and color to the portfolio.
Aside from that, they are a fairly simple fixture. I like them scattered across a stage and also flown and inter mixed within a wash and profile foundation design.
This fixture adds so much to a lighting rig but again … don’t overuse it in your designs. It’s a one-trick-pony kind of fixture, and should be lower down your priority list for purchase, if you don’t have a good foundation of wash and spot/profile fixtures that also are included in your rig.
You guessed it … A wash/spot/beam fixture all in one! These seem to be the popular new kid on the block. Every manufacturer seems to be touting their latest version of this style fixture.
Personally, I like these fixtures, but in moderation, as I do a beam fixture.
Again, I wouldn’t consider them a “foundation” fixture in my design, but I like to have them.
If it’s up to me, I would choose a hybrid over a beam, because it can offer me more choices with my design. Things to look for in a hybrid is how the lenses change from one style of light to the next. Is it one smooth transition from wash to spot to beam, or are there clunky lenses that drop in and out? This can be a major consideration depending on how you would intend to use the fixture in your rig.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.