Strobe Lights

Most of us will be familiar with just how impressive strobe lights can be at making an event come to life. These lights create the illusion that people are moving in slow motion; and when this effect is created at the right time it causes a lot of excitement. Strobe lights encourage people to let their hair down because when the world looks different we feel a bit safer letting our hair down. If you are planning an event then you certainly should consider having this type of lighting; especially if you plan for there to be any dancing involved.

How Do Strobe Lights Work

Strobe (short for stroboscopic) lights work by producing regular flashes of light. These lights can produce as much as 150 joules of energy every time they flash. For these lights to be able to work they usually have to come with a special battery pack to create the power necessary; it is also possible to get strobe lights that work off regular mains supply electricity.

Tips for Using Strobe Lights to Maximum Impact

If you have invested money into renting or buying strobe lights then you probably want to be sure that you are getting the most from them. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

  • If you are going to be using more than one strobe light you probably need a system that is going to link them; that way the lights will be able to work together to produce a more impressive final effect. In fact if these lights fail to flash in synchronicity you will end up losing the desired slow motion effect – this is because the lights have cancelled each other out.
  • If you want strobe lights to create a good impression then you want to use them sparingly. A common mistake that people make is to overuse these lights until it becomes a bit ‘same old same old’. Only use these lights occasionally during the event and that way they will have much more of an impressive impact.
  • You will find that the strobe lights can be adjusted to flash at different speeds. It would be a mistake to assume that the faster the flash is the better; you need to try a few different speeds to see which one creates the effect you like best.
  • Nobody is completely sure about whether or not strobe lights can cause seizures – the jury is still out on that one. Just to be on the safe side it is advisable to warn people about the lights and that way you reduce the risk of any later complaints.
  • It is common to see white strobe lights but there are many more colours available. If you want something a bit different you might want to choose something other than white.
  • Try not to have these lights pointing directly into people’s faces; instead position them high up and at an angle.
  • If you can get strobe lights with a remote control system you will likely find this easier to manage.
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