Why Spotlights Are Essential In The Theater

spotlight-1041094_640Spotlights have been an essential part of the modern theatrical experience that audiences tend to forget that they are a relatively modern innovation. As recently as the 1860 by far the predominant way of lighting up stages was by suing gaslight – and before that candles were common.

Today electrical spotlights serve a variety of important functions in the theater.

Spotlights can provide important visual cues for both actors and audiences alike. By highlighting a particular actor the audience is informed that they are the center of the action or that they are the principle actor in a particular scene. The shifting illumination of the spotlights also guides the attention of the audience so that they are aware of the shifting action in a particular scene. This is especially important when a number of pivotal actors are on the stage at the same time. The tempo of the shifting illumination also sets the tone of the action. Sharper movements tend to indicate a faster pace of action and dialogue, while slower spotlight changes and movement slow down the pace.

The color of the spotlights also provides a visual cue as to the mood of particular scenes, or even the mood of the character. Color changes can set the tone of a scene as well.

The intensity of the spotlight beam is also a mood cue and can provide the audience with important contextual cues which aid them in the interpretation of mood, in addition to setting the tone through the illumination of selected parts of the scenery on stage.

Spotlights also help audiences to gauge the particular time of day that is represented in a scene. Lower illumination levels indicate night or twilight while higher levels indicate daylight. The transition between times of day is also indicated by the transition of light levels supplied by the spotlights.

The innovation of spotlights has greatly contributed to the ambiance of the theater experience and the enjoyment of audiences across the world. Here’s a look on how some of the best in Broadway use spotlights to enhance their production.

The advancement of technology in lightning has also moved from beyond on the stage and also into the field of medicine. Light Therapy is being used to treat numerous skin conditions like Vitiligo, psoriasis, and to even more severe conditions like cancer. Light Therapy is now being researched to use as an alternative treatment to varicose veins and other cosmetic skin conditions as compared to it’s older and more crude treatment such as compression stockings and sclerotherapy NYC.

As people who work with lighting, it’s important for us to know what advancements are being made and how we can stay up to date with current tech.

The Electric Light Bulb

bulb-1547178_640There are many things that we use on a daily basis that we take for granted. We never give these items a second thought but we really should learn to appreciate many of these modern conveniences by learning a little bit about their history. For example, the electric light bulb is one convenience that everyone uses on a daily basis. It would be hard to imagine what life would be like without the electric light bulb if it was never to have been invented.

Thomas Edison is given credit for the creation of the electric light bulb. It is interesting to note however that there were many inventors working on this amazing yet simple device during the same time period. The reason why Thomas Edison received the credit for this invention was due to three factors. First, he utilized an incandescent material that was effective. Second, Mr. Edison was able to create a higher vacuum than his competitors. Third, his light bulb had a high resistance which made power distribution more economically viable from a centralized source.

Other inventors who were working on the electric light bulb at that time were Humphry Davy, Warren de la Rue, and Joseph Wilson Swan just to name a few of the more than 20 inventors who were trying to accomplish what Thomas Edison did during the 1800s. Thomas Edison began his serious research into the light bulb in 1878 and during the same year he filed his first patent application. He continued however to look for ways to improve his electric light bulb by trying different types of filaments.

One of the challenges that Edison had as he continued to improve the light bulb was how to make the filament last longer. The early carbon filaments which utilized a cotton linen thread, wood splinters and coiled paper strips were not efficient enough to last very long. As he continued to research this challenge he eventually came up with a carbonized bamboo filament which had the ability to last for more than 1200 hrs. These facts are just a few of the interesting points that anyone can appreciate when researching one of mankind’s most utilized modern conveniences, the electric light bulb.

From Drab to Fab

How do you take a dark and dingy space and make it super chic and gorgeous? By having the right event company set up their staging and lighting. No one understands how much effort it takes! Here’s a great time lapse video to really show the entire process – from Drab to Fab!