LED Lighting – An Overview

Traditional stage lighting is typically delivered through tungsten light bulbs (similar to bulbs we use at home). While they have the capacity for brightness, they can be costly to run, get very hot and require changing frequently. Additionally, colour is created via gels or filters that need changing manually.

LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology has made great strides in the performance industry in recent years.  PG Stage can see many benefits of LED stage lighting in a variety of venues, especially education venues and studios, primary schools and dance and drama studios.

There are many advantages to using LED stage lights in place of traditional tungsten lanterns that make them an appealing option.

Highly Energy Efficient:

LED fixtures come into their own here by utilising a fragment of the power required by tungsten fittings. This has the advantage of not only reducing running costs but also the ability to run many fixtures over a single circuit and even from a single 13A socket outlet.

Low Heat:

LED fixtures today can produce a highly bright light output with hardly any heat radiation compared to a tungsten fixture. There are many instances where a lower heat output would be desirable such as in TV broadcast, dance and drama studios.

Flexible Colour Effects:

Tungsten fixtures require constant coloured gel changes to achieve desired performance colour effects, which usually means building up access equipment and manually changing between performances.

Many LED fixtures now incorporate three primary colour LEDs. When mixed the red, green and blue – along with white – can create many colour variations for lighting designers to work with. This can all be controlled over DMX from a conventional lighting desk at ground level, eliminating the time-consuming colour changing of traditional fixtures.

This is beneficial for any production that wants to prompt a “wow” factor from its audience. Colours can create a great atmosphere and interesting symbolism on a stage, as well as projecting an ideal ambience for the public.

 

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Lightweight and Easy To Install:

LED lights are very lightweight and easy to install. During LED lighting installation, the engineer will be able to add the compact LED packages to any surrounding, ideal for exhibitions where tidy and neat looking light is necessary for small spaces. They are also portable so they can work flexibly to your specific requirements on the day.

Add To Your Existing Tungsten Lighting System:

LED lighting is a good choice for any space that is considering replacing its old and inefficient lighting systems with newer, more flexible and cost-efficient ones. You can even combine the LED light with your existing tungsten bulbs to get the best of both worlds, and this can be managed from one control system, making life easier for you and enabling you to be as creative as you like with your lighting.

This is because LED fixtures use the same control (DMX) as conventional lighting dimmers and fixtures, a full system can comprise a mixture of tungsten, LED and most others from the vast array of available performance lighting fixtures.

 

Read more about how LED has helped our clients at St Dunstan’s Church, St Paul’s School Drama Centre and Liverpool John Moores TV Studio or contact us on 0161 830 0303 to discuss upgrading your lighting scheme to LED.