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Lighting 101

Just as no two performances are exactly alike, there is no one proper way to light a stage or performance area. Fortunately, there are simple lighting design techniques that can help even beginners to get proper lighting for their productions. This guide will give you an overview of the jargon, techniques and ideas used to light a performance.

We appreciate the hard-working drama directors in high schools and volunteer lighting teams at churches, and understand that it’s tough to figure out where to start, when you’ve been put in charge of making sure the lighting works and looks good for your upcoming show or service, yet have little to no education or experience in stage lighting.

So many different types of fixtures exist, that it is easy to feel overwhelmed when looking through a lighting website (or even your own inventory). That’s why we created the VLS Lighting 101 guide.

Basic Purposes and Functions of Stage Lighting

Our VLS Lighting 101 guide explains the basic purposes and functions of stage lighting, as well as defining the general terms and the differences in fixtures, to help you make sense of what’s in front of you.

Tip: for an in-depth guide of stage lighting terms, visit our Glossary.

Basic Functions of a Lighting System

The guide also explains how control consoles, dimmers and distribution fit into creating a basic, functioning lighting setup.

Create a Simple Lighting Design and Setup

Finally, our Lighting 101 guide explains how to create a simple, yet effective lighting design, to help your actors and performers look good on stage. It includes adding color and texture to your lighting.

Download the Vincent Lighting Systems Lighting 101 guide, to get a jump start on understanding the basics of your lighting set up and how to proceed in getting your show up and running.

Still need help? No worries! With Vincent Lighting, you’re not on your own. We are happy to help guide you, if you need supplies, rental equipment or repair, to get your production mounted. Contact us with your questions.

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About VLS

Vincent Lighting Systems (VLS) is a full-service entertainment and architectural lighting and rigging supplier, serving the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and nationwide. Our team provides reliable sales, repair, rental and production support.

Since 1978, the experts at VLS have met customers’ needs with equipment and products from over 100 industry manufacturers. VLS has managed 10,000+ projects and productions, including specialty architecture, bridges, theatres, schools, houses of worship, weddings, and corporate events.

For lighting assistance in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Louisville, and beyond, contact the professionals at Vincent Lighting Systems.


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