Theatrical and Stage Lighting Fixtures
Theatrical Lighting Fixtures are used to light plays, concerts, and other live performances, as well as TV studios and sound stages. More and more theatrical lighting is used in areas other than the stage, such as restaurants, churches, nightclubs or exhibits.
Fixtures can be loosely categorized two ways; fixed or moving. Fixed stay in place and require a human operator to manually direct the focus of the beam. Moving fixtures are controlled by electronics and re-programmed for a variety of effects including moving, color changing and image rotation or change.
There are several broadly defined types of stage fixtures. These are used alone or in conjunction with each other as well as with dimming and/or control components to create any kind of effect imaginable.
Mainstage is proud to provide fixtures from the finest manufacturers such as ETC, Altman, Strand, Lighting & Electronics and Color Kinetics (to name a few).
Ellipsoidals: Generally fixed focus spotlights which produce
|Fresnel Spotlights: Used primarily where a controllable, soft-edge lighting source is required.
Fresnels are normally used for down, back and side lighting. The beam width is changed by
moving the lamp closer or further from the lens.
|Borderlights: Multi-lamp, compartmented striplighting luminaries
designed to produce a wash of light the width of the stage. They are
available wired for three or four circuit operation for color separation
or blending. Generally used for lighting scenery or cycloramas and
backdrops. Borderlights can use both gel and glass roundels for color
|Follow Spots: Mounted on a swivel base and used in any application where manual
control of an intense lighting beam is required to follow a performer. The beam of
light is similar to an ellipsoidal, but with controls to allow beam shaping and color changing.
|Moving Lights: There is a huge variety of fixtures
available for moving, spinning, pulsing, and color
or pattern changing effects.These fixtures are
made with moving heads and / or yokes which
move the entire fixture body, or with moving
mirror/scanner, which redirects the light by
panning and/or tilting the mirror.
||CYC/Flood/Scoop lights: Similar to borderlights, with a specially
shaped reflector, produce a very broad, asymmetrical soft field of
light used to light cyc and backdrop from top to bottom. These
lights are available in one to four cell units used either from ground
or from fly pipes.
|Par: Parabolic Aluminized Reflector are low-cost,
highly flexible luminaries designed for diverse
applications. They emit a rectangular soft wedged
pool of light generally used to produce intense
washes of light.Traditional PARs are self contained
with lamp, lens and parabolic reflector combined
into one unit, and requiring a lamp change to effect
field size.More recent products have separate lamps
and reflectors with interchangeable lenses.
|LED: Light-Emitting Diodes burn longer, require less maintenance, are
cooler, have a "purer" light and are extremely economical to run. LEDs
are used in fixtures, tiles, submersibles, spots, washes, color changers
and video projectors.
|Blacklights: High intensity discharge lighting fixtures which produce a wash
of near ultraviolet light for effect, and cause white reflective and specially
treated surfaces to become fluorescent while dark or absorptive surfaces to