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If your event will occur in low light indoors, or in the evening outdoors, High Society Music can provide from 150 watts to 5,000 watts of stage type flood or spot lighting (depending on the amount of 120V AC current
currently available.)

Our Stage Lights consist of up to four parabolic 575 watt fixtures with adjustable lenses, barn doors, multi-color gel packs, and dimmers. (Each light fixture is about the size of a basketball and is as bright as older 1,000 watt fixtures. This a very versatile fixture and is pictured above.)

These lights will be mounted on two (up to)18 foot high stands located 30 to 50 feet away from the area requiring illumination. Once set up, these lights remain fixed for the entire event.

They cannot be used as a "follow spotlight".

Usually two fixtures will have a colored gel (a thin transparent red, blue, green, or amber film in a metal holder attached to the front of the lamp housing) and remain on at full power casting a specific color light. Two fixtures have no gels and are on dimmers and cast a bright white light. The two fixtures without gels can overpower the colored light at full power and intentionally wipe out any colored light. As the white lights are dimmed, the color lights start to blend in, creating different shadows and moods to enhance the concert, activity, presentation, head table, play, music, speech, etc.

For situations without any mood changes, all 2300 watts of white light can be blasted un-dimmed onto the presentation area.

These lights have a long "throw" meaning they can be 50 feet away from the performer and still provide adequate light.

We have two Par64 fixtures with 1,000 watt "Very Narrow Spot" lamps which can highlight from 1 to 4 performers/speakers. These also have a long throw. Par 64s cannot be used for follow-spots.

We also have eight pole mounted 150 watt PAR 38 fixtures for situations requiring less intense lighting. Par 38 fixtures use 150 watt lamps similar to conventional household exterior flood lights.

Par 38 fixtures have a shorter "throw" and must be located approximately 20 feet from the performance area in order to be effective.

These fixtures also have gel holders similar to the stage lights above and are also mounted on portable stands.

The Par38, Par64 and the 575 watt UltraPar 1000 light fixtures become very hot after a few minutes of operation. These fixtures must be located so that no one will accidentally come in contact with the fixture housings.

(Lighting consumes a lot of 120 Volt AC power. Four 650 watt lights normally require two separate 15 amp conventional wall mounted AC outlets on separate fuses or breakers. Other building lights, food preparation burners, sound systems, heating/cooling systems, etc. may be operating at the same time, and depending on the facility, there may not be enough power to operate everything simultaneously.

Also, the tripod base of a portable lighting stand is a very large triangle occupying approximately a 3ft x 3ft x 3ft area. Unlike speaker stands which are located away from, and facing the audience, portable lighting stands are located "within" the audience domain. There may be instances where it is impossible or impractical to use lighting stands due to seating, aisle access, safety, fire, handicap, etc. issues.)


As a point of reference, a stage in a modern high school may have 100 permanently installed stage lighting fixtures, and a Broadway theatre may have 400 fixtures.

Our 20 fixtures will help you be seen and appreciated in low light situations, but we cannot provide lighting for a full theatrical production. Best you call a full service lighting company if that is your goal.

We and others use the term "Stage Lights" as the industry standard generic term for the class of Par38, Par64 and Ultra-Par fixtures.


And a final tid-bit, with respect to lamps (light bulbs), PAR originally stood for Parabolic Aluminum Reflector, and if you divide the lamp type by 8, it gives you the approximate diameter of the bulb across it's face (Par 64 divided by 8 = 8 inches across the face).