It's no secret that there's more to putting on a show than sound alone. Visuals have as much to contribute to the atmosphere of a venue as audio, which makes lighting and effects packages important things to consider. Whether it's a club, theater, community center or a different venue altogether, the lighting always goes a long way in defining the mood and energy level. Lighting packages can be simple, like a basic set of PAR cans or wash lighting. These smaller kits make good add-ons to a larger setup as well as handy accent lighting. You can also go to the opposite end of the spectrum and get a lighting package that includes a complete bundle of gear to build an entire rack from top to bottom. The larger sets come with everything you need to get a light system off the ground: a truss stand, PAR cans, dimmers, DMX controllers and even, depending on the package, some special effects as well. For the lights themselves, deciding on packages may mean choosing between LEDs and traditional bulbs and lamps.
There are some pros and cons to each one, so there's no right answer as to which of the two is best. With LEDs, you get advanced color mixing and fading, a cooler tone and long lifespan with no need to change a lamp. The traditional types, on the other hand, are more comfortable with dimmers and provide a warmer tone. Aside from standard lighting packages, you'll also find some specialty effects to choose from, including trackers, strobes, sirens, beams, color balls, mirror balls and more. All of these can be used by a creative DJ to get the dance floor hopping at a club. In a stage venue, they're perfect for projecting dynamic backdrops, from an illuminated moon on a night sky set in a musical to outrageous stage effects for an energetic band. The value in lighting is there no matter what your specific role is or which venue you're working your magic on. Wherever there's lighting, there's a suitable package for you to get the job done and support a great performance.