Of all the lights you can hang on your truss rack or set on the stage, not many have a more dramatic effect than spotlights. These are the audience engagers in your setup—if lights were instruments, spotlights would be the lead guitar. Their precise, sharp-edged beams are the perfect way for you to create focused lighting effects, whether you're a DJ, venue owner or tour band.
One of the most basic elements of any lighting layout is American DJ's PAR 36 pin spot. This fixed spotlight is ideal for illuminating individual band members' positions on stage or as a permanent install inside a venue to light up a DJ booth or podium. The pin spot also supports add-in lenses so you can change it to one of a variety of colors. If you need more power and versatility than that for a fixed spot, check out the Chauvet LFS-5D, a barrel-shaped spot with internal framing shutters to shape and customize its beam.
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The most amazing effects you can put into your light show will definitely come from professional all-in-one spotlights like the Chauvet Intimidator, American DJ Vizi Spot series or Elation Platinum Spot. Some of these options feature LED light sources for long lifetimes without having to change bulbs. All of them have a full set of effects, with strobe capabilities and built-in GOBOs that support rotation and shaking, and in some cases, prism and blending. Motorized pan and tilt puts the light on the move, so you can cast color-shifting, dynamically changing patterns in swooping laps all over the walls, floor and ceiling.
It's all part of setting up the atmosphere in the space. Use warm colors to create a romantic feel, or a rainbow for energy. While your pro spotlights toss out moving patterns to get the audience pumped up, the fixed ones can add drama by throwing dramatic light against performers and stage decorations. What sort of lighting scheme do you plan to design? It all starts here with your chosen spotlights.