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Entertainment Lighting

From Gobos to Holograms EAV will custom design/build your idyllic environment with Entertainment Lighting

Entertainment lighting has multiple functions:

  • Selective visibility: The ability to see what is occurring on stage. Any lighting design will be ineffective if the viewers cannot see the characters, unless this is the explicit intent.

  • Revelation of form: Altering the perception of shapes onstage, particularly three-dimensional stage elements.

  • Focus: Directing the attention of the audience to an area of the stage or distracting them from another.

  • Mood: Setting the tone of a scene. Harsh red light has a different effect than soft lavender light.

  • Location and time of day: Establishing or altering position in time and space. Blues can suggest night time while orange and red can suggest a sunrise or sunset. Use of mechanical filters "gobos" to project sky scenes, the moon, etc.

  • Projection/stage elements: Lighting may be used to project scenery or to act as scenery onstage.

  • Plot (script): A lighting event may trigger or advance the action onstage and off.

  • Composition: Lighting may be used to show only the areas of the stage which the designer wants the audience to see and to "paint a picture".

  • Effect: In pop and rock concerts or DJ shows or raves, colored lights and lasers may be used as a visual effect.

Lighting design is an art form and no one way is the "correct" way.


There is a modern movement that states lighting design helps to create the environment in which the action takes place; while supporting the style of the piece. "Mood" is arguable while the environment is essential.