attending the Transworld Halloween & Attractions show in
St. Louis this year, I had the opportunity to visit with several
lighting companies (Figure 9). They carry a wide variety of
lights and lighting effects that will be useful when
displaying our characters.
These include the folks at Lights Alive (Figure 10). They
carry a complete line-up of lighting products, including
some fantastic lightning simulators, lanterns, lasers, and
many other special effects (see Resources).
Another interesting option is provided by FrightLight
(Figure 11). The reasonable use of backlights can add a
truly unique look to your scene. They have extensive
experience in the theme park industry and specialize in
UV/black light solutions. Their budget-friendly lights will
surely draw plenty of attention (see Resources).
A company that specializes in LED lighting products is
Minispotlight.com (Figure 12). Not only do they offer a
wide variety of LED devices, but they also can create
specialty custom lighting creations (see Resources).
One of the most interesting and potentially useful
products has been developed by the folks at Gantom
Lighting & Controls (Figure 13). The recently released
Precision DMX Flood is a microprocessor based intelligent
fixture and is designed for indoor or outdoor use (Figure
14). I am especially interested in the exciting feature which
allows it to be configured with the free DMX Programmer
app and then operated in stand-alone mode. The address
and programming is retained onboard the fixture and will
operate independently of the programmer.
An added benefit is that it is also triggerable, which
allows for increased flexibility. The easy-to-use app includes
a selection of built-in functions including flicker, strobe,
blink, fade, color change, dimming, and color macros
This technology has a huge
potential for our community. It
greatly simplifies the process of
setting up a scripted lighting plan.
Using these fixtures frees you from
having to purchase and program a
separate DMX system. The cost and
time savings is a game changer!
These fixtures are so new that
the mounting bracket I have is still a
prototype. Hopefully, the production
models will be available by the time
this hits the streets. If not, I’m sure
they will be ready soon afterwards.
The folks at Gantom have
created an outstanding series of
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Figure 12. Minispotlight and some of their cool toys.
Figure 13. Always plenty going on in the Gantom booth!
Figure 10. Lights Alive showcasing
lights to life.