Sunday, March 6, 2011

PAR vs LED for mood/ambience lights

our lights and sounds supplier finally replied about mood/ambience lighting add-on and my h2b and i are scratching our heads wondering what the difference between PAR and LED is.....we're familiar with LED but what on earth is PAR? and google wasn't much help.....

fortunately, someone from w@w was so kind to share with us the knowledge that her friend lighting director told her (special shout out to miss janice! and to her friend macky mangasi)....

read on...

"Pars are widely used in theatre, concerts and motion picture production when a
substantial amount of flat lighting is required for a scene. Pars produces an
intense oval pool of light. Colors would depend on the Type of color filter you
would use for the purpose.

LED Pars however, use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a light source. LED

instruments are an alternative to traditional stage lighting instruments which
use halogen lamp or high-intensity discharge lamps. Like other LED instruments,
they have high light output with lower power consumption. You can interchange
colors without using a color filter. color mixing is done using three or more
colors. primary colors are RED, GREEN and BLUE. However, LED instruments cannot
be used to create a hard edged beam.

***I primarily use LEDs to color the stage, for backlighting and to set the

mood. I use the PARS to accentuate and as Frontals. :-) 
" - from janice lighting director friend

here are the choices that our sounds and lights suppliers gave us......i think we know which one to get now.....again special thanks to my fellow w@w janice....

Add on/Upgrade For Reception
Ambiance/mood lights and effects
24 – unit PAR 64 10,500
16 – unit PAR 64 9,500
12 – unit PAR 64 7,500
8 - unit PAR 64 3,500
2 – unit moving head 3,500
1 – unit follow spot 1,500
12 – LED lights 3w 7,500
2 - unit moving head wash 4,500
16 - unit led lights 3w 9,500

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