A concert should be the experience of a lifetime for a concert goer. While the music is a key factor, lighting plays an important role. The actual lights that concert goers see on stage are different from the overall lighting solutions required from the venue. If you're a venue owner or designer, we've put together some key tips below about concert venue lighting to help create the best experience for concert goers.
When it comes to concert venue lighting, every area is different and has its own unique lighting needs. For instance, the entrance and lobby area has different lighting needs than the seating area and restrooms. Another point that should be considered is that each individual area needs to be looked at separately, which will help you correctly determine what lighting fixtures would be the most appropriate for a particular area. For example, recessed can lights may be ideal for one area, whereas another area such as the seating area may benefit from spotlights or track lighting.
Regardless of which fixture type is appropriate for the scope of your location, concert venue lighting could strongly benefit from the use of LED lighting solutions. LED fixtures provide the best return on investment thanks to their overall efficiency and performance. LED solutions also use less energy to deliver higher lumen outputs for a brighter, yet more cost-effective lighting option. LED is also better in terms of color temperature selections, from warm to cool, so you have more choices on this important factor. Another way LED sets itself apart from the competition is the overall quality of light that is being produced, since LED is more consistent, flicker-free, and helps to reduce unwanted shadows. LED is available in just about every fixture type from spotlights and troffers to accent lighting and can lights.
Just like with other locations that provide services to the public, implementing lighting for safety reasons needs to be taken into account in the planning stage. There are several different ways to light for safety including adding tape lighting to walkways or halls where visibility might become compromised, lighting guardrails and stairways with adequate lighting, and properly marked exit paths and exit signs in the event of an emergency. Lighting for visibility is key, so when a concert is ongoing guests can easily and safely navigate the venue.
You also want to ensure all lighting solutions are easy to manage for staff. For example, by adding in some lighting controls that are easy to operate can help your staff keep all the concert venue lighting fully operational to avoid any issues. Controls such as dimmers can be used to control the lights at the beginning of the show, or to turn lights on and off at set times during the evening.