For a performance to be perfect, it needs to have perfect lighting. Have you ever been to a show where the lighting was too bright, or too dim, and just an overall distraction? Stage lighting has the ability to make or break a show, which is why we have created the ultimate stage lighting buying guide to help you make the most of your productions.

A Guide to Stage Lighting

Here are the basic lighting modes that you should know about to help guide you in buying stage lighting:


Backlighting is effective on a stage, as it makes performers appear three-dimensional. The light gives performers a halo outline and will not distract the audience by shining back at them. Using a range of colours will create an attractive visual effect, whilst accentuating the performer onstage.

Effect Lighting

Another great way to visually stimulate your audience is by investing in some effect lighting. Effect lighting is organised through DMX controls and allows you to coordinate a variety of lighting effects to pair with different performances. Using effect lighting is a great way to add a dramatic effect to a scene and help the performer successfully portray their mood. For example, you will want to use shades of blue during a sad scene, and red for an angry scene.

Follow Spots

A follow spot is exactly what it sounds like; a spotlight that follows the performer around the stage. Most follow spots require an operator who will keep the actor illuminated and the main focus of the audience.

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Floodlights project a large amount of light onto the stage, not focusing on any particular performer or spot. These lights are great for illuminating a full stage but are not able to be controlled. A floodlight is simply a bulb in a box, with a reflector to project the light forward to light up the stage.

Front Lighting

This is the primary source of lighting for your stage and can be used to create the illusion of daylight on the stage. This kind of lighting placement creates the base for other kinds of lighting to add to, as it accentuates the performer by reducing the appearance of shadows on the stage that may distort the overall stage presentation.

Side Lighting

This lighting placement is great for illuminating performers, such as dancers or actors who make use of all areas of the stage. This kind of lighting highlights from the waist up but can highlight lower if necessary.

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Contact Lightco for All Your Lighting Needs

Now that you know a little bit more on what you are looking for, stop by one of Lightco’s Décor and Lighting stores and find the perfect lighting for your stage. Contact Lightco today for any further questions on stage lighting and we will be more than happy to help you make your performances as perfect as possible!