In the past few years companies such has MBT have developed and marketed LED Lights for bands and DJs. When you consider some of the drawbacks of traditional Par Can lighting you will soon discover why stage lighting manufacturers are putting so much effort into this.
First traditional Par Cans use allot of power. So bands and DJs whom frequent new performance spots every show never know what they are getting into. Many typical bar rooms, restaurants and even some function halls do not have adequate power to support more than 8 par cans (two small trees) with dimmers. In addition traditional par cans get extremely hot, the bulbs can break and one needs thick extension chords to run each one.
Any working musician or dj has experienced the first song when the music is going and the lights are on only to blow a breaker stopping the show. – Or opted to use less lighting to avoid this problem all together, not to mention the concern when setting up light in a way that the audience will not burn themselves on the par cans or knock them over and do the same.
Are the LED systems as good? Well, yes and they will most likely replace traditional incandescent systems as the technology increases. Things to consider when purchasing are the power ratings of the LED systems. The are typically available in 1, 2 and 3 watt systems. The 3 watt systems are strong and will have the same characteristics of the traditional smaller Par lamps. However some of the 1 & 2 watt LED lamp systems may do a job if you are not expecting a strong wash of color.
These systems are available in many of the traditional portable configurations musicians and djs are accustom to with incandescent systems. You may find them in packages with 4 light arrays per tree, or even in floor systems which is a very simple set up indeed!
BirdlandMusic.NET has a full line of MBT LED lighting. Check out our listings on line or call us 866-446-4135 for help choosing your next stage lighting system.
Jay Schultz, Pro Audio birdlandmusic.net