Lighting Engineer / Engineering

Lighting is crucial to any production. Lighting is key to setting ambiance, mood and style to any staged event. A lighting engineer designs and implements the lighting arrangements for various live events.

At the outset, a lighting engineer will be directed in his work by the clients vision, who will explain what they want from the lighting, and it is the lighting engineer’s job to bring that vision to a reality.

Working with stagehands, riggers and electricians, the lighting engineer sets up configurations of lights that are then remotely controlled via a computer or lighting desk, which is programmed with cues, chases and effects.

Basic tools of the trade:

LED Parcans.

These versatile fixtures can be mounted on the ground, to light up walls and ceilings, or can be mounted in the ceiling to light dancefloors.

Can be mixed to any primary colour with a lighting desk and engineer.

LED Battons

Ideal for uplighting wider sections of walls where more coverage is required.
Also great on the perimeter of stages.

Can be mixed to any primary colour with a lighting desk and engineer.

Intelligent wash lights

Programmable robotic fixture designed to cast wash light, ideal for effect lighting and general venue wash lighting.
Works best with smoke/ haze.
Requires a lighting console and engineer.

Intelligent beam lights

Programmable robotic fixture designed to project beams and gobos, ideal for effect lighting and spotting.
Works best with smoke/haze.
Requires a lighting console and engineer.

Lighting Totem

A lighting totem is a 2 meter piece of truss with a bass plate and a top plate, on which lights are mounted.
It is often necessary to raise the lighting above head height to get full use out of the lighting.

Fairy Lights

Small warm white electric lights used for decoration, especially at festivals such as Christmas.
10m lengths that can be extended.

Festoon (Bistro) Lighting.

Festoon lighting is made up of 20m strings up bulbs, with naked warm white bulbs.
It can be strung from various points, but sometimes requires 3m poles and concrete bases for support and rigging.

Lighting design and control software.

Allows for pre-programming and visualization of the lighting off-site.
Qualified lighting engineer required to operate.
DMX, ARTnet and sACN compatible.