Designing a Lighting Rig with Outdoor LED PAR Cans

  • lqelighting
  • 2024.07.10
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As the use of LED technology continues to grow in the entertainment industry, so too does the popularity of outdoor LED PAR cans. These versatile fixtures offer a number of advantages over traditional halogen PAR cans, including longer life, lower energy consumption, and brighter output. If you’re considering using LED PAR cans for your next outdoor lighting project, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Choosing the Right LED PAR Cans

The first step in designing a lighting rig with outdoor LED PAR cans is to choose the right fixtures. There are a few key factors to consider when making your selection, including:

Beam angle: The beam angle of a PAR can determines the spread of light that it produces. A narrow beam angle will create a concentrated beam of light, while a wide beam angle will create a more diffused beam. The beam angle that you choose will depend on the specific application.

Color temperature: The color temperature of a PAR can is measured in Kelvins (K). A lower color temperature will produce a warmer light, while a higher color temperature will produce a cooler light. The color temperature that you choose will depend on the desired atmosphere.

CRI: The CRI (Color Rendering Index) of a PAR can measures how accurately it reproduces colors. A higher CRI will produce more accurate colors, while a lower CRI will produce less accurate colors. The CRI that you choose will depend on the specific application.

Plotting the Lighting Rig

Once you’ve chosen the right LED PAR cans, the next step is to plot the lighting rig. This involves determining the placement of the fixtures and the angles at which they will be aimed. When plotting the lighting rig, it is important to consider the following factors:

The size and shape of the space: The size and shape of the space will determine the number of fixtures that you need and the placement of the fixtures.

The desired lighting effect: The desired lighting effect will determine the angles at which the fixtures are aimed.

The location of any obstacles: It is important to take into account the location of any obstacles, such as trees or buildings, when plotting the lighting rig.

Wiring the Lighting Rig

Once the lighting rig has been plotted, the next step is to wire the fixtures. This involves connecting the fixtures to a power source and to each other. When wiring the lighting rig, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Testing the Lighting Rig

Once the lighting rig has been wired, the final step is to test the rig. This involves turning on the fixtures and checking to make sure that they are working properly. When testing the lighting rig, it is important to check the following:

The brightness of the fixtures: The brightness of the fixtures should be consistent.

The color temperature of the fixtures: The color temperature of the fixtures should be consistent.

The CRI of the fixtures: The CRI of the fixtures should be consistent.

The angles at which the fixtures are aimed: The angles at which the fixtures are aimed should be consistent.

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