The term “GOBO” is derived from “Go Between” or “Goes Before Optics”, and most commonly refers to any lighting device, which projects patterns of light and shadows. Typically a precision cut template is mounted into, or placed in front of, a light source to create a custom projection of an image or effect with the light.
You need 2 things to create custom Gobo Projection…
- A Spotlight: This is the light source used to project your custom image. Starting price for gobo spotlights that use low-power LED’s is around $300 with the professional quality large-scale projectors coming in at over $3,000 each
- A Gobo: is best compared to a custom-printed stencil, and they are usually made out of metal or glass. There are a wide variety of designs available for most sizes, or you can design your own; each will run you between $30 and $400
Things to remember when using gobo lighting…
The whole game here is making sure that your lighting equipment is set up and positioned properly, and to do that – you need to fine-tune 2 things:
- The distance between your gobo screen, and your light source has a direct impact on the shadows that are projected with your image
- The position of your spotlight in relation to the projection surface will also have a dramatic effect on the quality of your lighting; tweak both for optimal results
If you are interested in learning more about using Gobo Projection lighting at your event, please contact us to get started.