The Basic Principles of Church Stage Lighting: A Guide

Understanding Church Stage Lighting

Church stage lighting is an important part of the church’s worship service. It sets the mood and tone for the church gathering, as well as helps to focus attention on what is happening in front of it.

Church stage lighting can be quite complex, but there are some basic principles that church planners should know before beginning this task. In this article, we will discuss these basics so you can have a good understanding of how church stage lights work before you begin your quest to find them for yourself.

The Basic Principles of Church Stage Lighting: A Guide

How Do You Light up a Church Stage?

Forget the old days of candles and curtains. Nowadays, churches need a professional lighting system to be able to provide an optimal setting for worship services. There are three main types of church stage lights that you’ll usually find:

Spotlights – These offers concentrated light in one area so they’re typically used on objects like speaker platforms or special events such as baptisms;

Flood Lights– Used when more people will be present because floodlights cover larger areas with less focused beams than spotlights;

General Stage Lighting– This type is mainly considered background illumination but it can also act as fill by illuminating both high and low angles

If you want to get your stage looking the best that it can be for Sunday morning, then lighting consoles and DMX splitters are just two of many things you’ll need. You’ll also need power cables and you may consider hiring an expert who will help walk through everything with you so that when service time arrives on Sunday morning, all is well lit at centerstage!

What Are the Six Functions of Stage Lighting?

To decide which equipment to buy, it’s good to know a little bit about stage lighting in general. This includes the six main functions of stage lighting, which include:

  • To augment emotion and the “mood” of what’s going on onstage.
  • To bring out the quality of the 3D images of people, props, and so on.
  • To create time frames, for example, when you’re trying to recreate and highlight nighttime, daytime, and so on.
  • To keep the audience focused on the stage.
  • To make things more visible.
  • To paint a certain picture of what’s going on.

One of the most important things for a presenter who wants to get their audience’s attention is lighting. Lighting can make or break an event and with careful planning, it will be just right so that everyone in attendance feels like they are part of your presentation!

Whether the mood onstage is serious, light-hearted, or even funny, the right lighting will help audience members understand and appreciate that mood a whole lot more. The right lighting can make the mood onstage come alive for audience members

What Is Stage Wash Lighting?

The “wash” lighting is basically when the entire stage becomes lit up for everyone in attendance. Two types of lights are used to get this effect: soft white light and colored gel that emits various colors of light, such as pink or blue. It can happen at concerts or theater performances without you even realizing it!

Several things need to happen for this wash to work right. Since the whole stage needs to be illuminated, you have to make sure there are no dark or dim spots anywhere. How do you make sure this doesn’t happen? There are several things you can do, including:

  • Use multiple fixtures and keep them in fixed positions.
  • Space the lights themselves even distances apart.
  • Make sure they are all focused evenly.
  • Try to hang all of the lights on the same bar if possible.
  • Overlap the lights at the edges to stop any gaps from occurring.

Remember that a wash is a process of filling your entire stage with light to make it appear as realistic and lifelike as possible. You can’t have any dark spots or lights in certain areas, which creates an inconsistent level of quality.

What Are the Lights on a Stage Called?

Learning about the different terminology for stage directions is a way to learn more about lighting. Terms like “stage right” or “upstage,” can tell you what part of the lights are being used and where they’re located in the theater space. Learning these terms will help figure out how much light should be in an actor’s spot so that he doesn’t get blinded by bright spots from above, but also not so dark as to make his presence unnoticeable!

A single light can be used for many things, and each of these scenarios has a different name. For instance, in stage lighting, the most common type is called “general wash.” This style shines on every part of the scene equally to fill it up with artificial or natural lights depending on what’s desired from that area. Other types include “special” which refers to one specific section being lit up while not affecting other sections, and finally, there are spotlights shining only on certain people or objects such as actors onstage during a production performance.

One of the most important aspects in stage lighting is color. When people talk about “cold” colors, they are usually referring to all those colors that have a blue tint such as electric blues and royal purples. On the other hand, “warm” lights refer to warmer hues like reds, oranges, and yellows which can be used for more intimate performances or romantically lit scenes on film sets.

Color plays an essential part when it comes to staging performance; particularly with regards to how we perceive mood and emotion through our eyesight alone but also by how light interacts with surfaces around us – whether natural or artificial sources provide illumination during any given moment of time

We often see light being used in different ways, whether it be between cues or scene changes. One example of this is the blackout where all lights fade out and are replaced with blackness on stage before new colors begin to form again. With a cross-fade, when one set of lights turns off another automatically turns on; perfect for quick transitions that don’t involve any props moving around during the transition itself!

What Colors Are Used in Lighting to Create a Warm Look on Set?

We mentioned earlier that colors such as red, amber, orange, and pink are used to create a “warm” appearance on the stage, but it’s also important to know that mixing the colors is sometimes necessary to get the right color and hue. In general, the primary colors such as red and blue can be mixed together to create secondary colors such as yellow and cyan. In lighting, color-mixing is something that is done on a regular basis.

Let’s face it, you can’t always get the perfect color or shade to create a “warm” effect onstage. That’s why those who have mastered this trade are so good at mixing colors too! One of the most common types of color-mixing is using an amber light, which is a combination of red and green with blue for warm white lighting in the end. If there’s bluer than ambers used then cool-looking tones will result; if much more ambers are mixed instead then warmer-looking hues will be produced – like that early morning glow when daylight starts breaking through.

If it sounds complex, it certainly is in some ways, but remember that these people are professionals and they know just what they’re doing, and when you’re learning about the lighting in your church, you can quickly become familiar with these techniques as well.


Understanding the different types of lights that are used for stage lighting can help you decide what to buy.

For example, if you want a warm look on set, then it’s best to use warmer colors such as yellow-orange or pinkish tones. If your goal is more natural light in order to create an intimate feel onstage, then go for yellows and greens instead.

There are six main functions of stage lighting: backlight, key light (the most important), fill light (to fill shadows), edge lights (to support actors at the edges of the frame) focusing spotlights on props or items, and finally special effects such as strobe lights or lasers.