Types of Stage Lamps:

Other Lighting Aspects:

Follow Spot Light

Used for special highlighted features of the set or an actor. This lamp provides a great amount of control of the light beam and can move to follow the action on stage.


  • Pan (right and left)
  • Tilt (up and down)
  • Beam size (Change of lens position for large or small beam.)
  • Beam size / shape (Paddles can be pushed into the path of the light beam to produce a square shape and reduce the size of the beam.)
  • Beam size (Changed by adding an iris)
  • Beam focus (Change from soft to hard focus by changing lens position on both fixed and variable beam lamps.)
  • Beam on or off (Can be controlled with the use of shutters)

Accessories available:

  • Gel / Gel frame. (Most will have multiple gel frames and allow a change of color.)
  • Iris. (Controls the circular size of the beam.)
  • Gobo / Gobo paddle. (Metal or glass insert that allows a pattern to be projected) Available on some models.

Very Brief History:

The follow spot originated as the "limelight." This intense light source was developed in 1826 in Scotland. It burned oxygen and hydrogen against of block of lime, which was heating to incandesence. The limelights were fitted with lenses in 1860.

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