It seems that new lighting effects are coming out every week and old models are being discarded in favour of brighter, faster and more impressive effects. The DJ lighting market is progressing at such a rate that some lights are being superceeded after less than a year.
So, what would you say is the longest running disco effect in history? Martin’s Wizard extreme and Mac250 were nightclub favourites for years, NJD’s legendary datamoon outlived most mobile effects and the Soundlab Vasto moonflower has been lighting up venues and front-rooms alike for over a decade. What if we were to say that there is a disco effect that has been in use for over a century?
The origins of the humble mirrorball (often called a disco ball or ‘glitterball’ to our friends across the pond) can be traced back as far as the early 1900’s where they were a common feature in Jazz clubs (as can be seen in the 1919 photo to the right). Traditional mirrorballs worked by shining a narrow beam of light onto a ball covered in tiny mirror facets. These mirrors would reflect the light off in dozens (or sometimes hundreds) of different directions causing a truly unique effect.
Traditional mirrorballs can still be seen in many venues today. A mainstay in ballrooms, they will often also feature in nightclubs providing a retro effect amongst the modern moving heads and lasers of today. Earlier this year, the worlds’ largest mirrorball was hung over the Millenium Bridge in London and was taller than 1 1/2 double-decker buses!
At WhyBuyNew stock traditional mirrorballs ranging from 50mm to 40mm and from a fiver upto £50, we can even supply mirrorballs in sizes upto 1.5m so if you really want to stand out from the crowd, give our sales guys a call on 01206 855010 and see what we can do for you. Mirrorballs are normally lit by either a Par Can or a Pinspot. Recently LED pinspots have allowed a mirror ball to be illuminated all night without the pitfalls of using a hot spot lamp. LED fixtures also use less power and have a typical lamp life of around 50,000 hours meaning no more mid-gig lamp changes.
Recently we have seen the traditional disco-ball concept bought upto date with the introduction of a number of LED fixtures designed to give a mirrorball-style effect without the hassle of hanging, motorising and illuminating a large ball (not always practical for mobile DJs). The ACME Astro LED was the first of this type which came in both a traditional white and also an RGB version which could be fully DMX controlled.
DJs and venue owners can now choose from a number of simulated mirrorball/discoball effects including the ADJ Starball, Beamz Magic Jelly Ball, KAM Disco Dome and Chauvet Cosmos all of which add a new and modern slant of the most recognisable disco effect in the world.
If you want to add a bit of glitz to your next event then why not check our the mirror ball section on our website or give us a call on 01206 855010