Stage lighting is a critical factor in theater-goers’ experience. No matter if the lighting is simple or uses a variety of sources of light, more or less stage lighting can cause audience disbelief and distract from the show. You need to be familiar with the technical aspects of professional stage lighting in your auditorium or theater. Also, know which lighting types are best for specific performances.

Illuminated Integration believes that the show must continue. You must equip your theater with the proper stage lighting to highlight any performance, whether it is a musical or a dramatic one-act. Your versatile lighting system will make any show a success with the right lighting design and some stage lighting tips.


All live shows include theater lighting as an integral part. The theater is an immersive experience that allows the audience to suspend disbelief and be absorbed in the story being told on stage. A great script, skilled performers, excellent stagecraft, and well-executed directions can make a memorable performance. Stage lighting is a crucial component of any location. It will make all the others useless. Even the most spectacular versions can be affected by inadequate stage lighting.

Technically speaking, theater lighting is similar to other types. There may be hundreds, if not thousands, of different kinds of lighting sources for stage lighting. Each one is integrated into the lighting system to fulfill a specific function. Professional stage lighting must work with the events. The lighting rig can be seen as a performer in many ways. Every light is used to create the atmosphere and visibility on the stage.

A customized professional stage lighting system can be used for any event. You can control many types of lighting sources, which is one of the technical advantages of stage lighting. These lighting systems are essential for musicals and plays, but theater lighting can also highlight other events. Professional stage lighting can be used for presentations, ceremonies, and worship services.


Every stage manager should:

Learn about the different lighting options: Understand and use the various types of stage lighting.

Recognize the use of colored lighting to alter the environment’s mood.

Lighting position: Recognize that lighting position can increase or limit light source effectiveness.

Create dimension: Learn to create impact using lighting patterns.

Use the space. Be aware that lighting techniques will be affected by the spatial limitations of the stage.

Hire stage lighting professionals: You can rely on professional stage lighting designers to help you design and incorporate the most effective lighting system in your theater.


Before learning how to use theater lighting, you must understand the various types of lighting and their functions. Let’s look at five common types of stage lighting in theater lighting systems.

Floodlight A stage floodlight works in the same way as a floodlight. Theater lighting systems can use both symmetrical and asymmetric floodlight types. Symmetric floodlights distribute light evenly in all directions. Asymmetric floodlights don’t provide uniform light distribution. They spread light in one order and can be used to illuminate backgrounds. Traditional floodlights have a rectangular reflector and an asymmetric one. Both floodlighting types adequately illuminate the background and foreground of the stage.

Spotlight A spotlight projects light directly onto a specific area on the scene. A spotlight can illuminate particular areas of the stage, unlike other floodlights, which provide light to large sizes.

Fixed Focus: Fixed focus lights give concentrated beams that cover large areas of the stage.

Soft Lamp To diffuse light and remove shadows from performers, soft lamps can be used without affecting direct lighting.

Broad Light: Wide lights can reduce shadows in some stage regions.


It would be best if you also considered the placement of lighting in other areas within your facility. Different lighting sources can be used for various purposes, from the box office and atrium to the backstage and house seating areas. Bright architectural lighting might be used to show your marquee, while subtle floor lighting could be used for safety and guidance. Look for information in the script and other products to help you decide where and how to place your lighting system.

The stage lighting creates the atmosphere for each performance. The stage manager’s job is to implement these cues to get the best results. The script of production is an excellent resource to start with since many have general lighting cues. Focus on the details that make each act come alive. Look for ways to use your lighting system to enhance the critical moments of the story, whether it is a monologue or a dramatic climax.

Also, you should attend or watch productions in other venues. Pay attention to the type of performance, whether it is a lively musical, a Greek tragedy, or a modern one-act. Also, please pay attention to how they use lighting cues. Pay attention to the lighting effects on the stage, including the colors and the types of lighting. You should see performances at well-funded production houses and community theaters to understand better how other lighting systems are used.


Professional stage lighting is essential for every stage. It should showcase the talents of each performer. Illuminated Integration can help you integrate different types of lighting into your school auditorium, church, school, or private entertainment venue. The talented team of AVL engineers has decades of industry experience and can create custom lighting designs for theaters of any size. Illuminated Integration will provide you with a unique professional stage lighting system that suits your needs.

Communication and collaboration are our top priorities when designing ACLs. We design-build with you in mind so that you get the results you want. Three goals are ours:

To design an AVL system that is unique and tailored to your requirements.

We offer a flexible theater lighting system that can be used to facilitate any event or performance you are planning.

We provide a smooth and seamless experience that allows you to be involved in every step of the process, from design to execution, while still allowing you to run your business as usual without any interruptions.

You only need to imagine what our original AVL designs can do for you. Whether your project involves a new construction or an old structure, we can integrate any AVL equipment. After your installation is completed, we will continue to support you long-term. We are happy to answer any questions, even if it has been years since our professional stage lighting system was installed in your theater.

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