Moving heads are lighting fixtures that direct a beam of light to the desired location by rotating horizontally and vertically part of their body.

Moving heads belong to the category of smart devices or the so-called “smart light”, ie capable of doing something that is beyond the capabilities of traditional lighting devices. The list of their functions may include:

  • PAN and TILT movement,
  • color change (if the device produces color light) and / or color light color temperature correction,
  • change of beam width, including by means of mechanical shutters,
  • focusing,
  • dimming,
  • one or more fixed or rotary gobo wheels,
  • 3, 5 or 9 facet prisms,
  • jumps and other effects.

Rent of moving heads

There are several ways to control moving heads. Most often, the moving heads are connected to the light console, which gives the control signal. Analog controls were used for the first devices, DMX 512 controls are the modern standard, and the most advanced manufacturers are switching to Ethernet technology, as it allows to control an almost unlimited array of devices: remotely detect their malfunctions, assign addresses, change their configuration, etc. .

Moving heads are needed where you need to quickly change lighting modes. They are successfully used in theaters and concert halls, nightclubs and television studios, and even in stadiums (for example, at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games). Artists in the light are attracted by their dynamism and a wide variety of colors and effects.

Moving heads are conventionally divided into three groups:

  1. Beam devices are used to project rays against smoke or fog,
  2. Spot medium heads create different effects with color and gobo,
  3. and the Wash spotlights serve to fill the stage.

However, some manufacturers manage to combine Spot, Beam and Wash in one model.