HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD LIGHTING TIPS
no matter how great your Halloween graveyard looks, it must be illuminated at night for people to see
it. Blue or green light is our color of choice for anything
ghostly such as graveyards and haunted houses.
Flood Light Bulbs
Outdoor colored flood lights are
great for illuminating large area's with just the right light and come
in red, green, blue and yellow for special occasions or
special lighting effects.
We use the halogen floods because they are only 75watts,
opposed to 150watt incandescent colored lamps, so we save
energy while getting the same amount of light.
We always try to use the
lights in a way that the light is not focused directly on any area, but is indirectly
lighting a section. The flood
light fixture should always be hidden from view when ever possible.
Place them behind things such as tombstones or other props. These bulbs
get very hot, so use proper safety precautions. Make sure you don't overload your circuit breakers!
Party Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Party Light bulbs are a great way to
illuminate a small area or specific Halloween prop. These
bulbs give out the equivalent of 60watts, but only use
13watts, and produce much less heat as conventional
come in a variety of colors including blue, green, red,
orange, yellow and black light. You can find these bulbs in
most hardware stores year round.
like to place our Halloween special effect light bulbs in
shop light fixtures. The eight
and a half inch wide parabolic reflector allows us to direct
the light and conceals the back and sides of the bulb. Since
it will clamp on to just about anything, placement and
positioning of the lamp is easy.
To make the
lamp fixture less visible, we spray paint
the outside with
flat black stove paint to better conceal it. Stove paint is
designed for high temperature applications. Do not paint the
inside as this will drastically reduce its ability to
reflect the light and cause the fixture to heat up more.
These fixtures usually have a rating of up to 150watts, but
you should make sure that the bulb you want to use is below
that. You can
find clamp-on shop light fixtures and stove spray paint in
most hardware and department stores.
Don't overload extension cords or allow them to run
through water or snow on the ground.
Halloween only takes place on one night, timers are usually
not necessary, but faders and controllers can make your
life easier and add to your overall effects.
A Cross Fader
is a light controller that allows you to plug two different
lights into the controller and will fade back and forth
between the two. Or you can plug just one light into it and
it will slowly fade on and off. The one pictured to the
right simply plugs into a wall outlet. They are available
The Winfield Collection.
remote control allows you to remotely, and covertly turn
lights on and off with the push of a button. The Lamson
outdoor light remote control switch plugs into any standard
outlet inside or outside. Providing a fifty foot range, it
requires a 9-volt battery.
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