Learn all about rave lights and their parts...
If you're new to the light show industry and the art of light shows, please read this page to get started!
You may have seen someone dancing around with LED lights and manipulating lights with their hands or even feet and you're probably wondering how and where they got started. We hope that you will find this page useful and begin your journey into this, once underground, but now mainstream, Art! You HAVE come to the right place! Please read on...
There are many different forms of Art in the world; poetry writing, painting, photography, dancing, singing, the list goes on! Light Shows is the art of light manipulation. Like most Art, it should not be treated as a competition, but rather a form of non-verbal communication, a way of expressing ourselves. "Just like how singers sing, musicians make music, dancers dance, glovers glove and orbiters orbit, we all have our own way of expressing ourselves in things we like to do and want others to appreciate what we can provide. Others may not be able to understand how a lightshow is a form of art and with each person, each style varies." On our website you will find a variety of tools and toys whether you're a beginner or an expert to help you get going.
There are primarily 3 types of light show arts:
Gloving is the art of manipulating light using the hands. Traditionally, LED microlights are placed inside a soft and stretchy glove (e.g. white winter season magic stretch gloves) and worn over the hand. The placement of the light and the number of lights may vary from person to person but a basic "Glove Set" will come with at least 8 lights. Thumbs and palm lights are optional but this is why the Art is so diverse and different between every individual; some prefer having glove sets of many colors and many lights while some prefer to keep it mellow with only a few lights and only a few colors in each hand.
Please watch the video below to see an example of a light show performed to a song using a glove set made up of a total of 10 microlights by light show artist Team Vivid Turtle (Vincent Pham).
If you are interested in becoming a glover, you can start by purchasing an inexpensive glove set. Check out our Budget Glove Sets. If you are confident and wish to get a more reliable and pricier glove set and have a bit more money to spend, you can choose from a variety of our Vivid Designed Glove Sets. If you believe you are more advanced then the beginner and have some skill in choosing a good combination of colors, you can build your own custom glove sets.
Orbiting is the art of manipulating a series of LED microlights (usually 2 or 4 lights) connected together in a disc shape (orbital) and strung with satin cord or rope and spun around to make amazing shapes and figures. Orbits can be built by hand and easily customized to your liking. This art form is easiest to get into but is very fun to anyone who has seen it or tried it. Team Vivid Kandy demonstrates the use of an Orbital.
Team Vivid Yoshie orbiting:
If you are interested in becoming an Orbiter or simply wish to have one of these neat toys in your hands, you can purchase any of our Orbits & Orbitals which come ready to go with all the lights, string, and OrbitAdapter. Orbits & Orbitals.
Copyright 2012 OLS COM, LLC
Glowsticking is a form of dancing with glowsticks or other glowstick-like instruments that share the same qualities: durability, consistency in light, safety to toss around, and the material of which they are made, often a soft and pliant plastic.
Glowstringing is defined by a few factors: the use of glowsticks on a string, the swinging motion, and an equally large growing category of moves and concepts that share many of the same aspects as many other stringing related fields, such as poi (performance art), yo-yoing, and martial arts forms common with swords, flails, and rope darts, is typically done with glowstick or glowstick-like instruments tied with a durable string at the end of it. In some case, handles may be used, because of moves which favor the fact that the glowstick handle can be grabbed and switched with the swinging part. In some cases, because of the existence of handles which glow both ways, moves which "throw" can be accomplished as it can be grabbed on either side. (From Wikipedia.org)
If you want to get into swinging some POI, check out our battery operated Glow Sticks (Flowlight Sticks) in our Flowlights section!
Copyright 2012 OLS COM, LLC
So, now that you have done a bit of research and learned a bit about the art, you should be ready to make a decision whether or not to get into it or not. If you are still not sure, we are firm believers that you will NEVER truly understand the art unless you simply go out and try it! How can a painter paint without a paintbrush? Get yourself some lights and join us! Thank you!
If your budget permits, we strongly urge you to purchase an orbit, a glove set, or a set of flowlights OR all three items and get started right away!