Hey everyone, i've got a couple questions for lighting i'm currently doing for my church. I finally got a budget approved ($450/month) and am looking at getting some washlights, martin moving heads, stage lights for lighting the pastor and worship team, a hazer and a software controller.
The wash lights: Going to get about 16 Microh P12's. These will be on truss behind the worship team eventually.
Now for some of the questions...
For the white lights we are either going to buy 8-10 Par's, they will be at the back of the church (due to the horrible stage design) and are about 50' from the stage. The pro is that they are dirt cheap. The con, we have power issues at the church, I would have to have extension cords running all around the back of the church to power them as running the 4 we currently have almost seems to flip the breaker.
So we are also looking at Microh LED Max Par AW. The con is they are way more expensive, but they have more control with the zoom lens and power would never be an issue. They claim to compete with the old pars and are the transition to LED, they have a throw of 55' but I can't find any consumer pictures of them in use. Has anyone seen these before? And whats your advice, par or led assuming money isn't an issue?
For a hazer, I believe the popular one around here is called a radiance? (i'm in Canada too so unless I want to pay shipping/duties I don't have as much access to the brands). I was looking at Antari HZ-500 Pro Hazer, again...thoughts on this? The sanctuary is quite large and I don't want a "fog" machine.
Last and probably the most important question for me, the software. The local guy we are buying through uses Lightjockey and only recommends that. It seems to be the top of the software game but i've also heard people don't like it as it's outdated? The other thing is I don't know that I would need a controller with such capabilities for Church. I'll be doing color changes/using the moving head lights and nothing crazy (because its Church lol). I'll also do more "concert" style stuff for my friend's band and youth night's but again nothing crazy. So is it worth to go with Lightjockey or would something like Chauvet's showxpress be fine?
Last question, what Martin' moving head lights do you recommend in the price range of $1500-$2500 (each)?
Sorry for the length, thanks for the help!