Choosing a black light or a strobe light really depends on the plans that you have and the environment that the light will be used in. Both lights are commonly used for lighting and stage effects for raves, parties, wedding etc. There are different sizes, speeds, and bulbs for each so knowing a little bit about both can be important before making a purchase. Black lights or strobe lights can be used to entertain teens or seniors making them a necessity to any kind of party. Once you figure out the event that these lights will be used for, the next step is knowing the difference between the two.
A black light is designed to emit ultra- violet light that when in a dark room near certain objects shows a wonderful glow. This is called fluorescence. These certain objects are usually white or lightly colored which give off the brightest glow. Black lights are especially popular around Halloween especially in haunted houses. There are many different styles of black lights varying from hand held flashlights to overhead hanging bulbs that can add exciting lighting to any party or event. Choosing which one best compliments the event that you are having depends on things such as decorations and clothes that participants wear.
Strobe lights can come in many different styles with many different speeds and colors. From hanging disco balls to lights that can be mounted on the stage the choices are endless. Most strobe lights have adjustable speeds that can be tampered with to best match the lighting that you are looking for. Adjusting these speeds changes the amount of flashes that your strobe light puts out per second giving one the opportunity to get the perfect look for the perfect event. Using more than one strobe light is an effective lighting technique that is used at large parties and dance clubs. If you decide to use multiple strobe lights you may want to consider linking them together so that they stay synchronized keeping your light show moving to the beat.
Combining the Two
If you have ever been to a haunted house, it does not take long to notice that most of these establishments use both. Some people think that using both diminish the lighting from the other but this is just opinion. Lighting is like everything else, practice makes perfect so do not be scared to experiment with both to try and create a unique lighting experience. If in fact that you feel you strobe lights are taking the effects of your black lights away you can purchase and try strobe lights with black light bulbs. This has been known to work well in haunted houses as well as dance parties and are fairly cheap and easy to find at most retail stores.
In all choosing the right strobe or black light depends on your preferences and your style as much as it does location and event so experiment have fun and put on a great show whatever it may be.