Remember that dance party you went to a few years ago when the lights all responded to the music and made you feel as if you were in a different, parallel universe? Well, that type of technology is no longer restricted to DJs who charge hefty fees for their services. Now, you can obtain that same hi-tech touch for a very small cost and become your own DJ for your parties. Why should the professionals have all of the fun?
Adding lights to your next party is one thing; syncing those lights to your playlist is another step altogether, ensuring that people will be talking about your fête for weeks to come and begging for an encore. Thanks to ongoing technological advances, you can even link your music’s beats wirelessly to your lights, foregoing bulky cables and wires.
With new techonology, making “disco environment” in your home is much easier than it used to be
Here are a few ways to link your playlist to your lights at your next party. Keep in mind that some of these packages come with a limited number of lights, some do not; some are wireless, some are not. Your expense will increase as you add lights to the mix.
1. For under $100, you can buy a package that will include two multi-colour lights (and stands) that will respond to your music. If you wish to add lights, the cost will increase, of course. Sony has been a pioneer in this technology.
2. Also for around $100, you can download a software package that will orchestrate your lighting system. These configurations are much more complex and send all kinds of data back and forth, ensuring an even more precise synchronization between beat and lights. In this case, lights are sold separately. The famous Burning Man festival in the western state of Nevada, United States, has led the way in the development of this cool technology. You can also see examples of this type of system every year around the Christmas holidays, when enterprising homeowners have their lights flash to carols and their variations. It’s not as hard as you think—your computer can communicate with bunches of your lights at a time as you have different areas flash to different notes. The technology does not yet allow for the flashing of individual bulbs to each note of “Jingle Bells,” but give engineers time!
3. You can also purchase an LED box that can sync to sound transferred through a standard headphone jack. As you add such boxes of light, your cost will increase. This system is fairly low tech and easy to create.
Granted, if you are having a huge outdoor celebration and want to have the lights flash in time with your music, it might be best to rent a DJ company’s equipment for the big bash. If, however, you host regular parties at your place and do not have a massive dance space, you can use the same low-cost system again and again for years to dazzle your guests as you (or a preferred guest or relative) play DJ and work the dancers into a frenzy through lighting effects that add immeasurably to the party experience.