5 Things You Need for a Safe and Compliant Laser Show

5 Things You Need for a Safe and Compliant Laser Show
You've booked the gig. You've spec'd your gear. You may have even pre-programmed your show. But have you taken laser safety into consideration? Read on to see the five things you must have for your laser show to be compliant. Properly labeled projectors Take a look at your laser projectors....

Four Reasons Lighting Designers Should Use XLERATE (Plus How to Get Started)

Four Reasons Lighting Designers Should Use XLERATE (Plus How to Get Started)
Four Reasons Lighting Designers Should Use XLERATE What is XLERATE? XLERATE is our free software tool designed to be flexible and work seamlessly with your rig. Featuring previsualization support, rig management capability, content management, and more, XLERATE is the perfect tool for lighting designers who want to integrate lasers into...

The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast with X-Laser President Adam Raugh

The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast with X-Laser President Adam Raugh
This week’s episode of The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast featured X-Laser President Adam Raugh. Adam and David discussed how X-Laser works to bring lasers and lighting together, different ways to control lasers, ILDA and analog technology, the X-Laser Design Challenge (read more about that here), our Mercury system and XLERATE...

Lighting Network Essentials - Part Two, Specifying and Setting Up a Lighting Network

Lighting Network Essentials - Part Two, Specifying and Setting Up a Lighting Network
Part two of our lighting networking essentials series is now live! Specifying and Setting Up a Lighting Network.In this part of the series we cover specifying your lighting network to provide enough bandwidth, the differences in how some fixtures handle physical networking connections and how to play out your network layout. In part three we'll cover how to troubleshoot common networking issues.

Part one of our stage lighting networking miniseries is out!

Part one of our stage lighting networking miniseries is out!
More and more stage lighting fixtures are controllable by Art Net and Streaming ACN than ever before. This connectivity can provide for faster load ins, simpler cabling and faster programming, all you need is to understand a bit of basic networking. We've created a three part series to introduce the essentials of networking with a focus on the elements relevant to stage lighting networks. In this first part of the series we cover the fundamentals of networking in general, covering the layers of a network, basic architecture and the components of a network. In parts two and three we'll cover how to specify and setup a stage lighting network as well as how to troubleshoot common networking issues.

Laser reflection with Smarter Every Day

If you're into lasers, you should already be following Smarter Every Day. He's got a ton of incredibly cool and educational videos and his latest is no exception. Destin does a great job of explaining internal reflection and it's relationship with angle of incidence.

How bright is a 20 watt laser?

How bright is a 20 watt laser?
How bright is a 20 watt laser on the wall? The answer as always is "it depends" but instead of just explaining it, here's a quick video to show you how much the ambient light level affects laser brightness.

GrandMA Mercury Profile Update

GrandMA Mercury Profile Update
The builders of Mercury grant lighting designers unparalleled control of lasers by direct DMX, but like any toolbox proper organization is key to efficiency and speed. We've worked with several lighting designers to make our MA profiles more intuitive and powerful! These videos will show you the changes we made.

How a laser projector works

How a laser projector works
One of the questions we get all the time at X-Laser is “How do laser projectors actually work?” so we made a short video explaining how scanning and color mixing work together to create the shapes we all love. We go through the layout and basic components common in most modern semiconductor laser light show projectors, then talk a bit about the specific signals used to control galvanometer scanners and laser diodes while showing you exactly how a circle is made.