How to make a disco dance floor with lights

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How to make a disco dance floor with lights
Combine filters to create new colours. (orange filter image by Stanisa Martinovic from

Light screens or filters provide a new colour for standard white lights. This is useful in a disco to create an exciting party atmosphere. Different coloured lenses and lights are advised. The beams of light should overlap and create different effects. The disco will need multiple lights, the exact number depends on the size of the disco. The lights can be on mechanised rigs that move automatically (sometimes with the music.)

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Things you need

  • Clothespins
  • Paint brush
  • Duct tape
  • Glass or clear acrylic panel
  • Water-based (acrylic) paint

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    Survey the disco. Determine how many light filters will be necessary based on the number of lights in the disco. Write down what colour(s) each light should have as a filter. Measure the diameter of each light and note whether the lights have "barn doors" or not. Barn doors are flaps that flip over the light to direct or control where the light goes.

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    Purchase light filters, screens or gels. Companies like Andover Corporation, Stage Spot or Kinetic Lighting offer a wide variety of choices. If the lights in the disco have barn doors, then gel sheets will be ideal as the colour sheets can clip right on to the barn doors.

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    Install the filters, screens, or sheets on the lights. If the lights have barn doors then use clothespins to pin the screen or sheet to the barn door over the light. If you have purchased a filter, affix it to the front of the light. Attaching a light screen to the light depends on the type of light fixture. Some industrial disco lights have a space built into the frame where you can insert a screen. If the light does not have this feature, use clothespins to affix the screen to the front of the light. Make sure the light does not touch the screen (unless the screen specifications state that it can touch the light).

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    Use duct tape if the clothespins are difficult to attach to the fixture. If it's impossible to attach the screen to the light fixture without touching the bulb then you must create a buffer. Use a small (less than one inch) rectangular piece of wood or metal to put some distance between the light screen and the light bulb. Place two rectangular pieces on the light fixture then place the light screen on top of the pieces. Use tape, a clamp or clothespins to affix the screen to the two pieces and the light fixture.

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    Acquire a glass or acrylic window or panel. Find one that closely approximates the size of the disco lights. Small window fixtures for attics and basements are ideal.

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    Purchase water-based acrylic paints in the desired colours. Acrylic paints are ideal as they are transparent and leave a thin coat, allowing a lot of light through. This is perfect for a light screen as the light that shines through will have a delicate tint.

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    Paint the window panel. Use a paint brush and paint directly onto the glass. Apply more paint to give the screen a stronger shade, or use less to produce a more subtle tint. Wait for the paint to dry.

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    Mount the painted panel on the disco light. Use tape, clothespins or clamps to secure the screen to the light.

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