A Gobo is a template or stenciled circular disc that is placed in front of a light source to create a pattern or projected image. The word Gobo is a short form for ‘’Go Between Optics’’ that describes the location where it needs to be positioned in the light path of lighting fixture. Gobo is not a new technology, but it is still used for events around the world. It was originally used in film, television industry, and theater before reaching entertainment industry and events. Gobo is still being used in photography as cookies and flag which are placed in light paths to alter the lighting.
There are two main types of gobo; they include glass and steel. Glass gobo are made from glass with designs etched using other coating or aluminum. It is more detailed and has a long lifespan and are typically described as ‘colored.’ Steel gobos, on the other hand, are described as black and white and have a short lifespan. They are the sturdiest of the common gobo types, but they require modification to the original design. The right gobo type will allow your design to shine without limiting it. Also, it will work and fit in the light that you will be projecting with. So it is important to have the right type and size which ensures you get the best results possible from your projection.
Custom gobo designs come in different diameters ranging from approximate 150mm to approximate 20mm. But the diameter is determined by the fixture, so make sure you know fixture that a particular gobo needs to be used before manufacture. If used in an intelligent fixture the image can be moved in any direction you want. But if used in a static fixture the image that is projected will be stationary.
Gobo is commonly used in events like product launches, award ceremonies, and gala dinners to support the event branding and provide visual interest. Glass gobo is growing trend in a wedding to feature the groom’s and bride initials or name which is presented as a keepsake from the event. It is an effective alternative to signage and banners in those events, provide images that are visually different for the audience to absorb. They are also used to create patterns, shapes, and images to support the event theme. Using gobos at corporate events helps to attract attention to your brand that in return generates massive sales and leads.
There are several ways to utilize gobos so as to enhance your event. You can display the name of people or name of an event. Used at a conference to display a company logo or the name all over the venue. Also to display bride and groom I n a wedding to give a personalized upscale vibe. Gobos with textured designs or shapes can be used to provide textured lighting and unique ambient along the ceilings, walls or floors of your venue. They can also be used in intelligent moving lighting to have the displayed design move on the surfaces of your venue.