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Episode Info: This week is a “best of” – going back to episode 15 – which has a lot of really great information about Fog, Haze, the differences between the 2 and how to use them well. Whether this is your first time hearing it, or you’re refreshing yourself from a few years ago, I hope you enjoy it! Main Segment This week I want to share with you how to set the atmosphere and when you should use certain fog or haze atmospheres. In most concerts, theater productions, or special church events there is normally some sort of atmosphere to set the stage. Using a fog or haze atmosphere can be a great way to get more out of your lighting. Fire Alarms An area I want to discuss is Fire Alarms and what to expect when putting on a show. One thing to note is to never ever turn off Fire Alarms. This is a big Do Not Ever Do! Types of Fire Alarms Ionizing Fire Alarms are usually home-based and looks for actual fire and smoke. Haze and Fog will most likely not set these off. Optical Detectors are often used in a hotel or commercial building.  They allow the very quickest notification of fire, but with the downside that anything which crosses their path will trip them. The best suggestion is to work with the Fire Alarm Company and your Local Fire Department to see if you can set the alarms in Silent Mode. With Silent Mode you will be able to see the alarm trip on the Control Panel without the alarms going off and having people evacuate. Theatrical Effects will set off the Optical Detectors.  For more information please check out the related articles below: Hazers – Oil or Water Based? – The Ultimate Guide Fog and Foggers – The Ultimate Guide Types of Atmosphere Buying a machine will do one of the following: Haze, Fog, or Low Fog. All are different in how they work and each unit has a specific purpose. I highly suggest not trying to make a machine do what it is not supposed to do. You may also see “Fazers” on the market, but I really don’t recommend those becuase they don’t do fog or haze well! Haze Haze is a thin mist like atmosphere that will hang in the air. This is a great effect of showing off the beams in the air. Haze can really highlight the beams, patterns, and gobos. It is often used in a Concert setting and not usually seen in a corporate event. Water Based Hazers will dissipate quicker. The particles are bigger and have more of a smokey effect and will rise quickly. Oil Based Hazers tend to be louder to run so please keep this in mind if your show is a quieter setting. Oil-based haze will not rise as quickly as the water-based will and will hang in the air longer. The downfall with Oil based is that you will need to do some maintenance and cleaning because the gunk will build up over time. HVAC When setting up always make sure you know where the air is going. Obviously, you do not want to set up the machine right below the air intake. Be sure to set up on the opposi...
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