What is a gobo?
What is a gobo?
They go by a number of names, and whether you call it a gobo, lighting template, light pattern or custom projection.
Gobos are a round piece of flat glass or steel, which when placed in front of a light, projects the letters or image that is on the “gobo”. The word gobo is actually an acronym for the phrase “Goes Before Optics.” The lighting instruments allows us to focus the light and gobo by moving the lens back and forth in the lens tube. Gobos can be used for multiple projects; for example they can project breakup patterns to create texture in tents and on walls, customize dance floors or even project your company’s logo at the bottom of a pool. Most gobos are made of steel but the more complex patterns and colors can be achieved only by using glass gobos.
Gobos are a great way to customize your event by projecting lighting effects on dance floors, walls and even swimming pools! Gobos work by projecting patterns of light in specific designs ranging from an elegant monogram to an intricate and colorful design. Choose your preferred look from our stock of hundreds of standard gobo images, or send us your own custom design.
How much does a gobo cost?
We have a variety of styles of gobos and projection packages. Stock projections start at $99 and custom starts at $199.
(Includes custom artwork creation & 1 gobo proof)
(All gobo packages come with a weighted base and stand)
(These prices do not include the set-up and removal charge)
What are steel gobos?
(Click here to see our collection of stock steel gobos)
We have hundreds of gobos in stock to choose from in our database. Stock steel gobos can be used in any solid color. They can be projected on dance floors, ceilings, tables, tents and walls. These are also called “breakout patterns” an come in a variety of both seasonal, and special effect patterns. Custom steel gobos are a great way to add a personal touch to your event for a low cost. With a custom steel gobo we can project simple text and designs in a solid color.
Do I want a glass gobo?
(Click here to see our collection of stock glass gobos)
There are numerous advantages with glass gobos versus steel. One benefit of glass is that complex images can be produced with very high quality. Another benefit is glass gobos can be come in colorful patterns. Custom glass gobos can be created with intricate designs and multiple colors.
Can I see a proof of my custom gobo?
Most gobos will look exactly like the artwork you send. However due the limitations in making a steel gobo, changes might occur. In cases where a major change is required, such as an omission of text, we will have a proof sent to you to confirm the changes. However, if you would like a proof made before the full purchase of a custom gobo, you can. Proofs are $40, which is applied to the purchase of a custom gobo, if you approve the artwork and have us make the gobo. If you make changes, however, the $40 will be charged for every revision except the last one - which will then be included in the price of your gobo. Typically, we suggest our customers get proofs if their artwork is very intricate or if they question how it will turn out when made into steel.