The use of haze is a relatively new option for most churches. So why use it?
Haze allows people in your room to see the beams of the stage lighting. This helps everyone in the room because it creates a more consistent experience for every seat in your room. In most instances the front row sees certain aspects of the stage differently than other seats in the house. Same with the seats in the back of the room.
Let’s say we put a yellow light beside the drummer and we point it toward the back of the room just over the audiences heads. With no haze that yellow light can only be seen in two places. The first being the light fixture itself at the point the beam hits the yellow gel. The other being where the light hits the back wall.
If we put haze in the room and the light in the same place we will now see a solid yellow beam shining from the drums through the room to the back wall.
It makes a difference having a beam that shines from the stage to the back of the room because you then have an element that is seen the same anywhere in the room. The light can now be seen from all seats and is a common element connecting the stage and the room. This allows people to feel like they are inside the environment of the stage and not separated. It helps to make them more of a participant and less of a spectator.
Do you use haze at your church? If so, what benefits and challenges have you experience?