09 Feb 2013

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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?

3 comments on “Why We Use Haze
  1. Andy Wilson

    Hi Ben,
    We met at Innovate this year, thank you for this post! Our church is a relatively new church plant so budget is always a concern with every decision we make. We also meet in a school gymnasium with iffy ventalation. Is there a hazer/lighting combination you could suggest? I borrowed a hazer from another church and tried it out with below avearge results.

    • Ben Lunsford

      Hi Andy,

      Air circulation is important. You can achive this with several fans. We use two fans next to our hazer to push the haze toward each side of the room. The air flow from our A/C system moves it from there. I would borrow a hazer again and try it with a few fans. The type of hazer you use is also important. Make sure you are using a hazer and not a fog machine or a “fazer” machine. When it comes to hazers you get what you pay for. If you are in a gym something along the lines of an Antari HZ-350 ($500 to $800) is usually a good solution. I would stay away from any of the lower end models. Also, it is important to make sure the building you are in does not have a fire alarm system that can be set off by haze. Hope this helps.

  2. Brad Christian

    Ah! Haze. What is probably the MOST controversial element of any modern worship service. We are probably 5 years into hazing our worship experiences. It has been so beneficial in building a great Sunday morning environment.

    After going through 3-4 cheaper ‘hazers’ we finally were given funds to purchase the Martin HZ 2500 magnum. Solid hazer for our gym environment. Great price for a hazer as well.

    Still – it is amazing how almost every critic of the modern worship experience always points to the ‘light show’ or ‘fog machines’ as the main manifestation of all that is wrong with the local church.

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