Dancing, Hobbies, Tips&Tricks

Hanging Studio Lighting

5122412512315123123232315354758_640The most important part of any solid dancing studio is probably a stable floor that doesn’t slip or trip up the people dancing on it. After that, the next most important part could be any number of things. I tend to think of lighting as being particularly important.

Good luminosity and brightness in a room can make it easier to see things like that little divot in the floor that could make you trip if you didn’t step around it.

I like a bright area with lots of visibility, but it doesn’t do any good if lights are standing everywhere blocking up movement. That’s why you need to hang these lights.

There are a number of options for hanging lights. You could install some solid mounts to simply attach the lighting element to a ceiling or wall and that would probably work. Others like to set up shelves and put the lights on those, giving them support from beneath the light rather than behind it.

Still others prefer to hang their lights from the ceiling using some sort of rope, wire or other type of string to secure the fixtures. For all of these methods, a reciprocating saw would do a lot of good for the person trying to mount the lights.

A decent reciprocating saw can cut through wood (for shelves), rope, wire and even metal if you’re using a saw bit with a dense enough blade. This particular kind of tool isn’t very good for fine work like making smooth cuts, but when you don’t need a cut to be fine the speed and efficiency of the cutting can be desirable.

If you need to do some finishing like sanding down rough edges after making your cuts, that’s easy enough. The automatic nature of these saws lets them cut through materials quickly and easily, certainly much faster than any manual saw would perform the same task.

Because of that, I recommend picking up a reciprocating saw if you don’t already have one. Well, if you’re a handy person who likes to make things, and you don’t already have one. People who don’t build things probably won’t get much use out of one of these to be honest. And to be fair, I don’t use my own automatic saw very often. But it’s a useful tool, there’s no doubt about that. If I’ve piqued your interest, you can look right here for lots of different examples.

Thinking about it now, I realize good lighting is important for much more than just illuminating a dance studio. Photographers need lighting to actually produce images with their cameras – or at least they used to need it before cameras became what they are today.

Farms, greenhouses and indoor gardens need ultraviolet lighting to keep plants growing. There are plenty of other places that need reliable lighting too: hospitals, restaurants and workshops, to name a handful. The wide range of uses for these electric saws might be enough reason for you to pick one up for yourself.