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Scanners: Moving light at a reasonable price for your club or event

Scanners belong to the classic spotlights in lighting technology. Even before the development of moving heads, scanners brought movement into play at concerts and in discotheques by projecting their light beam throughout the entire room.


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In contrast to moving heads, however, scanners do not move the entire "heads" of the devices including the light source: instead, the light beam generated by a statically mounted light source is deflected by a movable mirror. Thus the movement of the light is somewhat more limited than with a moving head. While discharge lamps were traditionally used as illuminants in scanners, today's scanners use powerful, white LEDs. Colors and patterns are usually displayed using color and gobo wheels.

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Although these devices seem to be slowly disappearing from event technology, scanners still have a right to exist. They are an excellent, low-cost alternative to expensive moving-heads for lighting clubs and small concerts. They are also a good choice for stage design in theaters. Since scanners are technically less complex than moving heads, they are also often cheaper to repair and maintain.

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Scanners differ from moving heads and other moving light effects in terms of their function and design, but they are still classified as moving lights. While the head of the spotlight moves in a moving head and can therefore cover a much larger radius of movement, a scanner uses a moving mirror that reflects the light in a room. The beam of light then creates great effects, such as dynamic movement and pattern effects thanks to rotating gobos, which create exciting effects at variable speeds, for example in the lighting of a disco.

The light source used in scanners today is usually LEDs, which are integrated directly into the compact housing of the device. Depending on the model, color-changing functions, gobos, or shutters are also integrated into the scanner. Like other moving lights, the scanner is often controlled via DMX. About the use of color, gobos, or other effects, the device offers a wide range of creative possibilities.

The scanners in our range are suitable for use in discos, at theater performances, or in clubs. The lighting effects are equipped with a variety of functions and options to help you create unique lighting for your next event. From precise movement effects and pulsating light patterns to the use of fascinating color wheels - with the scanners by EUROLITE there are no limits to your creativity.

History of scanners in lighting technology

Scanners have been an integral part of lighting technology at events for around 60 years now. However, the development of the modern scanner goes back to the early days of stage lighting. Back in the 19th century, for example, simple mechanical devices such as rotating mirrors were used in theater lighting technology. These directed the light onto a stage, for example, creating fascinating movement effects. When the first mechanical devices capable of moving and directing light beams were developed in the late 1960s, the success story of the scanner took off: The first commercially distributed scanner was finally developed and produced by the company "Shoeps". Since then, the technology of this special lighting effect has continued to develop - with the result that scanners are now an indispensable part of any professional lighting installation.

Do you still have questions about our scanners, the LEDs, or the color wheels used in the devices? Then please contact our employees. They will be delighted to advise you on the various possible applications of EUROLITE scanners and other LED spotlights.

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