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    Default Flood light colors

    In the past I've used mostly green spots and some white for my outdoor cemetery display. I'm seeing a lot of pictures where blue lights are ued and it seems to cast a very realisitc look with some great effects. Almost a white light but with some subtle tint. Who is using blue spots for their display? Any particular wattage or just the stabdard hardware store blue flood light?

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    Going to use colored flood lights for the first time this year. One blue and two green. The one's you can get form Wal Mart. Seen a lot of cool looking sites that use blue, yellow, red, green and white.
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    We're using blue, red, and green floodlights....a total of 12 for our display this year. We are using the standard 100 watt outdoor bulbs. The cheapest place we found was Menard's....about $3.50 a piece. We didn't look at Wal-Mart though. The blue is very cool looking...it's not a dark blue....more like an eerie blue like you said.

    We've read about using one white floodlight in a display....but we have a streetlight that is fairly close....so it gives us the perfect ambiant light.

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    Hey Jdubbya...

    We have green uplights on the corners of the house to "frame" the whole display, and then blue spots angled from the front corners to the opposite back corners. They cast some creepy long shadows on the house from the figures & tombstones, which is EXACTLY what I'd wanted! We have a streetlight cattycorner from our house that provides some yellow/whitish ambient light, so we didn't use any white lights in the cemetery.

    I couldn't find anyplace cheap here to buy floodlights. I hear that Big Lots sometimes has them for $2-4 each, so try there if you can. Walmart's price (here) is about $6 for standard colored floods. I have some that are 85 watt and some that are 100 watt, but I can't see very much difference between the two.

    Oh, and Walmart has some single floodlight "fixtures" with spikes for $3.44 or so. They're in the garden section, and they're cheesy green plastic, but the 2 I bought seem to work fine. Since they just stick in the ground, it's easy to experiment with placement!
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    Thanks for the replies. I will use the couple green ones I have. Like the idea of "framing" the house and can position them as such. Our yard is small so a couple of extra blue floods would do the job w/o overkill. We've got some nice old trees which cast some great shadows. I usually put out a couple random strobes as well.

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    For my graveyard, I'm going to have the light in the tree which is above the gravestones. The blue will pick up the branch's shadows and also cast shadows of the stones themselves. I'm going to add a little bit of fog and perhaps so dry ice to complete the effect.

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    Got my colored flood lights at Big Lots for $1.99 each. The other thing you can do is buy a sheet of professional lighting gel. The leading manufacturers are Rosco and Lee Filters. I place my no-color flood lamps inside a large coffee can to create a poor-man's par can. The gel can be gaff taped onto the can. That way, you get no glare, directional focus, and a no color light to use for non-halloween purposes.

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    Howdy Folks,

    I use a lot of cooler colors too ... blues and greens.
    I, too, use par cans and gels for this kind of stuff. The initial expense is a little higher, but not much thanks to Ebay.

    I've noticed that it takes more wattage to flood areas with blue. I suppose this is based on the spectrum of white light, where blue gels filter out reds and yellows.
    Spot lighting with blue (or green) is a little easier because the light is focused tighter.

    It seems that a considerably dark gel is necessary to produce a real "blue" wash of light, meaning even more power (bulb wattage) is required.
    As you mentioned, most blue light effects seem subtle. I think blue has a better blending effect that most colors, especially since typical haunt scenery is dark.


    Perhaps blue would be best suited for background scenes or areas that need to be toned down a bit?

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    We have 12 green 85 watt floods in our yard. 2 on the roof and 10 around the yard. The inside of the house is all red lights so it casts a great blood colored glow out all the windows (looks nice since ours are "boarded" up). We tried blue, but it didn't put off enough light for some of our props...and when they were mixed together it was very distracting... like our eyes didn't know where to focus. We even florescent painted our FCG's green so that everything sora had an erie green haze to it. We have had a few neighbors compliment us on the lighting.. it seems to fit for our look...dark yet you can clearly see all the detail on the props.

    I haven't found floods cheap in my area...6-7 bucks each is the the norm :-(

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    Since this is my first year with an actual display...I've only got 3 floods. Green. I was going to use blue, but because of the way my front yard is designed and set up, blue would've looked more washed out than ambient. The green gives it that creepy feel. Although since my fence is covered in orange lights, it sort of loses the effect. Next year, I'll be using purple lights on the fence so hopefully it won't be as "HELLO ORANGE FENCE". My neighbor has blue lights and white ones. It looks cool as well. I personnally prefer the green...but that's just my .02.

    Edited to add: Duh me. I wanted to say that I found flood fixtures (with stakes) at Mendards for $1.75 on sale (normally like $2.95) and the bulbs (100 watt) were around $3.50. That's the cheapest I've seen. Walmart around here doesn't have colored lights...just white. Some red. But that's all I saw.
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