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Did you know that lighting programmers have a secret language that they use to communicate with each other during shows? It’s called “LighTalk,” and it consists of a series of code words and phrases that are used to convey lighting-related information quickly and efficiently. It’s considered a badge of honor among lighting professionals to be able to speak LighTalk fluently.


  • Sizzle: Increase the brightness of a particular light or effect
  • Popcorn: Activate a strobe effect
  • Tickle: Add a subtle flicker or twinkle to a light or set of lights
  • Juggle: Change the color of a light or set of lights rapidly
  • Hug: Create a warm and inviting glow using soft, warm-toned lights
  • Ninja: Quickly move a spotlight or other type of light in a specific direction or pattern
  • Dragon: Create a bold, fiery effect using a combination of red, orange, and yellow lights
  • Thunder: Add a sudden burst of bright light for a dramatic effect
  • Wind: Create a sweeping motion using a moving head light
  • Moonwalk: Move a light backwards while changing its color to create a unique effect
  • Unicorn: Use a gobo to project a magical or mystical image
  • Karate: Cut the power to a specific light or group of lights
  • Wizard: Create a mystical effect using a combination of color, movement, and texture
  • Zebra: Use a black-and-white gobo to create a striped pattern on a surface.
  • Dolphin: Use a blue or green color wash to create an underwater effect
  • Monkey: Use a moving head light to create a playful, swinging motion
  • Vampire: Use a red color wash and a gobo to create a spooky, gothic effect
  • Tornado: Use a strobe light and a fan to create a swirling, chaotic effect
  • Butterfly: Use a moving head light to create a fluttering or flapping motion
  • Ninja Turtle: Use green and blue color washes to create a cool, calm effect
  • Dragonfly: Use a moving head light to create a buzzing or hovering motion.

Technical Terms

You can use these terms in creative meetings.

  • Chromatic Shift: Gradually change the color temperature of a set of lights to create a dynamic effect
  • Photon Cascade: Create a fast-moving, cascading effect using a series of rapidly changing lights
  • Parabolic Burst: Add a sudden burst of light with a defined shape and intensity
  • Harmonic Modulation: Gradually shift the brightness and color of a set of lights in sync with a musical composition
  • Spectral Resonance: Create an immersive lighting effect by using a variety of colors and textures to reflect the mood and theme of the show
  • Radiant Flux: Use a series of dynamic lighting cues to create a visually stunning, three-dimensional effect.
  • Photonic Envelope: Use a set of lighting cues to envelope a performer or object in a particular type of lighting
  • Hertzian Oscillation: Use a strobe effect to create a pulsing or vibrating effect
  • Parallax Scrolling: Move lights at different speeds and angles to create a layered or 3D effect
  • Electromagnetic Fog: Use a combination of lights and fog or haze to create a dynamic and immersive environment
  • Spatial Dynamics: Use a set of lighting cues to create a sense of depth and dimensionality
  • Illuminance Gradient: Gradually increase or decrease the intensity of lights in a specific area to create a gradient or fade effect
  • Perceptual Pulsing: Use a strobe effect at a specific frequency to create a pulsing effect that is perceived by the audience as continuous.



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