I am the producer for Virginia Tech Relay for Life. It's a huge event that raises over $600,000 every year held on the drill field. We're on track to raise $800,000 this year.
We've come up with a concept to bring the stage to the people instead of the people to the stage. One of the ways we look to do this is by have a more interactive lighting system. We want to bring the lights out into the crowd and get rid of the generator light towers that are normally used for area lighting for outdoor events. The runners run around the perimeter of the field in an oval track shape. On the inside is the stage on one end and about a football sized field of tents. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Bands, dance acts, speakers, and other miscellaneous activities take place on stage and throughout the field of tents.
We want to have two 40' lighting towers that are built out of 12"x12"x10' truss segments attached to each other pointed skyward (vertical). On each tower we're looking to put 40 Coemar ParLite LEDs. So a total of 80 leds over two towers. We want to create a spectacle of this production and we feel these lights will allow us to have full control of the atmosphere at any given part of the production. We can light the event with any color we want, not to mention how cool the light tower will look itself. We want to get rid of the tacky generator area lights.
Will this provide us with enough light for the event to be functional? Is this enough light to pass code if we were to use it as our only lighting source? If not, are there any other fixtures that are brighter/cheaper that provide color? Or could we use a combination of bright none color fixtures and led's? Any ideas on how we could light the field with color. We have a budget that can expand to accommodate making this happen, so any and all comments are welcome even if it's pricey. Thanks!