Message Image  

Open Forum

1.  Good Bye 100-Watt Incandescent Bulb. But Now What

Hello everyone. I hope everybody had a Great summer.  Our "summer" is about to end since we start school this Wednesday, Aug 13th. But we get out before Memorial Day. I guess that's our trade off.

So with us saying "Good Bye" to the 100-watt incandescent bulb, what is everybody using in their dressing rooms at the mirrors for make-up applications?


Any feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated.


David Thomas
Troupe Director
Huber Heights City Schools
Huber Heights OH

2.  RE: Good Bye 100-Watt Incandescent Bulb. But Now What

Happy First Day of School!

When I'm in a show, I like to do my make up ahead of time, during daylight hours and near a window in my home because I think that gives me the most accurate picture of how it will look and dressing room lights vary so widely. For this reason, I always think bulbs that mimic natural light make the best choice for dressing rooms, there are tons of options at Lowe's or Home Depot and the staff is usually pretty good about steering you in the right direction.

Additionally, I think the placement of the bulbs is often more important than the exact type. Overhead lighting or back lighting can make it difficult to apply makeup correctly because of the strange shadows it creates. If the lighting is even, focusing on the front and sides of the face, it should do the job.

I also found this interesting article about a study the Department of Energy did on theatre lighting, maybe it will help!

Ginny Butsch
Community Manager
Educational Theatre Association
Alexandria KY

One moment, processing...