Used Lighting: No Need to Break the Bank When Finding Quality Fixtures

When looking to upgrade your lighting, frequently check used lighting websites, because new listings on sites like UsedLighting.com are added on a daily basis.

Used Lighting: No Need to Break the Bank When Finding Quality Fixtures
Lights, such as the Elation SIXPAR RGBAW+UV 200 IP, left, could be the right sort of light to seek out when opting to go with used lighting, while moving light fixtures, such as the Chauvet Professional Rogue R2X Spot, right, might be one to opt purchasing new.
Used Lighting: No Need to Break the Bank When Finding Quality Fixtures
Lights, such as the Elation SIXPAR RGBAW+UV 200 IP, left, could be the right sort of light to seek out when opting to go with used lighting, while moving light fixtures, such as the Chauvet Professional Rogue R2X Spot, right, might be one to opt purchasing new.

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When it comes to anything with technology, we usually don’t think of buying used or even refurbished gear.

The nice thing about used lighting is you will more easily be able to purchase multiple fixtures…

Let me tell you, though, when it comes to lighting, buying used is the difference between paying $10,000 for a fixture or $6,000 for the same fixture.

When it comes to helping churches, who are searching for a new lighting system, I almost always recommend having them buy used, because budgets may not allow to buy new lighting.

In so doing, it’s much easier to get more for your money, and when it comes to lighting, usually one fixture is not going to do the trick. The nice thing about used lighting is you will more easily be able to purchase multiple fixtures, and if you purchase from the right places, you will normally still get a warranty, along with having gear that has been inspected and or refurbished.

So how do we find used gear that’s not going to arrive broken, or close to it, when we order it?

Believe it or not there are quite a few gold mines in seeking out really great quality used gear. One of those places is UsedLighting.com, and another is SolarisNetwork.com. Those are my two go-to sites when it comes to finding great quality used gear. Either site also offers warranties for most of the gear they sell. I highly recommend checking out the two websites, if you’re in the market for some used lighting.

There are some instances, though, where something is not worth buying used. You may want to look into buying your more sophisticated fixtures new, because maintenance can be easier to maintain on a fixture that you buy new. For example, for lighting, such as static fixtures like LED pars, ellipsoidals (lekos) or strobes, they are always a great option to buy used. When it comes to buying items like moving lights, though, I would be a little more cautious.

Make sure there are fixtures available to look at, so you can make sure the housing doesn’t reflect years of hard touring or rental house use. If the outside of the fixture looks to be in poor shape, it can possibly reflect the inside of the fixture as well. There are also lots of moving parts in such fixtures that can wear out fast, which can quickly cause your maintenance costs to rise steadily.


More About Christopher Eguizabal
Christopher has more than 10 years experience in church, theater, live, themepark, and television production. Currently, he is the Lighting and Scenic Designer for Harvest Christian Fellowship and Harvest Crusades with three main campuses and numerous satellite locations, along with hosting frequent events across the United States, that draw hundreds of thousands of people yearly and being broadcast to millions each year. He has a passion to enhance the church worship experience through the use of creative arts. Those interested in contacting him, can do so by emailing him at
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