Getting it right with PA, Lighting and A/V Dry Hire/Audio and Lighting Equipment Hire
As most know “Dry Hire” indicates renting or hiring gear from a supplier without an operator.
There are several reasons to consider “Dry Hire”, however there are factors that need to be considered.
Know exactly what your needs are; (A good A/V hire company should be able to help you select the gear to suit your requirements in relation to your budget.
Let’s start with some pros and cons.
- Cheaper than buying for one offs.
- Generally low cost for just a few items.
- Gives opportunity to try and evaluate before using longer term or purchasing.
- Ability to select only the items required that meet the budget for event.
- Most Hire company’s test their items prior to each hire, so you can be assured that it will work at your event.
- Time Picking up and Returning Items
- Item may require knowledge/Skill in order to get a good result
- Hiring many individual items may be a costly exercise
- Person who Hires accepts responsibility for any loss or damage during hire.
Factors that need to be considered;
- Size of room
- Estimated attendance
- Daytime or Nighttime event? Is there Ambient lighting? These are big factors when dealing in Projection screens.
- Your customers expectations, Sound Systems, Stage Lighting, Theme Lighting, A/V
- Your budget allowance.
- If you find after quoting your event that some items are vague or costly, communicate with the client to clear up any issues. In some cases a hire budget may be approved. Many time the scope changes prior to the event.
- It is possible that a production company will be able to provide a Sound/Lighting package with operator that is more economic than dry hire of many items.
- Obtain a couple of quotes, however ensure you do your homework. For instance a $30 LED light hire may cover 2x the area and be 2x as bright as a $25 LED Fixture from another supplier. A speaker rated at 1000watts may be of lesser quality and have lower sound quality/output of a speaker rated at 500watts.
- Talk to your supplier, most will offer some advise and training at no cost when you hire from them.
Before the Gig or Event.
- Visit the Event location to get a visual and understanding of any potential concern.
- Plan the equipment Pack/Bump-in/setup to ensure that nothing has been missed.
- Talk to venue manager to go over any concerns.
- Ensure available power requirements.
- Plan how cables and leads are to be run. Are cable trays or matts required?
Above all; Have a Safe, Successful and Enjoyable event. Obtain feedback from your customer after the show.
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