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It makes the difference at every party and helped shape its own music genre in the late 70s. The disco ball - the classic in party lighting. While it is almost a basic piece of equipment in clubs, it is also finding its way into private hobby rooms more and more often.

In addition to the classic disco ball, there are now also modern versions that offer new possibilities and effects thanks to the technology they contain. In our product comparison, we have therefore included several different models and worked out the differences for you.




Summary

  • Disco balls offer an unmistakable light effect. This is due to the fact that many small mirror plates reflect the light shining on them and distribute it in the room.
  • There are disco balls in almost all sizes and price ranges, although models in the lower price range usually meet all requirements for private use.
  • The most important criteria for the purchase are the energy supply, light source & illumination, mounting & mobility, as well as diameter and additional functions. Especially the last two have the greatest influence on the price.

The Best Discoball: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for disco balls

What you should ultimately look for when making a purchase depends on your requirements. To give you an overview of the most important distinguishing features of disco balls, we have summarised them for you as follows:

These criteria primarily help you to filter out the products that are suitable for you from the masses. In addition, they also enable you to compare these products better with each other.

Diameter & weight

Disco balls are available in many different sizes and therefore also in several weight classes. The diameter can range from a few centimetres to a few metres.

Which size is ultimately the right one should depend on several factors. These include, above all, the size/height of the room and the light source. With a disco ball, it is generally advantageous if it is out of reach of people standing underneath it in order to avoid damage.

Energy source

Depending on where or how you use the disco ball, the choice of energy source is often decisive. Basically, a distinction can be made between operation via power cable and battery operation. While disco balls with rechargeable batteries are mainly suitable for on the road or for short-term use, those with cables are usually permanently installed.

Light source & illumination

While the classic disco ball is illuminated exclusively from the outside, modern models often have an internal light source. An external light source is also usually associated with greater installation effort. On the one hand because of several individual parts, on the other hand because of the additional necessary alignment of the light source.

Another point in lighting is the distinction between operation with LED lamps or incandescent bulbs. LED lamps generally have a much longer service life, but are usually more expensive to replace.

Installation & mobility

This includes above all the possibilities for mounting and transport. Especially when mounting the disco ball on the ceiling, it is important that it can be fastened properly so that it does not pose a danger. Since there are now also enough models that are transportable, the suitability for this can also be decisive for the purchase.

Additional functions

Since disco balls are mainly used for entertainment, some models also have additional functions to increase the entertainment value. These mainly include various lighting effects such as the availability of multiple colours or also the colour/effect change in combination with automatic music recognition.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about disco balls answered in detail

To give you a deeper insight into the topic of disco balls, the following section will answer the most common questions and provide you with the most important information.

What is a disco ball & how does it work?

In principle, the classic disco ball is simply a plastic ball with small mirrors/reflectors glued to it. The lighting effect, consisting of many individual light points, is created by the reflection of the spotlight. In addition, the classic disco ball is usually fitted with a motor that allows the ball to rotate and thus the light points to move.

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It is hard to imagine clubs today without disco balls and, in combination with several lamps, they offer countless possibilities for lighting effects. (Image source: Pexels / Edoardo Tommasini)

In contrast to the classic design, there are also more modern versions that are illuminated from the inside. With these, the corresponding light effect is usually created by specially shaped and mirrored plastic or glass fronts that cast the light in different directions.

What types of disco balls are there?

Basically, there are two types of disco balls: the classic and the modern version. As already mentioned, they differ primarily in their lighting. While the classic version always consists of a plastic ball in combination with an external light source, the modern version has several different shapes and designs.

These different shapes and designs can have an impact on the possible lighting effects and on mobility. This is because among the many modern variants, there are also models that are specifically made to be placed rather than hung.

What does a disco ball cost?

The price of a disco ball often depends mainly on the size and the technology included or supplied. The following table gives you a rough overview of the different price ranges and the associated product features.

Price class Available products
Low-priced (15 - 40 €) classic balls with small diameter, hardly any sets, simple technical products, low number of additional functions
Medium-priced (40 - 80 €) classic balls with a diameter of up to approx. 40 cm, first more extensive sets, some additional functions
High-priced (from 80 €) classic balls with a larger diameter (from approx. 40 cm), sets with several individual parts, many additional functions, professional event technology

While products from the low and medium price range often differ only minimally, high-priced products often have a significant increase in included parts or possible additional functions.

What do I have to pay attention to when installing a disco ball?

The difficulty and also the effort depend entirely on where and how you install it. The classic disco ball is mounted on the ceiling using a bracket. Alternatively, the disco ball can also be attached to a beam or similar with a chain.

When installing the disco ball, you should also make sure that there is a power source nearby. This is necessary either for the motor of the ball itself or for the external lighting. With such external lighting, the alignment or distance of the spotlights is also crucial. If they are too close to the sphere, only a small area will reflect. If they are too far away, the entire room is illuminated too much by the spotlight itself and the effect is also lost.

If you only use the disco ball occasionally and do not want to install it permanently, you can use the stand-up models. They are quick to install and easy to dismantle and store after use.

How can I build a disco ball myself?

If it's purely about the disco ball itself and not about the lighting, then it's easy to make one yourself. You don't need more than:

  • a polystyrene sphere
  • an eyebolt
  • Water
  • (old) CDs
  • Glue
  • a pair of scissors (at best a pair that is already worn out)

By heating the water and placing the CDs in it, they soften and are easier to cut. While the CDs are in the water, you pierce the ring screw into the Styrofoam ball. You can use this to attach the ball and also to hold it in place while you glue it. Then you can cut the softened CDs into small squares and stick them all around the ball with the help of the glue.

Conclusion

With the help of a disco ball, you are able to spread a certain party atmosphere everywhere. Thanks to the appropriate brackets, they can be mounted on the ceiling without any major safety concerns. At the same time, there are now also enough modern models that no longer need to be mounted at lofty heights.

To find the right disco ball that meets your requirements, you should pay particular attention to the type of energy supply, the light source and the effort required for mounting. Since the disco ball usually hangs in the centre of the dance floor, it forms the core and thus the starting point for any good party lighting.

(Cover photo: Regina Valetova / Unsplash)

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