People often ask me the difference between dry Ice, smoke machines and haze machines so in this article I will explain how they all work
Dry Ice (as seen in the photo above)
A popular wedding special effect for the first dance and best known as “dancing in the clouds”. We use the Chauvet Nimbus to create this breathtaking effect. The Nimbus is a professional dry ice machine which produces thick, white fog that hugs the floor and dissipates without rising. This powerful machine heats enough water to create fog from 5kgs of dry ice to provide up to 6 minutes of run time. Output and flow are easily controlled with an adjustable multi-level control arm. The dry ice fog won’t rise above hip height and won’t set off fire alarms and looks stunning in photos and video.
* Tip - When using dry ice on a dancefloor it may cause the dancefloor to become slippery when the fog dissipates
Smoke machines and haze machines are mainly used for the same purpose - to enhance lighting effects. . If you plan to have alot of dancefloor lighting then a smoke machine will give a great effect of the lighting beams, lasers etc cutting through the dancefloor space
The smoke from a smoke machine is forced directly out of the heater element nozzle, which quickly throws the smoke out in front of the machine, with a loud spray noise from bigger machines. Depending how much the smoke machine is used it can quickly fill the dancefloor with dense smoke and may cause problems with people who suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties.
Smoke machines are very noticeable when used and will set off fire alarms so check with your venue to see if you can use one at your reception (sometimes venues can isolate smoke alarms in certain areas so also worth asking).
* Tip - Only use a smoke machine if your DJ has great lighting and always check with your venue about smoke alarms
Haze machines are only used to enhance lighting effects.
Haze machines have a fan permanently running and the haze is released into the fan chamber and smoothly blown out from the machine. This is a much quieter and less noticeable effect. Haze is a lot less dense than smoke and is hardly noticable in the air until you add lighting, so if you plan to have alot of dancefloor lighting then a haze machine will give a great effect of the lighting beams, lasers etc cutting through the dancefloor space. TV shows such as Australian Idol and The Voice use haze machines alot which enhance the lighting but you can still see whats going on during a performance
* Tip - Haze has smaller particals than smoke but will still set off smoke alarms so check with your venue first