Lighting is one of the most cost effective enhancements to any wedding, party or corporate event. There are many popular lighting enhancements that can dramatically transform even the most plain of ballrooms. Lighting helps to create a dancing atmosphere that will help to ensure your guests enjoy themselves to the fullest. From an elaborate ballroom wedding, to a casual outdoor mixer, there is nothing that lighting can’t help to enhance. Below are several different types of event lighting that are offered by Choice Entertainment. Please fill out a contact form if you’d like pricing information, or to set up a consultation.
By far, uplighting has become the most popular lighting enhancement for weddings, corporate functions, or any kind of party. Uplighting is a great add on because it allows you to turn down the overhead white lights, while maintaining visibility and enhancing the mood with color matching. If you have a blue decor as your centerpieces for example, you can easily match the colors with modern LED uplighting and highlight different features with that exact same shade. Between some beautiful wash lighting / dance floor lighting, and uplighting set around the room, the ambiance is perfect for guests to feel comfortable. This encourages more dancing among your guests, while creating a relaxing setting for fun to be had. It can also help to hide imperfections of a lower-end venue or banquet hall by illuminating in color, rather than a revealing white.
Other options and variations of uplighting can come into use when lighting an outdoor setting. For example, uplighting a tree on the side of a dance floor can be a very nice touch in making a venue seem a bit more unique or more like a venue, than just basic market lighting. Or perhaps, lighting the outside of a venue, home or building to again, remove the white lighting, and add a decor lighting that is better suited for creating a party atmosphere.
LED uplighting has become the “norm” in uplighting for events. They use a fraction of the electricity of traditional lights, and they have color codes to color match or custom set a color on the fly. They also have the ability to “DMX” which is a method of connecting uplights so they can morph color, or be sound activated and change color to the music during an event. There are different brightness levels achieved through uplights so it’s safe to say that not all uplights are created equal. With the recent and currently trending use of battery powered uplighting, you can get lights cleanly set up in places you never could before!
Gobo / Monogram Lighting
Monogram lights are an elaborate and beautiful enhancement option. There are many different options with monograms such as illuminating the custom design onto a dance floor. This is a great idea for ensuring even more beautiful first dance shots and also, putting a very custom touch to an event. Many couples will have a monogram designed with their names, their wedding date, or even something special like a cultural character or an insignia that is special to them. Other examples of a monogram would be at a corporate party and the design of a company’s logo is illuminated onto a wall or dance floor creating that custom and posh representation of their success.
Gobo lights range in brightness and sharpness and can be projected onto a dance floor or on a wall. Projecting onto a dance floor has it’s limitations and works best when the room has very high ceilings and can be placed NEAR the dance floor. Some rooms simply work better than others when illuminating the monogram onto the dance floor. Likewise, illuminating onto a wall or surface has it’s limitations as its best to find a wall that is white and works well as a canvas for the monogram to shine. Using a spotlight gobo is typically best for shining a monogram onto a wall, as it has a further range and great sharpness over distance, whereas a dance floor gobo is usually achieved through a gobo projector.
Being that uplighting has become such a popular enhancement, it’s no surprise that cake spotlighting would follow. The issue of using a large amount of colored uplights in a ballroom, and then turning down the white lighting overhead, is that the “white” of the cake tend to get lost in the process. Using a cake spotlight, which is one of the cheapest and easiest things to add in conjunction with your uplighting, allows for the cake to have it’s white, while using any amount of uplights you desire.
Cake spotlighting is typically achieved through a light called a “pinspot” which is set up only a few feet away from the cake table. It’s a rather dramatic effect as it is used to offset the colored LED lights in a ballroom. With any lighting, it is subject to personal taste. While some love the idea of illuminating the cake, there are some situations where a ballroom already has ample light near the cake table, or perhaps the cake isn’t white, or there are cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, so as with any lighting enhancement, discretion is used to ensure that is is the right look for the event.
One less common, but dramatic enhancement in the realm of event lighting is the use of texture lighting in a ballroom. Texture lighting can sometimes be placed onto a dance floor, however it’s most common use is on the ceiling of a ballroom or tent. A white tent is often the most ideal use of texture lighting as it serves as a blank canvas to bring some life to once the dancing begins (or even prior to dancing, depending on personal taste and which light you choose). Examples of texture lights would be a “starry night” look, where a laser light is used to give the look of stars in the sky, all around the tent or ceiling of a room. Another example is a water texture style light, where the white ceiling has the look of being underwater, from the light causing a ripple effect.
There are also texture lights similar to gobo/monogram lighting where a texture of a leaf, or snowflake or other simple texture design are projected onto the floor, ceiling or wall. This can help to bring a soft and non-intrusive look to a particular area and again, adding some ambiance in a cost-effective manner.