“Lighting creates a mood” This is extremely true…When done well, lighting can turn your event venue from simple to stunning, and can make your flowers, cake and decorations look even better. Even your photographs and videos will benefit from a little extra effort in planning your event lighting.
There are a couple different types of lighting that can be used at events:
Up Lights: You can use up lighting for accent lighting (maybe just lighting up an area of a room, or pillars, or the head table, etc.), or you can spread many of them out all over your venue and create a wash of color. There are two types of lights used to create the up lighting effect: Traditional par cans and LED lights. LED lights are strongly recommended because they use much less power and stay cool all night long. Traditional par cans get very hot and use a ton of electricity. Many venues don’t allow traditional par cans because they can be a fire hazard. Wherever you get the lights, make sure they are LED for best results.
Gobos: Gobos are used to project monograms, dates or even stenciled patterns. Simple gobos can be stamped out of steel and more complex gobos can be made from glass. To get this effect, you’ll need a gobo projector, the actual gobo and something to hang the gobo projector from.
Pin Spot: A pin spot is a more focused beam of light. These are designed to shine directly onto an object. Pin spots are most commonly used at events to highlight table cakes and centerpieces.
Video Projectors: Creative uses of video projectors can add a very elegant and modern effect. You can create a moving graphic, set it to playback in a loop or project it onto an empty wall. Video projectors can also be used to create a gobo-like effect, without the added cost of having a custom gobo made. You can have your slideshow or video montage set up and played at any specific time, or on loop throughout the event.