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Event Lighting Solutions
Lighting is way more than just flipping the light switch on and off. Besides brightening up the area for your guests to see what you’ve planned, lights transform the ambiance of your event and create a visual experience that awes your guests. Think of how dim lighting creates a romantic atmosphere, while a bright light sets a cheerier tone.
If you’re wondering how you can use lights to improve your event, here’s a guide to some key lighting solutions:
1. LED Lights
Whether you’ve decided to use moving lights for a concert or wash lights for a corporate event, one thing remains the same – you might want to use an LED light.
Unlike tungsten lights, LED lights are around ten times more efficient. They use less electricity but are just as bright. They are cheaper to manufacture but can last much longer.
Lastly, comfort is key. LED lights also emit less heat, so your guests won’t be wondering why the room is much warmer than they would like it to be!
Don’t worry if you’ve got a small room, as you can still create an illusion of wider spaces and higher ceilings with uplights! Placed on the floor, uplights point upwards and create columns of light from the floor to the ceiling, immediately spicing up your four walls.
As uplights can come in a variety of colours, they can create different types of event ambiances. If the mood of your event is more calming or elegant, you can go with soft, natural colours like peach or white. But if you are aiming for a more dramatic atmosphere, feel free to choose stronger colours like purple or blue.
Uplights can also be placed wherever there is space on the floor – that means it doesn’t have to only light up walls. You can put them under tables or behind chairs, and if your event is outdoors, you can even place them near trees! Most uplights now use battery-operated LED lights, so there’s no need to fuss about having numerous cables and cords all around.
3. Pinspot Lighting
Draw attention to an object or feature with pinspot lighting, which gives off a narrow beam of light. This form of lighting illuminates a designated area and is commonly used at gala dinners to focus on objects such as centerpieces, tables and floral arrangements.
By making selected objects pop, pinspot lights can also create dramatic effects. If you’re promoting a product at a product launch or exhibition, this could also be a way to attract your guests and let them take a beautiful snapshot of your product!
Pinspots are usually set up using stands. While some pinspot lights have a slight flare to them, some provide sharper edges. The colour of the light can also be changed with LED versions of pinspots.
But be careful when you’re choosing the colours of your pinspot! Having too much of one colour can be overwhelming, so you might want to think beyond your event colour palette. For example, if there’s already lots of blue in your decor and venue, you might want to avoid blue as your pinspot colour.
4. Wash Lights
Usually used to gently light up a large area, wash lights can change the overall colour of your venue. Unlike pinspot lighting, they do not come with precise beam control options, but the light spreads out softly to fill up space in the room.
When hanging up wash lights, be sure to take note of its position. Wash lights should be hung up high – either mounted on a stand or attached to the ceiling – so that each light spreads out and brightens up as much space as possible. That way, you can minimise the number of lights used, which is important to avoid saturating the room, causing harsh lighting.
Wash lights can come in all sorts of colours – if you are spoilt for choice, you can even consider putting different colours side by side, providing variety. And if you are doing a full room colour wash, having flattering lighting is essential to help your guests look beautiful in photos all around your venue. Colours with pink hues like magenta or soft rose would make good choices as they complement all skin tones.
And with wash lights placed all around the room, overheating might be a concern. To avoid this, consider using LED lighting which uses less energy.
5. Moving Lights
As its name suggests, moving lights are lights that are not static. The direction, shape and intensity of their light beams can be changed. Think of it like a disco, where the lights can move around the stage and the colour wheels can be scrolled! This makes it suitable for events like live concerts, festivals, and sporting events.
Moving lights come in various fixtures, which produces different types of light. Beam fixtures produce a narrow, laser-like beam of light, while wash fixtures have a softer edge. Spot fixtures are like the in-between – it has a sharper edge than a wash but is not as narrow as a beam fixture.
Short for “Go Between Optics”, a gobo is a small stencilled disc that can be used to form patterns with your lights. Usually made out of metal, plastic or glass, this stencil will be placed within a lighting fixture to project patterns – such as your company logo – on stage backdrops, floors and walls.
Gobos made out of steel are the simpler version. Though they may gradually discolour due to oxidation from the heat of lamps, they would still be usable and are hence the most durable. If a colour gel is placed in front of the projected light, it can project one solid colour – but otherwise, the projected image will be in black and white.
On the other hand, gobos made from glass can have more detailed and intricate designs. Glass gobos can also be in both black and white and in full colour, though the creation process is tedious and is hence the most expensive type of gobo. They are more durable than plastic gobos.
Lastly, gobos created from plastic are specifically for LED lights. The most cost-efficient option of the three, plastic gobos project the same quality as glass gobos and can also be projected in full colour. No worries if you’re pressed for time with any last-minute changes, as turnaround time is quick – you can have it ready in a day!
Though gobos are not new, they have become increasingly popular as more creative and detailed shapes can be created with technological advancements. For example, Gobos can be installed in moving lights to project moving patterns and logos across the room – sure to leave your audience in awe.
7. Projection Lighting/Mapping
Think of projection lighting as putting up a painting, but with lights. It is hence not only a visual screen, but also a lighting instrument!
With a projector, you can put up a video or image and light up any surface, from four flat walls to the exterior of buildings and roads. This means that you can completely transform the colour, structure and look of the various objects in your venue – walls, centerpieces, tables and floors.
One major benefit of projection mapping is its convenient set-up. Light and portable, it is easy to carry projectors around without much additional transport or labour arrangements. Since they can also be set-up almost anywhere, they can be used for almost all events, from roadshows to conferences.
Creating ambiance with lights
As one of the most important aspects of an event, lighting should definitely not be overlooked. Besides its functionality, lights also bring a glow to your venue and help to highlight important features of your event.
When sourcing for event lighting solutions, it would be good to get a blueprint of your venue to have an estimate of the number of lights you would need and see how the different types of lights can be set-up. You can also use a mixture of lighting solutions to bring out the best of your event!