Bringing Color and Energy to Your Event
Uplighting is the art of painting with light to transform boring, unsophisticated spaces into a place where your guests truly feel that they are part of something special.
Uplighting brings your event to life. Successful events require planners and hosts to entertain all of the senses, sight is the most important of all of these senses when it comes to events. Uplighting is by far the most cost effective event enhancement in a party planners arsenal.
Anyone can place lights in a room, we have the experience and range of lighting to bring that room to life. The secret lies in the type of lighting, placement, and color choice to bring your event o life in living color.
Lights are chosen and placed on the ground facing the wall or element of the room that should be highlighted. Many variables go into this including the wall color, height of the ceilings, spread of the beam and the overall lighting effect as it relates to the other lights in the room. Depending on the effect whether you want a focused beam of light, a diffuse spread of color, "a touch of blue" or lighting entire walls, our lighting experts will work with you to pick the appropriate lights for the job.
Most clients want to add color to their room, or recreate an effect they've seen in a magazine but aren't sure where to start or how to go about it. We'll provide you with pictures of uplighting possibilities and put together a package to meet your design and budget needs.
We use LED lighting almost exclusively for events we provide uplighting. These are the safest and most environmentally friendly lighting options because:
- There are no bulbs to burn out or replace
- Lights draw very little energy
- Lighting does not emit heat or get hot (critical in smaller rooms and spaces and for the safety of your guests
- Virtually unlimited colors to choose from
Types of Lighting Fixtures
LED's or Light Emitting Diodes are the latest in event lighting. They emit virtually no heat, have very saturated and deep colors and are easy to customize and control the way the light appears. These lights can recreate any color that a TV can.
LED lights are made up of many red, green and blue individual LED lights that when projected in varying intensities blend together to create rich vibrant colors onto where thy are projected.
Because of their little energy usage, we are able to use many of these lighting fixtures in older spaces and with on less dedicated electrical circuits. We are also able to provide remote lighting where power isn't offered with our battery powered LED lights. These can transform rooms that traditionally would be too burdensome or create too much trouble to run lights to properly light a room.
Traditional PAR Cans
Traditionally the industry has used stage lights or "PAR Cans" to for uplighting. These are bright white lights that have a "gel' or plastic film placed over the light front of the light to color the white light. These lights are limited to one color and get extremely hot.
If there are children or there isn't enough room to place these lights, guests can burn themselves. Theses lights also draw a lot of energy and can heat up small rooms quickly. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a room with extremely bright, hot lights.
The reason these lights have been used is because they are much more inexpensive than LED lights. The bulbs have a short life and when using many lights in a room one or two may burn out during an event. This not only ruins the lighting effect in the room, but can also be a safety concern with bulbs that shatter when they break because of the intense temperatures that they operate.
Understanding what is possible with uplighting is helpful. Here are some basic effects that are achievable with uplighting
Washes of Color
The most popular effect is to provide washes of color or colors around the room. They can either be set to a static color or fade through colors at varying speeds.
You may want a static color as guests arrive and through dinner but the lights to slowly fade through the dancing portion of the evening.
Beams of LIght
A focused beam of color or light on certain aspects of the room may be requested. Having beams of light to add more focus to features in the room or awards on tables or drama to columns or aspects of the room may be a good fit. Focused beams of light to the exits and entrances of the room can be a nice detail.
LED's can slowly fade through a number of colors, quickly change colors, strobe, or change to the beat of the music. Each of these effects may be nice for dancing. With the controller we can operate and program preset effects ahead of time so the lighting will be exactly what you need for your event.
Under Table LIghting
This effect can look really great with a bar or the head table. Having white linens surrounding the table and placing a light or lights inside the table can add washes of color to the physical table in the room.
This lighting can be used in conjunction with light up furniture and tables to create a truly unique lighting effect.
Maybe you would like to add touches of colored lighting to each of the guests tables. With LED lighting we can raise the lights and project colored light onto your guests tables. This can be nice to create a lounge atmosphere or feel to the room.
Lighting up the exit of the room or venue can be a nice effect for the photos at night time. If you hare having a sparkler exit, have a really unique hotel, or otherwise would like to set the mood on the outside of the venue as well as the inside, placing LED lighting outside can be a very dramatic effect.
Lighting In The Big Picture
When coming up with a budget for your wedding think about lighting. For a fraction of the cost of extra flowers, favors, or other types of decorations you can add the elegance and impact of painting with light to your wedding. Lighting not only works well during the entire event but it allows your flowers and other decorations to shine later on in the evening. When it's dark for the reception guests always notice the lighting and continually thank us and comment on how much it adds to their event. It looks great in the photos as well, turning ordinary candid's during dancing into the beautiful event that your wedding deserves to be.
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We work with you to come up with beautiful, unique, cost-effective lighting solutions for your event that will truly set your event apart transforming boring rooms into a whole new world. We have worked at many of the best venues in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area and can offer our personal insight as to what some of the best lighting options will be for each venue. This type of expertise and integration into your entertainment is what makes us one of the best entertainment companies in the DC area.