Archive for March, 2010

Jim’s “Tool Box”

March 25, 2010

Here is a brief explanation of some of the fixtures used by a professional lighting company to transform a space for an event.

Customizing Your Wedding by using Professional Theatrical Lighting

March 7, 2010
We’ve all seen those ultimate wedding shows. You know the ones where the budget just makes you blink a couple times. A common theme in most of those high end weddings is the use of theatrical lighting to create a mood in the venue. Once only reserved for the “platinum wedding” crowd, Theatrical lighting can enhance any event for almost any budget.


Wall Texture with Monogram Gobo

 The right lighting will create the right atmosphere and when it’s done well, lighting can make everything, including your flowers, cake, and guests, look better. Lighting can transform a venue. You can take an old church hall or a dated banquet room and completely transform it into a very high end looking room.
 Simple lighting solutions can be quite affordable. If you’re planning an evening reception, make sure to visit your site at least once when it’s dark outside. Look around the room and see where the fixed lighting is focused. Lights that illuminate the walls, windows, and ceiling can draw attention away from the center of the room. You want to keep everyone’s eyes on the tables, dance floor, and each other. Ask if the site has dimmers for their overhead lights, and if there’s any florescent lighting at all, keep it turned off! Also, make sure there won’t be any service doors kept open, which could flood the space with light and ruin the effect.

Blue Uplighting with Pinspotted centerpiece


You’ll also need to discuss how much electricity your lighting designer is going to need. Your band or DJ will have to have an isolated power source and won’t want to risk tripping a circuit breaker.
 In order to express your desires to your lighting professional, You’ll need to know a couple terms which will help to let the designer know what you want.
 A Pin Spot is a fixture that provides a focused beam of light to illuminate an object like a centerpiece or wedding cake.
 A Color Wash is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area. This can be accomplished with Uplighting.
 Uplighting is when there are fixtures placed on the floor shooting up on to the wall. Several different types of fixtures can be used to accomplish this effect. Your lighting professional will recommend the right fixture by taking into account power requirements and the type of color saturation desired.
  Gobo projections can include the couple’s monogram or an abstract texture pattern to add interest to a plain wall or ceiling.    

Amber Uplighting with Gobo Projection and Centerpiece Pinspotting


 When using color, it is very easy to make your room look… um… tacky. You don’t want it to look like a high school dance or a rave (not until later on maybe when the DJ or band lights kick in). Use just one or two colors to set the mood. Usually a safe bet is a soft pink or a Magenta. Your lighting professional will recommend a color based on the venue and the colors being used in your wedding. We’ve done more than a few weddings where just white light was used and it looked phenomenal. 
 Whatever you decide, Theatrical Lighting can be an affordable way to set the mood for your event.