LIGHTING DESIGN In addition to ceiling draping, or perhaps instead of it, consider the benefit of beautifully designed lighting in your venue. Some event spaces have unattractive fluorescent lights or lights which cannot be dimmed for better ambience. Perhaps you would like a very dramatic atmosphere. Almost any lighting dilemma can be resolved using custom lighting design. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to transform a room as well.
A really interesting use of lighting design is in a room with a lot of natural daylight. The lighting design is subtle until the sun goes down and gradually the atmosphere changes to a more dramatic one. You could say the color "develops" over time. Lighting design is an art form on it's own. Knowing how to use color and light elegantly, what to light and what not to light are very important considerations. Also what effect the lighting will have on the atmosphere of your event, and the appearance of things like your floral designs, your food and even your guests. In choosing a lighting designer, make sure you ask about those things.
Some venues have very limited circuitry available, so your lighting designer needs to know how to use a circuit map as well as be conscientious about other vendors who will also need to be using the circuitry available. Consideration about how lighting will affect photographs taken at your event are also important. I have been studying lighting design and electrical theory for several years now, and have been putting my study into practice with each design job.
I will thoroughly research your facility before I propose anything on a large scale with lighting design. I will select and purchase custom gel colors from the hundreds of available selections at my lighting supply shop. All lighting design will be done with utmost regard for safety in fixture placement and electrical supply. Use lighting design to accent ceiling draping, architectural features, entrances, dance floors, trees, plants, centerpieces, anything that helps accentuate the atmosphere of your party. See the Portfolio pages for some examples of how we have integrated dramatic lighting into ceiling draping design, or even designed entirely with light.
TYPES OF LIGHTING DESIGN:
ACCENT LIGHTING - A few well-placed fixtures accent and highlight features in a room, without any dramatic effect to the overall lighting of the room. For example, up-lighting a backdrop or entrance to call attention to that particular area, or adding an accent of colored light to a drape job in a room with other lighting.
ATMOSPHERIC LIGHTING - A much more dramatic use of light, where the lighting design takes over from, and perhaps even replaces the usual room lighting. Your event is immersed in the colored lighting and, much like on a theater stage, the appearance of everything is affected by the lighting. This type of lighting is very effective at creating a memorable ambience, but it must be done with care and knowledge of how colored lighting will affect the appearance of everything from your food and decor to your guests themselves.
TYPES OF LIGHTING FIXTURES:
PAR CAN - A basic workhorse light fixture, with an incandescent tungsten or halogen lamp in it. These have been used in rock and theatrical lighting for decades as wash fixtures. They range in size from tiny Par 16s with two inch wide lamps, up to Par 64s with eight inch wide lamps. Lamps range from about 60 Watts to 1000 Watts. Color media or "gel" is placed in a frame on the front end.
STRIP LIGHT - A fixture which contains a multiple number of small Par fixtures in a row, usually used in the theater to create a wash or effect on a backdrop. A row of media frames allows a variety of colors to be placed in front of each section. The lamps are often equally divided into three separate circuits so the individual color outputs can be controlled.
MOVING LIGHTS - Any of a variety of fixtures with either an incandescent or an arc lamp, which can be programmed to perform various functions. These include tilt and pan movement, color mixing, and pattern projection and rotation.
LED Lights - Any of the above types of fixtures which differ only in the type of light source used. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and we all have them in our small electrical appliances as indicator lights, and LED flashlights are gaining in popularity as well. LEDs are long lasting, they will perform for thousands of hours before they need replacing. They use very little power and generate very little heat. Many LED fixtures have a color-mixing function, so they can be programmed to emit certain colors, eliminating the need for color media. In recent years the technology has developed to make LEDs which are bright enough to begin competing with conventional lighting on a big scale. They are still not as effective as conventionals at emitting light, and the color they emit has much more blue in it, but this energy efficient lighting technology is still growing and improving. Anywhere you see color-changing architectural lights, you are probably seeing LED fixtures at work.