You have heard that friends of yours is having a wedding reception and the DJ is also providing LED up-lighting, your friend told you that it was simply amazing the difference in the room before and after the lights. You may have recently been to a fund raiser or corporate event that had very elegant lighting around the room that just set a great tone for the evening, or you were in Kent over the summer for one of the many events that they have downtown and noticed the image of a big black squirrel projected up onto the grain towers of the Star of the West Mill. All of these are examples of special event lighting, be it up lighting or Gobo projection lighting, in this blog I will talk about both.
So what is up-lighting? Quite simply, it's a series of lights, set up around a room (or outside a building), placed on or near the floor, shining up toward the walls. The lights could be any color, from a white to a red to green (or whatever else). When they're implemented, the house lights at the venue can be dimmed. When used properly, up-lighting can greatly enhance the ambiance of the room in a very elegant way. I should also note that there are two different "schools of thought" regarding up-lighting. The first is to focus on subtlety, in this way of applying up lighting, the focus is on having the lighting complement the venue/event, but not allowing it to distract. One of the characteristics of this is that there will just be one color at a time. Although, potentially someone may decide that they periodically want the color of the up-lighting changed (for example, red up-lights during dinner, and blue up-lights during dancing). Personally, when I provide up-lighting, I fall into this first way of approaching up-lighting, by putting my focus on applying it tastefully and in a subtle way in making sure that the areas that will have the most picture taken by your photographer are lit so that you have beautiful lighting in the background of your pictures. While most A/V professionals share a similar philosophy, others shun subtlety and prefer to use up lighting in a way that that is completely opposite. Those that fall into this second up-lighting "school of thought" will apply up-lighting in a more flamboyant manor, programming the up lights to constantly change colors, and sometimes even using them to act like a strobe light (I'll include a video further down on this page to show you what I'm talking about). I'm not saying that one way is wrong and the other is right-but it's something to keep in mind, as the results between these methods will vary dramatically. I will ask the Bride & Groom (to be) what their colors are for the reception and use one or more of those colors to light the room.
At this point, I'm going to post some pictures and videos for you to look at. After you view them, you can scroll down and I will further discuss up-lighting.
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As you can see these Gobo lights can make a dramatic difference in your events look. These special event lights are not for everyone but they will make a huge difference in the way that your hall, facility of room looks. I provide up-lighting and Gobo lights, lasers, smoke, bubbles and dance floor lighting at VERY reasonable rates.
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