Lighting is a fundamental part of staging a successful event but is often overlooked. Proper lighting creates ambiance and helps to build an immersive visual experience that will enhance any presentation or event.
When set up properly, lighting directs the audience’s attention and ensures the right message is relayed. When deciding on lighting for events It’s important to understand your options and to choose the most appropriate types of lighting for the type of event you are holding.
Below are a few tips to guide you through achieving proper lighting.
Make a Plan
There are other considerations beyond just lighting the stage or presenters. For instance, will the audience be passively watching or will they be taking notes? Is there exhibition space in addition to the main stage? Colored lights can be used to designate areas and make it easier to identify and direct attendees to specific locations within the venue.
Types of Lighting
There are many different types of lighting available to choose from. Below is a description of the different types of lights and what their applications usually are.
Spotlights are generally used to light the stage or presenter. They are used to direct audience focus on the main action taking place and helps to captivate and keep them engaged.
Color washes add atmosphere and can turn a bland space into a more exciting and engaging environment. Colors can be coordinated with your theme colors. Color washes can also be utilized to create different color zones to help organize your space and easily direct attendees to specific regions.
Uplights are lights that shine up from the floor or stage level. They create additional mood and help transform large spaces with poor lighting into inviting and exciting environments. Often time a large venue will have poor perimeter lighting so the use of uplights can remedy the situation and also add a dramatic feel.
Effect Lighting – Gobos
A gobo is basically a beam of light projected through a stencil design. They can project any design or pattern, including company logos, on ceilings or walls. In addition to adding atmosphere to your venue they can also help reinforce your brand. Gobos are very flexible and can be used in for many types of events from weddings or galas to corporate conventions.
LED lights are more efficient and use 10 times less energy. They last longer and are cheaper to replace than tungsten.
New LED equipment has allowed many more options than available just 10 years ago. With RGBW LED chips (RGB stands for red, green, blue and white light LEDS) you can create virtually any color giving you the power of the rainbow to work with.
Moving head fixtures use digitally controlled motors that enable all sorts of light movement and can make your event look more professional – even at lower budgets.
When Cost is a Concern
Less is more. Using string lights & candles on tables to transform spaces & create an intimate “bistro feel.” Draped string lights can create an appealing glow when dimmed and strands come in 100’ lengths. This practical approach is cost effective and some of the most beautiful events can be created using lamps & chandeliers saving the more expensive theatrical lighting for the stage.
Another way to save is to seek out a venue that has built-in lighting infrastructure. This will save money by eliminating the need to build rigging and ground support structures to support lighting fixtures.
Good event lighting can designed around any budget. Having a reliable source for equipment and expertise can make the difference between frantic last minute scrambling and running a successful professional event that reflects well on your organization. Think about your goals and share that with the venue. Getting advice from the professionals at Taylor Productions will help you plan an appropriate lighting scheme.
Let Taylor Productions be your trusted source for lighting equipment rentals and expertise and turn your event into a captivating and exciting experience for your attendees/audience.