Event Lighting – Methods & Techniques

GETTING EVENT LIGHTING RIGHT

Event lighting is one of the things which can often be overlooked when planning an event. It’s all too easy to think that all you need is sufficient light for people to be able to see what they’re doing, or perhaps spotlight a performer, but really, there is so, so much more to event lighting than this.

By paying careful attention to lighting you can transform an ordinary event into an extraordinary one. Good lighting creates an ambience. If you use it to highlight features of your venue space or add in special effects, your guests will take away a positive experience.

Getting the lighting right for an event is challenging, especially if you’re not aware of the impact it can have on not just the venue space, but the overall vibe of an event and even people’s moods. Too dark and you run the risk of an event feeling too sombre and moody – too light and it can feel cold, or even harsh.

So, how do you strike that perfect balance? Let’s take a look at various lighting methods and how they can be used to add a touch of pizzazz to any event.

Creating an Ambience

GETTING EVENT LIGHTING RIGHT

Event lighting is one of the things which can often be overlooked when planning an event. It’s all too easy to think that all you need is sufficient light for people to be able to see what they’re doing, or perhaps spotlight a performer, but really, there is so, so much more to event lighting than this.

By paying careful attention to lighting you can transform an ordinary event into an extraordinary one. Good lighting creates an ambience. If you use it to highlight features of your venue space or add in special effects, your guests will take away a positive experience.

Getting the lighting right for an event is challenging, especially if you’re not aware of the impact it can have on not just the venue space, but the overall vibe of an event and even people’s moods. Too dark and you run the risk of an event feeling too sombre and moody – too light and it can feel cold, or even harsh.

So, how do you strike that perfect balance? Let’s take a look at various lighting methods and how they can be used to add a touch of pizzazz to any event.

Creating an Ambience

Atmospheric Blue Uplighting

UPLIGHTING EFFECTS

If you’re looking to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with your event lighting, the use of uplighting effects is a very effective way to dramatically improve the ambience of any event space.

By strategically placing uplighters around the perimeter of large spaces such as ballrooms, galleries, halls, conference centres etc. almost any effect and mood can be achieved.

Adding uplighters to an empty space to welcome guests as they first enter a room or using them to add a unique splash of colour or highlight room features is also really effective.

UPLIGHTING EFFECTS

If you’re looking to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with your event lighting, the use of uplighting effects is a very effective way to dramatically improve the ambience of any event space.

By strategically placing uplighters around the perimeter of large spaces such as ballrooms, galleries, halls, conference centres etc. almost any effect and mood can be achieved.

Adding uplighters to an empty space to welcome guests as they first enter a room or using them to add a unique splash of colour or highlight room features is also really effective.

 

Atmospheric Blue Uplighting

GOBO EVENT LIGHTING

A “Gobo” is a small stenciled circular disc, used in lighting fixtures to create a projected design or pattern. The term Gobo is short for “Go Between Optics” or “Go Before Optics”, describing the location where the disc needs to be positioned in the light path of a lighting fixture to achieve the desired effect.

Ever remember seeing cute little projections of light moving around a dance floor, perhaps in a snowflake or leaf design? Well, that’s gobo lighting.

Project them on ceilings, on dance floors, on walls, add in a themed colour and you’ll instantly inject depth and fun. How about adding a brand logo or a company name gobo to a corporate event or names of bride and groom for a wedding celebration?

The possibilities of GOBO event lighting are limited only by the imagination!

Endless Event Lighting Possibilities

GOBO EVENT LIGHTING

A “Gobo” is a small stenciled circular disc, used in lighting fixtures to create a projected design or pattern. The term Gobo is short for “Go Between Optics” or “Go Before Optics”, describing the location where the disc needs to be positioned in the light path of a lighting fixture to achieve the desired effect.

Ever remember seeing cute little projections of light moving around a dance floor, perhaps in a snowflake or leaf design? Well, that’s gobo lighting.

Project them on ceilings, on dance floors, on walls, add in a themed colour and you’ll instantly inject depth and fun. How about adding a brand logo or a company name gobo to a corporate event or names of bride and groom for a wedding celebration?

The possibilities of GOBO event lighting are limited only by the imagination!

Endless Event Lighting Possibilities

Dynamic Visual Experiences

PIN SPOT EVENT LIGHTING

This is an advanced light design that shines tiny light beams of light in order to perfectly illuminate the center of every arrangement.

Directing a small spotlight to highlight certain parts of your event is an easy way to draw attention and transform table centre pieces.

Pin spot your floral arrangements and they’ll create a dynamic visual experience if main lights are dimmed for a romantic feel, but they’re also perfect for evening events or windowless spaces to give focused lighting.

PIN SPOT EVENT LIGHTING

This is an advanced light design that shines tiny light beams of light in order to perfectly illuminate the center of every arrangement.

Directing a small spotlight to highlight certain parts of your event is an easy way to draw attention and transform table centre pieces.

Pin spot your floral arrangements and they’ll create a dynamic visual experience if main lights are dimmed for a romantic feel, but they’re also perfect for evening events or windowless spaces to give focused lighting.

Dynamic Visual Experiences

MOVING HEAD EVENT LIGHTING

Moving head lighting fixtures are often divided into spot, wash lights and beam lights. Spot units are generally used for their beam effect (combined with smoke or haze) and the ability to project texture, whereas wash lights are be used for providing a coloured stage wash

Moving head event lighting brings atmospheric light shows to any live event, especially when used to build up a vibe – use them to add dimension, create excitement before a live presentation or to bring colour and laser light to a dance floor.

Build up a Vibe

MOVING HEAD EVENT LIGHTING

Moving head lighting fixtures are often divided into spot, wash lights and beam lights. Spot units are generally used for their beam effect (combined with smoke or haze) and the ability to project texture, whereas wash lights are be used for providing a coloured stage wash

Moving head event lighting brings atmospheric light shows to any live event, especially when used to build up a vibe – use them to add dimension, create excitement before a live presentation or to bring colour and laser light to a dance floor.

Build up a Vibe

Atmospheric Light Shows

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Of course, any of the above event lighting elements could be used together for an extra special effect – think about moving heads and gobos perhaps? Be imaginative – think about the overall look, atmosphere, vibe and mood you wish to create for your event and the elements you’d like to highlight.

However, if you don’t feel confident enough to put it all together yourself, don’t worry. Event management companies / lighting designers are always on hand to bring your thoughts and ideas to life.

We hope these ideas and tips will encourage you to think more about the impact event lighting can have. Don’t forget, Events by Knight will always be delighted to work with you to ensure your special day is perfectly planned, designed and put together.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Of course, any of the above event lighting elements could be used together for an extra special effect – think about moving heads and gobos perhaps? Be imaginative – think about the overall look, atmosphere, vibe and mood you wish to create for your event and the elements you’d like to highlight.

However, if you don’t feel confident enough to put it all together yourself, don’t worry. Event management companies / lighting designers are always on hand to bring your thoughts and ideas to life.

We hope these ideas and tips will encourage you to think more about the impact event lighting can have. Don’t forget, Events by Knight will always be delighted to work with you to ensure your special day is perfectly planned, designed and put together.

Atmospheric Light Shows