There’s a lot to consider with lighting hire, and sometimes it can be the smallest touches or features can dramatically change the look and feel of a room. Creative lighting can create the atmosphere of any room and you should always consider the ‘bigger picture’ before you start booking or committing to anything. The best way to do this is to start with a floor plan so you can visualise the event space and identify what lighting you’ll need for each area.

If choosing event lighting is new to you, the below tips should hopefully be useful when starting to prepare your event plan.

1. Use uplighting for bigger event spaces

Uplighting is when lights are strategically placed on the floor, pointing upwards, creating a dramatic effect. Uplighting usually involves multiple LED light units that throws a wash of light up that highlights onto a feature or walls.

Uplighting can also look effective when shone in different colours. Whilst some brides may have uplighting at their reception event, uplighting is more commonly used by DJs, for dance floors and festive events.

2. Utilize intelligent lights

Intelligent lights have a sensor that detects the music speed and will react by moving light beams in time to the beat. Whether placed on a floor, table or attached to a lighting stand, intelligent lights are effective and a lot of fun when added to a dance floor!

As would probably be expected, intelligent lights are popularly used for techno and dance parties that have an active, repetitive beat, where the lights can put on quite a show for the crowd! Intelligent lights also come in a variety of colours, so it’s a fantastic way to illuminate a dance floor and create atmosphere.

Intelligent lights

3. Make the most of centre pieces and feature arrangements

Lighting can be a great way to draw focus to a special centre piece or feature arrangement as part of your event set-up. Whether it’s as simple as a table set-up, a more elaborate art piece or a media wall, there are a range of light options that can help you draw special attention to these. Back lights are popularly used to illuminate anything that is white or light in colour, and spotlights are often used to shine onto features with distance, e.g. a disco ball. Tea lights, candle or battery are a simple yet effective touch to table arrangements, or an uplight if you have a larger table feature.

4. Wash light up the room

Wash lighting is a lighting effect used to light up a general area evenly by using multiple floodlights, fixture lights or beams. Wash lights are often used to add colour to a room, features such as plants or beams, media walls or stages. Most wash lights can be set to any colour, and mixing colours will change the affect and visual!

5. Project logos, patterns or images with gobo lighting

Ever wondered how to project your logo onto a feature wall? This technique is called gobo lighting, which takes a stencil or template and places it in front of a light projector. Gobos are the stencil which is usually made from a piece of glass or steel. Lighting designers will typically use stage lighting instruments to manipulate the shapes projected by a light and produce a pattern, for example a kaleidoscope, rain droplets or leaves.

6. Make the most of pendants and shades

Hanging fairy lights, strings of light bulbs and hanging lights with pendants or shades are a great way to add decoration to a room. This style looks great at weddings, especially in a marquee setting. It can be also used as feature to a particular area, or to distribute evenly across the room.