Lighting is an essential part of every event that can make or break all your other efforts. Since the lighting is what decides how people will feel, the vibe of the space, and the way that photographs and videos will turn out, you must think long and hard about the sort of lighting you need, depending on the type of event. Below are a few options to get you started!
This is the type of light that is most commonly found and use at home. This is fine if you’re organizing a small, private event, in a closed space, or at home. It is not ideal if you’re aiming for a very fancy feel or a large space. It is easily found, and any venue that you’re looking at for such events will probably already have this kind of lighting. Any other lighting you’re adding will work in addition to these lights.
These are fairly similar to incandescent lamps, but are brighter and used more often for parties and events. They tend to cost a little more, but also last longer. They are used in most theatrical and studio fixtures as well as in motion-picture and slide projectors for homes. Their compact nature and easy transportation is an added bonus.
This is lighting which is used mainly for large scale events that involve stages and stage lighting which may require constant changes. If your event involves some consecutive sets that require different lighting, this is an ideal option. These are lights which have automated or mechanical abilities that far outweigh the advantages of simple lighting. They can be used to form highly complicated patterns, designs, backdrops, and lighting effects. They are also referred to as moving lights or moving heads. While looking into this form of lighting, remember the context of your event, and the sort of crowd you are expecting. These lights will also require an experienced person to handle them.
There are primarily two types of LED curtain lights, those which provide entirely white light, and those which are more programmed and have different lighting options. These are ideal for large displays as they give a wide range of options. There are different curtains which can be used specifically for indoor or outdoor lighting. They are useful if your event includes a number of stalls, displays, or shops, that need light decoration. Some of them can also be equipped with a video function to display information or advertisements. Another advantage is that their construction is fairly flexible and they can be made into almost any dimension. In recent times, they have also found use in concerts, fashion shows, and large scale exhibits.
Strobe lights are used for producing regularly spaced flashes of light. They usually have flash energy in the region of 10 to 150 joules and are used to produce sudden intense flashes of light. While they have a number of industrial uses, they are also used for events such as parties and concerts to set the mood and build up energy.
Lasers are used to produce flat and strong beams of light, and often in the creation of geometric patterns and designs. They are mainly for the visual element and to make events funky. Most laser lights come in red, green and blue to begin with, but newer ones have more varieties. They are a common occurrence in parties, large scale concerts and events, and are usually for younger age groups. They can be used to form laser tunnels, oscillating walls, ascending or descending laser skies, and various effects which simulate movement. Keep in mind that these are fairly expensive and only consider them if you are sure about the size of your event and the crowd.
A lot of these lighting tips are primarily for events that involve energy and fun. Lighting for serious or formal events requires an entirely different thought process and will be more muted, classic, and less colourful.
Hopefully, this is sufficient to get you started with lighting up your event. Good luck!