July 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm (Special Event NY, Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , , )

This Blog was created by Christopher Reilly a Lighting Designer at to explain the use and common operating principles related to Up Lighting an Event Space.  There are 2 different types of Up Lighting Fixtures generally used on these events, Theatrical Gelled Lighting Fixtures and LED RGB Fixtures.

LED Up Lighting Fixtures:

Up Lighting A Wedding With LED Fixtures

Up Lighting A Wedding With LED Fixtures

LED Up Lighting fixtures provide a Glow to a space with a large selection of available colors and hues.  These fixtures utilize Red, Green and Blue High Powered Led’s to mix colors providing almost an endless palate to choose from. Up Lighting fixtures are used to highlight architectural focal points in a space and provide a general wash of color to the perimeter walls.  These fixtures are operated throughout an event by a Trained Lighting Programmer.

A typical event with these Fixtures runs as follows: When Guests first enter the Ballroom they will be greeted with a glow that matches the season or colors of Table linens.  This initial color is determined by conversations between the Client and Designer.   When the Bridal Party is announced the Fixtures can provide a Color Change to add energy to the space.  Throughout the evening the Fixtures will change color to highlight formalities.

Theatrical Gelled Lighting Fixtures: These fixtures are used when a Client would like the space to remain the same color throughout the evening.   These fixtures utilize a Theatrical Gell to change their color.  These fixtures where very popular before the release of the LED fixtures, they have drawbacks they typically run Hot, and are limited in color i.e. Once a color is chosen between the Designer and Client this is the Glow the space will have throughout the evening.

As a Designer I would always choose the LED Fixtures as they offer the greatest amount of Color Possibilities use very little power and run relatively cool throughout the evening which is important due to the fact that most spaces will utilize 30 and up fixtures to create a complete symmetrical look.

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