Oheeka Castle Triple Shade Of Pink

March 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm (Special Event NY, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , )

Triple Shade Of Pink was the theme for this event.  This production was for a Sweet 16 located at Oheeka Castle in NY.  Our client was looking for some really over the top lighting for this affair.  We chose to Illuminate the space in Layers.  For our first layer we utilized 24 of The Color Kinetic LED Up Lights, this layer gave the space a Magenta glow.  We then illuminated the ceiling with high power Moving Lights that projected patterns and color.  Our final layer was illuminating the centerpieces from below with LED fixtures, these fixtures really made the vases glow with a Rich pink color.

Pink Wedding LightingCenterpieces were up lit using wireless LED fixtures.  These fixtures allowed us to have the vases one color when guests entered the space, then change them to contrasting pink colors and hues.

Pink Wedding LightingHigh power Moving Light fixtures were placed around the venue on Lighting Truss Towers wrapped in white fabric.  These fixtures added Rich color and Texture to the ceiling.  The Truss Towers were illuminated from within to give them a glow.

Wedding Up LightsCastle foyer was Illuminated utilizing Color Kinetic Up Lighting fixtures in a warm amber color to keep with the entrance theme of old world castle.  This warm amber look was carried throughout the venue as a contrasting color for the Ballroom.

Centerpiece LightingAbove is an image showing some of the many color’s that where available that evening.  When you have this degree of Lighting at your affair the possibilities are really endless.

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Dramatic Wedding Lighting

March 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm (Special Event NY, Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , , )

As a Lighting Designer I love when clients approach us looking for Dramatic Lighting at their affair.  This type of Lighting creates the feel of Romance when your  guests enter the space.  Dramatic Lighting can help to enhance a beautiful space by highlighting architecture with up lighting and pin spot lighting centerpieces.

When properly applying Dramatic Lighting to an affair it is important that you keep in mind when you Up Light the space you must now Pin Spot Light your Flowers or Centerpieces.  If you do not apply the lighting this way your Centerpieces will take the color emitted by the up lighting fixtures and lose all detail needed for photo’s and video.

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Custom Designed Wedding Monogram

March 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm (Special Event NY, Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting)

A Projected Monogram at your event adds a personal touch to the space.  It also illustrates the joining of two individual’s and families.  Custom Monogram’s are Designed based on the clients taste.  Monograms are projected onto a surface either with a non moving Theatrical Fixture or moving color changing Intelle Light Fixture.  Image projection detail is determined by the type of material the Monogram is made out of.  Typically Glass Patterns will deliver the most amount of detail as opposed to Metal.

Below are some of our Monogram Designs:

Custom Wedding Monogram

Wedding Monogram

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Wireless LED Up Lighting Fixtures

March 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm (Special Event NY, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , , , )

This post is to illustrate the difference between Wireless LED Up Lighting fixtures that are available to the event industry.  Some of the things that have to be considered when choosing the appropriate fixture are:

  • Battery Life: How long is the fixture going to last at its brightest intensity delivering the color palate that you have chosen.
  • Brightness or Intensity: How Bright will the fixture be?  Intensity is always a factor when it comes to Battery driven fixtures.  There is a Battle raging in this market between Intensity and Battery Life.  The Battery has to be large enough to deliver the Brightness needed to be effective for your application.
  • Color Mixing: Many of the available fixtures on the market today contain 3 colors Red, Green and Blue  that mix together to deliver your desired color.  Some of the available fixtures contain High Power LED’s with lenses that help to mix the color properly on the applied surface.  An example of this mixing is as follows: when you mix the Red LED’s with the Green LED’s you get an end result of Amber, when this color is projected onto a surface you want to see Amber not the individual LED’s producing the color.
  • Control: Fixtures should have the capability to be controlled with all of the other added Lighting in the space.

Illustrated below are the common available fixtures on the market today:

Color Kinetic 12" Color Blast With Master Blast BatteryColor Kinetic 12″ Color Blast LED Fixture with City Theatrical Master Blast Battery Pack.  This is the best fixture on the market today in its class.  The Colorblast LED fixture has been available for some time and has become the industry standard due to its intensity, seamless color mixing and long battery life (roughly 8 – 10 hours).  This is our fixture of choice on many events for up lighting applications.  It’s larger profile can make it difficult to give an even wash to applications where a slim lower profile fixture is needed ie: high boy table, or centerpiece up light.

Wireless LED Fixture NY LED Decor Slim Round Wireless LED Fixture with remote control.  These fixtures work well when you need a fixture with a Low Profile, or you are looking to up light a floral centerpiece.  The fixture lacks seamless color mixing due to the type of LED’s used and lack of color mixing lense utilized by the above Color Kinetic fixture.  This fixture can not be used as an Up Light for a wall but does work very well when used for the proper application.  The fixtures last for about 6 – 8 hours and are controlled via a remote.  Depending on the application these fixtures have a niche that has really yet to be filled through other manufacturers.

After these above listed products you start deal with the cheaper entry level fixtures.  These fixtures are inexpensive to purchase and really deliver a look that is very undesirable at best.  They are often very dim, have horrible color mixing and poor battery life.  These fixtures are for the most part carried by Disc Jockeys or other vendors that are not Specific Lighting Design firms.  Many clients will opt for these fixtures when thrown in for a lesser price from a vendor that they are working with.  This may seem like an easier approach with all of the other details in planning an event but in fact this is  really just a waste of money and will be really disappointing come event time when you are expecting the space to have a nice color wash.  As is with anything event related an educated consumer is the consumer that will ultimately be happy with the end result of money spent and products they have chosen.

Battery Operated LED Up Light NYElation Event Pannel System.  This fixture is currently attempting to compete with the ColorBlast LED unit.  This fixture Has an excellent Battery Life, but falls victim to weak color mixing and intensity.  The Elation product also has a very large footprint allowing it to be knocked out of alignment by a guest kicking it over and is kind of un sightly due to its size.

Once again as with anything make sure you are not being misled by a overanxious vendor looking to profit off your lack of knowledge.  There is a price difference between the listed fixtures.  This price can vary usually $20 or so.  In reality the old saying is true “You Get What You Pay For”.

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Wireless LED Illuminated Tables

March 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm (Special Event NY, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , , , )

Illuminated Decor has really become very popular.  These Decor pieces are great when you would like to have an elegant yet high-tech look at your event.  A multitude of pieces are available including; Banquet Tables, High Boy’s, Bar’s, Coffee Tables and the list goes on and on its really subject to your personal taste.

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Texture Ceiling Wash

March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm (Special Event NY, Wedding, Wedding Lighting, Wedding Reception, Wedding Up Lighting) (, , , , , )

We Had a client this past weekend that was looking for something interesting on the ceiling at the Roosevelt Hotel NYC.  We used Martin Mac 300 Moving Light Fixtures to create a base of color, then patterns from additional Moving Lights.

Ceiling Wash This Lighting was for a Bat Mitvah for some really creative clients.  The Monogram pattern projected onto the wall was made of Glass which allowed us to use a very nice elegant font.

Table Centerpieces  were Illuminated with White Pin Spot Lighting that helped them to really stand out and pop. LED up lights around the space created a rich glow.

Illuminating a space in this way really helps to create depth.  The use of Multiple Lighting Fixtures with color mixing and located in key positions allowed us to create many different looks and feels throughout the night.

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