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Blog - Up-Lighting

Blog Up-Lighting

Aesthetically Pleasing, Up-lighting Transforms Cold Halls into Warm and Inviting.


Up-lighting  can simply be defined as decorating with light.   In most cases, when we employ our custom perimeter lighting system – it’s used in an indoor venue to highlight pillars, other wall features, or tooling ( drapery ) on ceiling to floor backdrops or windows.    Used with the right colour scheme ( dresses, flowers, decor ) they can really beautify your party space.

Most up-lighting is aesthetically best when viewed from a distance of from 20 to 50 feet away.   The light in question will usually reflect off of a spot on the ceiling that helps the piece being highlighted to stand out even more.   Even simple wall designs can take on new life when lit correctly.

But having said that, there is a down-side to using them.   Too much up-lighting can ruin an otherwise beautiful room and take away something from what should have been a moderately lit venue; what is called "accenting".   Some dj’s purposely light up their mobile equipment / speaker stands to really stand out.   While it may look nice, a dj’s fully lit setup isn’t generally supposed to be about them.   At a Wedding, it’s about the bride and groom, and any respectable dj should be keeping the majority of continuously-on, light-getting attention away from themselves.   At a corporate event, however - well, then why not?

Placing up-lights on walls that have nothing to highlight or in a room with too many windows with sunlight may ultimately prove futile.   Sure the colours look nice, but the client is also paying for these, so unless they’re ok with you lighting up a wall with nothing on it, I suggest either not using up-lights at all or placing decorative trees / plants or some other piece on the walled portions that might look alot better being lit.   In contrast, empty walls might not be used but the hall’s door frames, window ledges and decorative trim may be up-lit instead.   A thorough discussion and walk-through of the venue should be done prior to the main event to gauge exactly how things will look.

We use customized par stands and light shields to prevent the lamps overspray from bothering guests while at an event.   This helps eliminate light pollution and focus the light to precisely where we want it.

We often also employ a contrasting colour scheme in large halls - most notably for weddings.   It is absolutely beautiful and we try to use it every chance we get.   It makes for fantastic pictures and video while everyone parties.

What Is The Average Cost For This?

Our charge for this service is $480 per lighting system per venue.   Considering most people pay a decorator upwards of $2500 for a single evening, our charge for this is very reasonable.   Important to note:   it is even cheaper when you book our fabulous top-tier  wedding package.   Setting them up can be a lot of work especially when using many in a large venue.   More than one such decorating professional have told me that they charge a base minimum for the hall ( # of lights they will use / venue size ) and then add 25% to make it worthwhile for all the time and work involved.   It also takes somewhat into account, any damage or outright theft that occurs to their equipment.   Most services will add a clause into their contracts that cover any damage by careless party-goers, but this is usually discussed well ahead of time.

What Colours Are Possible?

Our par and bar lamps can be programmed with up to 255 shades each of Red, Green and Blue.    This allows wide colour combinations across most of the colour spectrum.   However, we carry lights that have very different features built in to them.   As mentioned, all have the RGB values, but half of what we carry also have a true White built-in that provides either a deeper or lighter variation of colour ( including amber ) than would normally be possible without the white led.   The other half are constructed with a true spectrum UltraViolet built-in.   These give off an amazing fuschia or deep pinkish colour when it is requested, and of course provide an amazing flourescent blacklight experience on the dance floor.   Generally, silver & greys or washed pastels and extremely light pinks are not currently possible with most combination led pars.   However, these colours aren't usually requested either.

So really, up-lighting is a beautiful thing when set up correctly.   This is especially true with the right amount of highlighting in a hall that has enough features to be lit appropriately.   Our cost is very reasonable and we love doing it every time.

At Medallion Sound, our custom perimeter lighting service is an option at most wedding receptions or corporate events involving mid to large sized venues.   It's especially beneficial to clients who book our top-tier  wedding package  as you can literally save hundreds off our regular rates.   Just let us know when you book us for your event.   See you soon !