When it comes to weddings and events, uplighting is often a term you'll hear from wedding DJs, quinceanera DJs, wedding or event planners, and even event venues. Uplighting is very popular and makes wedding and event venues look great! So there is a ton of information and misinformation, unfortunately, about uplighting. There are numerous common questions people have about it. We're going to answer those questions to help you, even if you're not our client. Though we can't understand why you wouldn't be! :) So let's discuss uplighting in detail.
What is Uplighting?
The first question we often get is, "what is uplighting?" Uplighting is a popular lighting effect for weddings and events, created by placing lighting fixtures on the floor, or ground, and shining them up (hence the name). Uplighting is a very effective way to dramatically change and improve the ambience of any event space.
Most uplighting is used indoors, but it can be used outdoors, too. Though there is waterproof uplighting, most companies only carry regular uplighting and do not want to risk testing the water resistance. We have done events and placed uplighting around the tree areas and it looked great! Where the lighting is placed depends on the client's vision, as well as the power supply, if the company only has "wired" lighting (the light must be plugged in). There is wired and wireless uplighting (battery powered), which allows the lights to be placed anywhere! We offer both.
What's the Best Color Uplighting for Weddings?
The next most frequently asked question is about the color of uplighting. Many clients ask what colors should they choose, or which colors are most popular, etc. The color of uplighting is up to you and what your vision is, but we suggest getting colors that will match with your decor or theme. You don't have to do this, but the lighting will really bring the room together, when you do. If you can't decide, the Amber color is often the color most clients choose. It has a candlelit look, which always looks great.
How Much Uplighting Do I Need?
Another great question that we get asked is about the number of uplights needed. This is a tricky question that is honestly up to you, as well as your budget, too. Don't let companies talk you into getting 40 lights, simply because "it will look great." Sure, it will definitely light up the room, but 40 lights would be far too much for most venues.
The number of lights you should get depends on a few factors. First, the size of your venue. The larger the venue, the more lighting you'll want to use. Keep in mind that many venues already have great lighting. You don't need a ton of uplighting if your venue already has a lot of great lighting. Be sure to talk with your venue coordinator about this. Ask about other clients and if they used uplighting, where it was placed, etc.
Most people will get the uplighting in sets of 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. We've rarely been asked for more than 20. Most venues will have lights on a dimmer, but still have some lighting around the room, especially for safety reasons. The average clients will request 8-12 uplights for their event from us. Again, this decision is up to you, ultimately.
How Much Does Uplighting Cost?
The uplighting cost can really vary, depending on who you're renting it from. Your DJ may have uplights, sometimes venues offer the lighting, and other times, clients will rent them from lighting companies. You may wonder what the difference is between the three of these providers. In short, it can be similar, and it can also be very different.
The cost often depends on the company that is providing the lighting and their market. DJ companies will often buy their lighting from the DJ supply store, or online. The lights at these places can really vary. There are some great lights, and some not so great lights. The difference is the colors, the brightness, the color mixing ability, transition ability of the lights, and more. The cheaper lighting will not be as bright and may be limited in color options. The more expensive lights will often have brighter lights and better color mixing ability.
Companies with the more expensive lights will likely charge more per light. The companies that only do lighting often charge much more than companies who simply offer it as an optional upgrade. The lighting companies will often have very high end lights, and charge a delivery fee, setup/breakdown fee, etc. This does not mean that DJ companies or other venues cannot carry the same lights. However, most of the time, the DJ companies and venues usually don't carry the same, high end lights, since these lights are very expensive to purchase.
In our case, we do carry high end lighting, because we want our clients and their guests to be wowed when they walk into their venue for the first time. We're all about making an amazing first impression. Our uplights can actually be as bright as 165 watts, which is the brightest LED lights on the market, right now. Most uplighting is between 20 - 40 watts (even the higher end lights are usually 40-55 watts).
Actual Costs - The typical uplighting rental cost from DJ companies ranges from $20 - $50 per light. There are also companies that rent various music and equipment that may also offer uplighting, for $10 - $20 per light. There are even online rental companies that offer lighting for about $25 - $40 per light. The companies that provide only lighting will usually charge $50 or more, per light, along with the delivery and setup fees. Know that these companies will be the highest priced of all the choices, but they also do offer great lighting!
If you're unsure about where to rent, inquire with a few companies and simply ask them why their lighting is better than their competitors. Ask to see pictures of events with their lighting in use. Ask how bright they are. Lastly, be sure to ask about any setup, breakdown, or delivery fees. Overall, we hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We'll be happy to help!
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