# (Closed) Help! Lighting Question

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
• Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think you have enough.  If you assume that it’s a square, and 150 covers all 4 sides, each side would be 37.5.  The area would be about 1,400 square feet.  If the tent is a square, sides of about 44 ft, perimeter of 179 ft would work.  But since you said it’s a rectangle, it’s hard to tell.  I think you need to ask them the size of the tent so you are sure.

Post # 4
Member
207 posts
Helper bee
• Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

If your tent has 2000 square feet, and is a rectangle, not a square, the first thing that pops into my head from learning my times tables is 4×5 = 20. So 40×50 = 2000. That makes the length of the edge of the tent 40+40+50+50 = 180. Only your tent company knows what the real dimensions are, that was just an easy guess for a ballpark figure. Don’t forget that you’ll need either extra strings of lights, or an extension cord, to get from the closest socket to where you want to start hanging them.

I’ve asked my lighting technician fiance, and he says that he doesn’t think spray-painting the cords would be a hazard. Just make sure to tape over the little sockets once you take the bulbs out, so no paint gets on the contacts inside. That won’t make it burst into flames (hopefully) but it will stop that socket from working, and depending on how they’re wired, that might make the whole string not work. Think of Christmas lights that fail when one bulb dies.

Post # 6
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818 posts
Busy bee
• Wedding: December 2009

Instead of calling your rental company, can you check their website for the tent dimensions?

Post # 7
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138 posts
Blushing bee

Instead of spray painting the cord you can wrap it with black electrical tape.

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