(Closed) question about uplighting

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

if your budget allows, hrie a professional lighting company

i’ve seen people with not-so-great lighting and their lights just look like “beams”.  you might as well not spend the money to get that “beam” effect.

i wanted to save money too by buying lights, but it just isnt the same compariing to a professional lighting company

Post # 4
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1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As someone who has worked in lighting design, it’s not actually as easy to do uplighting yourself as you might thing as you need to buy gels and you need to ensure that you will not overload the power to the building on any one power circuit, or you could flip a breaker. (Seen this happen.) Whatever you do, DO NOT RUN MORE THAN TWO LIGHTS ON ONE PLUG IN!!!! You will also need to build stands for the par cans to sit on.

Can you do it yourself? Yes. Is it a pain in the neck to do so? Yes. Will you recoup the cost? Probably not.

Cost wise: (in CND $) 

Gels (the colour sheets) are about $8 each, and will serve for 4 lights.The Par Cans (the lights you’ll want to buy) are about $25 each.Light bulbs are $5 each.Stand you can build out of scrap wood, but you’ll want a bolt and to paint it, so I’m gonna say $5 each.

I don’t know if it’ll be any cheaper… My suggestion is to find an event rental and production company, which will be less expensive than renting from a DJ most likely. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I rented mine from my DJ for $50 each and I was very happy with the results and to not have to deal with setting them up, etc on the day. I would whole heartedly recommend getting a professional to take care of this for you!

Post # 6
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1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also! I forgot to mention that IF you do do it, then you want to use not only a coloured gel, but a diffuse gel so that you won’t wind up with just a beam. 

Post # 7
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We hired uplighting and they actually do a lot.  The color changed throughout the night and they also moved the uplights throughout the night so that it was more spaced out during dinner and then it was moved closer to the dance floor during dancing.  Just keep in mind that a company can do so much more than you can.

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