(Closed) Uplighting cost

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our uplighting was quoted at $35 per LED, color changeable uplight. The reception hall would require ~16 uplights (maximum), so that’d be ~$560. 

Post # 4
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was quoted different things from differnet people…some places were charging 50 per light and others 75.  the DJ I ended up going with was charging 25 which was the best. However, I ended up deciding that because of all the windows in reception room and that it stays light out so late on my wedding date that it wouldn’t be worth it and it was an expense that we could really save on.

Post # 5
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We got a quote from our DJ. Since we were booking with him for the night anyway, we got a really good discounted estimate. $250 for 10-14 uplights, however many we would need for our hall. I did opt for the older lights, not the fancy color changing LED’s because I want a single color, so that probably helped lower the cost too. Our linen company offered uplighting at $35 per light when using them for linens. I had one company tack on $1500+ to an estimate just for 10 uplights, so it pays off to ask around!

Post # 7
15 posts

I think 35 is about the going rate. As with everything, it’s what you get for your money that counts.There is quite a range of lighting instruments available.

How bright are they? One way to tell is to ask for lux measurements. Some lights are rated below 3000 lux (at 1 meter), while others are closer to 10,000! The cheaper lights may not even provide a lux measurement which can be a red flag.

Can the lights mix the color you want without halos or blotches? Many LEDs have a hard time with ambers or other pastels. If you want a purple, violet, salmon, light green, orange or some other blended color, SEE the lights in person first! Is the color even and uniform all the way up the wall?

I’ve actually seen “professional” lighting companies set up lights like THIS:

See how “blotchy and uneven the color is? This not so much a “beam” of light as it is just a weak floodlight. Like a Home Depot special.

I can’t believe someone actually PAID for this. And the tacky black painted bases had exposed wood from getting scratched. Buyer beware!

There are some pics of really good uplighting here: wedding uplighting

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our uplighting was part of a package. We are paying $1,200 for uplighting the entire room, a dancefloor wash, a band wash, and some pin-spotting,

Post # 9
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our uplighting is part of a package as well.  We’re paying $2,700 for ceremony and reception lighting, pinspotting each table and cake table, and spotting the dance floor.

Post # 10
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Whew!! I havent gotten around to my lighting estimates yet…but I am very nervous, loll!

Post # 11
27 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are getting ours from http://www.sweetsensationsllc.com in MD They were $35/light but until 4-1-12 you can get them for only $25/light that also includes them to set up and brea down. Im debating on a monogram though. Have any of you guys decided on monograms? they are really pretty but idk for $175, is that a good price?

Post # 12
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am paying $25/each from my planner. My DJ charges the same if I were to choose through him

Post # 13
23 posts

Another option would be DIY.  You can rent LED uplights and set them up yourself, which would save quite a bit of $$. 

Post # 14
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I used uplighting and really loved the effect–it was totally worth it!! Although the photo just looks like they just created shoots of light on the pillars, they actually really helped to give the room the soft and romantic “candlelight” vibe we wanted while still allowing guests to see their food. The total quote was around GBP 250 for a basic package of 12 uplighters around the room, which was more than enough. We then had stage lighting also put in for another GBP 250, which helped to give the room light without wrecking the atmosphere. You can kinda see those in the photo too. They used soft white/amber gels and shone them across the room (instead of at the stage) for the dinner and then switched to different colors for the dance, which totally changed the atmosphere of the room from classy dinner to fun party. Not a great pic (our pro photog captured the decor better than the lighting), but this captures the atmosphere created by the uplighters:

And the pro pic:


Post # 15
116 posts
Blushing bee

I paid $700 for 30 lights 4 gobo desings, 1 custom gobo and 2 pin stops. I know I got a really good deal! I am not married yet but as soon as I get the pictures I will post them.

Post # 16
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you want to DIY, you can check out easyuplighting.com. $20 ea. for LED uplights shipped.

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