Uplighting works well even when there are windows letting light into the event space.
Q: The space we are using has a lot of windows, will uplighting look good even with all of the windows and the daylight coming in the room?
A: Uplighting works well even when there are windows and daylight in the space. Using uplighting with natural light can create some really elegant lighting effects.
When you are uplighting with natural light, think about the timeline for the event. Most events start with cocktails earlier where having a less saturated lighting look is an elegant touch. As the evening progresses through dinner the sun sets and less natural light is coming into the room, the effect of the uplighting is enhanced.
The effect of uplighting naturally grows stronger as the evening progresses and as the natural daylight in the room fades.
When dinner is over it will naturally feel like the room has been slowly transformed with the natural light leaving the space and the uplighting taking over. This transitions really well for dancing and the rest of the evening.
Before and after uplighting. Always think of specific room features like columns that may need more lights.
It’s easy to determine how many uplights you need for your event using our online calculators. These formulas are specifically tailored for our wireless uplights to get the best effect possible.
You have three different ways to determine how many uplights you’ll need for your event.
Total Square Feet
Number of Guests
How many uplights you’ll need will generally be more accurate when based off of room dimensions than off your total guest count.
Many venues will provide you the exact dimensions of a space usually given in ft x ft. With this calculation we use the following method to determine how many uplights you’ll need. This is widely viewed as the most accurate way to estimate how many lights you’ll need.
Most venues provide you with the total square footage of the space(s) you’re renting. Based off the square footage you can get fairly accurate approximation of how many uplights you’ll need using the following formula. This method does not account for specific room features you might want to highlight like columns, alcoves, stages, or other architectural elements you might need to highlight with additional lights.
Generally this is the least accurate of all the ways to estimate uplighting. It doesn’t take into account specific room features that may impact the overall lighting effect.
Example of how many uplights you’ll need in a room using the formulas on this page.
How many uplights? Look at the big picture.
There are differences in each way of determining the number of lights needed for a space. Every space is unique and ultimately we can help you figure out exactly what you need.
Think about the space you’ll be in. Look for photos of the space online or take photos on your visits to the space.
Are there columns in the room?
Are there alcoves or other abnormalities that might need more lights to make the room feel balanced?
Are there multiple levels to the space?
Are there stage areas or bumpouts in the room that would need more lighting?
Do you want lighting for an exit, under table lighting, or other focal areas you want uplighting?
Are there multiple rooms you need to light?
Can you move or reuse lights between spaces?
When uplighting columns generally you’ll need one uplight for smaller columns (columns you can hug) or columns up against a wall. You’ll need 2-4 lights for columns you can half hug or for larger columns you’ll need 4 or more uplights. This is because columns are round and multiple sides are exposed to guests. To get an even look around the column you might need to have lights on either side of a column or all around the entire column.
Medium washes of color in a space.
Using the methods above you should be able to get a good idea of how many uplights you’ll need for your event and the approximate cost of uplighting. Contact us using the form on the right to get in touch about specifics of your space and what types of uplighting might be a good fit for your event.
Cake spotlight, texture lighting and uplighting at Whitehall Manor for a Virginia Tech inspired wedding.
Lighting is the difference between your wedding being forgotten or your wedding being unforgettable. We make it easy and affordable for anyone to create an unforgettable wedding.
This wedding features Monica and Ray, a couple who met and had a love for Virginia Tech. Their cake featured two Hokie Birds dressed up for the wedding as a cake topper and a beautifully elegant tree and maroon and orange leaf motif climbing the tiers of the cake. Without a cake spotlight the cake would have been in the dark, the Hokie birds would have been missed, and the elegant design would have been forgotten. Smartly they had a cake spotlight on the cake to illuminate the details that they had put so much thought into.
A scroll texture pattern light was used in conjunction with the organic elements that they used throughout the rest of the wedding decor. Amber was an elegant choice that matched the existing lighting temperature of the fixtures in the space and warmed up the beautiful historic features of the venue. Wireless uplights are a perfect match for historic venues like Whitehall where power isn’t necessarily where you want to place lights.
Together the elements worked together to create the perfect inspired elegant and romantic atmosphere that highlighted the important details in their decor for their wedding making it unforgettable. Go Hokies!
Wireless uplights setup at the Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck at National Harbor.
Wireless uplights for as little as $25 per light!
It’s easier and more cost effective than ever to add uplighting to your event.
Leave the cables, wires, limited color choices and frustration at home. Wireless uplighting lets you enjoy your event more and setup less.
Many cheap wired rental lights only let you choose from 7 preset colors. Our lights let you choose from over 16.7 million color combinations right at your finger tips.
Many wired uplight rentals are setup so you can only use their cables which means you have to use more lights even though you might not need them. It can look cheaper up front but is actually more expensive and takes a lot longer to setup.
This photo shows the Sunset Room at National Harbor in Maryland. 28 uplights were used in this setup. Total time for uplight setup by one person: 10 minutes
Trying to get the same setup with wired uplights would take over 45 minutes and it would be impossible to get a deep eggplant purple because of the limited colors.
It’s now easier and more cost effective than ever to go rent wireless uplights. Save money, transform your event, and spend more time enjoying the event.
Fill out the form on the right to check availability for your event today!
Wireless uplights lighting up the columns on historic manor house Whitehall Manor.
Whitehall Manor in Bluemont Virginia is an idyllic venue to get married. Nestled in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains Whitehall is close enough to DC and nearby airports to make it accessible but far enough away from the hustle of DC to escape and relax.
Historic manor houses are the perfect candidate for enhancing with lighting. Lighting helps illuminate and feature the beauty inherent in the space. Neutral tones help enhance the historic feel and make it feel more warm and intimate.
Texture lighting combined with wireless uplighting gives a balanced look.
We lit the columns on the outside of Whitehall. The wireless uplights make it easy to move lighting from space to space so you can save money by using less lights and move them as your guests move from space to space. The lights have no problem reaching all the way up the 20ft+ columns.
Neutral tones like amber are great for warming up a reception space and making it feel more intimate, elegant and romantic.
We also utilized texture lighting inside in combination with the wireless uplights to create detail and framed the texture lights into the spaces of the venue making it feel organic.
Wireless outdoor tree lighting at Whitehall Manor.
Transform unused outdoor venue space with our wireless uplights. Using wireless uplights outside at the base of trees turns the natural trees on the property into your rustic lighting features.
The lights are wireless and completely battery powered. They last up to 16 hours and because of the lighting technology used can change into any color that can be seen in a rainbow.
Many venues have beautiful outdoor spaces that are ignored in the evenings. Using the wireless uplights you can regain those beautiful outdoor spaces and turn them into viable outdoor spaces again. Outdoor spaces can be used for:
Wireless uplights can also be used to highlight the outside of a venue, columns, or other architectural features of a venue.
Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, VA is a beautiful wedding venue and it was the perfect fit for a wedding for Ben Erwin and Sara Gwinn.
Sara is a very talented print and graphic designer so it was great working with her and getting a beautiful design to showcase at her wedding. The monogram was completely her design and captured the feeling of their personality and the personality of the venue and the urban barn feel that they created.
We used uplighting that started off amber earlier in the wedding reception and changed over to purple later in the evening. Texture lighting was used on either side of a massive 20ft barn window door that was flanked on either side by white drape. We designed the texture lighting to incorporate design elements that Sara had used in her monogram to plant her design element into the space re-iterating the beautiful farm vibe that was also present.
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