What Is Uplighting?

If you’re asking yourself “What is uplighting?” you’re in the right place. This lighting option is a popular design effect created by strategically placing lighting fixtures on the floor and pointing them up. Thus creating the effect of ‘up lighting’. It is a very effective way to dramatically improve the ambience of an wedding or event space.

Accent walls with color, highlight special areas, or cast a welcoming and festive glow through your event venue with up lighting. Fantastic way to spruce up a drab venue!

This brilliant effect is perfect for weddings, corporate events, concerts, school dances, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, or any party you’re hosting. You can use uplighting in any size event venue, or even just a small home.

Wedding Uplighting
Wedding Uplighting
Reception Uplighting

Wedding lighting isn’t a reception detail to overlook: uplighting has the power to completely transform a room with the flick of a switch. By creating depth and setting the atmosphere while also strategically highlighting details you want seen and distracting away from others you might want to hide. Therefore Wedding & Event Lighting is something you should talk to your planner with. But what do you couples, especially those with different budgets, need to know about wedding uplighting? We asked the pros to break it down and share the uplighting essentials that every couple should be aware of while making wedding decor decisions. 

Reception Uplighting

What Exactly is Up Lighting?

“Uplighting is ambient lights usually supplied by your Disc Jockey or Wedding Venue that are placed around your venue space to create depth and atmosphere in order to create a more unique experience for your celebration.” says Eve Frank, Wedding Planner at Erie Wedding & Event Services.

Eve goes on to explain: “By placing Uplighting on the floor around your venue you can accent the walls and ceiling in your venue to create depth and feeling in the color of your choice. It’s also useful to accent archetectual features of your venue such as wall fixtures or pillars that you are fond of. In fact, the uplighting provided by our Disc Jockey Division, Erie DJ Entertainment is programmable to transition from one color to another with a remote control allowing you to signal to your guests a move from cocktail and dinner hours to dancing. Up lights placed along the dance floor can even beat in time to the music to add energy. It’s an amazing service for any wedding or event.”

What Kinds of Up Lighting Are There?

There are 2 main types of Up Lighting that Professional Wedding & Event Vendors offer and from there….well…there’s a lot to explain. We’ll keep it as easy as we can. The two main types of these accent lights are Wired and Wireless.

Wired Uplighting

The majority of Wedding Venues and some Disc Jockey and Lighting Companies offer Wired Lighting. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Wired Lighting requires use of an electric outlet to keep it on so it’s not very flexible in terms of where you can place it. In order to use it in areas further from the electrical outlets you must run additional extension cords. We don’t reccomend this lighting option as it poses a tripping hazard for your guests OR locks you into a lighting design the hall picked based on where their electrical outelts are located. This becomes even more burdensome in older venues that haven’t had the electrical updated as the energy the lighting pulls can interrupt service to your caterer, DJ, or Photographer who also need to connect to electrical in order to serve your Wedding or Event. In addition, most wired lights only come in 6-10 pre-programmed colors and need to be manually switched on the light itself.

Wedding Cake Lighting

Wireless Uplighting

Wireless Uplighting is the type we’ve chosen to offer our clients due to the versatility in both lighting design AND the amount of control we have over colors. The possibilities are endless with this light.

Unlike the traditional Wired Lighting, Wireless contain a battery pack that are charged ahead of time and last up to 12 hours long. Our Disc Jockey team is careful to ensure this item is charging at least 24 hours before each event. Because they use a battery pack and are not limited by a cord, we are able to place these lights in areas not usually accented by color such as the Cake Cutting Table and along inner pillars and features.

In addition, our Wireless Uplighting comes with remote control access. That means we can stand across the room and with the touch of a button we can adjust the color of the lights. These brilliant little fixtures are programmed with 64 popular colors. However, our DJ’s have a Program App right on an Ipad that allows them to use a color wheel and adjust each light individually or all together to perfectly match any color you wish.

Cake Lighting

Incandescent Versus LED Uplighting

It’s essential to understand the difference between incandescent light bulbs and LEDs as well when shopping for Wedding Uplighting. The first uplighting used was par-cans. Par-cans are wired lighting fixtures that contain a white incandescent bulb.  A thin sheet of cellophane is placed over the light bulb to change the color of the par-can. Also, the bulbs burn hot, making them a danger to anyone who may bump into the fixture, making them a safety risk. Another downfall of the par-can was the need to be plugged in close to an outlet or an extension cord. These lights were a double risk with being a burning and tripping hazard. No one wants to run the risk of a friend or family member being injured by the decor at their event. Most Wedding Venues and some DJ’s still use Incandescent Lights.

LED lighting is the way of the future. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. They are low energy lights that don’t get hot to the touch, which reduces the risk of accidental injury. LED lights are also far more brilliant than a regular incandescent bulb. Our state-of-the-art Wireless LED lights can wash a 3 story barn ceiling in gorgeous color. I know, we’ve seen it at several popular venues we’ve served at. LED uplights to last much longer than other bulbs, making them ideal for multiple uses over the years. If your DJ is offering you uplighting with LED, you can be assured the lighting will work well for your event. There are no unpleasant surprises with burned out bulbs.

Erie Wedding & Event Services understands how important high-quality service is to you. That’s why we proudly offer Wireless, LED Uplighting Rentals for your special occasions.

What is Uplighting
What is Uplighting?

What Color Uplighting Should I Use? 

The question we get asked most often after “What is Uplighting” is: “What Color Should I Use at my Wedding?”. That’s why we’ve written a blog to help you decide which color is right for your Wedding. The answers may surprise you if you’re expecting to use a design that includes your Wedding Colors. You can find out more in this helpful blog: 

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Erie Videography has built a team of dedicated professional videographers who are ready and waiting to help you capture your special moments. Your life is a story full of celebrations and milestones. We’re excited to talk with you about protecting your memories.

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Now that your question: “What Is Up Lighting” has been answered, are you ready to start reserving your date? One of our friendly team members is waiting to talk with you about your Milestone Celebration and how our Disc Jockey team along with our Wireless, Remote Controlled LED Up Lighting can set the stage for YOUR fantastic celebration! Reach out today!