Two Keys to Collaborating With Lighting Pros

Two Keys to Collaborating With Lighting Pros

By Samantha Sackler, February 21, 2017

Event designers face a multitude of challenges, including budget restrictions, client expectations and venue problems. Lighting is a critical piece of the puzzle, and is capable of transforming even the most nondescript venue into something unforgettable. Lighting effects can focus interest upon important design features—and transform or hide any less-appealing elements. It can be difficult to create a strong collaboration between lighting professionals and event designers, as each is hired as a separate vendor, but establishing a working relationship early in the process can make the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

A venue is a blank canvas, but may have features that are distracting or not fitting with the event theme or client’s vision, such as carpeting, pillars or other architectural elements. Establishing a relationship with the lighting design team is crucial for event professionals to make event design appealing.

Play With Visual Effects

Create a design that takes on a dreamlike quality by bringing light effects into the scene. Washes of color on walls, pillars and tables add atmosphere, mood and an ambience standard design elements cannot achieve on their own.

Lighting tricks to take an event design to the next level:

  • Chandelier lighting
  • Pin drop lighting
  • Spot lighting
  • Uplighting

Special visual effects can be created with light, such as waterfalls, space, oceans and more. Working with the lighting team and discussing the challenges of the room and the overall theme will spur a creative collaboration that makes the final result memorable. Guests will feel they are in a separate world, awash with the color and atmosphere that can only be achieved with carefully plotted light effects.

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