Lighting for Ballroom Decor, Staging & Special Effects

Event Lighting Services


Our company provides sophisticated lighting design for staging and larger events that's beyond the scope of what most disc jockey companies provide. That's not to be critical of any other companies, it's just to say we run a larger scale lighting production service for markets completely unrelated to weddings or dj entertainment. However, like many other disc jockey services we offer uplighting and other decor lighting to our entertainment clients at competitive rates with no minimums.

Whether it's assisting local colleges, universities & businesses with sophisticated intelligent lighting, trussing and stage design or providing lighting for extravagant weddings, we're one of the only companies in Syracuse that has the lighting resources to meet the needs of certain types of events.

An Overview of Common Lighting Options


Uplighting

Uplighting

Uplighting is the most commonly used effect for weddings and banquets. As its name implies, uplighting consists of placing wash style light fixtures at the base of a wall, column or fabric and shooting the light upward. You get a lot of bang for the buck because there is no rigging or complicated setup. Years ago you were limited to a single color and intensity for the duration of your event, and with some services that may still be the case. We carry a large inventory of battery and ac powered fixtures, all of which have wireless control. Smooth color fades, dimming, and party sequences for dancing are all possible to suit your preference.

Some companies promote a single price for uplighting.  We'd be skeptical of a fixed price for uplighting, particularly if you have a smaller space.  You may need 10-12 fixtures in a small venue, or being throwing an extravagant event with over 100 fixtures. Every venue is different, and certain ballrooms can be lit in a variety of ways to meet your needs or your budget. If you choose our company, we'll work with you to create the look you want in the venue you've chosen.

Pin Spot Lighting

Pin Spot Lighting

Pin spot lighting creates an amazing effect by highlighting specific subject matter, making it "pop". This is possible because of the narrow beam pattern coming from the light. The key to pin spotting is to get the fixtures above the centerpieces or other items being lit. Unfortunately, this limits the places they can be used. You should also consider how much natural light will be in your room when deciding on pin spots. They look stunning in a darker environment, but may provide little effect if the subject matter is already bathed in ambient light.

We have permanently mounted remote controlled pin spots at the Lodge at Welch Allyn. At other venues we use battery powered pin spots that have magnetic bases. They work well anywhere that we can find something metal to stick them to, or there is a drop ceiling grid. For most venues in the Syracuse area we know if and what options are available, and if not we'll schedule a site visit to scope it out.

Spotlighting

Spotlighting

Like pin spots, spotlighting is not necessarily a good fit for all venues. To work well you want tall ceilings with the light mounted very high. For dances it's really important to have a steep angle to create the best effect. For toasts or introductions the lights should be at least high enough that you're not looking directly into them.

There are a few specific venues that have balconies that make it easier and more cost effective to use spotlights, because they can be mounted using small and inexpensive tripod stands. In venues no balconies but high ceilings there are a few different ways to elevate the light. We pay attention to the way the equipment will look, and not just the effect it produces. Having an elegant spotlight effect isn't necessarily a win if it means ugly equipment that creates an eyesore in your otherwise elegant ballroom.

Most of the time spotlighting at weddings or banquets means using intelligent moving head lights that we can control remotely. There are times when a spot or framed light is required for the sole purpose of hitting one location, and we have cost effect solutions for that as well.

Stage Lighting & Special Effects

Stage Lighting & Special Effects

We regularly work with local colleges & universities, businesses and wedding clients to provide a variety of stage lighting, design & special effects. In some cases we provide everything, and in others we augment the built in stage lighting capabilities at the venue.

We have a variety of professional moving heads, spotlights, gobo projectors, pin spots and hundreds of high powered LED pars in our inventory. We also offer trussing with a variety of lifting options and vertical mounting, stretch fabrics for truss covering and for design. Through creative design and efficient programming of intelligent lighting, we can create scenes and sets that dynamically change to wow your audience or guests.

Projection Lighting

Projection Lighting

You may keep seeing the term gobo projection, and not know exactly what a gobo is. A gobo is a piece of glass, metal or film that you put into a projection or spot light to create an image. Metal gobos have a shape or pattern cut to let light through, so they can only offer a one color image. Glass and film gobos can be produce anything from one color to full photographic color images. We offer custom gobo design, and can provide any of the above types of gobos to best fit your needs.

Film gobos are the least expensive, as they can be printed in house on a standard inkjet printer. A full color image can be printed, but it won't offer the same level of sharpness or color saturation as a glass gobo. However, they are a fraction of the cost of glass. In most cases they look great and are the best choice for an event where they'll be used once.

Metal gobos can only produce simple single color image, but with their perfectly cut edges they will produce a sharper image than the same image printed on film. They are more expensive than film for a custom design, but still fairly inexpensive. We primarily use metal for standard textures and patterns, because there are thousands available and the standard gobos are the least expensive of all.

Glass gobos off the sharpest resolution and vivid color saturation. Their only downside is their cost. A one color gobo is usually a little more expensive than metal, but once you start adding more colors to the design the price is significantly higher. We recommend using glass when it's something you can reuse or if the absolute best image is your top priority regardless of cost.

Our outdoor gobo projectors can only use glass gobos. For indoor usage we can use any of the above options that best suit your requirements. We also have smaller battery powered projectors that are handy in low ambient light situations, and they can use glass or metal, but not film.

The Block S in the above photo is a glass gobo in an extraordinarily bright LED projector. It allowed the image to completely overpower the blue uplighting that's also hitting the stone fireplace.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

In addition to all of the lighting options we offer for interior use, we have powerful outdoor rated LED pars and gobo projectors. These units are sealed so they can safely be used in the rain or snow.

Typically when you're lighting the side of a building, uplighting trees, or projecting an image outside you have little control over the surrounding environment. The outdoor units we use are larger and more powerful than the indoor fixtures to help compensate for any unwanted natural light.