Lighting an event goes far beyond simply illuminating a room. Good lighting is a necessity as it can carry a strong and immediate presence. The lighting for an event is a defining feature and can set the tone for the entire evening. Think about it: when you walk into an event, the lighting can drastically alter your emotions, energy, and mood.
Your event design company will tell you that event lighting is typically broken down into three different categories: functional, atmospheric, and dynamic. Each category plays its own essential role in event design as well as safety. But, even with safety-related lighting, a talented designer can make it look magical! It all comes down to brightness, color temperature, and shadows.
From the moment guests enter a space, the lighting plays an important role. There must be some light to allow for guests to move about safely, but it also needs to achieve the right ambience. Light is a great illusion-maker and can transform an otherwise boring conference room into a magical ball. Lighting can create a unique perspective, focus, and even change the way an event space appears.
Talented lighting designers are able to make things seemingly disappear. Although many people think of illumination when considering lighting, lights can be used to create shadows and darken a space, thus hiding unattractive features of a venue while at the same time highlighting its best features. Everything from ugly carpeting, unattractive wallpaper, and cavernous ceilings can be camouflaged with the right kind of lighting.