4 lighting ideas for events

TheVenueShop - lighting ideas for events - gobo lightingLighting can really make or break your event! It is so much more than just putting a spotlight on your guest speaker or performer or adding a few stage lights here and there. Keep in mind though, if the lights are too bright your event may seem stark and cold. If your lights are too dark guests may miss important elements of your event and design.

Creating ambience, displays video content and can also be used to highlight architectural elements or styling pieces to build a visual experience that will leave your guests in awe. Lighting can also be used to direct your guests attention to events going on within your event, or to grab their attention... 



Using uplighting at your event is a great way to create an atmosphere. Many function venues can look bland if you do not use perimeter lighting, especially important for a simple more basic venue such as an empty ballroom, gallery, or conference centre. These venues do not have a lot of character to begin with, so building ambience with more lighting and decor is a great way to tie in a colour that goes with your theme and create a wow factor upon guests entering the room.

What type of events are great for uplighting?

  • Awards nights and gala dinners
  • TV shows and 'on the couch' type speaker events
  • Charity dinners
  • Sporting events
  • Weddings
  • Cocktail Functions

Using Gobo's

Using Gobo’s is a great way to add an element of design and depth to your event. What is a gobo? It is a beam of light with a metal stencil over it that creates a pattern. Now that technology has progressed, glass gobo's are developed that can incorporate colours and detailed imagery.

Gobo's can project any design or pattern including abstract shapes, patterns, pictures, and company logos. Gobo's can be projected onto ceilings, floors, and walls and are a great way to add visual interest. While gobo's are great for transforming your event by giving it a dynamic atmosphere and feel, they can also be used to promote your brand. Seeing your brands logo in bright crisp lighting will create a visual impact that surely will not go unnoticed. Gobo's can go almost anywhere and are highly flexible. They can be tied in perfectly with many types of events from conventions, to galas and even weddings, displaying the happy couples' initials. 

What type of events are great for gobo's?

The versatility of gobo's makes them the perfect lighting technique for all types of shows. 

  • Brand logo for sales conferences and product launches
  • Wall design for gala dinners
  • Bride and groom initials at weddings
  • Logos for awards nights and conferences

Create a Light Show

Creating a light show is a really fun way to grab your guests' attention and often combined with the first two lighting techniques. However, unlike the first two lighting options these lights are constantly moving and flashing because a lighting engineer designs a custom show specifically for your event. Lighting shows are often used at corporate events before an awards ceremony or speeches as they can help quieten the crowd and build excitement for the main event. They can also be used to create an amazing dance vibe at galas and high energy concerts. Light shows make a very memorable experience and keep the energy high at events!

Highlight Design with Pin Lighting

Pin lighting can be an excellent way to direct attention to certain parts of your event. Using a spotlight creates a dramatic effect that can transform centerpieces, decor elements and table settings into incredible pieces of art. Not only do pin lights add drama to your event lighting, but they also provide separation that is often needed between dark table linens and centerpieces allowing the centerpieces to pop and stand out. Pin lighting will make your event design a more dynamic visual experience.


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