What exactly is up lighting and why is it so popular? Should you spend extra money on having up lights at your wedding reception? What is the difference between LED up lights and regular up lights? How do you choose your wedding up lighting provider and what is the average cost of this service?
Up light (“wall light”, sometimes “spot light”) is a lamp designed to position or cast its light upwards. In other words, up lights are beautiful and eye-pleasing effects that add elegance and sophistication to you wedding venue by lighting up the walls and ceilings.
The trend of using up lights at wedding receptions and other events is increasingly becoming more and more popular across the globe, including the United States and the City of San Diego. In fact, almost every well-established San Diego wedding DJ uses up lighting on a regular basis and, with some exceptions, up lighting is one of the most important investments a couple can make for their wedding day. (See the picture below this article).
Most San Diego event lighting and/or disc jockey companies charge anywhere from $20 to $70 for each up light used, but the quality of their lighting fixtures and the way the lights work is quite different. Some companies use traditional par cans with colored gels while others use state-of-the-art LED lights. Depending on your desired color, it might be better to go with LED lights or regular par cans. The advantage of LED lighting is that the color and other effects can be changed immediately; the lights don’t get hot and use very little power. However, many of the LED lights have red, green and blue bulbs only, which makes it difficult to set the lights to amber or white colors. That's why, if you’d like to use these colors, I suggest either going with regular par cans with colored gels or using new RGBAW LED lights, which are very expensive and not so popular at the moment.
If you’re working with a qualified lighting professional, the person will take care of all of this for you, but if you’d like to make sure you know what you’re paying for, it might be a good idea for you to ask your lighting provider to show you the actual lights they would use at your reception venue and take a look at different colors, color combinations and effects to see what you like best.
Another question people ask me frequently is how many lights should be used at their wedding reception venue and where to put them. The answer is that it can be anywhere between 8 and 24 lights and it really depends on the type of venue, as well its size and design. The total cost of having up lighting at your wedding would range from $200 to over $1000 (a lot less if you go with our company) and using up lights it is a great way to impress your guests and add more elegance and excitement to your reception venue.