Can you use uplighting during the day? What about with bright overhead lights? The answer is…it depends! First, let’s take a look at how uplighting works. Then we can understand when and where to use uplighting.
Uplights are light fixtures. They are used to illuminate the walls of a venue. As with any type of lighting, uplights will be more visible when the room is dim. Think about a flashlight. Have you ever tried to use a flashlight on a sunny day? Of course not! You won’t see the beam of light from a flashlight when the sun is out. On the other hand, you can see a flashlight in a dark room. The same principle holds true for uplighting.
If your venue has many windows, uplighting will not be visible during a daytime event. It would be the equivalent of shining a flashlight outside during the day. But, if there are just a few windows, the uplighting will likely be visible – albeit not as vibrant as it would be in a dark room. The same holds true for indoor ceiling lights. If the venue has overhead lights on full brightness, the uplighting will not be as visible. But, if the overhead lights are dimmed, then you can see the uplighting. The darker the room, the brighter the uplighting will look.
But wait…. there’s still hope if you love lighting AND big sunny windows! Use this to your advantage to set the mood for your reception. As guests arrive, the natural sunlight creates a welcoming environment. As the sun goes down, the uplighting will gradually become more and more dramatic as it gets darker outside. This creates the perfect transition from dinner to dancing!
“As the sun goes down, uplighting will gradually become more and more dramatic as it gets darker outside. This creates the perfect transition from dinner to dancing!”
So that’s a look at how to decide whether uplighting will work for your venue, particularly during the daytime or if there are overhead ceiling lights. This is definitely a frequently asked question about wedding lighting! Just remember to think of it like a flashlight. Stay tuned for more articles in our Rent My Wedding – “Wedding Lighting 101” series. In the meantime, for more event lighting FAQs, tips and tricks, visit our website at www.RentMyWedding.com or call 1-800-465-8020.
WEDDING LIGHTING 101: UPLIGHTING FAQ
Does Uplighting Work During the Daytime?
No, uplighting does not work during the daytime if used outside or in a room with many large windows. Tip: Cover the windows with curtains or pipe and drape in order for uplighting to be visible during the daytime.
Does Uplighting Work in a Room with Overhead Lights?
Yes, uplighting works in a room with overhead lights. Just keep in mind that if the ceiling lights are very bright, the uplighting will not be as visible. Tip: Dim the overhead lights for the best effect with uplighting.
Marie Kubin is all about creating new ideas and resources for the wedding industry. Her passion began while planning her own wedding in 2012. Since then, she has launched a free wedding planning magazine RENT MY WEDDING Magazine, developed a free mobile app DIY Wedding Lighting Guide, and founded the nation’s largest online event rental companies, RENT MY WEDDING and RENT MY PHOTOBOOTH.