By far, the most popular question we get is "how many up lights should I rent for my event?". This is a very difficult question to answer because there is no right or wrong answer.
The "official" recommendation is to space each light approximately 6-12 feet apart. Each light is going to illuminate roughly a 3-4 foot area of wall (width). The more lights you use means the closer you can put them together and the more color, light, and brightness you'll get.
Try the calculator to get an idea of how many lights based on the size of the area you want to light.
An "up lighting" effect can really set the mood at weddings and other special events! Light up the whole room for a dramatic and elegant effect. For a 100-300 person wedding, you're looking at 16-30 lights.
Lighting stages for dance recitals, music performances, bands, comedy shows, and small concerts is a very popular use of our rental event lighting. If you're looking to light a small to average sized stage, Somewhere in the range of 4-12 lights should do the trick.
*** Its strongly recommended to book a few more lights then you absolutely must have. For example, if you calculate you must have exactley 19 lights, then you should probably round it up to 20 just in case of any technical difficulaties. As a reminder, we don't send out replacement lights. We test all of the lights before shipping, but failures do sometimes happen so make it stress-free on yourself and be prepared in advance with a backup. ***
1) Do you want to light the whole room or just a specific area?
If you're trying to stick to a budget, keep in mind that you don't have to light the entire room to get a cool effect. Maybe focus your lighting on just 1 wall? Or just specific areas? Or just use a couple as a nice accent effect. Lots of possibilities - get creative! :)
2) How big is the room?
You don't have to break out the tape measure or figure out the exact square footage, just take into consideration what you are lighting. Is it a high school gym that can pack in 2,000 students? Is it a banquet room hosting a wedding for 200-300 guests? One room at a private residence where you plan to have a dinner for 10-20 of your closest friends? The bigger the room - the more lights you'll need.
3) Are you looking to wash the entire room with color, or are you envisioning more of an accent effect?
Again, more lights means you can put them closer together which gives off more glow. Check out some photos to see more specific examples.