Choosing stage lighting for your event is one of the most important elements to get right. At first glance, it may not seem as important as good acoustics or seating, but without a good stage light balance, your event can be too dark causing the audience to lose interest or not fully see whats on stage. Even if you’re not planning on having a major festival, or hosting a large audience, the stage lighting you choose could also add to the safety, look and feel of any occasion.
When you’re planning an outdoor event and you’re using a mobile stage, lighting becomes even more important. However, you don’t want to just flood the place with lights everywhere. The key to choosing the best lighting is to select something that will create the right ambiance so that your guests will feel comfortable enough in the space to relax and enjoy it.
If you lack experience in event lighting or lighting for a stage, you might want to hire an expert stage hire company to help make sure that all your needs are met. With so many options to choose from it can become overwhelming for non-professionals to know exactly what to do. So, as you start planning your next event, here are some basic elements you should keep in mind.
How Do I Design A Lighting Show On A Mobile Stage?
Where the lights will be placed can be determined by the size and the purpose of your event. For example, a large event may need lighting set up in food-service areas, walkways, above bleachers, and in parking areas. Smaller events may need lighting only on pathways and the stage area. When making this decision, safety should also be of primary concern. Lighting up parking areas so people can make their way to and from the event without fear of someone popping out of the dark is essential. Lighting is also essential to give your guests freedom of movement. Tripping hazards and other accidents because of poor visibility could also serve as a safety issue when planning such events. So, don’t just concentrate on the main activities of your event, make sure that you have lighting in other areas as well.
How Much Lighting Should I Hire?
This can be difficult to determine if you’re not a professional festival staging company so you might want to defer to our team here at Mobile Stage Hire to help you figure this out. We have plenty of lighting models to choose from and our crews know how to ask the right questions to ensure that you get the right balance.
They will walk through the event grounds with you, preferably during the early evening hours to point out the exact areas where extra lighting may be needed. They will also help in choosing other lighting needs you may have not considered like emergency, back-stage, or dark corners you may not have noticed before.
How Much Power Does Stage Lighting Require?
Outdoor events often do not have easy or convenient access to a power source. While running long cables from the nearest building may be feasible, it may not always be safe. If your location does not have access to electrical outlets, you’ll have to develop an alternative plan to ensure proper lighting of your event without compromising safety and comfort. This will likely involve re-structuring the layout of tables, chairs, and other essentials in order to help facilitate better lighting throughout the environment.
Whether you need flood lights to brighten up a large area or you need something more focused like task lights, which will concentrate on a smaller area, there are a lot of things to consider when making your selection. Making the right choice can literally make or break your event. Average lighting choices could give you a nice turnout that people will enjoy but a carefully selected lighting package could make the same event absolutely amazing. The right lighting can set the right mood, keep everyone safe, and change the whole atmosphere of an event.
When it comes down to it, making the right lighting choice is just as important to your outdoor event as choosing the right speakers or the right entertainment for your occasion. If you lack knowledge in these areas, consider hiring a professional event hire team to guide you through the process. It will definitely be worth your time, effort, and investment to ensure that your event will be as successful as possible.