1st June 2018 | Installations

Lighting.  What do you Need?

There are loads of lighting options from single lights, stings, projections, uplights for trees/buildings, lasers, floods, festive motifs and even underwater lighting. Choosing the correct product for the effect you are trying to create is paramount. Some may want to call in a lighting professional to help (this can be free advise).

Certain basics are required, for example, mains power is most common. Although, solar, battery or even a generator can be used. There could be a lot of cabling involved and consideration of how these could be hidden will help create the magic.

There are many ways to calculate how much light or how many lights you need. Lumens (a measure of light output). lumen output is a poor measure of the suitability of a lighting fixture for a given task. This is where a lighting professional could be invaluable. Or trial and error, this can be fun or soul destroying.

As in any industry, there are jargon terms in lighting. LED (the newest one, I guess. Stands for Light Emitting Diode) String lights, Ropelight, Curtain Lights, watts, amps, lumens, transformers, dimmers, DMX, Projection, Projection mapping and so on. Things you will need to be aware of is length of strings. Are they connectable? Power required, products can be mains voltage 230/240 volt. Low voltage 110 volt. Extra-low voltage 12 or 24 volt. Low and extra low voltage will require a transformer to suit the input voltage.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make an impact. The bigger the budget the more you can do or the more areas you can cover. Many products can be used creatively in many ways without spending any more money. You needn’t purchase either as you can rent lighting products on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Lighting Design Rules

There may be local rules in your area. It is always best to check with your local planning Department. A rule of thumb, if lights are temporary then no need for planning permission.
What makes a beautiful installation? This is a great question. But one that is difficult to give a definitive answer as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

To start the design process you could involve a consultant to avoid costly mistakes There are a number of reputable companies that would provide this service. This may be with a bigger budget. For a smaller project or event you may want to experiment with a few strings of lights or colourwash lights.

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