Rather than "renting" uplights, instead, we offer the services of an uplighting designer who will apply the correct number of uplights needed for your venue to create "your vision
" of the event. This may include pre-planned lighting changes, color combinations to match a theme or a subtle, steady glow in one color all evening. It's your vision... we'll match it!
When you contact us, a lighting expert will gladly recommend the minimum number of uplights for perimeter coverage at your location and also the optimal number of uplighting fixtures to add highlights and accent tables, once we have all of the details of your event. The price quoted is based on travel, the duration of the event, the number of fixtures needed and any optional extras that you may request. One size does not fit all and it's not "per fixture". In fact, we routinely decline events that do not permit proper uplighting coverage of the space. It wouldn't look like our work if we had to try to cover an entire room with 6 or 8 lights when 15 or 20 are actually needed to "wash" the room in color. This policy makes the end result a sure thing at every event. We'll be happy to let you know the correct number of lights your venue requires.
Our powerful state-of-the-art, wireless LED uplights are small, safe and cool to the touch! They are battery-powered, and will run up to 10 hours... anywhere we place them! No wires, no plugs, no power needed, no heating up... no limitations! This even allows us to re-position or re-locate our unobtrusive uplights on the fly, for safe placement and maximum impact wherever needed!
UpLighting at a Daytime Wedding?
Our uplighting is highly effective even at a daytime event, because our lighting designers are lighting experts, not delivery/set-up staff.
Before and After...
(notice the daylight from the window behind the sweetheart table on the left of the photo)
Here's AllStar UpLighting at a daytime wedding
at Danversport Yacht Club
Cape Cod Tent Wedding WITHOUT uplighting
Same tent with AllStar UpLighting added....
Some DJ services or function venues are now offering inexpensive or even "complimentary uplighting", but actually use inexpensive plug-in LEDs or out-dated “par can” lights with spotlight bulbs that get very, very hot. Such light cans (pictured below on left) must be placed near power outlets since they need to be plugged in and require plastic color gels replaced by hand on each light around the room in order to change colors. We've yet to see any venue with free "par cans" actually change the color gels on their lighting during an event. Respectfully, such venues don't specialize in uplighting, they serve food & beverage. There's a reason it's free. It's not the same product... but they call it "uplighting".
All uplighting is not the same!
Traditional 575 Watt Par Can UpLights... Yuk!
Our Wireless, Battery-Powered LED UpLights!
If someone offers you "free" uplighting, you could be getting something like this: click to watch video clip taken at a recent wedding we DJ'd where the bride said she didn't need our uplighting because "uplighting" was "included free" by her venue.
Free lighting is usually worth exactly what it costs.
Cheaper foreign LED lights with limited dispersion are another option we've seen being offered as "uplighting". Those inexpensive imported knock-offs are much weaker in intensity and wattage and do not color a room adequately or offer the rich array of a million colors that our high-end, American-made uplights offer. Rather than wash the entire room in color, the light often appears like a narrow candle flame shooting up above each light. These inferior uplights leave huge dark areas in the spaces between the lighting fixtures. Weak uplights require a darker room to make any impact at all and the limited visibility for guests in a dark room adds an additional safety issue to worry about. We don't darken rooms, we replace their white light with colored light, ever aware that visibility and safety are the first priority at any event.
Take a look at the picture below (Cafe Escadrille in Burlington). Notice that the room is now colored in a beautiful, even wash... but visibility has not been compromised.
All "uplighting" is not the same!
Wired LED lights that are not battery powered or wirelessly remote controlled must be connected with an endless chain of troublesome connecting cables that are then fed to a master lighting console to allow uniform color changes, scenes or sequences. Be sure to ask if the lights being offered to you are WIRELESS (no connecting cables) and Battery Powered (no plug-in AC power cords). Be aware that a lower price will often mean miles of unsightly, taped-down cables all over your reception venue. Yuk! This also prevents wired lights being utilized and later moved, for instance, under a cake table.
How Many UpLights Do I Need?
Now that almost every DJ seems to be offering "uplights"... it's confusing when you get opposing information from different sources. A DJ who owns only 8 uplights will suggest, umm... 8 uplights for your event, because that's all he owns. You won't be told that half the room will be in darkness or shadows or that there will be huge dark gaps between the lights. By contrast, we will actually meet with you on-site if your event is at a venue that we have not previously seen. We will evaluate the space with you, before you have hired us, and discuss your best lighting options and their cost. If someone offers to bring "as many uplights as it needs"... there is no guarantee how many they will bring or that they even really know the proper number of lights required for the space. Ask to see pictures of their work! Compare any pictures from any company to our pictures of the same venue. We get emails from all over America asking what type of uplights we use and how we manage to wash a room so completely with color.