2013 Trends: Lighting

This month we are excited to turn our eye towards 2013 Trends in Lighting, care of Ashley Hugus, Wedding & Social Event Manager at Got Light.  Got Light is one of our favorite and most trusted special event design and production companies, and we knew right away we wanted to reach out to them for their expertise on the matter of lighting.  It’s clear to us from this interview that Got Light has a lot of fun innovative ideas in the pipeline, and we look forward to partnering with them on many spectacular weddings this year!

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Q: First, tell us a little bit about Got Light and your scope of services.

A:  Got Light has delighted thousands of brides and grooms, and we work year-round with the top wedding professionals in the Bay Area to create spectacular ceremonies and receptions.  Whether it’s a backyard wedding for 20 or a mega-wedding for 400, our couples receive immaculate personalized care and attention to detail.

Don’t be fooled by the name.  Got Light provides more than just light! Our services include event audio, video, projection art, video mapping, draping, staging, and much more.  The Got Light team consists of passionate designers, producers, cinematographers, engineers, riggers, and everyone in between.   Our dedicated team of creative problem solvers has a sick obsession for details and an unyielding addiction to customer service.
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Q:  Incorporating proper lighting into the overall design of a wedding is essential.  Can you help explain why the need for lighting is so important?
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A:  Lighting completely transforms the entire look and ambiance of your event.  It can be subtle or striking, but will always have a profound impact on the overall look of your venue.  Illuminated decor, such as chandeliers, mason jars, or pathway lights can also create bold statements for your event with light.  Our experts at Got Light layer in color, texture, kinetic movement, and subtle highlights.   We take your event from “lit” to “WOW!”
Q: Can you please define what an uplight, pin spotting and wash are? Can you share some photos/examples with us?
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A:  Sure!  Here they are:
  • Uplight:  Uplights are compact lighting fixtures in varying sizes and wattages (depending on the event space) that are placed on the ground up against the perimeter walls or key architectural features, adding light and color to the walls, ceiling, and providing an ambient indirect glow.  Uplights shine up a wall and naturally fill a  space with light and color.  We consider uplighting to be the primer or “base coat” to lighting, being the first course of action to transform a room with light.  For  exteriors, uplighting is used on key landscape elements and trees, adding drama and illumination to an outdoor setting. Uplighting can be any color of your  choice, preferably a color that ties in with the linens, florals, or overall color palette.
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

  • Pin Spot:  A pin spot is a sharp, focused light directed at a floral centerpiece, wedding cake, or certain types of decor.  Pin spotting not only helps illuminate the room, but can make dining tables pop with light.  Pin spots can be white light or they can be colored with a light tinted GEL to help bring out the colors of a floral centerpiece.   Pin spots are best for rooms or venues where the pin spot can be mounted or aimed from above the tables.  If that’s not an option, pin spots can be mounted to a tree along the perimeter of the room and aim towards the centerpiece or cake at an angle.  For large centerpieces, often we will recommend two-sided pin spotting for the best look.  We are always happy to advise whether or not pin spotting is appropriate or effective based on your venue and florals.
PinSpotting3

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

  • Wash:  Washes in lighting are broad projections of illumination, color, and/or pattern.    A wash is sometimes a necessity, not a design element, such as a “band wash”.  Or a wash can be colored or patterned to introduce character and design, such as a “ceiling wash”, “wall wash” or “dance wash”.  In lighting, a wash merely refers to projection(s) of illumination to either establish visibility or to liven up a space with more illumination, style, or color.
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Q: Which 2012 trends and colors will we be seeing less of in 2013?
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A:  In 2012, we began seeing a lot of yellow with black/grey color combinations.  The trend of bold color schemes including teals, purples and magentas are definitely on the rise!
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Q:  Any new special lighting features you’re rolling out in 2013 that you’d like to share with us?  Can you share some photos/examples with us?
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A:  Our latest signature style is producing your event with the smallest visible footprint of production nonsense.  This includes custom wooden housing to cover our lighting hardware in a variety of paint and stains.  This replaces a standard uplight color with a beautiful, rustic cover that becomes part of the wedding decor and design.
Got Light's Custom Wood Covers

Got Light’s Custom Wood Covers

We pride ourselves on immaculate attention to detail and are continually designing tricks to hide the wiring.  We want to show off your event, not show off our toys!
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Q: Are you seeing any new color requests in 2013?
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A:  Emerald is the IT color of 2013!  We are seeing a lot of rich aqua hues and complimentary tones, such as green and magenta.  For weddings, ivory and blush or monochromatic schemes never go out of style.  We do a lot of neutral tones, especially for outdoor weddings.  Beautiful venues and a gorgeous landscapes speak for themselves.  Our approach at Got Light is to always enhance the venue, never covering up its natural character.
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Q: Would you be able to share a a before an after photograph of a space to exemplify the impact that lighting has in a space?
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A: Sure!  Take a look…
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Q: Keeping in mind that this all depends on the space, guest count, etc – what do you recommend a couple keep in mind for their lighting budget?
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A: In terms of a lighting budget, we at Got Light believe it’s important to always remember two things: timing and power.  We use a lot of heavy equipment.  When we are hanging decor or lighting in a venue, we are generally the first vendor in and the last vendor out.  Other vendors can generally begin their cleanup behind the scenes, but our product stays up and is enjoyed up until the end of the party, so we don’t take anything down until guests have left the event space.  So bear with us, but we do need a bit of time for set up and break down.  This is important to think about when you are booking your venue block and signing your rental contract.The other thing to think about is power!  We work in dozens of historical buildings around San Francisco and the Bay Area, many of which were not designed with lighting for special events in mind!  At Got Light, we are the Bay Area leader in wireless, battery, & LED, paving the way for a greener and more environmentally friendly approach to lighting for the event industry.  The labor and power saving opportunities are endless!   Remember that if you are having your wedding in an outdoor space with a band, photo booth, lighting, and catering – they will all need somewhere to plug their equipment into, as well!
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Thank you for such an extensive and informative interview, Ashley!  We can honestly say we have a newfound appreciation for the way ‘good’ lighting and production can positively affect a special event!

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In case you missed it, check out last month’s Trends feature on Wedding Cuisine!
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