Lighting at Social Events: A heads-up by Lloyd Albuquerque

Weddings | October 7, 2014 | News

Lighting Design Lloyd Albuquerque LGL Design

As a lighting designer one has to deal with all things that need lighting or power, right from the chef needing a power point to fire his electric oven to the florist who now has 25 arches to decorate instead of the original count of 12, with no information being passed to the lighting designer about the same. Even the backstage and toilets need lights.

Lloyd Albuquerque of LGL Designs explained how most of the times a wedding planner looks at a wedding as though it is a stage performance. He elaborated by explaining that trusses and light stands being far from pretty, should be dressed up or finished to blend into the ambience of the event.

Albuquerque added "There is no proper placement for backstage gear and generators. The safety equipment, if at all available is not manned by trained personnel. Additionally, most of the times only ambient lighting is taken care of and the event planner overlooks functional lighting which covers food counters, pathways to exits and seating tables. As a result, these areas remain unlit or inappropriately lit."

Describing how functional lighting is crucial Albuquerque mentioned that sometimes food counters are lit but the person serving himself/ herself, cannot see a thing as the light is behind the person. As a result, one can only see his/her own shadow. He also said" If you are seated at a table and trying hard to talk to a friend whose face is a brignt blue or pink as a result of the ambience which is set to that color, imagine how scary a sight that is."

Explaining how the nature and feel of the event need to be considered significantly before deciding on the lighting, he said, "At a candle light dinner the lighting should never overpower the glimmer of candlelight. Although it could peak at some points, it should most definitely always back down to where it remains at par or lower than the flickering candles."

The famous lighting designer speaks on how some important aspects related to lighting are very frequently overlooked.

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