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Two Color Uplighting, Amber and Blue with Cake Spotlight

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Blue and amber wireless uplights create a two toned uplighting effect with white under the table lighting with wireless uplights. A cake spotlight makes the cake pop.

Two color uplighting is a great way to create a high end look. In this example at the Gaithersburg Marriott in Maryland, they used our battery uplights to create a blue and amber color combination.

They also used 2 of the wireless uplights to create a nice under the table lighting effect for the sweetheart table. The photo also shows our rental cake spotlights that help make the cake pop at the reception.

The second photo shows a bigger view of the room where you can better see how the cake spotlight really makes the cake pop out and how the under the table lighting makes the sweetheart table pop on the stage.

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Two toned wedding reception lighting with blue and amber uplighting with a custom designed monogram.

They used a screen and a projector to show a slideshow and used one of our monogram designs on the screen before and after the slideshow when it wasn’t playing the video.

So when you are looking to rent uplights in Maryland check out what we have to offer and see how much you’ll save.

Venue: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
Entertainment: Wedding DJ – Superlative Events

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Bride and groom dancing with their wedding monogram and uplighting behind them.

Wedding Lighting at Molan Lave Vineyard in Warrenton, VA

Bride and groom dancing with their wedding monogram and uplighting behind them.

Bride and groom dancing with their wedding monogram and uplighting behind them.

A high arched ceiling and simple walls are pretty plain for a wedding. Brighten the walls and the room and pull together your color by renting wireless uplighting and a rental monogram light.

A lot of venues like vineyards are amazing outdoors and offer a great cocktail hour experience but their reception spaces can be somewhat plain. Lighting is the lowest cost option to transform the space for your wedding and make it completely personalized.

Simple walls are enhanced with a monogram and a purple uplighting.

Simple walls are enhanced with a monogram and a purple uplighting.

Even with daylight in the room the uplights did a great job pulling together the bride and groom’s colors and creating the perfect ambiance for their wedding.

Venue: Molan Lave Vineyards  - Warrenton, VA
Entertainment: Wedding DJ & Ceremony – Superlative Events

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White Uplighting – Hotel Monaco – Alexandria, VA

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White uplighting enhances the beauty of a wedding at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA.

White uplighting is an elegant way to transform a hotel ballroom for a wedding. Wireless uplighting elegantly enhances the elegant ballroom at Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Pin-spot lighting on the centerpieces makes the clean and elegant white flowers pop.

A cake spotlight makes the cake shine and shimmer and looks amazing in the white color scheme used for the wedding. This lighting works really well with the monogram lighting that is projected behind the cake for a beautiful way to personalize the space.

Texture lighting of a vine at the far wall of the ballroom adds a touch of elegance to the stale hotel ballroom walls.

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How to Choose a Gobo Size

side by side comparison of different gobo sizes

Side by side differences in gobo sizes.

The gobo size that you need is based on the light fixture that will project that gobo. Many traditional theater style lights like a Source 4 ellipsoidal light or LEKO light will use a size B gobo (about the diameter of a coke can). Cheap DJ effect lights like the Chauvet Zoom or American DJ LED gobo projector use a custom gobo size that is about the size of a dime.

Why different gobo sizes?

It’s based on the the power of the light source.

More powerful light sources use bigger gobo sizes because there is more light to shoot through a larger template and the template needs more surface area to dissipate heat. Stronger light sources result in a brighter, bigger image but often comes at the expense of a larger sized light fixture.

Small cheap effect lights like the Chauvet Zoom, American DJ Gobo Projector LED are not recommended. These lights use teeny-tiny gobo templates to project with limiting detail and brightness. These lights may look good in a small dark bedroom or living room but don’t hold up to real life events of more than 30 people.

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Example of a D-sized transparency gobo used at an event results in an extremely clear image.

Smaller gobo sizes mean there is less physical space to print detailed images. Smaller gobos are better suited for blockier, less detailed designs like the cross shape used in the smallest gobo in our example photo. More detailed designs like those used for weddings are better suited to larger gobo sizes (E-size or bigger).

When considering a gobo light this is what we recommend:

  • E-Size or bigger gobo
  • A light fixture that supports multiple lenses
  • At least a 30w (LED) light source

Common gobo sizes

Here is a table of some popular standardized gobo sizes and common light fixtures that use those gobo sizes:

Letter Size O.D. (mm) I.A. (mm) Notes
A Size 100 75
B Size 86 64.5 Standard Size for Ellipsoidal lights (Source 4, Source 4 Zoom)
M Size 66 48 Source 4 Jr.
G Size 65.5 48 For Clay Paky Goldenscans
D Size 53.3 38 Martin PR-1, LEDSpot 40
E Size 37.5 28 LEDSpot 25, LEDSpot 30
O.D = Outside Diameter; I.A. = Image Area

The OD (Outer Diameter) number is the diameter of the actual template itself. The IA (Image Area) number is the useable are that can be used to print the image used for the gobo. It’s important to know these numbers when ordering a gobo, especially the IA. The IA can change from light fixture to light fixture even for commonly used gobo sizes. Make sure you know the OD and the IA of the gobo size for your particular lighting fixture you’ll be using for your event. Also know what types of gobos your light supports.

Bottom Line

When ordering a gobo know the OD and the IA of the light fixture you’re using. Realize that larger gobo sizes can support higher levels of detail in the resulting image. Most corporate gobos are B-size.

Questions, corrections, comments? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cake Spotlight – W Hotel – Washington, DC – Wedding

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W Hotel Cake Spotlight at a wedding in Washington, DC.

We recently worked with a couple who rented a cake spotlight package, pin-spot lighting and a monogram light for their wedding at the W Hotel in Washington, DC.

The cake was a big part of their wedding and they wanted to make sure that their guests had a chance to enjoy it before it was eaten later on in the evening.

The wedding reception was in the great room on the lower level of the hotel and they created a strong focal point for guests to see as they arrived in the great room pre-function space.

Inside the room they used our batter powered pin-spot lighting to highlight the taller centerpieces.

By using a combination of a cake-spotlight package, uplighting and a monogram light they created a high contrast wow factor feature that greeted their guests and helped create the perfect ambiance.

Venue: W Hotel – Washington, DC

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Ben and Sara Monogram – Mount Ida Farm – Charlottesville, VA

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Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, VA is a beautiful wedding venue and it was the perfect fit for a wedding for Ben Erwin and Sara Gwinn.

Sara is a very talented print and graphic designer so it was great working with her and getting a beautiful design to showcase at her wedding. The monogram was completely her design and captured the feeling of their personality and the personality of the venue and the urban barn feel that they created.

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We used uplighting that started off amber earlier in the wedding reception and changed over to purple later in the evening. Texture lighting was used on either side of a massive 20ft barn window door that was flanked on either side by white drape. We designed the texture lighting to incorporate design elements that Sara had used in her monogram to plant her design element into the space re-iterating the beautiful farm vibe that was also present.


Lighting, Entertainment & Photobooth:
Superlative Events – Arlington, VA
Venue: Mount Ida Farm – Charlottesville, VA

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Trump Winery Wedding Lighting – Uplighting, Monogram Light

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Bride tossing the bouqeut with a wash of purple uplighting behind her at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA.

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Bride dancing with a monogram and wireless uplighting washing the wall with purple at a wedding reception at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA.

These photos showcase a wedding we recently provided entertainment and lighting for at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA. The lights featured are our wireless uplights and the wedding monogram light. 

The space itself is a gorgeous white octagonal room inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s architectural style. It provides the perfect canvas to use wireless uplights and a monogram light. When working with a Trump event space it usually means gold rope carpet and gold fixtures everywhere. In this particular space the bride wanted to mitigate the feeling of the heavy carpet in the room and the wireless purple uplighting does a fantastic job of warming the space up and bringing together the purple colors of her wedding.

The monogram provides a perfect focal point in the space taking a large open area and making it feel more personal and inviting. We used the same design that the bride used on her invitations for her monogram that we projected on the wall.

Special thanks to Aaron Watson Photography for the photos of the event and the lighting. Aaron is not only great to work with but one of the best photographers we’ve had the chance to work with. Check out more of his work at aaronwatsonphotography.com.

The details:
Photography: Aaron Watson Photography
Entertainment & Lighting: Superlative Events
Venue: Trump Winery – Charlottesville, VA

 

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