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Do I Need a Light Stand for My Rental Light?

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Example of a blacklight mounted to a tripod light stand

Do I need a light stand for my light?

It depends on how you’ll be using your light and the space, different options are available for mounting and setting up your lights.

Think about light stands if:

  • You expect 100 or more guests at your event
  • Want to get the most effect out of your light rental
  • You want the easiest setup

Generally it’s a good idea to get a light stand.

Below are the stand and mounting options we offer and what’s recommend based on the light and your space.

Types of Light Stands and Mounting Options

Tripod Light Stand (most popular)

Compact, three leg stands extend upwards of 8-10ft, foot print of 3ft in diameter. We match each stand to the light being shipped so it’s a perfect fit. Plenty of room to project above your guests.

super clamp

Super clamps attach to anything 2in in diameter or less.

Recommended for:

  • Gobo lights
  • Texture lights
  • Monogram Lights
  • Bliss lights
  • Black lights
  • Cake and table washes

Super Clamp

Attach light fixtures to anything 2in in diameter or less. Existing light stands, speaker stands, pull up bars, volleyball posts, basketball hoops, truss, deck, railings, chain link fence, etc. Offers a lower cost option to mount lights using elements you already have.

drop ceiling lighting clamp

Drop ceiling clamps attach to the strips in between tiles in a drop ceiling. Good for lightweight light fixtures.

Recommended for:

  • Gobo lights
  • Texture lights
  • Monogram Lights
  • Bliss lights
  • Black lights
  • Cake and table washes
  • Pin-spots

Drop Ceiling Clamp

Clamps clip onto existing drop ceilings and allow mounting of lightweight light fixtures. Improper mounting can result in damage to the ceiling or serious injury to guests.

Recommended for:

  • Cake and table washes
  • Video lights
  • Cake spots
  • Pin-spots
air wall lighting track clamp

Air wall clamps attach to the air wall track available in some venues.

Air Wall Track Clamp

Clamps attach to air wall track in hotel ballrooms. These allow for advanced hanging and configurations. Recommended only for event professionals.

Recommended for:

  • Any of our rental lights

Why would I need a light stand, don’t the rental lights already have a built in stand? 

A light stand elevates the lighting fixture so you can project light exactly where you want it. Stands are most helpful for:

  • Increasing the effectiveness of the light by projecting down on guests
  • Raising the light effect so it doesn’t project in guests eyes
  • Clearing guests heads so they don’t create shadows or block a projection
  • Keeping curious guests from “adjusting” your light during the event
  • Create more useable space in the room
  • Getting the light to the optimal angle for projecting the best effect

Think of your rental light like a flashlight, wherever you aim it light will appear. If something walks in front of the light it will block the effect.

Tripod light stand

Tripod light stands increase the effectiveness of the lighting effect.

All of our lights have basic built in bases. These can be put on sturdy flat surfaces and allow minimal movement adjusting the light fixture. If you have area(s) where you can place the light out of the way of guests or don’t mind guests walking in front of the light, the built in stand may be a good fit.

Lights that may work well with the built in stand:

  • Blisslights (aimed up at ceiling)
  • Blacklights (less than 100 people)
  • Cake Spotlights

We always recommend a stand for gobo/monogram lights, if you don’t elevate the light people will walk in front and block the projection.

Bottom Line on Light Stands

You know your event and the event space best. Make sure you have a place to mount or set the rental lights that is out of the way of guests and people walking in front of them.  This will allow you to achieve the best lighting effect possible.

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Damask Texture Lighting with Blue Uplighting

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Damask lighting on the wall with blue uplighting and pin-spots on the centerpieces.

Damask texture lighting on the walls help give a large space a touch of elegance for a wedding. It also helps cover up two large ugly cork boards that are located at the end of the room. Texture lighting helps cover up unsightly room features easily.

Blue wireless uplighting around the room helps give color and pull the decor items of the wedding together.

Pin-spots on the tables are the finishing touch making each of the centerpieces pop and bringing light to each of the guests tables. Using pin-spots with uplights is a great combination and brightens the center of the room for photos where the guests are.

Venue: Masonic Temple – Alexandria, VA

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Frozen Themed Party Gobo Light

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Frozen themed party gobo light with blisslight behind it.

The movie Frozen is a great place to pull inspiration for some pretty amazing party lighting ideas.

We combined a blisslight 15 rental  with a gobo light to create this magical Frozen inspired design and lighting concept for Emilia’s 5th birthday.

Using the blisslight behind the gobo light and design adds a unique moving element that enhances the Frozen feel by having a slow moving blue pattern and stars behind it.

We also recommend using blue battery powered uplights to help accentuate the frozen feeling as well in the room.

Get this look today and create your own Frozen party! Check availability for your party.

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Snowflake Lights – Gobo Texture Lighting

Snowflake lighting on outside of building for holiday party

Snowflake images projected on the front of an entrance for the University of Mary Washington’s Holiday Party.

Snowflake lights can be a great addition to your event and is popular in the winter time. These snowflake lights are a type of texture lighting and there are many different types and patterns to choose from.

All snowflake lights include free shipping nationwide both ways!

Snowflakes are very popular to project on the walls of the venue or the dancefloor. Some of our clients have used out outdoor light to project snowflakes on the outside of buildings.

These photos show snowflake texture lighting in conjunction with our wireless uplights. The uplights add a wash of color behind the snowflake effect.


Moving Snowflake Lighting

One way to make snowflake lighting more dynamic is by using the built in rotation switch on our rental lights. This allows for the snowflake pattern to slowly rotate. When used with multiple lights this effect can be really amazing.

Triple the Snowflakes

Our snowflake lights can make use of a special prism that mounts on the front of the light. This prism triples the number of snowflakes making for a really immersive, 3-D style snowflake effect.

Adding a prism is a must for moving snowflake patterns and will create the effect of the snowflakes swirling together. Using multiple lights overlapping together can create  an immersive dynamic snowflake lighting effect.

Snowflake Gobo Designs

We have the largest number of snowflake gobo designs. Choose from any of our designs below to pick the perfect snowflakes for your event.

Single Snowflake Gobo Designs

Single snowflake designs work really well with prisms and create  large statement snowflakes that cover a large area.

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Single snowflake gobo designs.

Multiple Snowflake Gobo Designs

Multiple snowflakes are perfect for creating immersive snowflake patterns and really work well when adding a prism and rotation for a moving snowflake lighting effect.

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Combinations of snowflakes create an immersive effect when used with a prism. Click for a larger view.

Snowflake Lighting Pricing

Check out texture lighting rental pricing to see how easy it is to project dynamic snowflakes at your party.


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Fairytale Once Upon a Time Midsummer Nights Dream cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Once Upon a Time Midsummer Night’s Themed Cake & Lighting

Fairytale Once Upon a Time Midsummer Nights Dream cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Fairytale “Once Upon a Time” / “Midsummer Nights Dream” cake with texture lighting and cake spotlight.

Beautiful cake display with a fairytale “Once Upon a Time” or “Midsummer Night’s Dream” cake. There’s lot’s going on in the photo so we’ll breakdown the elements used to create it.

  1. The purple lighting effect is from wireless uplights. This creates the base effect around the cake and throughout the room.
  2. Texture lighting is the pattern that shows up on the pipe and drape behind the cake. In this photo a simple breakup pattern was used to create a light and dark dreamy feeling.
  3. Pipe and drape was used behind the cake to soften up the wall that is normally there in the room.
  4. Trees were brought in (venue actually had them in there) and put behind the cake. We hung fairy berries in the branches to create slowly glowing magical firefly effect.
  5. Under the table lighting was achieved but using two of our wireless uplights.
  6. Candles and flower petals were used around the base of the cake with a  fabric wrap on the bottom of the cake stand to help feature the detail of the cake.
  7. Cake spotlights were used to help the cake stand out in the room and completed the look.

These lighting elements combine to create a beautifully dreamy and elegant atmosphere turning the cake from just a dessert sitting in the dark into a decor piece.

Venue: Ft. Belvoir Officer’s Club – Ft. Belvoir, VA
Flowers:  Royal Flower Designs – Springfield, VA

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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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Rent St. Patrick’s Day Lighting

st patricks day green uplighting

Green uplighting on a fireplace for St. Patrick’s Day. Use a gold uplight in the fireplace with a pot to create a “Pot-o-Gold” effect.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated days of the year all around the world. Whether you’re actually Irish or just Irish for a day, March 17 is usually a day to eat, drink and be merry! Rental lighting is the perfect way to share the luck of the Irish with all of your St. Patrick’s Day party guests.

Rent Green Uplighting

Green uplighting will automatically transform your party space into the Irish Emerald Isle. Boring white community center? Bathe it in green uplighting. Dingy, dark and lifeless bar or pub? Completely green-ify it with green uplighting! Rent wireless uplights and use the built-in green color to completely transform your St. Patrick’s Day event with green walls and ceilings.

To kick it up a notch, request two controllers and you’ll be able to do a mix of green and gold lighting. Put the gold lights behind the bar to attract attention to the food and drinks, or decorate with a “pot of gold” and gold lighting in one section of the room. Use a wireless uplight in a large cauldron (the black ones from halloween work really well) to cast light from inside the pot. You can use a jar of dry-ice with the gold uplighting to create a really unique and fun effect. Add a rainbow Gobo Light rental on the wall nearby and your “pot of gold” is complete!

st. patricks day green lighting in a school gym

St. Patrick’s Day green uplighting transforms a school gym. Bliss lights on the ceiling create a green shimmering star effect.

Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Texture Lights

Project shamrocks all over your party when you rent texture lighting. Texture lighting will decorate the walls of your event with shamrocks. Adding that to your green uplighting will complete the ambiance of the perfect St. Patrick’s Day party! It’s a lot faster than using stick-on shamrocks, or cutouts that hang from string, and you avoid the restrictions many venues have on hanging things from the ceiling of the venue. We have a number of patterns available including:

  • Shamrock
  • Rainbow
  • Leprechaun
  • Pot of Gold
  • Beer Glass
  • Irish phrases or simply “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

We can also customize any of our designs with your event logo for a completely unique look.

Shimmering Green Lighting

Make the walls, ceiling, or any surface in your space shimmer with slowly moving green stars/dots. This is a really unique effect that your guests will love. We use our bliss light rentals for this effect. They have a huge coverage pattern so you can bathe a really large area (50ftx50ft) and more with green starts/dots. Just turn off the blue nebula effect to keep the space green!

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St. Patrick’s Day gobos that can be used as texture lighting to add Irish flair to your event.

St. Patrick’s Day Lighting – Rent Today!

St. Patrick’s Day party lighting is a must. Transform a boring space into the best party ever with our St. Patrick’s Day rental lighting. These types of rental lights are perfect for:

  • Bars or Pubs
  • Concerts
  • Tents
  • Hotel Ballrooms
  • Community Centers
  • Schools
  • House Parties

Contact us today to reserve your St. Patrick’s Day event lighting. Questions, ideas, comments? Share them in the comments below.

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