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Uplighting & Gobo Monograms

One of the hottest new trends is the use of wedding lighting for receptions, such as uplighting and gobos. Sound like we’re speaking a foreign language?

What is uplighting?
Uplighting is the hottest trend for weddings and special events to set the mood or transform a venue.  "Uplights" are small lighting units that are placed on the floor around the perimeter of your venue.  The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to ceiling with colored light. Thanks to modern technology, Light Emitting Diode (LED) uplights are the latest and greatest in wedding lighting.  These uplights are very lightweight, usually around 3 pounds each.  You can set the uplights to almost any shade of any color with the push of a button (no need to apply color gels). Although the LED uplights are powerful and will illuminate a wall from floor to ceiling, the uplight is very compact, measuring just 6” wide and 3” thick.  LED uplights typically have additional capabilities such as color changing based on a timer, or color changing to the beat of music.  One of the biggest benefits of LED uplights is that they are extremely low energy, so there is no need to worry about blowing fuses.

What is a Gobo? 
A gobo projector – also referred to as monogram lighting – is one of the latest trends for weddings and special events.  In general terms, a gobo is an image that is projected onto a wall or dance floor, usually displaying the names of a bridal couple, wedding date, or monogram.  Technically speaking, a gobo is a disc that light shines through to project an image onto any surface.  The word “gobo” stands for “Goes Before Optics.” A special gobo projector is used to project the gobo image.  The gobo projector has lenses that focus and shape the light after it hits the gobo image.  LED gobo projectors use – as the name suggests – LED lights, which produce an optimal image while using less energy than a standard light.  Gobos can be made of a variety of materials, including transparency (plastic), steel, and glass.  The quality of the projected image varies based upon the type of material used for the gobo.