The Difference Between Dance Floor Lighting, Uplighting and Atmospheric DJ Lighting Effects for Weddings and Nightclubs
Note that same disco lighting unit can produce many different effects, depending on the tilt angle and placement of the unit. On the left, you'll see a box style unit pointed upward at the ceiling. On the right, you'll see two of these units projected down onto the dance floor at a nightclub. In general, I don't like to point disco units downward at wedding guests because the resulting light is too bright and distracting. I prefer to shine these units up at the ceiling to create moving patterns that flow and shimmer to the beat of the music. With different tilt angles, covering the ceiling of an extra large venue is no problem at all.
Atmospheric DJ Lighting for Color and Mood Enhancement
Sample of a Chauvet Cirrus Laser Unit
The Cirrus looks great projected onto ceilings and walls. This video features the Cirrus used with intense fog, but remember that fog isn't appropriate at fancy wedding venues. It can set off fire alarms. I like to project the Cirrus onto my DJ backdrop for fun and atmospheric enhancement.
Sample of a Blizzard Phantasm Unit
When dimmed to create restful moving patters over the ceiling, the Phantasm can add wonderful atmospheric touches to your wedding or dinner party. The bright green laser points can be shut off to create a more classic and restful look. I carry two of these units in my arsenal of DJ lighting equipment.
How to Use Uplighting to Create Different Wedding Looks
Amber Magic: Venues That Look Best Without Excessive Color
Some venues are so classic and ornate that colored lighting only serves to cheapen the impact. The Masonic Temple in Detroit is a prime example of a venue that looks best without excessive color. If you desire a more classic and restful look, ask for amber lights on the floor to bring out architectural elements in the room. If your bridesmaid gowns are tan or brown, amber lighting will compliment your overall color theme quite well. You may also choose to go plain during dinner and add more color when the dancing begins.