Uplighting definitely creates amazing ambiance. When I mentioned adding some colored lights to the ballroom at our venue, Mama Seashell made some inquiries and found a fabulous deal: our caterer was willing to rent us 6 can lights for $15 each. SCORE! This would create the perfect amount of “glow” in our ballroom at an unbelievable price.
Fast forward a few months. We learned that the can lights were overloading the circuits at our venue and were blowing fuses. The venue coordinator told me about a recent wedding where the band lost power 3 times during the evening. No good. She recommended I contact companies that use battery powered LED uplights. I did my research, shopped around, and the best quote I could find was $1,000. Also, no good.
I put my engi-nerd (Mr. Seashell) to work. (There was no way we were going from paying $90 to $1,000 for lighting.) After racking his brain, he finally came across these:
At $61 each, they made for a decent compromise. We went ahead and purchased 6 and had them shipped to Providence. We also figured we could cover our expenses and resell these post-wedding.
As they are, they create that lovely intense “blue LED glow”. We picked up some gels and played around.
On the lower step is a golden amber gel, on the higher is a soft pink. Papa Seashell and I decided the golden amber had the right amount of intensity. Then he helped me cut gels.
Once our gels were cut and secured we lit up the living room (currently covered in wedding “stuff”)!
Who knew you could DIY uplighting?