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Illuminating your events with the art of light - Special event scenography

In one of our previous articles, we highlighted the importance of event scenography, a real art that combines creativity and technique to harmonise the space and create a unique atmosphere.

Today, we're going to take a look at one of the many parameters involved in set design.

It's not always given its due, but it's crucial: light.

When organising an event, it's not enough just to illuminate the venue!

To create a magical, immersive and spectacular effect for your guests, you need to choose the right lighting. In other words, a lighting scheme that will enhance your events. That's where the light dressing comes in.

The importance of light in events.

Beyond its simple utilitarian function, light plays a central role in scenography. It embodies a force of transformation and breathes new life into every occasion. Whether it's a conference, a seminar, a wedding or an exhibition, lighting proves to be the true craftsman of the participants' experience.

Like the sound and entertainment systems and the choice of theme, lighting plays a crucial role in the identity of an event.

Properly designed, it transcends its practical function to move the audience: it can seduce, impress, sublimate, soothe or arouse curiosity or anxiety....

The aim?

To leave a lasting impression, encourage discussion, create links and generate support.

Of course, each event requires its own specific lighting. For example, a festival will require more lighting than a conference, where the lights in the room are often sufficient.

Lighting: a powerful communication tool

Thoughtful lighting doesn't just meet practical needs: it enhances the significant elements of the scenography. Whether it's a question of highlighting a centrepiece, illuminating a person or presenting products, the optimum direction of the light is essential to fully express your intention. By adjusting intensity, colour and direction, you can create captivating moods and visual effects that hold the attention of participants.

This carefully directed attention facilitates better understanding of the message while reinforcing the aesthetics of your event.

The technical keys to success

Ensuring the success of an event undoubtedly requires a well thought-out technical approach to lighting. To achieve this, there are several aspects to consider.

First of all, it is crucial to keep abreast of the latest advances in lighting technology. This makes it possible to select the configuration and equipment best suited to each type of event. Lighting effects synchronised with music, lasers, LED screens, etc. are all possibilities for making a lasting impression.

Another important factor is the energy sources. When scouting the site, it is essential to determine the number, location and energy capacities of the sockets available. This information is essential for estimating the size and location of the lighting system.

Don't forget to plan for back-up solutions in the event of a power cut!

It is also important to take into account the amount of natural light available in the chosen space. An event organised during the day requires different arrangements to those for a night-time event. Similarly, the lighting of an outdoor site differs from that of an indoor space.

Our advice on selecting the best lighting for your event

Before you start selecting the lighting, it's essential to define your needs precisely. Start by identifying the theme and atmosphere you want to create for your event. Think about the elements you want to highlight and the sensations you want to evoke in your guests. This preliminary step will help you determine the type of lighting you need.

The layout of the space and the architectural design of the venue are also crucial factors. Whether indoors or outdoors, the size of the space and the surrounding colours have a major influence on the choice of lighting. The type of event, whether a private meeting or a large gathering, will also determine your lighting requirements.

If your budget allows, it may be worth hiring a lighting specialist. Working with an experienced professional to create a bespoke lighting plan and manage all the technical aspects can transform your event. What's more, an expert will be able to advise you on current trends and the best lighting techniques for your occasion.

Don't forget safety!

Make sure you comply with safety standards, which may vary between outdoor and indoor events.

Opt for certified equipment and make sure you comply with fire regulations to guarantee the safety of all participants.

Now that you're well prepared, you're ready for some great lighting!

And above all, to create stunning atmospheres.

And if you're looking for inspiration for your next event projects, we suggest you explore the works of artists who use light as a raw material. Names such as James Turrell, Pierre Soulages, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin and Anthony McCall can inspire you with their innovative use of light.


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