Ever wonder why lighting crews prefer a 10-12 hour load in? A professional lighting company brings in lots of equipment and their cases are big and extremely heavy. Whether it’s ground support or air wall tracks with a lift, it’s a lot of gear. Shine lighting takes their gear seriously not buying equipment from home depot. They invest in their crew and equipment to make sure their clients have the best possible lighting for their wedding or event. Many may think that it’s all about the flowers. To be bigger and taller. Although flowers can add drama in the room, poorly designed lighting can affect how the flowers will look. And no lighting at all will compromise the overall ambiance of the room.
Shine Lighting is based in Fullerton, California and is frequently servicing the top hotels in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego such as Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills, Terranea Resort, Resort at Pelican Hill, Montage Laguna Beach and The Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel. Shine Lighting’s corporate and social accounts also take them across country monthly. Their lighting and audio visual gear gets sent ahead of a the crew and they may fly to Hilton Head North Carolina to setup a show on the beach or NYC for a corporate meeting at the Grand Hyatt. They have even had shows at vacation resorts in Mexico. Some fun projects included the house warming party for Tom Cruise with his 80 A-List celebrity guests to a private concert by Sheryl Crow on the USS Midway in San Diego.
We asked Michael Seavey, COO of Shine Lighting, what is the single most important thing that he thinks anyone wanting lighting for his or her event should know?
It is not all about the lighting fixtures… You can have the top-of-the-line equipment but without the vision and design on how to use them in creative and unique ways, you simply have lights. The interaction between our design team and the client is the most important step to understand and create the best possible visual look for their event.
And what areas should one not compromise on?
Understanding the importance of creating an ambience is often misunderstood or completely forgotten. The difference for example of a warm ambient light glowing from simple up lights compared to the harsh hotel down lighting is broadly contrasting. Creating a mood allows you to set the tone, often very subtle but truly transforming.
Is conventional or LEDs better? What the difference?
LED technology is getting better every day. Highly efficient and vibrant in color, they are perfect for fun, high-energy events. But there is a time and place for the soft pinks and warm candlelit colors. These conventional fixtures give the warmth that LEDs are not able to accomplish and are still loved by many and used often in weddings and photograph so well.
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