What is the difference between mood lighting and uplighting? Well actually there isn’t one.
Mood lighting is a term for uplighting that has become popular recently amongst mobile Djs in Scotland.
At Platinum Discos we use a very special kind of mood lighting that is very expensive to buy at almost £5,000 for a set of 12 mood lights.
I hear you asking why pay £5,000 for a set of mood lights. Well the answer is very simple, speed of set up and the control that having wirelessly controlled lights has.
Because the mood lights are battery powered there is no need to look for 13 amp sockets on the wall or to tape down cables that go from the socket to the mood light.
There is of course another huge advantage in having battery powered mood lighting and that’s if there is a power cut your not plunged into darkness! Although this happens rarely when it does it can cause chaos.
If your event is in a marquee using a temporary power supply or generator or in a very rural location and there’s bad weather it can be more likely and having my wireless battery powered mood lights provides emergency lighting.
Another very useful feature of wireless battery powered mood lighting is that it can be used outside to light paths, or just to uplight trees and bushes etc. The lights are IP rated and can be safely left out in the rain.
In older venues like castles wireless mood lighting has another key advantage. You might want pillars to be uplit and if they are made of stone it’s unlikely a power socket has been attached. With my wireless mood lights I simply place at the bottom of the pillar and Voila it’s lit up.
With conventional cabled mood lighting you need to run cables from the socket to the light. These should of course be taped down to conform with health and safety. If they are to be operated with DMX to make all the lights do the same thing, whether that’s the same static colour or to perform a sequence or chase then another cable needs to be run in between every light all the way around the room!
This takes a long time and invariably isn’t done. So usually you end up with one static colour and the lights are put to the nearest socket and not to the place where they look best.
With my wireless mood lighting I usually start with 1 light in each corner of the room. Then I put two more on each wall if the room is square or three on two of the walls if the room is oblong and one in the middle at each end.
With a room with pillars it’s nice to uplight the pillars so I’ll do that instead or light up a stone fireplace etc. Every room is different and I really enjoy changing the look of the room by uplighting it with my wireless mood lights.
My wireless mood lights create 64 different colours and I have two different kinds. One uses a HEX led that has Red, Green, Blue, Amber, white and UV LEDS in it and the other has Red, Green and Blue LED’s in it. By changing the values on the app which I have on my iPhone I can create pretty much any colour with either set of mood lights.
Mood lighting is particularly popular at weddings and if your having your wedding breakfast in the same room as your evening reception this is when your Dj needs to set up. Usually you have only 45 minutes to an hour to set up so wireless mood lighting really helps as it takes only 3-5 minutes to set up compared to at least 30 mins if you were taping down cables with conventional cabled mood lights.
My wireless mood lights are very reliable, they last for up to 24 hours on one charge and are easily controlled. I can dim the mood lights to provide the right ambiance and I can set them to produce almost any colour.
They can do several different patterns from chases to a slow fade and they can even strobe. At the end of an evening I set the mood lights to static white, to light up the room, to assist guests in finding everything they came with.
Here is a video of them that shows you what they can do. This was taken at The Huntingtower Hotel in Perth.