Cost of LED/uplighting?

We just had our tasting today (OMG - so delicious!!!) and while we were there, the venue was being prepared for an event this evening. It included uplighting, and my parents totally caught me off guard by saying that since everything has cost so much already, what's the big deal with adding some uplighting? (I love those people!) I know my DJ company does it, but before I talk with them about it, I'm trying to get an idea of how much it costs on average.


How much did you/will you pay for uplighting (no Gobo), and how many lights did/will you have? (Oh, and if you could include your location, that would be great, since I know it fluctuates from region to region.)


TIA!!!

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 10:11 am
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JandDW2011
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My sister bought her own uplights and now I am using them....You can google any uplighting/theatre production company that sells lights....and each individual gel is about 4-8 dollars. After my wedding we plan on selling them.


 


Here is an example:


http://www.cheaplights.com/cart/page13.html?gclid=CLHKh42Yp6cCFaFk7AodbTaVDg


 


As far as a vendor doing it I am not sure. Hope this helps!

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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I got a quote from a vendor and it was 900 dollars. You can buy them for around 200-300.

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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We are in Ohio. I talked to a DJ about it. I had to ask, he doesn't promote it. He rents the cans for $10 each, but you set up and tear down yourselves. I think other places charge almost double that, with setup.


I purchased our cans from 2 different PW brides. I think I have 12 or 15 total.

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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mistya0730 what is the difference between cans and LED lights? or are they the same?

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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It gets a bit complicated but I'll try to make it simple:


Par cans- "Cans", are fixtures that use bulbs (incandescent lights). They use more power and get hotter than LEDs. Cans come in a variety of sizes- Par 38, Par 56 and so on. They also come in a variety of power consumptions from 125 watts to 500 watts. Anything near 300 watts or more will get hot enough to burn fingers.


While most LED lights are about the same circumference they also have a power range, generally from 10 to 50 watts each. Color "mixing" may be more difficult for LEDs. Primary colors will look fine but mixed colors like Amber (red and yellow) may be splotchy or streaky.


Both Par cans and LED uplights can vary in their "beam angle". The light beam they produce can be very tight- 10% or more of a wide flood- 30% or more. This will affect how the light looks on the wall of surface. For example, a tighter beam will give you as more intense color but less coverage.


Bottom line: Whatever you choose, go see them with your own eyes before you purchase or rent them. It is the only way to truly determine how they look and if they will give you the ultimate results you want.


 

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 3:20 am
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We are DIYing from USA America or something?  A former PW bride used them for her wedding (she bought them online) and we bought them from her.


FI and my dad then made bases for them.  It wasn't a complicated project, but something manly that they were able to bond over, while providing more stability for our lightin!

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 3:23 am
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Our DJ is including our uplights in our package (which is only $500!) so I have NO idea how much they would cost normally.

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 3:27 am
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Thanks cvhjnghjngh!! That was helpful! :)

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:08 am
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I am considering purchasing my own- sharing it with another bride, it should cost us about 400-500 together. That includes the standard 38's, bulbs and stands.


 

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:14 am
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Our dj is doing all of our lighting.  With our package we are getting 13 uplights and intelligent dance floor lighting.  The total for the entire package (2 djs for 5 hours plus all of the lighting) is $1,200.  The lower package w/o the lighting was $800 so that gives you the difference to add the lighting.  I'm in upstate NY.

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 7:17 am
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I am getting them through my DJ, he is charging up $40/light, we will have about 10

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 7:24 am
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My FI made ours using a some kind of bulb from Wal-mart and planters peanut can. Here's the link to my post about it. I have a few other pics on my bio.


http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/random-diy-i-worked-on-today

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 7:43 am
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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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 We are looking at a DJ who has an uplighting package. His cost $200 for 10 lights or $350 for 20 lights. He also includes your name monogramed on the dance floor or wall for $100. I was thinking of doing my own but I feel like that price isn't bad and it will be one less thing I have to worry about setting up and taking down.
We are in Pa 

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:25 am
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 Everyone in sw fl charges starting at 1,000 for their lighting plans. I didn't want a club feeling at my wedding so I nixed the idea. 

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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 Initially we wanted up lighting b/c some of the places we visited and the pics we saw with them. But then we found our venue and decided we didn't need it anymore. It doesn't go well with our venue and would perhaps change calmness and serene of it. 

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 4:12 am

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