The 8 Types of Lighting That You Should Consider For Your Next Event

Clever lighting is a powerful way to stir our emotions and make an impact. If you’ve ever visited a Christmas light trail, you’ll know how breathtakingly beautiful strolling through a stunning display of lights can be. Now imagine if you could replicate this feeling for your next event. Sounds good, right? Well with suitable AV equipment and know-how, you absolutely can use lighting to leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Audio visual equipment is hard to navigate if you’re not an expert. You have this big venue space but no clue how to light it. That’s where an AV expert can come in and help. They know exactly how to light spaces. They know all the tricks to illuminate dark areas, focus the audience’s attention, create a mood, add energy and beautifully decorate a space.

Red Occasions offer expert AV advice and lighting hire in Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford and the surrounding areas. We can provide lighting hire for the length and breadth of the UK.

If you’re an AV novice, don’t worry, in this blog, we will give you a rundown of the different types of lighting you can choose from and what effect it will have on your event. This should help you choose the right lighting for you.


Uplighters direct light upwards to add a glow of colour to walls or features. They offer a great way to make your venue space feel extra special. Unlit walls look lack-lustre and can make a room feel claustrophobic. A wall illuminated in colour will give the illusion of a bigger space and higher ceilings, as well as create an eye-catching display. You can place uplighters along the length of walls to create columns of light. Choose a colour that fits your theme; delicate pastels for an elegant feel or bold colours for an energetic atmosphere. Uplighters cast a welcoming glow throughout your event space or can be used to highlight specific features. Place them outside to light up trees, columns or building facades. It’s amazing just how much injecting colour and light to bland venues can transform the space.

Uplighters are great for:

Pixel Tube Lights

This is one to have fun with. Pixel tube lights are wireless baton-shaped LED tubes that will offer a unique look for your event. They’re easy to use and great for adding a creative element. You can hang them up like chandeliers, stand them upright or clamp them onto fixtures. They work fantastically as backdrops behind bands, lining the perimeter of a dancefloor or hanging from the ceiling. The colour and effects can be altered using an App. What’s more, they’re waterproof, so they can be used both outdoors and indoors. You can even join them together to create impressive three-dimensional shapes and sculptures. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination!

Pixel tube lights are great for:


A spotlight provides a concentrated beam of light to showcase a particular area or person. A powerful lighting instrument, spotlights can enhance a performance and focus the audience’s attention.

Spotlights are great for:


Short for ‘Go Between Optics’, gobos are small stencilled discs that create a sharp projected pattern on stage backdrops, walls and floors. They’re great for livening up a dull room or for theming an event. You could project snowflakes for a Winter Wonderland or a leafy design for an autumnal wedding. Gobos are great marketing tools too, allowing you to project your company logo and promote your brand. The vivid colours and patterns certainly won’t go unnoticed!

Gobos are great for:

  • Conferences
  • Product launches
  • Gala dinners
  • Weddings
  • Award shows

Moving lights

Flexible and versatile, moving head lights are sometimes called intelligent lighting. They are programmed and operated by control systems. You can create a light show using gobos and uplighters that constantly move and flash. This is great for building anticipation and excitement. Moving lights can be more effective than static lights when it comes to setting the tone and atmosphere of your event. They can be fast and vibrant; ideal for energetic events or slow and gentle; perfect for a relaxing vibe.

Moving lights are great for:

  • Music festivals
  • Concerts
  • Award shows

Laser lights

For an exciting lighting option, laser lights provide both colour and effect. They will add drama to your event and connect with your audience. Lasers can be programmed via lighting software to change to the beat of the music.

Laser lights are great for:

  • Music festivals
  • Concerts
  • Parties

String lights 

String lights offer a simple but elegant way to provide intimate lighting. Create an accent wall or backdrop, wrap them around trees, rafters and other focal points. Your setting will truly sparkle. Twinkling string lights promise a romantic ambience and whimsical vibes.

String lights are great for:

LED furniture

If you want your event to really stand out, LED furniture is the answer. With bars, stools, tables, seats and ice buckets available, LED furniture is hot on the party scene. And it’s easy to see why. Controlled by a remote, they can be changed to a variety of colours and provide a fun and unique way to add a glow to your event. They’re ideal for livening up gloomy venues or for placing outside under the stars (don’t fear, they are both waterproof and battery-powered.) A real talking point, they’re ideal for Instagrammable photos.

LED furniture is great for:

Hopefully, this has given you a good idea of the different ways you can light an event. If you’re looking for lighting hire in Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford or further afield, Red Occasions offers an array of lighting hire options. We are also happy to offer any advice to help you decide.