There is a misconception that corporate events need to have subtle lighting to avoid unnecessary distractions. And by subtle we mean those boring, white studio lights that even a conference room may have. Then why settle for the same in a corporate event too? There’s more to lighting than we actually imagine. Lighting, when done smartly, can change the ambience and mood of a space. In a corporate meet, everyone including the panel speakers and the audience would be interested in the event rather than the event lighting. But if the lighting wasn’t apt for the event, it would be the first thing to be noticed.

There is a misconception that corporate events need to have subtle lighting to avoid unnecessary distractions. And by subtle we mean those boring, white studio lights that even a conference room may have. Then why settle for the same in a corporate event too? There’s more to lighting than we actually imagine. Lighting, when done smartly, can change the ambience and mood of a space. In a corporate meet, everyone including the panel speakers and the audience would be interested in the event rather than the event lighting. But if the lighting wasn’t apt for the event, it would be the first thing to be noticed. 

Lighting and shadows create an impact on audience experience for all events. Focusing on event lighting can engage your audience without making them aware of it. To give your audience an absolutely spectacular experience, you could use these dramatic lighting tips mentioned below.

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Design a Lighting Plan 

While the location for the corporate event may be decided, event planners must conduct a site visit not only to decide the event furniture and stage set up but also identify the correct lighting and power points. Think about which parts of the stage do you want to focus on and which parts of the event site do you want to highlight. In this way, you will have key lighting points that need dominant lighting while the other parts can have more subtle lighting to coincide with the shadows that form naturally. The most important parts of the venue need to be highlighted so that they are easily accessible for the event guests. For this, the event managers plan with the lighting engineer after understanding the event schedule and accordingly decide which sections of the venue need the most attention. 

Site visits are also important as you will get an idea of the venue size and accordingly be able to decide the type and kind of light fixtures you could use for the corporate event.

The events planners and the lighting engineer must design a lighting plan that covers everything about lighting, the power points, the light shadows, the stage light positions, the spotlight positions, and the corporate event lighting as a whole. The event planners decide the colour and type of lighting that is perfect for different events. By trying vivid colours, you could actually create a different setting and mood for the event. 

Today, most lighting systems are LED-based in general yet some venues may use the conventional lighting rigs. The lighting kit for your corporate event will consist of different lighting types like uplights, spotlights, and other lighting equipment. And when all of these are combined with a lighting designer, even the blandest of events will come alive! 

Use Spotlights and Uplights 

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Yes, the key focus is the stage and it needs to be lit. If you are going for a more modern-professional look, you must ensure that all panel speakers have a spotlight while in action and the audience space is darker. 

Ensure that the plenary space has a good lighting colour that doesn’t distract the audience from any presentations that take place on stage. Tip: Congo Blue is the best colour for all corporate event stage lighting. However, make sure that the lighting for the audience isn’t too dull that they can’t make notes if they want to.

Your stage doesn’t just need spotlights but also uplights for shadow cancellations. Uplights are ground-based lighting fixtures that are used to create a focus on banners, pop-ups, and signages in an event. These can be used effectively in different colour combinations to create an atmosphere in a corporate event. 

Set up Intelligent Lighting Systems 

The intelligent lighting system is the future of any event. Event planners prefer having the entire lighting plan pre-programmed for the corporate event. In this way, the lighting can be adjusted accordingly whenever needed. This programming of light allows you to change the lighting effortlessly throughout the event. Your lighting plan can be used to keep the guests attentive during speeches, awards, comfort breaks, and other sections that need highlighting. Intelligent lighting systems can also offer the ability to change lighting colours and increase intensities for the areas that need attention. 

Light Converse 

Light converse is a real-time 3D light simulation software that allows you to create smooth looking lighting graphics on real photos with editing. The software can simulate automated lighting effects like LED, lasers, pyro, or even animated smoke effect. You can import some presets from the library and modify them into your pictures with true size. This helps you visualise how the lighting of a setting or stage would appear during the event. This automated lighting system is a huge boom to the event industry where event planners and lighting engineers simply use the software to customise, edit, and recreate an event experience just with lighting effects!

A good event lighting can be set up with any budget size. To know about the latest lighting fixtures, you could always choose a fully-integrated event production house that could do it all for you effortlessly!