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String lights are among the most soughtafter
decorative lighting solutions for events.
An increasingly popular option is outfi tting
them with shatter-resistant, acrylic LED bulbs;
advantageous because they can remain in the
strands between jobs, saving labor hours. Photo
courtesy of Tentwares Accessory Catalog.
" For more functional lighting there are
LED high bay, LED PAR cans or standard
PAR cans light options, " Mertens
continues. " Dimmers can also be utilized
via dimmable bulbs and correct dimming
technologies, allowing for different styles
of lighting to help soften or change the
look of the space. "
It's not just weddings and parties that
TENTS SERVING A
MEDICAL PURPOSE
HAVE RELIED ON
FUNCTIONAL
LIGHTING, WHILE
THOSE INSTALLED
AT RESTAURANT OR
HOSPITALITY VENUES
HAVE OPTED FOR
DECORATIVE.
-KEVIN CODY, FLI PRODUCTS
utilize tents and therefore lighting. As
the industry knows, the pandemic saw
tents being deployed in all manner of
outdoor spaces, such as parking lots,
sidewalks, deck areas and streets, all of
which required some form of lighting,
says Kevin Cody, founder of FLI Products.
Headquartered in West Chicago, Ill., the
company manufactures and distributes
LED lighting, portable fans and other
products for the events and exhibits
industries, as well as for hardware/home
centers and others.
Tents serving a medical purpose have
relied on functional lighting, while those
installed at restaurant or hospitality
venues have opted for decorative,
sparking a " signiicant increase in patio
string lights, " says Cody, explaining that
their ease of install and the effect they
impart have made these very popular
lighting choices. Another consideration
22 intents oct-nov 2021
when it comes to tents installed outdoors
for long-term use is the need for security
lighting to protect the assets, says Cody,
creating a demand for battery-operated
LED motion security lights.
HOT AND NOT
First a word about solar lights-these
are deinitely not trending for tented
events, says Eric Todd, president and
CEO of BML-Blackbird. Located in Fair
Lawn, N.J., the company is a provider
of lighting, audio, staging, LED screens,
rigging and more to thousands of
venues, including major concert tours,
TV and award shows, the Olympics,
presidential events, Super Bowl events
and others. BML does the installs and
also provides the designs, although in
some cases, depending on the client,
the company works with designers or
recommends an outside designer.
" These ixtures aren't very popular, " he
says of solar lights. " They can't be used
inside and their quality, as of now, is not
something one would use inside, unless
for a one-time use. Events can't be left to
chance. At some point these may become
more popular but someone would be
better off coming up with solar charging
stations for the batteries. "

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