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ARTFUL ILLUMINATION
Moss Duvall, owner of Pelican Tents
& Events LLC, a full-service party and
event company in Shreveport, La., agrees
solar lights aren't practical. In fact,
among his expansive lighting inventory
he doesn't have any solar. String lights
and chandeliers (utilizing conventional
bulbs) are his most popular.
" We do a lot of both, " he says. " We also
do a lot of battery-powered lighting, such
as 1-by-1-foot box lights for both interior
and exterior. These can be set to any color
and can lash-like for a disco theme-
and they also have dimmers, for example
if doing a black-light, glow-in-the-dark
party. They can be hung or placed on the
loor, but they're most commonly used on
the loor for up lighting. "
Duvall, whose company handles the
lighting installs, says he also gets a lot
of requests for wireless LED pinspot
lights. These are magnetic and can be
hung up high and controlled by a remote.
Used for down lighting, they're good for
highlighting particular features, such as
a lower arrangement, or illuminating a
wedding cake.
A new product for him is the LED
lighted wall. Incorporating smaller LED
lights, the wall comes in 10-foot widths,
with lights strung vertically and placed
about an inch apart. The wall, which
provides a backdrop of lights, is available
in heights of 10 or 15 feet but can be
daisy-chained together for added length.
Purchased right before COVID, it's proven
very popular, says Duvall, adding that
Pelican Tents often places a sheer drape in
front of the lights, creating a nice illusion.
Duvall is adding to his lighting
inventory all the time. But he's not
bringing in conventional ixtures.
Instead he anticipates going all LED,
even with chandeliers (which now offer
LED options). However, as long as his
current chandeliers are in good shape,
his inventory won't be entirely free of
conventional ixtures.
Pelican Tents & Events rental customers frequently request chandelier lighting,
making this option, along with LED string lights, the most popular choices for all
manner of functions. Photographer: Capture by JC; photo courtesy of Pelican
Tents & Events LLC.
R
eady to pack in even more wattage to your lighting installs?
For greater impact, consider these tips:
* Don't obstruct. When lighting clear-tops, avoid up lighting, says
Eric Todd, president/CEO of BML-Blackbird, Fair Lawn, N.J.,
since this washes out the clear-top and could interfere with the
view-the whole point of this tent style. Instead, Todd suggests
mounting down lights as high as possible, saying this often
provides a much better result.
* Take it outside. If there are trees around the tent, Moss Duvall,
owner of Pelican Tents & Events LLC, Shreveport, La., likes to
up light them since, inside the tent, you can see their shadows
shining through. Also, for a nice illusion, use string lights inside a
sailcloth tent, he advises.
* Show restraint. " White tents are a lighting designer's dream,
[providing] a perfectly clean white canvas that can be painted
in any number of ways, " Todd says. " [But] more does not mean
better; more means more. Creativity counts. "
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