So you’re having a big party, and you want it to be perfect. You can spend hours programming playlists, thinking of delicious canapés to be served and obsessing over flowers and décor. But have you thought about your automated party lighting situation? Does the lighting in your space make people feel at home? Do they feel relaxed? Do they want to get up and dance? If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then you need to rethink your party lighting strategy and consider personalizing your home lighting experience with some out-of-this-world lighting options. Here, we offer tips from taking your party from ennui-inducing to epic, with benefits that spill over into the morning after and beyond.
AUTOMATED PARTY LIGHTING
The first thing you want to do is gain control over your lights, house-wide, via one centralized system. Whether this is an iPad app from a lighting-system manufacturer or a more extensive whole-home control system, total control is a must in this day and age, not only for optimal comfort, but for safety and energy savings as well.
We won’t go into too much detail on all the wonders of a lighting system here, but let’s just say that these control systems can do wonders for your party. For a party that starts at dusk, for example, we can automate your system so that the lights slowly come up over the course of an evening to preset levels. Heck, you can even program a scene to flicker the lights on and off when you are ready for your guests to leave, much like the local pub come closing time!
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GO BEYOND OVERHEAD LIGHTING
Next, you want to start thinking about incorporating other types of lighting into your ultimate party scene. For example, do you have a Jacuzzi or pool that has LED color-changing lights installed? If not, you should add these features to your aquatics. You can also tie in landscape lighting, like an up-lit palm tree or two, and water features like fountains into the scene, making for dramatic and eye-catching accents.
FEEL (AND SEE) THE BASS DROP
Here’s where things get funky. If you want to get your guests on the dance floor, lighting is undeniably crucial. After all, when was the last time you went to a club and the house lights were all shining brightly as people did the Cabbage Patch or the Sprinkler? It just doesn’t happen. Lights on the dance floor need to be low, but total darkness means dancing accidents, and that’s a party foul. Here’s where colored LED lights can come in handy. Want to take it a step further? You can actually tie in your music with certain lighting systems so that lights strobe, chase and pulse with the music. Throw in an incredible sound system with plentiful low-frequency energy, and you have a recipe for party success.
GET THE PARTY STARTED
Of course, parties don’t happen every day for most of us, but all of these features are exceedingly practical and can be used every day, helping you save money on energy and offering unparalleled convenience and safety at home or away. And if you want to get up on the dance floor and party like it’s your birthday when no one else is around, we won’t tell a soul. Call us today to get your automated party lighting started.