Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Refreshed and back at it

After a hard earned and well deserved weekend off, Solus Lighting LTD was back in the game this past weekend.  Last week featured a birthday party and a wedding reception.

The birthday party was held on the beautiful grounds of a private club that had several lakes on the premises.  The design was a double ceiling wash, with no color stars laid over a blue wash.  Since the party was being held in a tent, we highlighted the food stations and the bar area.  The tent had clear panels for the gabled ends, and that gave our designer the opportunity to create some depth to the view with some landscape lighting.  Landscape lighting is something that we haven't talked about so far, so bear with me as I elaborate...I'll try to keep it short and sweet.  Landscape lighting offers a variety of effects and benefits.  First off, landscape lighting is a visual "wow factor" when your guests arrive at your venue.  Most traditional venues, i.e. banquet centers, will have there own landscape enhancements.  However, as you will see in the pictures below, when you are in a tent it adds to the overall visual impact.  Secondly, and especially at this particular event with the clear gables of the tent and the lakes on the premises, landscape lighting adds depth to the space as well as creates a picture of the landscape at night.  You might be surprised what an impact uplighting some of the trees around your space can have on the landscape and your guests.  Check out some more shots of this party on our website and on our Facebook page!

Less than twelve hours after we were done lighting up the birthday party, we were back at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a wedding reception.  This wedding reception was held in Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life.  We had uplighting on the skeletons of Kirtland, as well as a palm leaf texture wash from above shining down on the entire reception floor space.  As always, you can see more shots below, on our website as well as on our Facebook page.

Solus Lighting LTD is extremely excited and proud to announce that we are now the preferred lighting vendor of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last week re-cap

Hello out there in blog world.  I thought that I would take a moment and re-cap what has been the busiest week in Solus Lighting LTD history.  Ok, well it's only 7 months in the making but's history!

We were honored to have the opportunity to light the Sean Moore Memorial event.  This benefit was to raise funds to give some local students a vocal scholarship.  Many many great irish bands played the event and fun was had by all.  We took the irish theme of the event to a whole new level by projecting shamrocks on the ceiling of the main hall, as well as making the Irish flag with uplights in the new banquet room of the venue.  Check out some pics below and more on our Facebook page!

After we were done creating fabulous lighting for the memorial event, we at Solus Lighting LTD took our talents to the east side to do some wedding lighting.  First up was a wedding with festival lighting.  We hung "east 4th" (a little hometown reference for all of you Clevelanders out there) light strings over the dance floor.  With a zig zag design and the swags at all different heights, many people choose this type of lighting design for several reasons.  It is a fun, festival lighting feel.  However, it can also serve the purpose of bringing a high ceiling down so that the space has a more intimate feel.  We also had some uplighting at the base of the small maple trees at each corner of the dance floor.

We finished off the great weekend with another wedding.  This one had many different elements of lighting that we have talked about before on this blog as well as on our website.  Uplighting around the perimeter of the venue, palm leaves for a ceiling wash with texture, a custom monogram projected on to the dance floor and chinese lanterns hung over the dance floor.  Now typically I am not a fan of chinese lanterns, but this design has changed my mind.  Check out these amazing shots below...and don't forget to stop by our Facebook page and website!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What is your lighting vendor doing for you?

I have been a lighting designer for over 12 years. The last 5 years, I have primarily focused my services to special events. Planners and coordinators are the lifeblood of my business, and I was hoping to get some opinions and feedback on what is most important to all of you. It doesn't matter where you are located to participate in this discussion. After all, customer service and producing stunning events are universal in this industry. Any insight you can offer on the following questions would be appreciated:

-What is your current lighting vendor doing that you like?
-What is your current lighting vendor doing that you do not like?
-If you could wave a magic wand and change things about your current supplier, what would you change?

Other thoughts, ideas, and comments welcome!

-Maureen E. Patterson

Light up the Museum take 2

Museums are a unique space in which to hold an event.  Solus Lighting LTD recently lit up the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a wedding reception.  The lighting package consisted entirely of incandescent lighting fixtures...some used as uplights for the skeletons of the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life and some used to project palm leafs around the space.  We also recently added fixtures to highlight some of the permanent exhibits that show creatures in their natural habitat.

Have a look at some of these shots and to see more check out our website and our Facebook page.  Contact us for more information about lighting up the museum for your event!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Light up the Museum

Solus Lighting LTD had the excellent opportunity to light up a wedding at the Akron Art Museum.  It was a night to remember for all.  We had many lighting elements in all corners of the space.  The lighting package consisted of a mixture of LED and incandescent lighting fixtures.  The LED fixtures were used for lighting the architectural features of the space, for a ceiling wash outside on the terrace and also for dance floor lighting.  The incandescent lighting fixtures handled the work of uplighting, pattern projection and food/bar stations.

Check out some of the shots of the event below as well as on our website and on our Facebook page.  You can also see some awesome pictures taken by Ken Love Photography.