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Wondering how many uplights you need? Just enter your room square footage, room dimensions, or number of guests below!

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Want to learn more about how to estimate the number of uplights for your event? All you need to know is the size of your room, and the style you are hoping to achieve. Do you want a "wow" effect with the entire room glowing in color, or do you just want a few subtle touches of color? Does your room hold 50 people or 500 people? Just answer those two questions, and you can get an exact quantity estimate for your uplighting. P.S. Wondering how many uplights are typically used for a wedding? On average, our Rent My Wedding clients rent 12-14 uplights, although we've worked with clients to provide anywhere from 2 to 200 uplights. Here are guidelines for estimating how many uplights you need.:

Seating Capacity

Maximum Coverage

Moderate Coverage

Accent Lighting

50 people

18 up lights

11 up lights

4 - 8 up lights

100 - 130 people

30 up lights

16 up lights

4 - 8 up lights

130 - 200 people

35 up lights

20 up lights

4 - 8 up lights

200 - 250 people

42 up lights

24 up lights

4 - 8 up lights

250 - 350 people

48 up lights

26 up lights

4 - 8 up lights

350+ people

50+ up lights

30+ up lights

4 - 8 up lights

ACCENT UPLIGHTING: This look will add interest with uplighting without breaking the bank.  Choose certain areas of your wedding venue to highlight with uplighting, such as your head table (2 - 6 up lights), cake table (1 - 2 up lights), wedding guest book table (1 - 2 up lights), or dance floor (2 - 4 up lights).

MODERATE COVERAGE: This is the option for those who want to set the mood and create an elegant ambiance with uplighting.  Adds a nice overall effect to your venue with moderate coverage. Space lights 10 feet apart around perimeter of room.

MAXIMUM COVERAGE: For the "wow" effect, choose maximum coverage.  Event lighting professionals refer to this as a "color wash."  Basically, every inch of wall will be covered in colorful uplighting.  This is the icing on the cake for a beautiful venue.  Or, use a color wash to transform a drab venue into a modern, chic space. Space lights 5 feet apart around perimeter of room.

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