Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any party. In essence it controls the entire atmosphere of the party. You can control the mood of any room simply by altering the color, frequency, and intensity of lighting. Here is the Party Lab’s guide to lighting your college house party. We have also included links to cost effective ways to add those lighting solutions to your next huge get together!
Can be used to effectively add color and vibrancy to areas of your party. This makes your areas seem almost mystical, and can invite feelings of greater calm, relaxation, community, or even sexuality. They can also accent areas to make them seem more exclusive, though beware of utilizing too much light. Exclusive areas should be dim to mid lighting at most.
This lighting works well with the Blanket Fort party in addition to pretty much any party.
Black lights are excellent for preserving the mystique of a particular area. This can be ideal for dance-floors where you want people to mingle and dance, but not clique up and form small chatting groups. Because Black Lights emit very little visible light, you can pair them with dimmer colored lights to further manipulate mood. Black Light mixed with green creates an almost apothecary atmosphere ideal for areas sporting interesting mixed drinks. Black with blue creates a cool and semi anesthetic atmosphere that can work well on dance-floors. Finally, Black Lights are excellent because you can add in any kind of glowing or photo-receptive accents. Just don’t overdo Black Lights
This lighting works well with the Paint Your Date party .
Colored lights just add more feeling to a room. Say you want a room to feel more sexual and be more conducive to people hooking up. Light the room up with a reddish color, and this will be achieved. If you can color code rooms and areas of a party you can make your party that much more interesting visually, and people will love it.
This lighting works well with the Heaven or Hell party if you get blue and red lights .
Lasers can be effective in two ways. First, an automated fast moving array of lasers can make a room pulsate with energy. Clearly, this would be fantastic for any sort of dancing or moving area. Secondly, handheld lasers in a large enough number can make people feel more included in a party but also put on a crazy visual display. Pair any lasers with a fog machine and you will have beams everywhere. That is a sight to see.
This lighting works well with the Lasers and Fog Party.
Falling star lights, drip tubes, and meteor shower tubes are a visual treat. They are made of a tubes filled with successive LEDs in a way that it looks like a steadily falling nugget of light. That is really the only way to describe them. Try using them in trees outside to make your house look magical, or try hanging them over a dance-floor or in a social room for added appeal. View Them HERE
This lighting works well with pretty much any party. Bug zapper is to bugs as meteor shower tubes are to humans.
Strobes are the classic frenetic light effect. If you want to inspire a frenzy, the quickest way is to use a strobe. However, I must caution, do not overdo it. Strobes can quickly become very annoying. Not to mention there is always that whole epilepsy problem.
Lanterns are excellent accent lighting, and can add hugely to more exclusive areas when used correctly. Moroccan lanterns especially just seem exotic, and in many cases expensive, and thereby it will make your exclusive room seem exotic and expensive, and finally it will make your guests themselves feel exotic and expensive.
This lighting works well with the Moroccan party .
Accent lights are in many ways like lanterns. With the right lamps, and styling, they can contribute endlessly to a rooms image, and in this way make your guests feel a certain way. Everyone wants to feel like they are drinking in the VIP room, and these lights can get you there.
Glowing and Black Light refracting items and paints can really make you feel like you at a rave or someplace cool. These are best used in high energy areas such as dance-floors. Try making a mixture of Elmer’s Glue and dissolved highlighters and splatter it on your dance-floor. It dries clear, is easily washable with a mop, and it will set off a room like whoa.
This lighting works well with the .