Four Tips for Setting Up Flood Lights at an Outdoor Expo or Trade Show


If you are planning an outdoor expo and it is going to run into the dark hours of the evening, you need to make a lighting plan, and flood lighting can help. Whether you buy or hire flood lights, here are four tips to help you light your event successfully.

1. Position the lights before the cords.

Once you know how your show is going to be laid out in terms of where the booths and the aisles are going to be, it's time to set up your flood lighting. In some cases, if there is a tall pole in the space you are using, you may be able to hang flood lights over the venue. In other cases, they will need to be positioned on the floor. Figure out where you want to put the lights first, and then figure out what you need in terms of extension cords and placements.

2. Secure cords and equipment safely.

To prevent injuries from someone tripping over the cords and even the lights themselves, make sure that everything is placed safely. Secure cords to the ground using duct tape, and if the ground is too sandy or gravel-laden  to easily use tape on it, consider running the cords through PVC pipes and burying them just a few centimeters below ground.

Make sure that lights are out of walking paths, and if they are near where foot traffic may pass, make sure the back and sides of the lights are clearly marked with red or yellow tape to make them noticeable.

3. Play with different colours in different areas.

With flood lighting, clear white lights are the best for lighting an outdoor event, but you can also use a coloured lens on the lights to create different effects throughout your venue. For example, imagine a trade show or expo where large white lights are used to illuminate the space in general, but small colorful flood lights are used to cast red, blue or purple glows down aisles that contain certain types of vendors.

4. Use a combination of wide-angled flood lights and narrow-angle floodlights.

Flood lights are often talked about in angles -- the angle refers to the width of the beam as measured from the light. To create an intriguing lighting display, mix and match wide-angle and narrow-angle floods. For example, use the widest angled lights you can find to illuminate large areas such as aisles or the whole show flood. Additionally, use flood lights with tight angles to cast lights on specific areas. For example, if there are only a few booths in your show, and you want them each individually lit, you may want small-angle flood lights trained on each of those booths.

If you want more ideas for using flood lights for your next outdoor expo, contact a flood light expert.


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