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“My DJ has lights. Is that good enough for my wedding or special event?”

We love DJs and trust them to provide great music and great sound equipment.

But when it comes to lighting — especially when it’s “free” or “bundled” with other services — there are some important questions to ask.

How does their lighting look in action? Do they have photos and video?

We’ve posted videos and hundreds of photos of our work, from venues all over Seattle, so you know what to expect. Check our Instagram feed, too!

Wedding, Four Seasons Hotel, July 2016

What colors can their lights do? Can they do adjustable warm whites, true amber, and soft pastels?

Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting --

This is such an important question, and more nuanced than most people realize. Bright green is easy, but feather-soft pink is not.

Our uplights include special, cutting-edge LED technology that allows a dramatically wider color gamut, including the most gentle of pastels and the richest, most vibrant colors.

See our post on Dynamic Whites for an example.


What does their setup look like?


Ask what their lighting equipment itself looks like, including the stands they attach to, and how many cables they use. Will their setup look good at your wedding?

We always strive to keep our installations as elegant and discreet as possible. We use white uplight covers to give our uplights a tasteful, finished look. When we need to use truss columns as mounting structure for our lights, we wrap these in white satin covers. We specialize in wireless technology to minimize cables (and often eliminate the need for cables entirely!)

These finishing touches really matter!


Are they using wireless technology?

We use a comprehensive suite of wireless technologies to simplify and expedite our installations, and this means we can do many projects without any cables at all! This also allows us to position lights virtually anywhere, such as the dome at the Arctic Club shown here. All of our uplights are battery-powered and controlled by radio.

Note also that not all wireless lighting options are created equal. We’ve carefully chosen to use only lag-free, premium W-DMX™ from Sweden. This top-tier technology translates to fast, easy, fully synchronized control.


Do they have full remote control over their lights? Can they instantly (or gradually) change brightness, colors, tempo, animations, etc? Can they control each light separately?

Many DJs set their lights to “automatic” or “sound reactive mode,” where the lights will respond randomly to bass vibrations, strobing and flicking through a rainbow color palette.

That may be convenient, but this approach gives up any control over the color palette and behavior of the lights.

Instead, we use sophisticated DMX control, where everything is fine-tuned by us — professional lighting designers. We can change the lighting dynamically, but still keep things in your colors, and perfectly synchronized to your event and your music.


Photo by Clane Gessel Photography

Photo by Clane Gessel Photography

Do they have enough lights?

You may be surprised how many lights it takes to effectively saturate a mid-size room, let alone a large ballroom. Do they have enough of the right equipment? A deep inventory is important.

Wedding, Bindu and Dan, Fairmont Olympic, May 2017

There are many other good questions to ask, but these are the most crucial.

In our experience, the best results happen when professionals focus on what they do best. As a lighting company, our attention is always 100% on lighting, without distraction.

Contact us today to discuss lighting for your event!