Types of Lighting

Here are some basic terms and effective strategies to give you not only the functional light you need, but ways you can use light to enhance and transform your event space:


Uplighting is a dramatic, cost effective lighting technique for both indoor and outdoor events. Choose either conventional uplights with a single color or use LED uplights for a more saturated color palette and the ability to change the color scheme throughout the event, creating multiple looks and moods. LED units also use significantly less electricity for those venues where power is limited and a generator may be out of your budget.

Santa Barbara LED Uplighting
LED Uplighting
Indoor Event Uplighting
Uplighting transforms a simple room into an unique space.
Outdoor Event Up Lighting
Uplights are a great way to frame the space.

String Lights 

Sometimes called bistro or market lights, string lights are a simple yet elegant way to provide warm, intimate lighting for your entire reception space. Try adding paper lanterns to add more depth and color.  String lights are also a great addition to indoor spaces like ballrooms, barns and tents.

Outdoor String Lights
Outdoor String Lights
Santa Barbara Outdoor String Lighting
Outdoor String Lighting
Santa Barbara Indoor String Lighting
Indoor String Lighting

Pattern Projection

Pattern projections are one of the best ways to add depth and texture to a space.  Projections can be used over tables, walkways, dancefloors or even to “wallpaper” a room.

Santa Barbara Event Projecting Lighting with a pattern
Patterns are a great way to add depth and interest to any surface.
Pattern Projection Lighting on Cake
Pattern projection on cake
Pattern Projection Lighting
Custom patterns, such as monograms, are a great way to personalize your event.


Pinspots are the best way to highlight the unique details of your event.  Make sure your beautiful flower arrangements, art or center pieces don’t get lost by highlighting them with pinspotting.  SPARK carries both conventional pinspots for warm white light and LED pinspots for cool white light.

Conventional Pinspots
Conventional Pinspots
Conventional Pinspot
Conventional Pinspot
LED Pinspot
LED Pinspot

Wash Lighting

Wash lighting is a way to provide soft illumination while incorporating the colors of your event. 

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Wash Lighting 2
Wash Lighting 1

Chandeliers And Candle Lanterns

Chandeliers and candle lanterns can add a special touch to an event’s décor.  SPARK stocks many different styles and sizes of both.

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Chandeliers and candle Lanterns 2
Chandeliers and candle Lanterns 1

Station Lighting

Station lighting is an essential element for nearly every event.  Broader than pinspotting, station lighting illuminates your buffet, bar or dessert stations so your guests can appreciate the stunning display.  Imagine how much better your bar will look with the glassware glowing in your event colors.

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Station lighting 2
Station lighting 1

A Note About Power

The amount of power available at your event site is a detail that is often overlooked.  It is good to be aware that many outdoor spaces and older buildings have limited power available for your catering, music, lighting and restrooms.  If required for your event, SPARK can provide a generator or other power solutions.