Uplighting Rental

At Prolightingrental, we have nearly a decade of lighting rental experience, and uplighting is our specialty.

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Advantages to using LED lights for uplighting

Firstly, you must acquire a product like LED par cans.

Next, you’ll want to point them upwards toward the ceiling or sky.

What this does is it creates a beam of light that reaches the ceiling and washes the walls with color.

You can play around with the angle of the light by simply tilting the bracket. Regarding light positioning, the straighter and closer to the wall you are - the more narrow the uplight illumination.

When lighting a whole room, approximately 1 light per every 6-12 feet will do the job beautifully.

If you cluster the lights more closely together - you will receive a more elaborate color wash.

These lights also work great for stage lighting or providing some nice color on a dance floor. For stages and many event spaces in general, it works best to hang the lights. If you don't have a light stand, you can attach them to speaker stands (you'll need a clamp that fits your stand), or even just set them on the floor against the wall.

Advantages to using LED lights for uplighting

- Very easy to use

- No more gels! Simply use the digital display available on each light to set your color choice.

- Pre-program patterns. You can set the lights to slowly fade into each color, change to the beat of the music, or leave on one color all night.

- There are both wireless and plug-in versions of uplights to choose from.

- LED lights use very little power and don't get hot. You can leave them on for your entire event.

- Uplighting setup is pretty easy, it takes about 5 - 10 minutes to figure out the system.

Looking for help selecting the best up light for the color you want? Check out the Uplighting Color Guide

Uplights available for rent:


Control lighting wirelessly with your phone! Battery powered indoor/outdoor lights with great color options.


Slim Par 56

The Slim Par 56 is our most popular option. They are RGB LED lights, and feature a built-in digital display to select a static color or pattern. Choose from 7 built-in colors.


Slim Par 56 [white case]

The Slim Par 56 is our most popular option, and this is the same light just the case is white instead of black. Choose from 7 built-in colors.


Slimpar 64 RGBA

Bigger and brighter! This is a nice upgrade that adds Amber, plus 13 color pre-sets.


Slimpar Hex 3 IRC

Get lots more color options with these RGBAW+UV lights. 63 colors to choose from + black light!


Wireless EZPar 56

Wireless Uplighting! Built-in battery that will keep the lights powered on for up to around 12 hours. 7 color pre-sets.


Wireless Par 64 RGBA

Battery powered lights with 15 color presets. Very bright in size Par 64. Includes an Amber bulb for warm color options


How renting uplighting works

1. Select a light from the several different fixtures listed above. Then click "rent now" on the following page. You'll get a pop-up if you haven't started a quote yet which will ask you for the date of your party as well as how many you want to rent. This will check our inventory system and make sure we have them available. If the lights are available, a quote will be created for you. From your quote, you can add other types of event lights you might want to rent, or just click the "Make your reservation" button to continue.

2. Fill out the Rental Agreement and pay the deposit. The deposit amount depends on which of our professional event lighting fixtures you select to rent. It will tell you the deposit amount in the Payment Schedule section of the quote, and also on the Rental Agreement.

3. Lights are guaranteed to arrive at least 2 days prior to your event date. The shipping is always free. Make sure you save all the boxes and packaging for the return!

4. Set them up at your event.

5. After your party, pack everything back up into the original boxes. There will be a pre-paid UPS return shipping label in the box. Put the return label on the box, tape it up, and drop it off at a UPS store. Make sure you drop everything off before the due date so you don't get charged any late fees.

Tips to make event lighting rental easy

Try to have a dim room - Lights look best when the room is dark. If you've got big windows with sunshine pouring in, its going to wash out the lights completely. The room in question needs to be dim for the lights to look their best.

Make sure you have enough cable length and you’ve measured out your venue - 15 ft power cables are included with each light (except the battery powered units). You can chain one light into the next so you only need 1 power outlet.

Make sure you have enough cable length and you’ve measured out your venue - 15 ft power cables are included with each light (except the battery powered units). You can chain one light into the next so you only need 1 power outlet.

If you selected Wireless Uplights, the batteries can take up to 8 hours to charge. Budget ahead of time to make sure you have time to fully charge each light before your event. Standard 2 foot power cables are included as a backup in case the batteries run out, but 2 feet isn't going to get you very far and you paid extra for wireless, so make sure to set aside enough time in advance to charge them up.

Mix and match wireless and wired uplights to save money - You can get 10 wired lights plus four wireless lights for the areas with no power outlets nearby. That will save you $70 versus getting them all wireless!

Order extras - If you need an exact number of lights for some reason, then we strongly recommend ordering 1 or 2 extra. If there is a problem with any of the lights you receive, we will absolutely give you a refund for it, however we do not send out replacement units.

Mix your lights up - You can really accentuate uplights if you have a gobo or some other type of centerpiece. Uplights create a warm ambiance which allows you to focus your attendees attention to one focal point in the room. This works really well at weddings, especially with photo booths or at the head table where the wedding party may be sitting.

Which light should you rent?

You want the cheapest but best light that will get the job done = Rent the Slim Par 56 lights

You want the most color options = Rent the Hex 3 lights

You want to control the lighting with your smart phone = Rent the Shadowbox lights

You have super high ceilings in your venue and you want the brightest lights (as a bonus you get more colors too!) = Rent the Slim Par 64 RGBA lights

You don't want to deal with cables = Rent Wireless Uplighting


Additional Uplighting Resources

Uplighting Color Guide Par 64 Vs Par 56 [with photo] Deciding between the Chauvet Slimpar 56 and the Hex 3? Which light is the brightest?

DIY Uplighting created these great videos that show you how to setup the up lights, we highly recommend checking them out: How to setup Up Lighting Videos


Purchasing uplighting for ownership is quite expensive, so we would suggest renting. Most wedding lights rental stores will charge ~$150 for 4 uplights for 1 - 2 days of renting. This does not include higher end models which you can program (to work with the acoustics of the venue or an electronic trigger) and with many different colors. At ProLightingRental, we carry multiple Chauvet uplight models, which can be rented for as low as $17/ day.
At a macro level, uplighting refers to lights that are shining upwards usually perpendicular to a wall. Downlighting refers to lights shining downward, so they need to be installed on a ceiling or rigging to be effective. From a party planning stand-point, uplighting is much more affordable, efficient and easier to set-up and tear down than downlighting. Most wedding venues don't have the set-up for portable downlights.
As a rule of thumb, assuming everyone is seated comfortably in tables of 8, within a rectangular or square venue, for your first 50 guests - you'll want 15 - 18 lights. As you add more people, the amount of lights does not need to increase proportionally. For every 50 more guests, add between 5 - 10 more lights.
Draping and Uplighting compliment each other very well, especially when you have unsightly walls or no walls at all at your venue. Plan out the number of uplights and drapes you want first. Afterwards, set your uplights to compliment your drapes (or vice versa) and you can change a school gym into an extravagant wedding hall.
Uplights are more focused and better with "column-ing" at your venue. For example, if you want your focal point to be the bride and groom, consider putting an uplight behind them. Washlights have a much wider field of light range, but can have lenses added to them to focus similarly to uplights. Washlights are rarely built to change color, whereas modern uplight models regularly have color rotation and preset options and programming.
This all depends on your venue. Natural lighting, space, color of the walls, tables and layout of the reception are all important. However, contrary to pictures - red, blue, purple and other darker more royal hues should be reserved for dancing, after-party and more "movement" phase of the reception. Try using lighter or brighter tones like amber, light gold or biege to help lighten up your special day, during the dinner and cocktail hour. More modern uplights like our Chauvet models, come with different channels to allow for different colors and color mixing, without the need for lens.