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What is a lighting tree?

Updated: 6 days ago

A lighting tree is essentially any tall lighting system designed to position the light above people's heads to prevent it from shining directly into their eyes. Its purpose is to project wash light or patterns on the floor, walls, or space.


Lighting trees can come in different forms such as simple pipes with steel bases and sandbags, aluminum tripod telescopic stands, or truss towers. Each type offers varying cost effectiveness, aesthetics, practicality, and may be chosen based on the specific requirements of the job. Regardless of the type chosen, the lights are generally mounted at a height of 10 to 14 feet in the air. The lights can either be set and left unchanged if the lighting doesn't need adjustments, or offer full lighting control for scenarios like stage washes and creating a party atmosphere with color wash patterns.


Lighting trees are generally considered a level up from Uplighting and may warrant additional crew, but they can be the sole ideal choice for an event depending on the specific needs. It is essential to consult with a professional lighting design company such as "Event Lights USA" not only to determine the necessity of this type of lighting but also to address logistical considerations. This consultation can assist with determining cable routing, power requirements, and control options. will help determine cable routing, power needs, and control options. Contact us today for lighting services in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.







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