Product Guide: How to Choose Lighting and Electrical for Your Event

By: Marquee Event Rentals


Determining your lighting and electrical rental equipment needs is an essential aspect of planning any event, large or small. Professional lighting sets the mood and supports an event’s theme, and the right electrical equipment is a must in order to pull all the components together.

Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding reception, fundraiser, or large-scale corporate event, the right lighting can enhance the quality of photography and video. Review our event lighting and electrical guide below to ensure you have the best rental equipment for your special event.

What’s the Best Lighting & Electrical Rental Equipment for Your Event?

Here are a few key factors to consider.

How do you want guests to feel? Do you want everyone alert and attentive for an important presentation, or should they feel relaxed? Low, diffused light establishes a very different mood than bright, white lights.

Do you need to shoot photos or video? If you plan to document your event, or if you want great photos, you’ll need a well-lit space. In a low-light party environment, consider creating a space specifically for photos with a fun backdrop and brighter lighting. 

Will you have video projection? Ensure the area is dark enough so guests can view your presentation. Put lights on a dimmer, or set up your projection screen in an area where overhead lights can be easily switched off.

Where do you want to focus attention? If you have a guest performer or products you’d like to feature, spotlights and colored accent lights tell guests where and when to pay attention. 

What safety requirements or concerns exist? A low-light environment should still be easy for guests to navigate. The right combination of lights can maintain the right ambiance without compromising safety. Enclosed, tented events may also require exit signs. Check local regulations or ask one of our event experts.

Popular Lighting & Electrical Equipment Rental Options

  • General Lighting - outdoor, tented events | Pole tents and other tents present a blank canvas for your ideas. Bay lights, and other flood-style lights provide basic illumination for your tented or outdoor event.
  • String Lights and Lanterns - indoor or outdoor | Whether suspended over the room or above each table, string lights and lanterns create a magical, romantic environment. View our wedding gallery for ideas and examples.
  • Lamps - indoor | Use lamps to add comfort and class to your event space. Their welcoming light invites relaxation and conversation.
  • Colored Lights and Spotlights - events with a featured performer or products | If you’re renting a stage or dancefloor, colored lights are an absolute must. For corporate events, spotlights and floor-mounted lights can illuminate a guest speaker or highlight your company’s new product line. Visit our gallery to see how colored lights can electrify your event space.

Set the mood for your corporate launch party, fundraiser, or wedding with high-quality lighting and electrical rentals from Marquee. Our local event experts are dedicated to helping you achieve your event vision. Each of our locations offers specialty items such as light cubes or tables with built-in lighting.

One-stop-shopping for your event lighting and electrical needs

Marquee has the largest lighting inventory in the industry, with options to fit any event size or theme. No event is too large or too small. We can also provide tents, power infrastructure, heating and cooling, staging, sound equipment, and more. Save time and money by working with a single vendor and bundling services.

Questions? We’re happy to help. Contact us online or by phone.