WHAT IS PIN SPOTTING LIGHTING?
Pin spots are focused beams of warm white light, projected onto tabletop focal points, such as centerpieces, wedding cakes, artwork, and auction items. Pin spots highlight these elements, making them stand out in photographs and in person.
Pin spots are light fixtures with specialized bulbs inside, that are narrow spotlights (rather than a normal lightbulb, which is a wide angle wash light). The pin spot fixtures are secured to freestanding support hardware, then focused by professional installers to maximize the impact they make. Perfect pin spotting is like an art form, making the tabletop decor elements glow just right.
WHICH PIN SPOTS DO WE USE?
We use the Chauvet EZ Pin Accent lighting. Each light has a magnetic base that affixes to most metal surfaces, eliminating the need for clamps. If there are no metal surfaces, we can easily attach the lights to drop ceiling supports or air wall frames using scissor clips. The pin spots are battery powered and last up to eight hours on a full charge. They also have the option of being plugged in.
DO YOU NEED PIN SPOTS?
• Are you having an evening event?
Pin spotting is intended for evening/nighttime events. Or, if you're having a daytime event in a space without windows, pin spotting can still be effective.
• Are your centerpieces elaborate?
If so, you've most likely spent a significant amount of money on each one. A major design mistake we've seen is spending several hundred dollars per table on floral arrangements, then opting out of pin spotting. The centerpieces get lost in the look of the room, and none of your guests can see all of the exquisite details in the flowers.
• Are your centerpieces floral arrangements?
Floral arrangements often need pin spotting in order to be seen clearly in low light. This is especially true if you're including colored uplighting or other light effects.
• Are you using other types of lighting in the room?
You may think that if you're using uplighting and other lighting effects, you don't need pin spots. In fact, the opposite is typically true. The high-end look you're trying to achieve comes from layering different types of light. The uplighting creates a colorful wash, then the pin spots create dramatic focal points and keep the room from looking like one solid color. This combination draws guests' eyes to each beautiful element in the room.
• Do you have lots of candles on each table?
If your centerpiece primarily consists of candles, pin spots aren't necessary. If you plan to use candles as accents, a gorgeous balance of light comes from a pin spot on the floral centerpiece, and 3-6 candles as accents around it.