Your wedding day marks the beginning of one of the most important journeys you will ever take in your lifetime. It takes a great deal of thought and effort to create the perfect day to start it off right. The number of details that require attention can be overwhelming, but with a little guidance from the experts that make it their business to create the ambience for such a special occasion you can get it all done with ease.
One of your top priorities of course is your wedding decorations. Wedding lighting is essential in the message of the day. It represents the brilliance and joy of the future that waits for you, your life partner and family. The following tips will help you set up our wedding lighting correctly and avoid any unexpected surprises.
Find your power source. Does each source/outlet have anything else pulling power from it or is the outlet a dedicated line? (There is nothing else on the electrical line going back to the breaker.)
Find out how much AMPS are available in the breakers.
Calculate the amount of AMPS your desired lighting might need. AMPS = total watts per application ÷ voltage (120).
Know the watts the lights use. (Mini-lights use ½ watt per bulb, rope lighting is 5 watts per foot & decorative light bulbs are usually 5 to 10 watts per bulb.) Example: 100 light curtain light = 100 x .5 watts = 50 watts per curtain x # of curtains (10) = 500 total watts ÷ 120 volts = 4.17 AMPS.
Once you know the AMPS per application (Ex. Curtain lighting behind wedding table) then use power cord sized to fulfill your need. An 18-2 white lamp cord wire is rated for 7 amps. Try not to have big, ugly extension cords that are not need for the amount of AMPS being used.
If a light strand says you can connect 3 sets, don’t try to use more. You will blow the fuse in the first set of lights.
Do not use any material in front of lighting that is not flame retardant.
Use appropriate colored light cords per application. White corded lighting for pillars, backdrops or ceilings, green or brown corded lights for trees or shrubs.
Keep extension cords and lighting out of harm’s way. Try to find a path from your lights back to the power source that would have little or no traffic pattern. Follow wall lines or go along ceilings and drop down.
Battery powered LED lights are great for use on tables. They can be used in floral arrangements or in simulated candles.
Dean Nida has been in the holiday and specialty lighting industry for 23 years. He has been a great resource for brides and parents who need help in what to use and how to install the lighting why what for that special occasion. He can be reach at 800-761-6432. His website is Deannida.com