Illuminating Experiences - Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Illuminating Experiences

By Jason Konopinski – Shumaker PDT

Event lighting design is the artful practice of using light to transform spaces, evoke emotions, and enhance experiences in various events ranging from weddings and corporate gatherings to concerts and theatrical productions. Beyond mere illumination, event lighting design creates ambiance, sets moods, and directs attention, making it an integral aspect of event planning and execution. It has the remarkable ability to transform a dull room into an inviting sanctuary or turn a mundane, “blah” setting into a captivating environment. 

Imagine walking into a room bathed in soft, warm light, instantly feeling a sense of comfort and relaxation wash over you. Now, envision that same room illuminated with harsh, fluorescent lighting, casting stark shadows and creating a cold, unwelcoming atmosphere. The stark contrast between these scenarios illustrates the profound impact of lighting on our perception of space and how color temperature can directly impact mood. 

As regional leaders in event production services, we know a thing or two about just how impactful lighting can be to transform a bland mixed-use space into something truly magnificent. 

Bright Side Opportunities Center was created to address the unique cultural, social, and economic needs of southwest Lancaster, offering services and resources to all members of the community: youth, elderly, non-native English speakers, and more. Headed by President and CEO Willonda McCloud, the organization tapped Shumaker PDT to produce their first-ever Sneaker Ball and transform their gymnasium space with scenic lighting, gobo projections, and offer full audio support. 

Room transformations are a speciality area for our team, and we welcomed the opportunity to partner with a local community impact organization to help further advance their mission and create a high-energy atmosphere for guests and stakeholders. The Sneaker Ball offered guests a red-carpet experience, a silent auction, dancing, and entertainment. 

The point is, lighting design for events is much more than simply brightening up a room with directional lighting and lining the room’s perimeter with uplights. It’s really about sculpting the environment to evoke mood and emotion to create memory. Whether it’s a cozy corner for intimate conversations, a vibrant workspace that fosters creativity, or a tranquil retreat for relaxation, the right lighting can make all the difference. 

Lighting transformation is a powerful tool for shaping our surroundings and enriching our experiences. By applying the principles of lighting design and harnessing the potential of innovative lighting technologies, we help create visually stunning event spaces that will captivate your guests and elevate their experiences – and that’s a win for everyone. 

About Shumaker PDT: Since 2003, Shumaker PDT has been a regional leader in event design, production, and management, serving corporate, non-profit, and community clients to elevate guest experiences.

The Lancaster Chamber is proud to partner (for over 20 years!) Shumaker PDT on the Annual Dinner. We have been fortunate to work with their talented team on lighting, sound, staging, and production for our largest event of the year! Shumaker PDT has been a trusted partner helping us successfully navigate the pre-planning process, day of live event production, and helping us create memorable experiences at the Annual Dinner.

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