“Green Weddings” or “Eco-Friendly Weddings” are more than just a trend–they’re a new way of thinking about wedding traditions, many of which have their roots in a celebration of nature and life. In fact, the bride’s bouquet as a symbolic connection to nature is a wedding tradition that dates back in various forms for thousands of years.
Today, more than ever, brides and grooms are looking to decrease their wedding’s impact on the environment. The Sierra Club’s website 10 Steps to a Green Wedding has a variety of ideas for brides and grooms with an eye on their wedding’s environmental footprint. Similar advice on going green on your wedding day can be found at How to Go Green: Weddings and Great Green Wedding and its blog.
When considering an eco-friendly wedding, the words “green” and “DJ” might not seem to go together at all! Truthfully, a disc jockey’s mobile setup in the 80’s or even 90’s did consume a lot of power. Turntables for vinyl records and the motors on CD players used a lot of energy.
Lighting was always the worst draw in a DJ’s environmental footprint though–traditional or halogen bulbs required at least 250 watts, and usually more in the neighborhood of 500 watts to have an impact on a banquet room or tent. Most of these lights had powerful fans as well, to keep the units from running too hot. DJs using 4 or more of these lights usually drew so much power that the lighting needed to be plugged into a separate circuit.
Technology has come a long way in the past few years toward allowing a DJ to run a much more green setup than ever before. Laptops or hard drives have replaced CDs as a much more reliable, environmentally friendly source of music.
The real revolution has come in mobile DJ lighting though. LED, or “light-emitting diode” lighting uses far less power than traditional or halogen lighting. As Scott Davies, General Manager of the DJ equipment company American DJ explains, mobile DJs no longer have to “worry [about] finding enough power to run their lights. They can also run their lights longer without worrying about overheating. DJ’s will also be free of what is now a pretty much constant concern about replacing lamps, because of the very long useful life of LED units”. In addition, more and more of these lights are running on rechargeable batteries, further decreasing their impact on the environment.
As the owner of Spinning with Style, I, DJ Bri Swatek, my entire lighting system for Hudson Valley weddings consists of eco-friendly, battery-powered LED lighting. The two types of lighting effects I use in my DJ setup are the Eternal Lighting CubeEcho and EchoIcon.
At Spinning with Style, the lighting is always pointed at the ceiling and upper walls of the venue to ensure that the effect is “felt” but not distracting in terms of being at eye level. The lighting system can kept turned off during important dances and special events to allow photographers to work with the venue’s normal lighting, ensuring the best photos possible.
LED lighting is just one of many choices that a bride and groom can make to decrease the environmental impact of their event and “go green” on their wedding day.
DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York