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The Sound & Light Hire Company Discuss Our Most Popular Dry Hire Products Which Are Suitable For All Types Of Smaller Functions:

This may be useful for those looking to do something fun over the festive period all from the comfort of your own home!

So, it looks like Christmas parties and New Years Eve will be spent inside, at home, rather than going on a pub crawl or watching a pantomime performance over the festive period & we will all miss the outdoor Christmas light switch on’s !We normally would be out building our outdoor stages.

Well what can we say, most people stay at home with their loved ones for Christmas anyway, it is just the lead up where the parties will be put on hold this winter. Don’t fret! You can still have as much fun at home with your own party set up rather than spending lots of money elsewhere then trying to get home late into the evening.

The most popular speakers we do are:

Our popular EV active 12” speakers on stands which work perfectly for house parties & smaller gatherings of up to 70 people. We call it our ‘small ipod system’ don’t be fooled by the name it doesn’t just connect to an ipod or come compact in size. This system is 2 x speakers on stands and we provide a cable which will connect to anything with a headphone output. This system is absolutely perfect for letting your hair down in your own 4 walls and dancing the night away. The speakers are not huge but a decent size, they fit easily into any car as with most our customers they prefer the option of collecting this themselves rather than opting for a delivery service, as this is such an easy thing to set up.

If you are after something with a little bit of extra punch then add a subwoofer to give the ultimate bass experience. The sub is a 12” active sub so no external amplification has to be added it is prebuilt inside. This goes for the top speakers as well. That is another reason why these systems are so popular, they are so easy to set up and low hassle, no fiddly connection of amplifiers which can be quite daunting when you are a novice at setting up anything audio related.

MEDIUM IPOD Speaker Hire Package

MEDIUM IPOD Speaker Hire Package

The 2 x top speakers with a sub we call our ‘medium ipod system’. 

Of course, you can add 2 subs to the top speakers to make it an even distribution of bass. You may think that this is all going to cost an arm and a leg but on the contrary, the small system is £45, medium is £75 and finally the large ipod system is £90.

Any of the above set ups we would suggest for use at home that is why these systems are the perfect solution for all the in-house party festivities which will be going on this winter.

When you turn up at our unit we set the system up for you to run through how it works and to show you it in working order before you take it away. This gives complete confidence and reassurance that you will be perfectly competent when you get the speakers the other end to set up!

Most customers are after the full shebang and require lighting in addition to the sound requirements to really enhance that party vibe. Not a problem we have lots of disco lighting products in stock, again they are the perfect accompaniment to the speaker systems mentioned above.

Our sound to light activated disco lights are sent out in pairs, and we provide a lighting t bar stand for them to hang from as well. They are the Equinox Revolution lighting effect, which are so easy to use and noticeably light in weight indeed. The lights just require a standard power plug in the back, turn your music up loud and away they go they do their own thing. You don’t require any lighting desk or a special assistant to press play, stop etc. they are just a plug and play solution for your house party. They offer different colours and patterns thrown out from the lighting fixture, which remains static but the patterns move.

Perhaps you are having a marquee in the garden or hiring a hall in the New Year for a birthday celebration

And are just after some form of moving light to give a party atmosphere, well these lights are perfect for exactly that. If you would prefer to not hang them on the lighting t bar stand then that is absolutely fine they have a bracket on the top so they can sit on that and adjusted in the direction you want the light to shine. It is advised though to use the stand as this gives a much better spread of light across your party room.

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Special Effects Hire Surrey

Another great enhancer of the light is one of our smoke machines. These smoke machines are so effective and so easy to operate. It is just a case of pressing a button to start then pressing another to stop it with the controller. Should the controller not be with it then you will need to manually hold the ‘go’ button then release to stop. The smoke fills up a room really quickly and doesn’t use that much fluid at all. We guarantee you will not use all the fluid that is provided with the smoke machine for your party. Yes, that is right the smoke fluid is also provided as well at no extra cost!

Don’t get this smoke machine mixed up with dry ice/ low lying fog effect that is something different which remains low to the ground without rising whereas the smoke machine rises and fills up a room, depending on how much you want to fill it up of course! We do also stock the low-lying fog machine, but we will discuss that product another time, as the blog is really about all the popular hire items we get requests for that are easy to use. We do get asked a lot will the smoke machine set off my smoke alarm. Well the truthful answer is possibly yes! If you are using the smoke machine in the same room as your smoke alarm or close proximity, then yes it will do. It is best to use it in spurts and away from the smoke alarms.

Thinking ahead to New Years Eve at home, why not try our 30mw green lasers? These are just the most fun solution to a party at home. Add these to the disco lighting set up and a smoke machine and you really do have your own club experience in your living room! They offer green beams of light which are sound to light activated making them an automatic laser system which means they are incredibly easy to use, just plug and play the same as the disco lights. We do suggest using the smoke machine alongside the lasers to really get the most from the lasers, it is quite impressive how much more impactful the lasers are in amongst the midst of the smoke.

Something we decided to invest in earlier this year which is something we were asked for a lot is a battery powered speaker system. This is a great choice for more compact party areas especially in the home environment or outside where no power is nearby. The Bose Pro1 system is a battery powered high impact speaker with clear sounding audio, lightweight and versatile usability. It can connect to your phone/ laptop through a cable we would provide but it also has Bluetooth capability which is another popular request from our customers. Just connect your Bluetooth and play your music from a distance- this is suitable for garden or marquee parties. This speaker we would recommend using for up to around 50 people as a rough guideline. It has a battery life of up to 12 hours of use, so this gives you plenty of time to dance the night away!

This takes us onto another battery powered product we stock

That again is high in demand for all types of events, our wireless LED up lighters. These are a fail-safe solution to adding subtle or vibrant ambient lighting to any venue environment. They can be placed up against dull walls, in marquees, against buildings or outside against trees. We do always advise the more up lighters used the better as the greater the lighting result and as a general rule of thumb one light every 2 meters. The battery life on these lights are between 8-10 hours and the colour can be set to your choice or have the colours fade from one to another via the in built colour reel.

A lot of people hiring disco lighting also enquire about these wireless up lighters which are normally placed at the opposite side of the room to the disco lights, one end becomes the dance area the other is a more chill out area but still adds to the party atmosphere. Not only can these be used for house parties & garden parties they are very popular for weddings, product launches and Christmas productions. We can provide some charging cables for you if you would like, especially for those people hiring for longer than a 1 day rental, they will come in quite handy.

Another battery powered item we do is our LED furniture range. The smaller items are fine for dry hire, whereby the customer collects from us, the larger items though would require delivery and collection an additional service we offer within Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire. We have LED cubes which come with a black padded top for extra comfort and can also be used as a small table, the top can be lifted off so these make great versatile units.

Our LED poseur tables are either rectangular or circular, these alongside the cubes are great for garden parties where some additional seating/ tables are required or just used as another form of lighting- they are very cool products.

For larger gatherings we do LED curved benches and an LED curved bar. If you are after more bespoke LED furniture such as a straight LED bar just let us know and we can help with this as well.

Being based in Guildford, Surrey we are in a great location for people looking to hire locally within Hampshire and Surrey towns.

We are also closely linked to London as we are just off the main road which leads to the motorway so you can get to south London within 45 mins (on a good day!) If you are not convinced about having to collect, set up and then return after your event that is not a problem we do offer a delivery service.

One of our team would be happy to set up the equipment for you and return at an agreed time the following day to collect. You don’t even have to pack it away they will take it apart for you as part of the service. We do try and advise people to collect themselves for smaller hires as this keeps it extremely cost efficient for you, but the option is there for you to decide. This is based on our availability of course!

As mentioned, this article was focusing on the hire items which are used everyday and our most popular products people ask for. We do cater for all types of events so if you are having a larger outdoor production, festival, wedding or product launch in the New Year once the current Covid restrictions are lifted, please do contact us and we would be more than happy to assist you with your staging, LED video screen, sound and lighting requirements.

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Discuss LED Furniture & What LED Furniture To Hire For Your Event

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This light up LED Light Up Cube is part of our LED furniture hire stock

The Sound & Light Hire Company discuss LED furniture….

From summer to winter, LED furniture is the hire product which never goes out of season and can be used to add a splash of fun to all event productions

We thought we would post a blog of a hire product group we haven’t mentioned for a little while as this used to be one of the more popular requests we would get asked for when clients come to us planning an event requesting advise on our recommendations to suit them. It certainly is not that LED furniture has had its day by no means, its popularity has just been placed on hold slightly due to the current situation the events industry is in thanks to our nemesis Covid!

LED furniture can be used for any type of event and can be used inside or outside so it has lot of versatile useability which is great when you are looking for something different in addition to hiring sound or lighting equipment. The Sound & Light Hire Company have provided many variations of LED furniture arrangements for all types of events such as corporate functions, birthday celebrations, weddings, mini festivals, local fetes, VIP events & Halloween parties! We stock a range of different LED furniture which we will discuss throughout this article.

Starting off let us discuss our LED cubes.

These can be used for both sitting on as intended but also as small tables due to the top being able to come off and a groove underneath allowing for drink placement. The top of the cube has a black padded cushion to allow for a more comfortable seat, rather than the standard LED cube which is just the polyethylene material. We have found this to be a unique selling point to most customers who were after using them for their seating purpose rather than just the illuminated effect. The LED cube can be set to a colour of choice by the customer or they can be left to strobe from one colour to another if preferred.

They can set the perfect ambience to any venue whether this be a house, marquee, hall, pub or nightclub and is such a suitable alternative to plain dull looking chairs for those looking to add a splash of colour to their event.
Perhaps your venue doesn’t have any seating, or you have some seats but not enough to cater for your entire party. If that is the case & you are trying to think of something more creative and fun than standard wooden chairs to really enhance your party atmosphere these would work really well. These can be dotted around if you have a large space to fill or they can be placed next to one another in tighter areas.

As a company we have worked on so many events and have come across a lot of people wanting to add something original, creative and different to their event without breaking the bank. They are looking for a lighting option but don’t just want disco lighting flashing on and off throughout the evening they want something cool and retro- well these LED cubes fit that down to a t!

What goes quite nicely with the LED cubes are the LED Poseur coffee tables. These are smallish, circular tables which are at just the right height to accompany the seated person on one of the LED cubes. We suggest comfortably seated 4 people per table, allowing enough room for drinks to be placed on top and some nibbles to. Again, these tables can change colour at your desired speed, or they can remain statically set to a colour of your choice.

It is probably useful to mention at this point that all our LED furniture has a battery life of between 8-10 hours.

The reason for the 2-hour window of difference is for factors such as temperature. Should the LED furniture be placed in a cold environment this will use more of the battery life than in a warmer climate. We could go into more detail and explain why this happens, but we don’t want to bore you away so instead we will just offer that useful information (we hope!).

Another popular type of table we stock is the LED poseur table. Most people have come across this or heard of this before, and is such a great choice for corporate functions, VIP events and product launches. We have 2 different shaped poseur tables, round ones and rectangular ones. Both use the same amount of battery and offer the same colour samples. It is just down to personal preference on what style you would rather see at your event. The rectangular ones are slightly bigger but only very minimally! There is about 8cm difference so I would say if you need more space on the table for the Champagne then the rectangular ones would be best suited!

We have previously supplied the LED poseur tables for a product launch at a prestigious venue in London along with some LED cubes, LED benches and LED bar as well. The event was relating to the Pride festival and a new clothing range specifically for festival goers, and colour was the theme. The room they were using, although stunning, did not have much power so we were limited with ideas on how to create a bright, fun atmosphere without using the mains. We came up with battery powered LED wireless up lighters and our LED furniture stock. The guys absolutely loved it, we supplied 24 x wireless LED up lighters, 30 x LED cubes, 12 x LED benches and 1 x straight LED bar section. The guys wanted different colours around the room, so the furniture pieces were all set to different colours, it worked really well, added so much vibrancy to the evening just what the client had requested.

Our LED curved benches are an invaluable asset to limited spaces but with the need to seat people whilst offering a level of fun as well. The curved bench can seat between 4-5 people or can just be used as decorative features in a marquee or garden. We were asked to supply sound and lighting for a birthday party in the customer’s garden and they were after more than just lighting to fill the marquee. It was the customers daughters 21st birthday and they wanted a cracking sound system as well as bespoke lighting arrangement to fill the 12m x 10m marquee. We supplied 6 x LED moving heads, 24 x wireless LED up lighters, 2 x 3w lasers, hazer and our LED furniture.

This consisted of 6 x LED curved benches, 12 x LED cubes, an LED curved bar and 8 x LED poseur tables. The colour scheme was pink which wasn’t hard to adhere to as each piece of furniture had a pink colour setting. To break it up a little bit we suggested adding a white then pink arrangement throughout the marquee, otherwise it may have looked a little overkill. They were happy with our suggestion and the marquee was filled with pink ambient light in addition to the fun disco effect lighting we had put in as well, the combination worked nicely to reflect the young birthday event.

We have been asked a lot about LED bar hire, which is also something we do.

Our LED bar is curved and can create either a semi circle or full circle minus a gap between the 2 sections to allow for entry into the bar area for serving drinks. This is a great choice for smaller spaces or for just storing the beverages near to where the party is taking place. Popular for VIP events to add a cool vibe.
If you would prefer a straight LED bar then not a problem we can cater for this as well. The bar we can provide is up to 8m in length and has a battery life of up to 8 hours. It is a professional, sturdy bar used for more prestigious events and has been supplied to many VIP events we have done in marquees, private estates and festivals.

Last but by no means least we do the LED ice bucket which is so great for a bit of prosecco fueled fun. Stick your prosecco, champagne or beer into the bucket whilst it chills for you, it brings some ambient colour to the evening event, at least you cant lose your drink this way!

Any of the listed LED furniture we have mentioned above looks amazing against our white LED starlit dance floor. This timeless dance floor can literally transform a dull, lifeless room into a fun, sparkly, inviting environment for all to enjoy. Let your hair down, jump on the dance floor, grab a friend and a drink at the same time. Many companies would avoid allowing any drinks on the floor, or placement of tables and chairs, but not us. We want you to have a blast, it is your party and your time to have fun so go for it. We would just ask for you to be respectful and not deliberately throw drinks on it, we have to put our foot down somewhere!

Why stop there? What about some disco lighting or LED wireless up lighters to go with the battery no mains power option?

Up lighters are still a great addition for changing the tone of a room, adding colour and they are not as pricey as they were when they first came out, they are a really cost efficient way of adding ambient light to any event. Perhaps you don’t have the concern about power and you want a couple of disco lights for your house party, no problem we can supply those for you. They are easy to use, sound to light reactive and come with an easy to assemble lighting t bar stand as well. Why not add a smoke machine to really enhance the lighting effect. The machine comes full of fluid when you hire it ready to go and we guarantee you will not run out of fluid it seems to just last forever.

Well whether it is a special birthday, product launch, Christmas get together or outdoor festival it doesn’t matter, LED furniture really does suit all occasions for use inside or outside, for an hour use or 8 hours use. Pink, red, blue, yellow, green or white, we guarantee you will find a colour that suits your event and fits in perfectly with your theme. If anything we have discussed throughout this blog has grabbed your interest and you are thinking of planning your next event for 2021 please do not hesitate to contact us at The Sound and Light Hire Company and we would more than happy to help you & dont forget to check out Sound & Light Hire Surrey website where your be able to find loads of disco lighting & party speaker packages

LED Furniture can add a certain style to any occasion. Although modern in its style, the flexibility of LED Furniture means that it’s at home in either traditional or modern settings and fits almost any theme imaginable. While the term ‘LED’ may give you the image of an electronic device, it actually stands for Light Emitting Diode. There are many different types of these light-emitting diode that are used to provide different applications for lighting fixtures. The primary function of LED lighting is for a decorative effect, especially with a table lamp. A table lamp is traditionally made from brass with a bulb. Today, this lamp is available in several different styles. If your lighting needs are more complex, then you might want to consider the LED recessed lighting option. These lamps are placed inside of the walls instead of above them. These types of lamps provide a softer glow than the usual metal halide bulbs. They are also easier to install than traditional designs.

LED recessed lighting comes in many different styles such as frosted glass, clear glass, etched glass, and wood grain. It’s important to note that there are some disadvantages to using LED lights as opposed to traditional bulbs and fixtures. First of all, they are a bit more difficult to aim because they have a shorter wavelength that absorbs some of the light. Also, if the light doesn’t fit well, the light will scatter and create a glare. However, many experts agree that using LED lighting in the right setting is a great choice for enhancing your home or office space.

The second reason why LED Furniture is becoming so popular is because it’s much more energy efficient. Since the light is emitted from within the fixture, it’s easier for it to be spread throughout the room, thereby conserving energy. Finally, since LED lights require less electricity to run than traditional light bulbs, they’re also an environmentally friendly option. Since they last up to twenty years, they make great furniture investments over the long run. If you’re looking for LED lighting, it’s important to remember that different types of this type of lighting are made differently. For instance, the frosted glass option is easier to work with, since the glass has a frosted finish to it that allows for a better reflector. You can find this type of lighting in a variety of places including department stores and retailers. If you’d prefer to shop online, you can check out sites that sell different brands and models of this type of lighting. Another advantage of the LED is that you can purchase them in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can choose the color that you want to match your decor or the style of your room.

If you do your research, you’ll learn that you can purchase LED flooring at your local retailer. or online. If you shop online, you can even compare prices between online stores. Once you know which brand and style is right for your situation, you can simply buy a piece of LED furniture. There are plenty of options available to suit your requirements. LED lights can be found in almost any size and shape. Therefore, you won’t have any trouble finding one to suit your needs. As mentioned above, LED lights can last up to twenty years if properly cared for. Therefore, you’re not only getting a stylish piece of furniture, but you’re also getting an investment that’s going to last you a lifetime. When shopping for LED lighting, it’s always a good idea to choose a store that has a large selection. It’s also important to consider how much room you have in your home, since this will determine the size of fixtures that you need to purchase.

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The Sound & Light Hire Company reflects over the past 12 years of serving as a production company in Surrey, Hampshire & London areas.

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Well where do we being! I suppose from the start is a good place….

The last 12 years have gone past so quickly, and we have grown as a company in so many ways since we first started. Things have changed hugely within the events industry, the most significant change being the current pandemic situation we are all experiencing.

It all began back in 2008 when we decided to make a go of offering some sound services to club promoters and event organisers within the Berkshire and Hampshire areas. Reading was a popular town for us as we knew several up and comping promoters who were keen to start their career in the same industry. As young people we grew up around music and have a great passion for it and the acoustic spectrum, so we were keen to delve into this as a career.

The first few events we offered our services free of charge to just get our name out there as a starting point for the business venture. The events we were involved with back then were late night raves so the hours we worked were extremely long for not much profit! It didn’t matter too much though as we were so keen to make it work we kept pushing through. We used too supply an Opus sound system (Opus CS750 & CS1200 with SB218 & HB415 & even the Opus Audio SB221) which was extremely heavy to load in /out of the van and get into venues. At the time this sound system was just what the promoters had asked for, a lot of bottom end and a lot of noise came out!

Once we had conquered Reading’s busy nightlife, we found we were getting a lot of requests for London areas as well, so we were slowly branching out. The hours were the same, long and tiresome at unsociable times of the evening/morning dealing with a lot of inebriated individuals!

Whilst we maintained supplying club/ bar and pub venues, we also wanted to expand being able to offer some form of lighting as well. It took a while to save up enough funding to then stock some basic disco lighting to accompany the sound, but we got there eventually, and it worked well for what it was intended for.

In order for us to try and break into the wedding and private party sector we decided,

It would be a good idea to offer a DJ mobile disco service for Hampshire, Surrey and London areas. After a couple of gigs, we utilized our small car to transport the equipment, obviously the current bulky Opus system did not. This meant we had to re-invest in a different PA system.

In fact, the very first mobile disco gig we got we had to use a van to transport the top speakers and subs to a pub in Surrey. Arriving there we were greeted with a steep staircase into the venue which held about 100 people! The PA system we had brought would have done a mini festival; it was quite funny looking back.

Needless to say, the client was absolutely gobsmacked and over the moon by the undercharged PA system we rocked up with. Luckily it just managed to fit, and I say luckily as it took 3 of us to get it up the stairs! We didn’t have that long to set it up either but the guys were pros at this by now after the club events so that wasn’t too much of an issue.

I believe we supplied them with some sound to light activated disco lighting effects on a lighting t bar stand. A more appropriate set up for the room it was being held in.

Going back to our choice of PA for this type of service, we knew then we had to invest in a more suitable system for smaller parties so we had a pair of Mackie SRM speakers on stands which seemed a more sensible option for mobile discos. Back then there was no downloadable music to your phone / laptop we had to supply a mixing console and download music in advance of each party onto a CD using different software applications around at the time which took absolutely ages! We would spend hours and hours just waiting for songs to download onto CDs.

We used to advertise our services in the local paper and Yellow Pages, social media was extremely new at that point, it sounds very old fashioned now, but this is how businesses put themselves out there back then. I think we only just managed to land a considerably basic mobile disco website on the internet.

The majority of enquiries we used to get through were for weddings, and with this the requirements were becoming slightly more variable than just a couple of disco lights and couple of speakers.

We then invested in some more speakers and subs for additional bass sound,

As well as a professional wired microphone to attach to our compact CD mix unit for speeches and announcements. As mentioned before we couldn’t use a laptop with downloaded music already on there, so we would transport cases of CDs all labelled with a variety of genres of music to adhere to all ages of party goers for each event.

We decided to try and get our own speakers made for the larger events as we weren’t completely satisfied with the current speaker’s sound they produced. The project took a few months but eventually when they were ready, we took them on a few club events which turned out to be highly successful! We still had our large PA system for the club events but the demand for the mobile DJ service was becoming more and more so we really needed some more smaller speakers with subs to suit that type of function. EV ZLX active speakers were suggested to us, and we were impressed with the sound quality as well as them being robust units we decided to invest in these.

Suddenly our inventory was growing and we could now cater for club events for 400-500 people as well as run mobile disco parties for 70-200 people. I should mention at this point that all the equipment was stored inside our house which was fun and games when mixing this with everyday family life.

Once we had done a few mobile disco events word got around that we were a company to rely on so more and more enquiries came in for private functions, birthdays, Christening celebrations and corporate functions. We had never not turned up for an event and the equipment we used to supply for the parties was of a very reasonable quality which made a huge impact to how the night would go, the sound and lighting had to be adequate enough to create a real party atmosphere, which I believe it did.

Now we had smaller PA systems, lighting and the larger PA, we wanted some other type of product to offer people, so we started to supply smoke machines and lasers as extras. These became really popular especially for younger people- birthday parties or Halloween events.

The club / bar events we supplied PA for also requested lasers and laser shows became a popular option for certain promoters we worked with. We thought about just becoming a laser hire company but decided against that as our passion was more for the sound then special effects.

New Years Eve parties were a big thing, we would have large PA systems out for club hires and smaller sound & lighting packages out for mobile discos but this would be our limit for supplying any services as we didn’t have a huge hire stock inventory just enough to cover 2 different scaled events at the same time.

The time had come to change up the PA again as more time passed,

We became friendly with different people within the industry who demonstrated other brands of speakers to us such as OHM and RCF. We have stocked both brands and during that time we had to make a very big decision on whether we continue to store equipment at our home premises or try and rent a unit nearby. Not only did we have to make this decision we also were becoming inundated with enquires for disco services, so we then had another conversation about the direction we saw the business going. With this in mind we decided to take the plunge and rent a warehouse unit and with that start offering a hire service where not only can we deliver and setup the equipment but people were able to hire the equipment from us to take away.

It started small we only had a few sets of speakers and lighting effects. In time the club/ bar events we used to supply equipment for had subsided and the hire enquiries had become more and more.

We started to slow down offering mobile disco services and concentrate on the hire/ rental side of the business.

It was a good thing we did as our stock grew to multiple sets of speakers, subs, sound to light disco lighting effects, smoke machines, moving head lighting effects, wireless battery powered up lighters and LED tourcans. All these items were and still are easy to set up once taken home, so the essential party pack was something people loved and love to hire from us.

Being set up in Guildford we were in a prime location between Surrey, Hampshire and London,

And people were happy to travel to us. For those slightly further away or limited to transporting the equipment back for their party, we offered a delivery service at a very reasonable rate, just charging fuel at cost. A couple of unit changes over the years, we are still located in Guildford and happy to still offer the same hire service for dry hire or delivery.

To appeal to other types of events and those after a supplier who will deliver and setup for birthday, corporate and wedding functions we went on to stock white LED dance floors, backdrops, LED furniture, AV equipment and more. This broadening out allowed us to cover all party & events.

Finally, we moved over to the popular and versatile brand of d&b Audiotechnik sound which until this day remains our favourite, reliable PA system. We use this for all our outdoor events, as well as indoor events for events/ parties where a very slick coherent sound is required.

The next thing on the ever-growing list was staging…

It became apparent that a lot of people enquiring for outdoor productions required some sort of staging as well as sound and lighting. We wanted to be the company people could rely on as supplying everything in house without adding on hidden charges for hiring in equipment from 3rd parties. So that is what we did, started to supply outdoor covered stages.

We were thrilled with our 10m x 8m covered outdoor stage so shortly after this we invested in a 6m x 4m covered stage. The smaller stage is incredibly popular for all types of events such as Christmas light switch ons, school fetes/ productions, small festivals and weddings.

Lastly and the most recent addition to our hire stock just before the horrendous pandemic hit our industry, we are able to supply outdoor and indoor LED video screens. The cinema experience is currently one of the more popular choices for event organisers at this moment in time so we are very lucky to be stockists of LED video screen offering this to customers looking to put on a socially distanced functions.

Now we are a production company, going from small supplier of PA hire for clubs, mobile DJ services, dry hire party equipment rental to a production hire company. All this being run as a small family business after all these years. We are proud to still be running and are trying to press on forward through this difficult time for the events industry but are confident summer of 2021 will be one to remember. Here is to another 12 years!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Talks Christmas Parties & Event Production

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Normally at this time of year The Sound & Light Hire Company is busy planning Christmas parties…

Corporate Christmas dos, light switch ons and we would be talking to brides finalizing their winter weddings. This year however will be slightly different for a lot of us! This article will explain how you can still put on an event, plan a party and enjoy Christmas.

This year we have seen an increase in the demand for outdoor covered mobile stages. As all events are basically taking place outside due to Covid regulations, The Sound & Light Hire Company have been busy talking to local councils and event promoters about supplying outdoor stages for Christmas fairs, fetes, and light switch ons. Let us discuss a couple of the most popular packages that event organisers/ companies hire when they are looking for an outdoor stage package.

We will start with our 6m x 4m arce’d roof festival stage which is the perfect size stage for local fetes, fairs and Christmas town productions. We won’t go over all the technical details about this stage but some of the key points about this stage and why this seems to be the more popular choice is the low hire cost point. To give you an example to hire this stage in the Surrey/ Hampshire area for a day would be £1200. That cost includes the crew to build and de rig after the event, as well as the transportation cost. Not only does this come in at a very reasonable price point it is also very quick to set up ideal for those who have limited restrictions on set up time/ get out times.

We can set this stage at the standard height of 1.5ft but we can raise it on higher legs if this is preferred to 1m. We have noticed that during the Covid time more people are opting for a higher stage height due to the audience being more spread out for distancing reasons.

The 6m stage will comfortably hold a 6-8 piece band and at Christmas it is common for councils to organise performances from rock choirs where you can have a large group of people performing. We suggest 10-20 people on the stage at one given time as the limitation is roughly between 18-20 people. However, with the current regulations in place we would recommend halving that so people can distance from one another.

Most event companies / planners come to us for the sound and stage lighting as well. This is because we stock a vast range of sound systems, lighting and special effects all in house. We can put together packages of all different sizes enabling us to meet the most basic or more demanding of technical requirements. Not only do we cover the production side we offer LED video screen as well which we will come onto further into this blog.

For those putting on slightly bigger outdoor Christmas show that have more live music or bigger bands or perhaps they just require more space on stage to run the event in line with current Covid regulations our 8x6m covered stage will comfortably hold up to 30 people giving you that extra needed room. To give an example of the price point for this stage you would be looking at £2000 which covers the crew costs and transportation within Surrey & Hampshire areas. Again, most people opt for an all-inclusive package which caters for stage, sound and lighting. Not only do we supply this, but we provide a professional technician to remain onsite throughout the event to ensure it runs without a hiccup. What Is quite common with this stage is adding on LED outdoor screen and this year more than ever promoters and local councils are all looking to hire some form of outdoor digital signage. Promoting things like local events, Christmas performances and local awareness messages about current restrictions and lockdowns.

Continuing This Topic of Outdoor LED Screen

We can supply screens either side of your stage ground supported or flown, or we can supply one large screen at the back of your stage. We have some newly released renders on our Instagram page to show this, as well as our previous jobs displaying the stages setup.

Perhaps you are after one big outdoor LED screen to watch Christmas films on for example or outdoor winter wonderland cinema nights, we stock a vast amount of LED video wall and with a competitive price point of just £75 per square meter we are one of the leading screen hire companies in the Surrey, Hampshire, London and Berkshire areas.

We would say the more popular choice of hire item during the Covid crisis which has turned into a newfound form of entertainment for people is hiring the LED video screens for outdoor films to become a cinema experience. This can be achieved with ease as people can remain in their cars and we can tune the sound to their car radio, enabling them to stay comfortably seated inside. This has worked well over the last few months and we foresee this will continue to be popular over Christmas into the New Year.

Moving onto lighting, what lighting do we have on offer this Christmas and what lighting packages do we recommend getting you through this Christmas without having to spend lots of money?

An old-time favourite are our LED wireless up lighters, why are they popular and why do we still recommend using them after all these years? Well they are battery operated which makes them handy units to dot around and spread some festive light. The battery life lasts between 8-10 hours having said that though if they are left in really cold environments this drains the battery quicker which many people don’t know so a little tip there for you! We ensure they are fully charged before they are sent out on hire so don’t worry about that. The fact they are wireless means no messy looking cables, so not only is this great if you don’t have access to power but also if you are trying to keep it looking slick you don’t have to worry about reels of cables around the room/ marquee.

We can provide you with covers for them so they can be placed outside safely without worrying about them getting wet/ damp as the covers are IP rated.

So perhaps uplighters aren’t your thing and you are planning on a small intimate gathering at home we have more vibrant lighting suitable for disco lighting. Packages start from £20 and can turn any home into a dance floor! They can be hung form lighting t bars which we provide and just plug into the mains, extremely easy to use and just do the job. Sending out lots of colours and patterns for a great festive party atmosphere. We stock a vast range of different lighting options so if you have more bespoke lighting requirements with a custom light set up in mind then no problem we can help with that. This article is not covering everything we stock/ offer it is just to give you an idea of popular hire choices over the festive season.

What better piece of equipment to hire at Christmas with or without Covid, is our snow machine. This highly professional machine will enable you to spray fake snow in your garden, over your house, on your stairs or in the lounge! These machines are cheap to run and amazingly effective at covering a small area which is what we have found customers want. With this machine you can project your fake snow up to 15-20m away. Whenever you hire a snow machine, we suggest raising above head height which adds to the effect with the spectacular falling foam but please make sure this is put in a secure safe place, the last thing we want is for any accidents to occur. We must also note that although the snow fluid is not hazardous it should not be sprayed into peoples face or rubbed in people’s eyes as it will sting it can also potentially stain hard surfaces and carpet so an outdoor grassed area with adult supervision is recommended.

One Big Announcement

Is the fact that we are moving our forever popular speaker hire packages to wireless battery powered PA systems. One of out latest additions is our Bose Pro1 battery powered portable speaker. This wireless speaker will give you clear thunderous, powerful sound at your house party or outdoor event in a small slick package. Weighing only a few kilos the performance from this Bose powered speaker system is nothing but exceptional. Stream your favourite music from your iPhone/ laptop or iPad or plug in directly to the back of the speaker and for £65 you will get up to 12 hours of music. It also has the ability to connect to your device via Bluetooth which is definitely a plus point for those not wanting any cabling whatsoever.

We would suggest this speaker to cover a party of up to about 50 people, so if you are having a larger gathering or want that extra punch of bass don’t worry we still have our popular systems which include top speakers and subs requiring power.

All these systems are super easy to use, do it yourself set up packages which give you great sound at a very reasonable hire price.

Recently we have not been delivering as much due to the demand being much less, but we are still able to offer delivery should this be something you really require, within the Surrey & Hampshire areas.

Another firm favourite at Christmas is our large white LED light up sparkly dance floor. This twinkling dance floor is suitable for all size parties as we can offer this in several sizes from compact intimate spaces for your house party to a large 20ft x 20ft dance floor in a marquee. Please ensure the flooring we lay the dance floor onto is flat and level, this is important to keep the panels safely firmly together! White is definitely a colour of choice for the Christmas season, but we can also offer this in black if this is preferred!

What goes well with the dance floor at Christmas time? A low-level fog effect! Add this low-lying fog effect to your Christmas party to really enhance the Christmas vibe, like you are dancing on the clouds without a care in the world.

To sum up on everything we have discussed in this blog, we have all had to adapt and make changes to our lives during this dire time, but don’t let it stop you having fun especially at Christmas time. Whether you attend any outdoor events that are put on by local councils or you are making sure you stay at home, The Sound & Light Hire Company really do  have sound, lighting, special effects, and production equipment to suit all eventualities so give us a call to see all the deals we have to offer.

So what are you waiting for? Call us on 0800 8611136 or send us an email to tell us all about your plans, we can’t wait to help you turn them into a reality!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Gear Up for “COVID” Halloween

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Like many events this year, Halloween is going to be very different. Traditional trick-or-treating might be off the menu, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a ghoulish celebration to add a bit of cheer to – let’s face it – one of the most miserable years in recent memory.

No matter how you decide to set up your party, since it’ll be so different from previous versions, it’s fair to say that it’ll live long in the memory. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to host a Halloween party this year with the twist of COVID-19 thrown in there.

How to Construct Your Halloween Party?

Given current restrictions, it goes without saying that the party might be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun. There are absolutely LOADS of ways you can have a great party without having large crowds gathering at your home. If you’re wondering how, we’re glad you asked, as we’ve got more than a few ideas for you.

Firstly, it’s more than likely that you’re going to need the help of video conferencing software so you can call up your friends. Most of us have gotten pretty used to Zoom or Microsoft Teams these days, whether it’s for a weekly quiz night or work purposes. So it makes sense to incorporate it into your party.

You could do awards for best-dressed and pump up the music for your virtual attendees to bop along to. If you really want to get into the spirit, you could take it in turns to tell virtual ghost stories to each other!

If you’re taking your party out into the back garden, you could decorate your lawn or garden area with tombstones and other spooky props for your little ones to navigate and collect prizes and treats along the way. Creating this setup would be an excellent alternative way to celebrate Halloween as a family if you happen to live in a location that is currently severely affected by the virus, and face-to-face events are not a possibility.

If you’re more chilled as a family about Halloween this year, why not get stuck into a Halloween movie marathon? It’s not like there aren’t many spooky films to choose from. Of course, there are the synonymous Halloween movies to make your way through (there are soon to be 13 to choose from!), or you could go for something a little more child-friendly with Goosebumps or the dozens of Simpsons Halloween specials.

Whichever idea you choose; you’re probably going to need to hire some equipment to help these celebrations go as smoothly as possible. Fortunately, here at the Sound & Light Hire Company, we’ve got you more than covered!

Halloween Party Equipment Hire Hampshire 

We have an enormous range of sound and lighting hire services that will help you turn your home and garden into a dark and chilling location for the night. Let’s start with speaker hire.

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We have a wide range of hire packages that will suit your home. If you’re planning on hosting a part or fully-virtual Halloween, why not soundtrack it with the best tunes for everyone to sing along at their respective homes? We have several PA speaker hire packages that will give you ample power for your guests. All you have to do is plug in your phone, and away you go!

Alternatively, if you want to take the music outside into your garden to soundtrack your spooky activities, you may be better suited to hiring one of our battery-powered speakers. Even though they run on batteries, they’ll outlast your party, with up to eight hours of playback on 75% volume.

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Speaking of which, whether you are going to town on decorating your home or you do indeed set up a Halloween-themed obstacle course in the garden for your kids, then it makes sense to hire special effects equipment to really make the experience as immersive as possible for them.

What better way to make your garden and fake tombstones (if you’ve got them) as spooky as possible than by hiring a smoke machine to recreate the effect of the fog rolling in on an eerie graveyard? You’re not going to do much better for realism than that!

Similarly, you could invest in a whole host of related equipment to create whichever ghostly effects will suit your specific activities. As part of our lighting hire packages, you can select a UV light to make everything bright and white glow in the dark. Perfect for those ever-popular skeleton outfits!

Again for outside or inside, you might want to hire a bubble machine. They are always a popular choice for children’s’ birthday parties, and they are just as well-suited to becoming part of your haunted house. If you really want to impress your guests (and their children), we can supply the machine with UV bubble fluid. When you combine the bubbles with the UV light hire package mentioned above, you can enjoy massive glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Trust us when we say that they look VERY cool!

Halloween Lighting Hire Surrey

There’s another lighting fixture we’ve not mentioned yet that is also perfect for Halloween – lasers! By hiring a laser machine, you can light up your back garden or indeed your dark and spooky house with the piercing lights of the laser. They are brilliant if you’re hosting a Halloween inspired disco (think Thriller!), or, combined with the smoke machine, they can totally transform your outdoor space into a Halloween inspired adventure playground. The choice is yours!

Another excellent choice for lighting up your terrifying back garden, are wireless LED uplighters. These battery-powered lights don’t need to be plugged in, saving you any worries about getting power to them, and removing the chance of young ones (or more likely the “older” ones!) of your party tripping over cables running between each light.

You could have them in various shades of Halloween orange and use them to denote a walkway through a spooky tour of your “haunted” garden, or use them as a beacon of safety/rendezvous point if kids get lost in the smoke and lasers!

Hire a Projector and Screen for Your Surrey, London, or Hampshire Halloween Party

Halloween isn’t the same as any old night; it’s a unique occasion that only comes round once a year, which means it’s only right that you mark it appropriately. While you could just watch a few spooky movies on your TV, why not make it extra memorable by hiring a projector and screen package?

You can all get dressed up, partake in a number of the activities suggested above (as well as some more traditional ones such as apple bobbing) before settling down to watch a creepy, scary film? With a projector and screen, you can recreate the feeling of going to the cinema from the comfort of your own home. You could even make it a four-dimensional experience by combining the film with special effects such as fog or bubbles.

Alternatively, you could take the whole experience outside (if you wrap up warm first!). This would work particularly well if you’ve already planned plenty of outdoor activities. You could also hook up the speakers to the laptop you’re playing the film on to provide the full outdoor cinema effect. We can even offer a pop-up tent to shelter under, should you need it.

How The Sound & Light Company Are Gearing Up for a Safe Halloween

Of course, it would be remiss of us not to address the elephant in the room, COVID-19. As some of you will already be aware, we’ve introduced sweeping changes to our hiring, delivery, and collection protocols to ensure that none of our devices can accidentally become a vector of the disease.

All of our staff members use hand sanitiser several times during a shift. If you order our delivery and set up service, our team will arrive complete with the recommended PPE for both your safety and our own. Then there’s the equipment too. We thoroughly disinfect everything that comes back into the warehouse, and we do so again before it goes back out on hire.

We are acutely aware that while we could all do with blowing off some steam at this moment in time, safety always has to come first. After a great deal of hard work, and after careful liaison with industry bodies and local government associations, we’ve pioneered a set of working protocols that maintain COVID-secure standards for events. As those guidelines are fluid, we will regularly update our methodologies and retrain employees where appropriate.

Choose The Sound & Light Hire Company for This Year’s Halloween Celebrations

This year has unprecedented in so many ways, but just because the virus has robbed so much from us this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. This is especially the case for your children, many of whom could do with something to look forward to at this moment in time.

So why should you choose us?

Well, we have one of the biggest inventories of sound and lighting equipment for hire in the country, never mind Surrey or London. What that means for you is that we can cope with the demands place on us for a one-night celebration taking place up and down the country. We have thousands of devices in our warehouse, stocked up and ready to go.

We’re flexible too, we can offer you both a dry-hire option, or we can come to your house to deliver the equipment and set it up for you. Regardless of the which option you choose, our friendly team will also be on hand to provide you with any on-the-spot training you might require.

Finally, we offer everything you could possibly need when it comes to sound, lighting, special effects, and any other Halloween party equipment. There’s no need for you to approach several different event equipment hire companies to organise just one party. You can just pick up the phone to us, and we’ll sort everything you need in return for one easy-to-understand and straightforward price.

If you need us to, we can even help you in the planning and design of your little get-together. Having been in the industry for over two decades, it’s fair to say we’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes a good party!

So what are you waiting for? Call us on 0800 8611136 or send us an email to tell us all about your plans, we can’t wait to help you turn them into a reality!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Discuss The Past, Present & Future In The Events Industry

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The Sound & Light Hire Company in the events industry as a event production hire company

The purpose of this article is to discuss & recap over the past 7 months in dealing with the Covid situation and how this has shifted a completely different change in the events industry.

We will also discuss some of the essential services we supply to the wedding, corporate and private event sectors. With this we will continue to improve each service and thus where we see our business heading in the future and some of the new hire products and services we will be offering moving forward.

Let’s go back to November, December 2019… our event diary was fully booked, we were finishing off some of our Christmas parties and we were getting ready to supply a production for The Novikov in London for New Years Eve. We were looking ahead to a stable, reliable fully booked 2020, with a happy customer base. January & February were booking up fast and we were already turning away work for May onwards. Then shit hit the fan!! If you are reading this thinking it is unprofessional to put it that bluntly then I apologize, but I think most people would agree that the events industry has been one of the worst hit with the Covid-19 saga. Within 12 weeks of the pandemic announcement our bookings had dropped nearly 80%. Most calls or emails were from clients asking about rescheduling or cancelling.

Let’s not dwell on what’s happened we need to be positive looking forward. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom. Once the government eased certain restrictions and regulations event promoters were keen to put on any form of event as this pandemic has not just hit suppliers but also the event planners & event organizers who have spent months planning events only to be held back and restricted whilst the world works out how to solve the crisis.

Now we have got the negative bit out the way let’s talk about the events we did work on this summer, what we have changed and new products we have brought into our hire stock as an outcome of the above.

What we have found as a company is anyone who was putting on an event quickly moved this to be an outdoors gathering, socially distanced of course but a huge shift to move events outside. This is where it comes in handy if you own a stage, outdoor screen and sound equipment…

Below we will talk about and explain the package we supplied to a local orchestral music event.

When Simon from Squarebox Events approached us with his idea of a socially distanced outdoor music festival, he was looking for a local event production company in Surrey who would be able to supply outdoor stage, sound, lighting and outdoor LED screen. Hence why he came to us!

”Surrey’s Leading Festival Stage Hire Company”

The events were to be spread across 10 weekends with the addition of 3 outdoor cinema nights across this time period as well. It was imperative to make sure that the artists were safely, socially distanced whilst on stage performing, so they opted for a 10m x 8m outdoor covered stage which gave them a minimum of 2m distance from one another, allowing licensing officers to sign the event off.

The event was capped at 350 per event where guests were to be separated and sectioned off into 3mx3m grass squares with the option of upgrading your ticket and hiring a raised stage platform for better viewing experience.

The events primarily took place in the daytime with all events finishing by the early evening. This meant that lighting acted more as eye candy rather than the need for a full-on lighting show. With this in mind we installed a comprehensive package of 24 B-eye moving head washes, 18 LED tourcans and a pair of 5m x 3m LED screens hung either side of the stage.

The screens allowed ticket holders to text and have their text displayed as digital signage on the large LED screens when artists were not performing, footage was not being played or they weren’t using the screens for the outdoor cinema.

The orchestral performances were stripped back so there was no need for lots of visuals as they are incredible talented people, gripping the attention of the audience with simple basic lighting and calming content displayed on the screens. The screens were really for interaction for the audience and for displaying the film.

When it came to the outdoor cinema events customers would be sectioned off into their area, lights would be turned off on the stage, sound system turned up and voila what do you have an incredibly sounding, amazing viewing experience.

It is at this point we must give you some more information about our LED video screen.

Previously event organisers would opt for a trailer style pop up mobile LED screen. These cheap inferior products don’t have the pixel density, the refresh rate or the overall quality to reproduce video content.  Mobile screens are great for events where you need logos or signage put up or messages displayed but when it comes to showing live event footage or films there is a vast difference between that an a modular screen like we use. Also most of these screens have a pixel pitch of 8mm or even 10 or 12 mm and when your audience is only 10-15m back this isn’t acceptable these days and event organisers / planners are looking for a company that can supply LED screens with superior HD quality.

Outdoor LED screen has a pixel pitch of 3.9mm with a refresh rate of over 4000hz and a maximum brightness of 5000 nitts. You can watch your film outside even in direct sunlight and with such a small pixel pitch you can stand just 2.5m back and watch a seamless video in incredible quality.

To accompany the LED screen they needed a decent sound system. Without a well-designed sound system the event would be nothing! As with any event it is nothing without good sound.

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What did we provide for this orchestral music event…

The client wanted a flown PA system with the addition of distributed PA speakers around the site as the clientele at this event would be of a slightly older generation and to meet the regulations of the licensing a flown array of cardioid subs was put forward by the licensing officer. As well as this to minimize offsite noise a CSA sub array across the front helped with this.

Due to the restrictions on how many artists could be on stage at one time, any act that played were relatively small and compact. We opted to use the trusted Midas M32 digital mixing console for front of house with the smaller Midas M32r on stage monitor duty.

Shure, Sennheiser and DP mics were used on the production giving us a vast and professional choice for these incredibly talented musicians.

Stage monitoring was taken care of by an 8-way mix using the proven and reliable formula (the d&b Audiotechnik M4 stage wedge) while processing and system delay was the job of our XTA digital sound processors.

Lighting control was via the Chamsys MQ60 and although not supplied by us we instructed production company On Tour Events to install 1500m of festoon across the site lighting up walkways, entrances and exits and public toilets across the site. There were also some large trees that the client wanted lit up so outdoor lights were supplied by On Tour Event as we generally don’t deal with architectural lighting.

The events were highly successful with lots of positive feedback from audience goers. People were delighted they were able to get out and enjoy themselves again in a slightly different way to before. This allowed further events to be planned for summer 2021 in a socially distanced organized format, complying with the current state of affairs.

The next section to this blog leads us onto the future of our company and where we see our events going, We don’t see events going anywhere, but we foresee most event organisers planning on outdoor productions just like the above.

Although we have discussed stage, sound, screen and lighting nothing happens without one thing…..

Power!

When Simon first contacted us, it was made noticeably clear whoever the production company was they had to supply everything, under one contract and power was included in this. As we all know in this industry finding a reliable generator company can be tricky and it is common knowledge that unless you are hiring a lot of generators you are left with a very small number of suppliers.

With this in mind it was to be that we would invest in a brand-new state of the art road towable generator. So, what are the specs or skip this part if you are not into reading the technical jargon!

We invested in a 70KVA road towable generator, UK manufactured and UK built this generator has an overspecd alternator, deep sea control panel for power and load monitoring and we stock a vast and extensive range of rubber box power distribution enabling us to safely distribute power across your stage.

It must be noted we don’t currently, nor do we plan to offer full site power for festivals or catering power at events. We would rather leave that side of the industry to power companies who specialize in site power. A lot of our events are for 1 / 2 stages and the event organisers are looking for a company to supply everything within a package.

One of the reasons we invested in a road towable generator is even if you don’t need to hire a stage for your outdoor event most events for the next year or so are most likely going to be outside. Outdoor cinemas will become more popular and the want and need for showing content outside on large screens is becoming ever more popular. As with most locations or fields, or larger outdoor spaces there is no power on site. So before organisers can plan anything they need to source where the power is coming from.

If you are an event planner it is a lot easier when one production company can supply everything, If you are using that company because they have a very good reputation for delivering an exceptional sound & lighting production it makes sense they would need the power to come from the same company so although we aren’t the biggest power company in Surrey or London we plan on being one of the most reliable power companies.

If you are planning a festival or event outside, that requires lighting, sound, stage, LED screen or power you know you can turn to that long and well established sound & lighting hire company that started 15 years ago and that company morphed from True Sound Hire rebranded into the Sound & Light Hire company.

For more information on our event services / hire stock we would love to talk to you to understand more about what you are trying to achieve and in turn give you a competitive & comprehensive quote.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and here is to a happy, malleable 2021!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Remains Positive Whiling Investing in The Future

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Well, there’s no doubt about it, 2020 has been an unprecedented year in all manner of ways. The events industry has had to rally together to keep moving forward through what has been an incredibly tough and challenging period.

Here at The Sound & Light Hire Company,:

we’ve been rapidly adapting to the situation with each twist and turn of government guidelines, providing our outstanding service throughout, and developing a wide range of new equipment hire services. We would just like to reiterate that we are going nowhere (contrary to some malicious reports) and are, in fact, using this period this invest more money into equipment that is going to prove more pivotal moving forward.

So let’s start by taking stock of the events industry as it stands, state why we remain optimistic that the sector will recover, and talk about those investments into the future in a little more detail.

COVID-19’s Impact on the Event Service and Equipment Hire Industry

There’s no point in trying to dress the impact of COVID up as anything other than disastrous for the events industry as a whole. The ban of large gatherings of people effectively put an end to the festival season before it had even begun. Weddings, birthday parties, and almost all forms of collective celebrations were put on hold, as were events such as conferences, exhibitions, sports events, and live music concerts.

To put some figures on the impacts of those events being cancelled, arts and cultural events contribute £5.6 billion to the economy, festivals, fairs and shows produce £6.0 billion, music events rake in £17.6 billion, and sporting events add a further £9.6 billion. Of the million-plus jobs that depend on a thriving events industry, up to 600,000 could be lost without further support from the government. Those figures don’t even take into account the economic impact of the cancellation of private celebrations such as weddings or birthday parties.

However, the picture may not be as gloomy as it may seem, and we’ve been busy helping clients make alternative arrangements to ensure that they’re planned events could still go ahead, albeit it outside and a reduced number of attendees. What’s more, even though continental Europe is experiencing a second wave, the events industry has already demonstrated that events can go ahead even if the virus is here to stay.

There’s another reason to be positive, too. We are at the onset of rapid testing.

Advances in Testing Capabilities Give Cause for Optimism 

Another reason behind our upbeat outlook is due to the rapid advance of testing technology and availability. Already, some tests exist that can determine the COVID status with a high degree of accuracy within 15-minutes. While they cannot, at this moment, be used as the sole method for screening individuals prior to entering a venue, large public events, or sporting events, they are a very much a start along the right path.

With the government attempting to pull off Operation Moonshot – a plan to test the whole UK population once a week by the end of next spring – further rapid testing at venues for parties, celebrations, and public events will provide an additional layer of biosecurity. With individuals knowing their COVID status on at least a weekly basis, the behaviours we’ve all avoided for so long such as being in close proximity to others can safely return, and we can begin to restore some form of normality in the wait for a viable vaccine.

As stated, these tests exist today. Now it’s merely a case of waiting for these rapid tests to reach the manufacturing capacity of several million per day. Once available on that scale, fans can return to music concerts, weddings can be restored to their former glory, and birthday parties can do away with limits on the number of guests in attendance.

So how are we preparing and investing for the future here at The Sound & Light hire Company? Well, we’re glad you asked.

The Sound & Light Hire Company Invests in the Future 

As you can imagine, we’ve been planning for the future with our equipment hire services. We’ve made significant strides to adapt to the current situation, and will be launching several new products for 2021. But let’s start with the expansion of existing hire services we already offer.

Indoor and Outdoor LED Screens 

LED screens and outdoor LED screens, in particular, are going to be hugely important going into 2021 and beyond with events increasingly being held outdoors. Outdoor cinemas, garden parties, movie nights, music festivals, and many more events will all benefit from the presence of LED video walls and screens.

We’ve started by expanding the number of LED HD TV screens we stock, before going all out on our range of LED video walls. Moving forwards, we can build outdoor LED screens from 2m x 1m right up to an enormous 8m x 6m! Screens this size would be absolutely perfect to hire for a drive-in cinema event or music festival.

We also have two options available concerning pixel pitch our indoor LED screens & outdoor LED screens both have a pixel pitch of 3.9mm. The our SmaRT#Tech screens offer a much crisper picture high-definition picture, especially for lower cap events where your attendees won’t be too far from the screen. By contrast, for larger events with viewers set to be positioned further away, 3.9mm pixel pitch video panels will just look even better ! And our LED screen hire prices offer a more cost-effective solution to any other outdoor LED screen system.

Embracing the Future of Gaming

Moving on to totally new equipment that we’ve never made available for hire before, will shortly have in stock two VR gaming PCs complete with HTC Vine Pro headsets. This otherworldly experience would be a great addition to any social occasion.

Imagine playing with your friends in a completely immersive game, with every movement you make reflected in what you see in front of you. The would also make an excellent focal point for birthday celebrations, as you laugh along at older family members getting to grips with the technology for the first time!

Towable Power Generators

As mentioned, even with enhanced testing in place, outdoor events are still going to be very much the order of the day for the majority of 2021, barring a minor miracle. That’s why we’ve invested in towable generators. From now on, any clients booking staging hire with us will have the option to for us to look after their power requirements too.

In fact, that offer is extended to all outdoor events requiring a power supply. By hiring one or a couple of generators with us, you needn’t worry about getting power to your outdoor speaker hirestage hireLED video wall hire, or lighting hire equipment.

New Wireless Lighting Options

Sticking with the theme of outdoor events, wireless, battery-powered lighting is going to play a pivotal role in many public and private events over the course of the next 12 months. We’re busy constructing a totally wireless lighting package that builds on our existing wireless LED uplighter hire options. These battery-powered options will be great for celebrations and events whereby power is not available, and a generator is not cost-effective.

Extending the Range of Battery-Powered Sound Options

On a similar note, we’ve invested heavily in increasing the number of battery-powered speakers for hire. These speakers have been popular since the onset of the pandemic, and we expect they’ll continue to be favoured well into next year and beyond. They are great pieces of kit and will comfortably last for 7-8 hours of playback at 75% volume.

We’re also crafting a completely wireless lighting and sound hire package, for those events held in more extensive gardens, fields, and other similar settings that may play host to an event over the next couple of years.

The Event Industry is Certainly Down, But By No Means Out 

As we’ve stated, here at The Sound & Light Hire Company, we’re going nowhere. We know that this period has been challenging, regardless of industry. The events sector has been no different. Actually, we would argue that it’s very much been at the sharp end, considering the economic hardship caused by the cancellations of so many events, festivals, weddings, parties, and other celebrations.

However, we’re not ones to sit still. We’ve changed the way we operate, implemented all of the necessary additional health & safety protocols, and, as laid out above, we’ve invested heavily into our inventory to provide a broad spectrum of equipment hire options that cover almost every base.

Don’t forget we can provide all manner of event services too. Our event production teams have already designed, directed, and overseen some of the first-ever socially-distanced events with massive success. We can take care of everything, from setting up and mixing the sound for the live band you’ve booked, to rigging lighting fixtures to trusses and choreographing a dazzling lighting show for your wedding celebration. We can do it all.

Why Choose the Sound & Light Company for Your Equipment Hire Needs? 

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, so it’s only right that once we’ve got to grips with it as a society, you’ll want to celebrate and enjoy events and parties just as you did before lockdown was even a word. Here at The Sound & Light Hire Company, we are in the perfect position to help you out.

Whether you need to hire a small PA speaker system for your kid’s birthday party, or you need us to handle the entire event production of an extravagant wedding, we are just as committed to excellence in either arena. We have one of the biggest inventories in the whole country when it comes to sound and lighting equipment.

Better still, if you’re hiring from us, you’re receiving brand names that are widely regarded as the best in the business, we never, EVER, cheap out on equipment, even for small equipment hire packages. We’ve never had a piece of equipment let us down, which we think you’ll agree is incredible after being in business for over a decade.

Then there’s our friendly team. We are here, seven days a week giving on the spot training to dry-hire customers, mixing live music acts in front of thousands of fans as well as delivering and setting up equipment all over Surrey, London, and surrounding areas. We never stopped and have gone the extra mile this year to ensure our customers have hosted successful events.

So if you’ve got a corporate event lined up at a central London hotel, or you’ve got a wedding booked in the Surrey countryside, we can supply everything you could ever need. Just give us a call any day of the week on 0800 8611136 to have a chat with us. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned!

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Looking To Stream Your Wedding Or Conference? The Sound & Light Hire Company Talks Live Streaming & Virtual Events

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As you all know 2020 has been a bit of an odd year. Moving forward we need to try and understand how the events industry is going to change. This includes all aspects of the events industry from conferences, weddings to house parties. So, let us discuss how we are helping to reshape our services.

We have all come to the same conclusion that until next year weddings and conferences will be extremely limited. Although some are still going to take place just with new rules as guidelines. In some scenario’s clients, family members & guests will not be able to attend the event whether this is through their own choice or the current restrictions in place at venues.

Based on the current climate let us talk about streaming and how live streaming at your event or wedding can turn a negative situation into a more positive experience whilst the restrictions and legislation are ironed out which may continue to take another year or 2.

One of the most common requests we have received recently is live streaming services for weddings and small events. People are looking for a cost efficient solution with a simple set up installed and operated by a company that understands you are not broadcasting to Sky TV you are getting married and you want your friends and family to still be a part of it and streaming the live ceremony is the way forward. This goes for bar mitzvah events or company update in the corporate world to.

People not looking to do high end broadcasting require something more simplified that just works whilst these restrictions are in place, this is where we come in!

We will firstly start off with the basics, what is needed to stream your wedding or event. Let us take a typical scenario that everyone can relate to.

Recently at Horsley Towers weddings that had been booked in the couples did not want to reschedule. They wanted to think of a possible back up plan to adhere to the regulations allowing them to still go ahead and enjoy their anticipated day, bringing us onto streaming They can share the experience with their loved ones in a more virtual way.

In order to do this you need a local, reliable, trusted sound & lighting hire company and guess who is based in Surrey offering this service, that’s right us! The Sound & Light Hire Company!

Why do people use and trust our services? Because we have been around for 15 years providing sound, staging, lighting and now streaming services to many corporate and private venues such as Horsley Towers where we are a preferred supplier.

To stream your event you will need the following items:

*A streaming capture card which is an interface between the camera(s) and the laptop.

*You need a high-performance laptop enabled for streaming.

*You will need a small speaker system in most scenario’s (not in all) but we will come to that later.

*Professional stage lights to make sure you will be clearly seen on the camera ensuring the streaming service is more enjoyable.

*In most cases you will need a pair of professional video cameras (please note ‘’go pros’’/ webcams and cheap inferior recording equipment is not a reliable way to stream your event).

*You will also require a small mixing desk to adjust and balance out the levels on the mics.

*LED screen/ TV screen

Again we want to reiterate there are different levels and different requirements for whenever you are streaming an event, so maybe you are thinking this is the wrong set up for you, no problem give us a call and we can discuss how we can reliably stream your next event.

Of course, you need the most crucial part of this which is the internet! Without this none of the above works!

Now there are a few options with regards to getting good internet connection, 1 is fast broadband at your house or venue where the conference /wedding is being held. But just to be clear if you are getting married in a castle in the middle of nowhere with poor internet you will find it a challenge to stream reliable.

We do have a couple of solutions for this, but we are not going to cover this in this blog today.

Before we cover what a typical live streaming session is let’s remind you of some of the additional services we offer that you may not realize we do whilst reading this blog.

Any wedding, conference or party normally have additional items or equipment requirements whether this be a stage platform or providing uplighters for your wedding a stage set or video wall for a conference.

Maybe you have more than 1 person on your panel, a socially distanced conference? And need some LED screens. We can do all the above!

Let us get straight to the point what does it cost to stream your event or wedding? Unlike a lot of other companies, we are going to give you the cost right here:

A typical wedding/ event would be about £800.

This is a very rough cost based on a typical scenario with a couple of people requiring mics.

You will find a lot of other companies supply this for £1500 plus as this is a new buzzword, a new service offered.

Whereas Sound & Light Hire Company want to offer this service at a fair and competitive rate to appeal to most events.

We will give you a real-life example – last week 25th September we were at Horsley Towers in Surrey. The bride and groom not only wanted to stream to guests who could not make it overseas, they also wanted to send a live feed to their guests who were present in a separate room. Horsley Towers were kind enough to set up another room where 15 guests could watch the wedding live on a set of our 75” LED screens.

In the ceremony room we used a pair of our high definition SLR video cameras to capture the content which is then sent via our Black Magic live streaming rack to then stream via the Zoom platform. This is sent to online guests at home whilst the hardwired 75” screens were placed in an additional room showing the real time live camera feeds. The reason we did this although streaming is great is we have all had points where the internet is slow or has an outage, so by hardwiring the screens we could ensure they would see the content without any delays.

A pair of wireless discreet mics were placed in such a way that the bride / groom and registrars’ voices could all be easily picked up and heard.

4 x sets of our latest Bose S1 pro battery powered speakers were placed in the ceremony room and additional suite as this minimized cable and set up time.

Moving onto the finishing touches of the event, we also supplied a small but slightly raised white stage for the bride and groom, just 1ft from the ground this neat platform gave the couple a nice presence within the room.

Now you understand what we supplied let us have a quick recap over what the client asked for, what was supplied and what was achieved.

The client needed to stream their wedding via an online platform and also send a live feed into another room within the hotel for additional friends and family to watch and hear them get married.

They also requested a small carpeted stage to give them a centre focal point within the ceremony room.

With our video cameras and streaming rack this was quite easily achieved in a cost-efficient manner.

To explain the costs broken down with the above streaming equipment with the addition of the screens and stage….

2m x 3m stage carpeted £200

4 x Bose Pro1 battery powered speakers £200

Thomann 12 channel mixing desk £20

2 x wireless Shure handheld mics with stands £65

1 x SLR Camera £45

1 x Streaming capture card £50

1 x Laptop £35

2 x LED lights £30

2 x 75” LED screens on stands £300

1 x Technician £225

2 x crew £100

Transportation £60

This brought the total cost to £1330

Most clients don’t require or ask for the staging platform carpeted or prefer the smaller screens so to give you an idea of costs for this scenario would be the same kit as above minus the stage and use of 50” LED screens instead of the larger 75” screens, bringing the total to £900 plus the travel.

Maybe just 1 screen is required and perhaps just a couple of speakers rather than the 4 we supplied so this would bring the cost down again as an alternative option.

To sum up this article we would like to give you an overview of our services across London, Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. Whether you are looking to hire a small speaker system or some disco lights for your Halloween or Christmas parties or perhaps you have  a conference that needs to be streamed and you require a reliable company to do so, or a local council promoting a Christmas light switch on, remember the Sound and Light Hire Company is Surrey’s leading event hire company stocking a vast range of sound& lighting equipment as well as festival stages and indoor/outdoor LED screens.

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Supplying Sound, Lighting & Stage for Birthday Party in Surrey

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Things have been so busy here and the Sound & Light Hire Company that we haven’t had time to tell you about a celebration we supplied equipment and event services to back in March. We were tasked to provide the sound, lighting, and stage for a joint 30th and 60th birthday celebration of a mother and daughter.

So without further ado, let’s tell you all about it!

Surrey Event Company Designs and Delivers Ultimate Birthday Party 

As mentioned above, we were contacted by a private client concerning a joint birthday celebration at Surrey venue whereby we are the preferred supplier for all manner of event production services, namely sound, lighting, and stage hire. After being passed on their details by the venue, we immediately got in touch with the individual client to set up an initial chat and a site visit.

We arrived on-site and got to work straight away on securing the exclusive use of one of the “wings” of this prestigious venue, which our generous venue partner kindly offered without any quibbles. By doing so, we gained the freedom of the entire space so that we could work on setting up (and disassembling) equipment unencumbered by the presence of other guests. In case you were wondering what we mean, the venue in question offers hotel accommodation as part of their multifaceted operations.

The premise for this birthday celebration was simple but elegant. Much like the singer Sam Sparro, this party was going to be dominated by a “Black and Gold” theme. One we’d worked out the finer details of the brief with the client, it was time to go away on work on creating a completely bespoke proposal for the client.

Our in-house design team got to work straight away and provided the client with a 3D render of the venue to visualise how our technical equipment and design choices would look when in place. She was thrilled with what she saw and gave us the go-ahead to get to work organising the logistical and technical aspects of pulling it off.

Surrey Stage Hire For Joint Birthday Party

Once the morning of the party rolled around, it was time for the hard work to start! We started by setting up the drapes which were to be hung up around the perimeter of the grand hall. We used lightweight black and gold clothes, unsurprisingly, to match the theme given to us by the client. We then completed the overall look of the venue by placing LED-lit furniture, such as cubes and poseur tables strategically across the grand dining hall, ready to be turned on and set to gold colour once the guests began to arrive.

While the brief included all aspects of event production, our primary emphasis was on the sound, lighting, and indeed the stage elements of this party. Our primary focus after making those nice preparatory touches to the venue was to get to work constructing the stage.

In terms of the stage we provided, the client opted for our suggestion of a 6m x 4m stage hire package, which had been tweaked to include 1m legs to elevate the booked live band well above the ground. Our bandstand-style stage comes complete with handrails, steps, and the legs mentioned above. Our stage crew had certainly eaten their Weetabix on this particular morning as they managed to erect the stage in under an hour, even though there were added customisations required to accommodate the additional height of the stage.

Once the stage was nearing completion, the focus then turned to erecting the truss structures upon which the lighting fixtures would be rigged.

Event Company in Surrey Provides Lighting Hire for Birthday Party 

As touched on, the next stage was setting up all of the lighting equipment for the evening’s entertainment. Once we have erected a stage-based truss, we started adding the lights. What we supplied was an iteration of our live band lighting hire package, with a few extras. We started with eight Showtec M800 Tour PAR cans to wash the stage in a range of colours, but then we also added a couple of moving head fixtures, and Equinox Revolution disco lights, a couple of lasers, and a smoke machine to help bring the best out of the lighting equipment.

As mentioned, the live band were going to be followed by a DJ, so we needed to have lighting equipment capable of showing off both set of entertainers. There are nuanced differences between the two, with DJs having a strong preference for lasers over more traditional stage lighting options. Since we had all angles covered, there were certainly no complaints from either entertainment act!

Dotted around the rest of the venue, we supplied wireless LED uplighters to set the mood and ambience for the evening. In case you hadn’t already guessed, the colour for these uplighters was a suave shade of gold, very much in keeping with the theme! We ran these from the outdoor entrance of the wing of the venue sectioned off for us, right through the foyer, and into the grand hall where the main festivities were taking place.

Finally, we set up a variety of pin spots around the room to beam sharp beams of gold light against the back drapes and black table dressings.

While the lighting technicians were busy setting up all of these fixtures, our sound engineers were working just as hard setting up all of the sound requirements for the live band and DJ.

Sound & Light Hire Company Provide Sound Equipment Hire for Surrey Party

While the stage and lights were crucial, there wouldn’t have been much of an event without us providing top-of-the-range sound equipment for hire. Concerning the sound requirements, they actually started outside of the main hall.

As highlighted above, there was an entrance foyer where the birthday guests arrived, checked in their coats and accessories, and grabbed a glass of bubbly before making their way into the grand hall. The client requested that we had some form of sound equipment in there along with the uplighters to get guests in the party spirit! “No problem!” we replied.

We set up a couple of EV ZLX 12P active PA speakers that played a phone-based playlist chosen by the event host. The client said the small but very powerful speakers helped to get guests in the foyer in the right mood for the evening and helped to invoke the spirit of the planned festivities. The desired effect was achieved with the help of the golden glow coming from the ensemble uplighter lighting arrangement.

Next, as you might not be surprised to learn, our focus was very much turned to the stage. Again, we had to cater for two distinct types of act, a live band and a DJ, which required a hybrid approach to the sound.

Initially, our attention was paid to the requirements of the live band. We set up a range of state-of-the-art kit, including an arrangement of d&b Audiotechnik Q1 Midtop speakers, Qsub bass speakers, and D12 power amps. This premium sound arrangement ensured that the band had crystal clear vocals and booming, immersive bass for the audience to enjoy.

We also supplied the following supporting sound gear:

  • Speaker stands
  • Mackie Pro FX12 Live Band Mixing Desk
  • Shure SM58 Microphones
  • Shure Drum Kit Mic
  • K&M Microphone Stands
  • Proel D2 DI boxes
  • All the power & signal cables
  • 3.5mm aux cable for laptop/phone playback while the band took a break

Waiting in the wings, we also had our team on standby on the evening itself to reconfigure the existing sound setup to better accommodate the DJ and integrate his personal equipment. Amazingly, he hadn’t yet worked with d&d audiotechnik speakers on any of his gigs. Let’s just say he’s now very much a convert and understands why we place so much faith in this industry-leading brand!

On-Site Event Services Support

The time for the evening’s proceedings came, our on-site team took over to ensure everything ran smoothly on the night. We had one of the team on the lighting desk to choreograph some dazzling lighting displays both for when guests arrived, during the live band performances, and he handled the DJ set too.

On the sound side, we once again had one of our experienced engineers on the mixing desk, overseeing the initial soundcheck, and then subsequently handling all of the mixing during the live band’s performance itself.

Both employees were also on hand to answer any questions, and our sound guy helped fix an issue with speakers the initial foyer reception when they stopped playing. As it turned out, it was nothing to do with the speakers. Rather, someone had pulled the cable loose from the phone that was connected to the speakers, stopping the playback. It was merely a two-second fix, but that’s what our team are there for!

Excellent Feedback for Sound & Lighting Plus Staging Hire in Surrey

While we are a business that operates to make a profit, there’s nothing better than receiving excellent feedback from a client. In this instance, it’s fair to say our client was pretty gushing in her compliments. Given that we received this text on the same night as the party, it’s fair to assume a few wines had been consumed!

Either way, our client sent us a text after arriving back from the party. She said:

“Can you pass on my thanks to everyone at the Sound & Light Hire Company who made this birthday one that I’ll cherish for the rest of my days. From the moment I walked into the venue, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The drapes worked exactly as envisioned. The lighting was just as dramatic as promised, and, well, what can I say about the entertainment show you produced for us? Superb!”

We actually met the client (who was one of those celebrating a birthday) the following morning, as we finished up the deconstruction process. While she won’t mind us saying she was a little worse for wear (we have her permission, promise!), she was no less grateful for the hard work we had put in to make it a success. To be fair, some of us were pretty tired too (it was a late finish), but her praise really put the icing on the cake.

Use the Sound & Light Hire Company to Plan, Design, and Oversee Your Event Production

Here at the Sound & Light Hire Company, we are a Surrey event company that can easily take care of all technical production aspects for your event. Whether it’s a birthday party or a wedding, we can provide the sound, lighting, stage, and all kinds of other event production elements such as furniture and LED video screens.

If you want to enjoy the ease of working with just one Surrey-based company for all of your event production needs, then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 8611136. We can walk you through the entire process and offer a range of options suitable for your specific occasion. Crucially, we can also provide the on-site support you may require to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

Even if you need advice, just give us a call. We’ll here ready and waiting to help your event become a rip-roaring success!

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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New outdoor cinema projector & screen hire packages available from Surrey’s leading sound & lighting hire company

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With garden parties becoming the new festivals this year, another current entertainment trend making headlines is the continuing rise in popularity of outdoor cinemas. From public venues to back gardens, the outdoor silver screen has been making a comeback!

Not ones to sit still, we’ve invested in a range of outdoor screen solutions for those of you looking to hire an outdoor cinema screen. They include large LED screens for larger events and a range of smaller but incredibly powerful cinema projectors. So without further ado, let’s tell you all about them.

Hire an Outdoor Cinema Screen from the Sound & Light Hire Company

As mentioned, we’ve jumped at the opportunity to expand on our existing LED screen hire services to include a fantastic array of new large LED screens, all of which are perfect for hosting an organised event.

In terms of digital screen sizes, we start at 55″ and 85″ with our LED HD TV devices. However, we can go much bigger and bolder than that. For larger public or community events, we can build outdoor LED screens from 2m x 1m right up to an enormous 8m x 6m! Screens this size would be absolutely perfect to hire for your surrey-based drive-in cinema event.

If you’re looking to hire an outdoor cinema screen for your event, you may be wondering which is the best size to go for. We’ll concede that’s a fair enough question considering just how many dimensions we have available! Your size choice will, of course, depend on a myriad of factors relating to your proposed venue. Such as how much space you have for the screen footprint, and whether you need any supporting structure to elevate your screen above your attendees for a better viewing experience.

We always tend to recommend our 5m x 3m LED screen to our clients, mainly because this gives a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the most common format amongst films and movies. However, we appreciate that that size may not always be the best solution for your specific event and our friendly team will be more than happy to talk you through the options available to you, based on the desired location.

Next, you need to consider the pixel pitch. Without getting too technical, the pixel pitch refers to how close the LED pixels are to each other. The smaller the distance, the higher the resolution of the screen and the crisper the picture. We have two options available in this regard, 3.9mm and 12.5mm.

While it’s correct the 3.9mm pixel pitch LED screen will offer a crisper picture, it’s important to note that it’s not always the best solution for your event. Higher distances between pixels elongate the minimum viewing distance, and helps keep costs down if you’re viewers are not going to be position close to the screen.

For instance, for a popup drive-in cinema event a 12.5mm pixel pitch LED screen might be the better option as when at greater viewing distances, higher pixel density loses its visual advantages and simply increases the cost of the display. By contrast, if you’re hosting a garden party and want to hire a substantial outdoor LED screen, then 3.9mm would be the best option.

But what if you’re not thinking about hiring a sizeable LED screen, and instead you’re looking for an outdoor projector and screen package to wow your family, or impress your guests at your next garden party?

Luckily we’ve got plenty of solutions for you in that regard too!

Outdoor Cinema Projector Hire Surrey

There’s perhaps nothing more appealing than relaxing with a glass of wine, surrounded by your friends and family, settling in for a gripping movie while the sun is setting on a late summer’s evening! As we touched upon above, we’ve been hard at work to create a new line of outdoor cinema packages for you that include a powerful projector, with a range of screen sizes to suit your home’s specific outdoor space.

Our smallest is outdoor cinema hire package comes complete with 6ft x 4ft popup projector screen perfect for a movie night with the children. But if you want to go even larger for your family get-together, you could choose our medium outdoor cinema hire package, complete with 8ft x 6ft projector screen.

Are you hosting a garden party? Then you might want to upgrade to our large outdoor cinema hire package which comes complete with a giant 10ft x 8ft projector screen to make sure everyone can enjoy the view!

Regardless of the size of hire package you choose, our helpful team will show you how to set everything up before you take the equipment home with you, and we will supply you with all of the necessary cables (including HDMI) to ensure that you can easily connect your laptop to the projector.

Once home, set up should take no longer than 20 minutes. You’ll be tucking into your popcorn before you know it! And if the weather lets you down, you can always move these setups indoors and have a cosy evening inside sheltered from the rain.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Outdoor Screen?

The short answer is not as much as you might think! Take our small projector and screen hire package, which includes a state-of-the-art projector, all the cables you need, and a popup projector screen for just £80. Even if you want to go large and leave the guests at your summer garden party stunned, you won’t pay more than £200 for a cinema setup capable of wowing 250 guests!

If you’re planning on organising a commercial or community event and wish to hire an outdoor LED screen, then prices start at £25 per panel for 12.5mm pixel pitch and £75 per square metre for the sharper 3.9mm pixel pitch. Don’t forget that you may also need to budget a little extra for items such as delivery and setup up of any associated truss or staging structures to either support or suspend the screen from.

On that note, why not add to your outdoor cinema screen hire to make the experience immersive for your guests with our broad range of complementary equipment hire services?

Sound Equipment Hire Surrey

Of course, going to the cinema is almost as much about experiencing the superior, immersive sound as it about enjoying a much larger screen, which is why you’ll be well served to complement your fantastic outdoor cinema set up with a sound system to match.

Fortunately, we have a vast range of dry hire speaker packages are incredibly popular here at the Sound and Light Hire Company. Regardless of which size of speaker hire package you choose to accompany your outdoor screen, our team will walk you through how to connect the speakers to your laptop (we can always take more time if you need it).

To be honest, all you have to do on top of your existing setup is plug in the speakers to a power source, connect up your film-playing device (such as a laptop) through a 3.5mm jack, and that’s it!

The only issue left is deciding which speaker hire package to choose. If you’re hosting a small garden party, then we have a fantastic starter package with two speakers, two stands, a connection cable and all the power and signal cables starting at just £60! These speakers are designed to perform for gatherings of around 70 people, so plenty of power given current restrictions.

However, given how fluid the situation is, it may not be long before we are allowed to have up to 100 guests at a garden party. In which case, you may jump up a few notches to our medium speaker hire package. You get all of the benefits of our starter package but benefit from more powerful speakers and a state-of-the-art subwoofer that will provide you with that booming bass associated with the cinema experience.

Finally, our outdoor PA hire packages are perfect if you are hosting a larger commercial or community event. Don’t forget; we also have powerful battery-powered speakers for hire for scenarios whereby running power supply cables might not be practical.

With the sound sorted, you may want to go that extra mile and hire a few lighting fixtures to make the experience truly unforgettable.

Lighting Hire for Outdoor Cinema Surrey

Going to the cinema is an act of escapism. For a few hours, you forget about the troubles of the world and focus on the story unfolding in front of you. You can help to create that magical atmosphere in your back garden or at a suitable venue with the help of a few wise lighting choices.

We would strongly recommend one of our wireless LED uplighting packages that can provide a touch of class and professionalism to your event, whether it’s private or public. They can add that so-called “red carpet” feeling to your get-together. The added bonus is that you can light critical areas without the downside of having cables trailing over all your garden, presenting a potential trip hazard.

But don’t forget we can help you to take your cinema experience to the next level by creating a 4D experience. From dancing and jinking lasers and real dry-ice machines to using strobe lights during those high-octane action scenes, you can use lighting to create a totally immersive experience for your guests.

LED Furniture Hire for Outdoor Cinema Parties 

Speaking about immersive experiences, why not set the scene for your guest with an array of LED-lit furniture? These bright pieces will create a talking point and add a touch of pizzazz to your event. We have a range of options available, from LED cubes and LED tables, to a full-blown LED mobile bar!

But the list certainly doesn’t end there. We have an extensive range of LED furniture that includes benches, curved seating, bubble chairs, champagne buckets, stools, and the list goes on! We’re one of the only hire companies in the UK that have such an enormous selection of LED furniture.

They’re versatile too, with a battery life of up to 10 hours, and the choice of several static colours, or an automated program of fading colour patterns.

Hire an Outdoor Cinema Screen with The Sound & Light Hire Company

With cinemas not being the safest environments at this moment in time, what better way to recreate the same atmosphere with a magical outdoor cinema screening? If you’re looking to hire an outdoor screen, then you’re spoilt for choice with us. Whether you want to hire an outdoor projector and screen package, or you want to invest in an impressive LED screen, we’ve got the equipment in stock to make your evening unforgettable.

Of course, we also stock the inventory to make your garden party or outdoor event a genuine spectacle, with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to both sound and lighting hire.

If you would like to talk to a member of our team to receive expert help with constructing your perfect outdoor cinema evening, give us a call or shoot us an email regarding what you have in mind. We look forward to creating a truly memorable experience!

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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