Spotlight on: Festoon Lighting

Festoon lights are strings of lights with large bulbs hung loosely, creating a soft focus glow reminiscent of vintage fairgrounds and lending themselves to a variety of moods and uses.

Festoon lights in the Lake Room at Chewton Glen

Festoon lights in the Lake Suite at Chewton Glen

When used indoors festoon lights provide a gentle luminosity which is ideal for weddings and indoor parties, providing a warmth and atmosphere similar to the gentleness of candlelight. Festoons can be combined with hanging paper lanterns to shed a soft romantic glow onto event spaces.

Combination of hanging paper lanterns and festoon lights for a wedding at Great Fosters Hotel

Combination of hanging paper lanterns and festoon lights for a wedding at Great Fosters Hotel

Outdoor festoon lights with  paper lanterns for an event at Northbrook Park

Outdoor festoon lights with paper lanterns for an event at Northbrook Park

Also when used outdoors, festoon lights can be used to create markers for pathways and also to add a subtle but much needed light for barbeques or garden parties. The ethereal glow of these lights is less glitzy than pealights, providing a retro or vintage feel to events.

Festoon Lights and illuminated letters outdoors at Chewton Glen

Festoon lights and illuminated letters outdoors at Chewton Glen

Festoon Lights used to line a pathway for a beach themed party at Dulwich picture gallery

Festoon lights used to line a pathway for a beach themed party at Dulwich Picture Gallery

The long strings of lights are connectable, making it easy to light large spaces such as Marquees or gardens. Festoon lights are an effective way to light areas of varying size and shape, and can be combined with bunting or flower garlands for rustic events, or used indoors alongside glass candelabras to compliment table settings at indoor events to create a sophisticated effect.

Indoor festoon lights with glass candelabra and floral table settings for a wedding reception at Chewton Glen

Indoor festoon lights with glass candelabra and floral table settings for a wedding reception at Chewton Glen

Festoon lights used for a wedding reception in the Lake Suite at Chewton Glen

Festoon lights used for a wedding reception in the Lake Suite at Chewton Glen

Additionally, festoon lights can be used to highlight key smaller areas as opposed to lighting an entire event space. The lights can be used in alcoves or by seating areas to enhance a relaxed and inviting area within the main space.

Festoon lights used to highlight the food station area of a Mexican themed party

Festoon lights used to highlight the food station area of a Mexican themed party

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