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Ben Lawrence

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lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:39:46 pm »

Just curious what some of you do for mounting lighting on tent poles. I have a local vendor that i rent from occasionally that has custom fabricated pole clamps but am wondering if there is a lighting supplier etc that sells a pre fabricatede mount / setup. Or is this not even recommended.
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 09:10:34 pm »

Just curious what some of you do for mounting lighting on tent poles. I have a local vendor that i rent from occasionally that has custom fabricated pole clamps but am wondering if there is a lighting supplier etc that sells a pre fabricatede mount / setup. Or is this not even recommended.

Generally I dont do it unless its just a couple of light weight cans, be carefull you dont get the fixture to close.
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011, 09:30:26 pm »

Not saying I haven't done it but now with LED lights the heat isn't an issue.  Don't dimple the tent pipes and check with the tent vendor.  We used to use cardboard between the clamp parts and the pole so you don't dimple it.  Make sure you use a safety cable.  Bonnie
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 12:29:01 pm »

Actually i was not talking about around the edges or anywhere near the fabric of the tent. I was referring to the center posts. They are usually like a 6" post or something.  I was wondering if there was a pre made rigging solution.
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 12:44:50 pm »

Actually i was not talking about around the edges or anywhere near the fabric of the tent. I was referring to the center posts. They are usually like a 6" post or something.  I was wondering if there was a pre made rigging solution.

On the occasion we have that problem, we secure the folded tripod to the tent pole so that the tripod still holds the weight, but the tent pole provides the stability. Having a cloth dress to wrap the whole is a good idea (either your own or the tend companies to match).
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 10:42:16 pm »

On the occasion we have that problem, we secure the folded tripod to the tent pole so that the tripod still holds the weight, but the tent pole provides the stability. Having a cloth dress to wrap the whole is a good idea (either your own or the tend companies to match).

Wow i am a little surprised that this is not made commercially. Something like this with cheeboroughs attached for a pipe to be inserted. Some events have to be very clean visually.
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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 11:54:11 pm »

Actually i was not talking about around the edges or anywhere near the fabric of the tent. I was referring to the center posts. They are usually like a 6" post or something.  I was wondering if there was a pre made rigging solution.

There are a bunch of commercially made clamps for hanging stuff from a tent pole.

Future Light makes the "Pole Cat" that is made for tent and utility poles.

http://www.future-light.com/products/polecat.html

Great American Tent has a variety of clamps that could be adapted for rigging lights

http://www.tentwasher.com/products/olympia/clamps.html

Eureka make a cool scissor clamp for tent poles

http://store.eurekapartytents.com/products/151316

Starlight has a cheesy looking clamp that takes a few tree arms.

http://www.starlight.com/lghtstnd.html

JR Steelwork makes some great stuff including the "Side Arm" clamp for tent poles.

http://jrsteelworks.com/products.html

Otis makes a multi bracket that could be useful

http://www.otisdm.com/products/product-1/

JB Mabb has the "Pole Hugger" clamp

http://www.jbmabb.com/JBMabb_Theatrical_Lighting.html

This should get you started

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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2011, 10:39:33 am »

I have tent pole brackets that were manufactured by a local event company that has since gone out of business. You might be able to show these pictures around to your local tent companies to see if they know anybody manufacturing something similar. The first is really for movers, being more elongated on one side with two parallel "blades", while the other is more conventional fixture oriented with 4 mounting arms in a star pattern.



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Re: lighting clamps on wedding tent.
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2011, 04:26:18 pm »

Just curious what some of you do for mounting lighting on tent poles. I have a local vendor that i rent from occasionally that has custom fabricated pole clamps but am wondering if there is a lighting supplier etc that sells a pre fabricatede mount / setup. Or is this not even recommended.

Ok, I'm so glad I found this thread because I'm putting together some last minute details for my daughters late November wedding and these are some of the final things I'm trying to figure out. I need a ten first of all, but secondly I need spotlights for the tent poles. We aren't renting out a lighting guy and out DJ doesn't have that service so I think we are on our own. I got some good information from you about the lights but does anyone know what kind of tent that American Pavillion has that would be able to hold the spotlights on the poles? I just don't know if I would need to look into a certain kind of tent for that. Anything would help, so I appreciate any responses!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2011, 04:41:14 pm »

Ok, I'm so glad I found this thread

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