Here’s the Truth Behind LED Dance Floors and How to Avoid Disaster
When it comes to LED dance floors, there can’t be much to think about, right? Think again!
The fact is that if you dig below the shiny, twinkly surface, there’s actually lot to consider.
What you learn might shock you but you’ll never secure the dance floor of your dreams without uncovering the truth.
First, lets talk about…
Why it’s So Damn Important to Find the Right LED Dance Floor!
The dance floor is the centrepiece of your evening party.
It should help transform your room by making it look stunning and adding to the ambience… not to mention entice your guests to get up and dance.
Now, imagine this – it’s the biggest day of your life.
You’ve just got married, eaten your wedding breakfast, laughed (or cried) at speeches and you’re now about to step into your evening room.
Disaster strikes – your LED dance floor, the centrepiece of your room… is battered, scraped, dirty and most importantly – not all lit up.
You try to ask why but get told “the floor isn’t level, there’s nothing we can do – sorry!”.
In this blog post I’m going to outline what to look for, how to find it and most importantly – how to AVOID DISASTER on the biggest day of your life.
What is the LED Dance Floor and Why are They So Popular?
LED dance floors flooded the market in the late 2000’s – they’re an extremely popular addition to wedding and birthday parties alike.
Scattered with 100’s of LED lights, they emit opulence, create a fun atmosphere to dance in and help boost your rooms ambience.
Unfortunately, not all dance floors are made the same… something which most suppliers don’t want you to know.
The good news is that I’m going to uncover the truth below.
There are 2 main types of LED dance floors;
- Wireless – Each panel connects and transfers power through COPPER CONNECTORS.
- Wired – each panel connects and transfers power through WIRED CONNECTIONS.
Initially, we operated a wireless system because the cheaper price was just SO APPEALING.
We decided to ignore the advice of wired suppliers.
What a mistake that turned out to be…
Common Problems with Wireless LED Dance Floors
Honestly, if I could turn back time I’d do it solely to change my decision in this field.
You see here’s the thing…
Wireless dance floors can cause serious headaches.
The floor relies on power being transferred from panel to panel using copper connectors.
If the copper connectors lose contact, the panel loses power and ultimately shuts down!
The biggest upset to a wireless system is uneven floor. Uneven floors make it hard for the copper connectors to touch properly – this means they can’t receive & transfer power and so WON’T LIGHT UP.
Thick carpet can also cause issues… where a person steps, the carpet compresses causing the copper connectors to lose contact.
If a panel loses contact, it will lose power and cut out.
From single or multiple panel failures to full dance floor outages, we experienced it all.
If a drink was spilt – outage.
Too many people dancing in one spot – outage
Kids jumping up and down on the dance floor – outages!
Room change around delays to change burnt out copper connectors.
So many things that can go wrong…
So many things that are OUT OF YOUR CONTROL.
Take CONTROL of your wedding right now and read below the solution to all this madness.
Why is a Wired Dance Floor Better?
Honestly, if you don’t want the wedding headache of your nightmares, you need to hire a wired dance floor.
Dance the night away without a worry in the world.
Fear not when your guests spill their drinks, toasting to your happiness.
Be grateful you won’t have to experience the pain of panel outages.
Be grateful that you read this article and asked the RIGHT QUESTIONS.
Here’s the thing, most operators think they have a wired dance floor… but in reality, they do not. There might even be the odd company that TELLS YOU it’s wired, but IT’S NOT.
All dance floors have a main wire to connect the control box to the first set of panels – otherwise there wouldn’t be power at all, but what truly defines a wired dance floor is WIRED LINKS between EACH PANEL.
Because the panels are daisy chained together, wired dance floors are more RELIABLE.
The wired link between each panel also means that uneven ground or thick carpet is never a problem.
You’ll never experience panel outages which means you can dance the night away, worry free.
If you are having a marquee wedding, I strongly recommend hiring a wired dance floor.
So how does the extra reliability impact price and availability?
Choosing the Right Sized Floor
Dance floors come in a range of sizes, usually starting at 10 x 10 right through to 20 x 20 and sometimes larger.
Although prices vary from supplier to supplier, you can expect to pay roughly £50-£75 more per 2 x 2 of wired floor.
A small price to pay for guaranteed reliability, wouldn’t you agree?
Be sure to check how much space you have available with your venue.
If your venue recommends a dance floor supplier, read this blog post about getting the most value from your money before you go ahead.
Next, you should now look at how many guests (roughly) are going to be attending your evening party. The number of guests generally determines what size to go for. It’s important to keep in mind that dance floors can be laid in rectangles as well as squares – 10 x 12, 12 x 14 etc.
Knowing this should allow you to make the most of your space if it isn’t entirely square.
Below is a rough guide to help you decide on a floor size.
Now, you need to find a supplier.
There’s a couple of things to think about here…
Due to the nature of weddings usually being booked many months or years in advance, there are fraudsters out there who take advantage of this situation by taking deposits early on and then never showing up.
A company called Bridezillas in Morley, Leeds, did just that and were forced to cease trading after numerous complaints. Couples payed for a service, such as room dressings and Bridezillas NEVER DELIVERED. Click here to check out the BBC’s coverage of this story.
Of course, price is a major factor – you’re on a BUDGET and you want the BEST PRICE POSSIBLE.
However, I think it’s equally as important to know WHO you are dealing with.
Wedding equipment suppliers can range from Limited VAT registered to one-man bands who do it on the side for a bit of extra money.
I’m going to share with you 4 useful tips than will help you choose the right dance floor supplier for your event.
Tips that will ensure you DON’T put your money in the hands of FRAUDSTERS.
Tip #1 – Hire a Wired Dance Floor
Click here to contact us and get a price for our wired LED dance floor.
Wired floors are reliable and will never have panel outages.
We’re complimented a lot from DJ’s, venue staff etc… that our floor hadn’t cut out!
If you hire from a company with a WIRED dance floor LIKE US, you know they CARE about YOUR wedding.
You know that their equipment is going to be in GOOD CONDITION because they CARE about panels STAYING LIT UP throughout your event.
Tip #2 – Hire from Limited Companies
You can use Companies House to search for any limited company – all you need is their company number or proper company name.
If they’re listed, they’re legit.
Hiring from limited companies will eliminate your exposure to fraudsters.
This means you’ll have more time to worry about the finer details of your wedding.
Tip #3 – Try and See the Dance Floor in Person
If possible, ask to see the floor in person – if that’s not feasible, ask for pictures instead.
There’s 2 advantages of doing this…
- You get to see the supplier ACTUALLY HAS THE DANCE FLOOR.
- You can see what condition it’s in. Although your wedding might not be for another few months or year, generally if the supplier keeps it in a good way now they will do so in the future.
Over time, dance floors become scratched and the CHEAPER dance floors on the market only have a WHITE SURFACE. This means that deep scratches reveal a lasting black underneath!
The last thing you want on your wedding day is for a tatty, scraped dance floor to be the centrepiece of your room.
Tip #4 – Check Reviews
As with anything, reviews are a great indication of WHO you are dealing with.
A good amount of reviews shows the company is reputable and generally reliable.
You could even message previous customers through Facebook and ask about their experience using the company.
You can download our free PDF checklist to help guide you through the process of hiring an LED dance floor.
The truth behind LED dance floors and how to avoid disaster!
- Go wired – wireless systems can cause headaches you could do without
- Choose a size relative to guest’s attending & space available at your venue
- Hire from limited companies
- Ask to see the dance floor in person or images
- Check reviews
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