2010 foot­ball fever par­ties that daz­zle

Va­lerie Poyurs talks about ways to light up your soc­cer cel­e­bra­tions

Business Day - Home Front - - HOME FRONT - Va­lerie Poyurs is di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing at the Ra­di­ant Group, a South African light­ing and elec­tri­cal man­u­fac­turer and dis­trib­u­tor.

FOOT­BALL ma­nia has reached fever pitch and with the fi­nal matches un­der way there will be fans in the stands, in liv­ing rooms, in sports bars and any­where live cov­er­age is avail­able.

In SA it’s go­ing to be party sea­son with a cap­i­tal P. Whether your team’s match is pre­ceded by a braai, a lawn or a pool party, or just a com­mu­nal gath­er­ing of friends and fam­ily, you want to get the am­bi­ence right. Here are some ideas to light the way.

First up you want your team’s colours on dis­play — and we all know there’s more than one team you will be root­ing for depend­ing on lady luck and how skil­ful your favourites prove to be on the day. Light-emit­ting diode (LED) tube lights, which can be bought by the me­tre in green, yel­low, red and blue of­fer myr­iad pos­si­bil­i­ties. These tubes are highly flex­i­ble and weath­er­proof so you can twine them around pil­lars and trees or in­side your home around door­frames in the shape of a team logo. You can even try your hand at cre­at­ing a light sculp­ture by wind­ing tubes around a foot­ball-like ob­ject that can act as a cen­tre piece in the gar­den. LEDs are ex­tremely en­ergy ef­fi­cient so at least you will keep your elec­tric­ity bill down at the same time.

If you are af­ter a lighter, more so­phis­ti­cated look, try some dec­o­ra­tive fairy lights in dif­fer­ent shapes in the gar­den, in­doors or even on the din­ing ta­ble. There are also finer, net-like LED-lit mesh lights that can be hung across a win­dow or dis­played in bar ar­eas. The colours of the down lights along walk­ways or in the home’s en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas can be changed to cre­ate a softer light­hearted mood, and there are also coloured globes for pen­dant lights, ta­ble lights or oc­ca­sional lamps.

And of course you can­not do with­out LED ice for your guests’ drinks. An­other in­no­va­tion from Ra­di­ant is lit­tle plas­tic jew­els that look like ice blocks but have tiny LEDs in­side that change colour. Imag­ine their ef­fect in brightly coloured cock­tails on a bal­cony over­look­ing a cityscape or at the pool­side. In fact you may want to in­ves­ti­gate the lat­est in pool lights. A great op­tion is a pool light that gives you 12 dif­fer­ent colours from which to choose ac­cord­ing to your pref­er­ences. You can se­lect the colour com­bi­na­tions of your team, or, if you have no pool, lift your gaze to your se­cu­rity light­ing. There are globes in a num­ber of colours that will suit most stan­dard se­cu­rity fit­tings.

The World Cup will put SA firmly in the global spot­light. Add a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion, some light­hearted cre­ativ­ity and colour, some friends and a sport­ing spirit and you may just cre­ate an event that is re­mem­bered for more than just that defin­ing goal that puts your team into the fi­nals.

Coloured fairy lights, left. Green pool light, top right. Yel­low tube light, bot­tom right.

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