The word ‘flambeau’ comes from the French word ‘flambe’ and means a flaming torch. The word ‘flambeaux’ is simply a plural version of the word ‘flambeau’ and is used to describe torches that are used at night time for processions, illuminations and any other outdoor events.
When used in a sentence, flambeaux is used to describe more than one torch, for example you may use flambeaux in a sentence such as: ‘at night, parades feature flambeaux carried by figures in white robes.’
Flambeau on the other hand, is used to describe a single torch that stands alone such as: ‘the smoky light from the flambeau’.
What is Flambeaux lighting?
Flambeaux lighting dates back to the 1800’s and was originally used to light the procession of the first Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, USA. The main feature of every flambeau light is an open flame that is fuelled by gas. Nowadays, flambeaux lighting is still featured in the Mardi Gras celebrations, however it is used more as a spectacle performance rather than a necessary element for crowds to actually see the event. You can read more about the history of Flambeaux lighting in our recent blog.
As well as the Mardi Gras celebrations, flambeaux lighting is now also used for a wide range of applications. From a medieval film set to a more modern garden feature, flambeaux lighting can come in all shapes and sizes depending on the atmosphere you are looking to create.
Bespoke and custom Flambeaux services
At William Sugg & Co. Ltd, we can create bespoke and custom flambeaux lighting that suits your needs. Whether you are looking for flambeaux for a film set, festival or your own home decor, our experts can help you create the perfect flambeaux lighting design that is sure to give the wow factor. Flambeaux are a popular addition to gardens highlighting water features and creating beautiful spaces for socialising after dark.
If you are interested in our bespoke lighting design services then get in touch today!