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Theatrical power control – part 2

In the first part of this series, we introduced the idea of power control separate from the dimmer system and gave an overview of different ways we can manage switching of power to installed appliances. In this second part, we will look at remote-control schemas for independent contactors. One Big Relay So, the first option… Read More »

Theatrical power control – part 1

In my introduction to theatrical lighting systems I considered the many and varied lighting installations you might find in a performance venue and talked about independent power control which we will discuss further here. In days gone by, practically all of the performance luminaires in a theatrical installation would use filament lamps and be suitable… Read More »

Theatrical lighting – introduction

There are many different aspects of lighting in a public space – so many in fact that even seasoned technical crew can be confused. This article offers and introduction to the different lighting systems you might find in a performance environment. Consider a traditional small theatrical venue. The venue has public spaces and non-public spaces.… Read More »

Theatrical cue lights – part 4

Part 3 of this series introduced two professional cue light systems both using a three-wire system with an XLR grounded cable shield. One system is relay-based and the other microcontroller-based. Either system would be suitable for a professional installation. However, the two systems use different arrangements for the outstation. In fact there is no standard… Read More »

Theatrical cue lights – part 3

In part 1 we introduced cue light systems and discussed simple 2-wire a.c. systems. In part 2, we introduced d.c. switching and moved on to latching STANDBY. Later in part 2 we introduced a microcontroller-based design. In this part we will consider adding MASTER GO to relay systems and then expand on microcontroller-based designs. Note… Read More »

Theatrical cue lights – part 2

In the first part, we covered an introduction to cue lights are and how they are used. We also looked at a simple two-wire system. In this part we are going to look at three-wire systems with automatic flashing. Note that the circuits presented here are not complete designs and there are many and varied… Read More »

Theatrical cue lights – part 1

Some years ago I designed a theatrical cue-light system and I recently came across the drawings. The system was based on relays and I thought it would be interesting to see how cue-light designs have progressed over the years. I found that there are many different ways of doing cue lights and I thought I… Read More »