First thing’s first; in order to learn and understand how to use specialist equipment in any performance studio, we must first learn about the resources we have at hand. In terms of lighting, this encompasses the types of lights available, the support for these lights, their power source, the way in which they are controlled, and how to access them. Alongside lighting, this guide will also cover Working at Height (WOH), and health and safety and risk assessments.
The different types of lighting equipment:
The Source: aka. the lights.
- Profile spot (these are good for “throwing” light a long distance. They create a small
pool of light which can be adjusted with its shutter and gate. The quality of the edge of the light can also be changed from very hard to very soft by adjusting the lens). Profile lights are also able to take on any shape that is placed inside the lantern’s gate. These shapes are formed either using the shutters, or something called a ‘gobo’.
- LED Beamlight (the small version is called a “birdie” – 100W)
- Wash light
- LED Batten
Side note: All support systems need to be checked and approved as ‘safe’ by a trained professional.
The Control Systems
- Desks (these are fader based. These desks have “record memory”, which allows you to save a custom light combination of lights).
- All sockets are numbered and controlled from the lighting desks.
Side note: Make sure to check all the cables before use, for health and safety reasons.
- Hook stands. Make sure these are secure.
- A yoke, aka. a bracket.
- Clutch, which allows you to lock the bracket.
- Safety bonds. These are “back-ups”, in case the yokes fail. You rig these cables by wrapping them around the bars (once or twice) and through the yoke.