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COLOR THEORY-small theater edition

So, I’m talking with this very well-known local stage director whose name I can’t remember, but he looks a little like Captain Picard, the old bald-headed guy on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Huh? That’s an ancient TV show. Google it.

Anyway, he’s trying to tell me about some kind of “mood” or “psychological impact” or something.


And I’m the LD for his show and I don’t have a clue what he’s talking about because all I really want to know is if the scene…


Added by Wayne Lambert on July 20, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Solar Cell... That Stores Its Own Energy.

Talk about awesome -- check this out!  A solar cell that stores its own energy.  Can you imagine how this would revolutionize some of the energy needs at these crazy outdoor festivals that keep getting bigger and bigger?

From …


Added by Jim Hutchison on July 17, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Elation and High End Systems (and Rum, perhaps) Heightened EMOTION at InfoComm 2015

I wasn’t quite grown up enough in the business at the point when companies like High End Systems were throwing the knock-down, drag out kind of demo parties at the major events.  That one video of a High End demo back in the Nineties always comes to mind when I think “I wonder how much Red…


Added by Jim Hutchison on July 2, 2015 at 7:28am — 3 Comments

Lightning Art from Marc Simon Frei

Arcing is generally something we try to avoid in our industry, but photographer and artist Marc Frei has been using Tesla coils to product these amazing photographs. It looks to me as though the discs that the arcs are flowing over are a dielectric material, perhaps glass, but I don't know enough about this to be sure. Either way, a beautiful example of a naked arc providing dramatic lighting effects.…


Added by Craig Rutherford on June 30, 2015 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

Some Thoughts On Color Mixing

Over the years, many different lighting companies have come up with many different ways to do color mixing of their lights, and today I'd like to pontificate about some of the different methods and their strengths and weaknesses, and how they fit into different areas of design.

Flags: the mixing glass slides back and forth on tracks, moving into and out of the beam. The big strength of the flag system is the speed of the system, but what tends to happen is that as the flags ease into…


Added by Craig Rutherford on June 22, 2015 at 4:06pm — 2 Comments

Why to believe in the G-Spot

Spots: who needs them?

This is the usual way of thinking in all the "trendie" environments. The reason of this issue is, obviously, the "proclaimed kingdom" of the "beam" moving head. Yes; most of the people prefers a beam instead of a spot, and if possible, a beam, a spot and a wash in the same head. I can understand that. But in my mind, there's a clear hierarchy, if I need to choose between them: firstly the spot function, then a bright smoth wash, and finally a…


Added by Ben Diaz on June 22, 2015 at 7:51am — No Comments

InfoComm 2015 and the Story of the Giant Paisley Test Pattern Nightmare

Hi, everybody -- Jim Hutchison here, and I just got back from InfoComm 2015 in Orlando.  My eyes still have video wall test patterns burned in them, parking in Orlando at the OCCC for the InfoComm show was way worse than normal this year, and MegaLite had some really fantastically cold beer at their booth.  All of those things point to a really great show!

Oh yeah -- I'm gonna be blogging here at the Pro Lighting Space a lot…


Added by Jim Hutchison on June 19, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments


Setting: Large, old, hotel ballroom, maybe the Chicago Sheraton, maybe not

Scene: Corporate LD talks to VINNY, a hotel staff A.V. guy

LD: What do you mean these points don’t really exist?

VINNY: Oh, my, my. Those idiot office people must have sent you an old drawing. Sorry. I told those morons they better get those things updated, before a great tragedy like this takes…


Added by Wayne Lambert on June 18, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

How to choose a proper led light for your projects

With the application of the led lighting, more and more peaple would like replace their light with led light source.Now, let us share about how to choose a good quality led light.

Electric parts—-Life span and brightness

Top quality: Cree/Phillip chip, Mean well/Inventr POWER SUPPLY Normmally give u 5 years warranty (10 years around life span)

Middle quality:Epistar chip,Middle quality power supply Normmally give u 3…


Added by adsasdzx on June 12, 2015 at 1:35am — No Comments

Top Ten LD Tricks

This post originally written for my friends at Elite Multimedia.

It's hard to be in this industry for a while and not accumulate a wide range of tricks, subtle insider knowledge, and other arcana which collectively fall under the umbrella of “experience”. These are the sorts of things it would have been valuable to know when I was first starting out; things I wish someone had told me. And so now, I pass on my top ten ideas and tricks to…


Added by Craig Rutherford on June 8, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments



This is wao from ADNLITE Group.

We are the led downlights factory in China for 5 years.

We aim for providing the most proper led downlights for the customers all over the world.

Added by adsasdzx on May 30, 2015 at 12:25am — No Comments

What to Do When Your Show Runs off it's Tracks

Picture this: You're running through your setlist, down the agenda, or through the service flow....things are going well. You're hitting your cues, and your show looks great...BUT THEN!!!!

Something changes.

Suddenly, we are not in the land of the set list anymore. We are now in no-mans land. So what happens next?

What to Do When the Show Runs Off…


Added by David Henry on May 26, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

CYGNUS "Immersive Light Installation"

CYGNUS Immersive Light Installation Performance/MARKA 2014 International Brand Conference from Bİ'ŞEYLER on Vimeo.

CYGNUS is an art lighting installation in Istanbul which uses 46 Clay-Paky Sharpys to take viewers on an immersive…


Added by Craig Rutherford on May 13, 2015 at 12:02am — No Comments

New Videos?

In response to your questions, I've begun to really start ramping up my video creation skills and the Learn Stage Lighting YouTube Channel has been benefiting! Lately, I've actually been publishing a number of videos to YouTube and not highlighting them here. Why? Well, I wanted to…


Added by David Henry on May 12, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What is Beam Angle? What is Field Angle? Does it Matter?

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

If you've been reading LSL for any amount…


Added by David Henry on April 28, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Solar Spectrum Environmental Art

This is cool. Peter Erskine is an artist who uses laser-cut prisms to refract sunlight into large-scale art displays, and the results are fairly stunning:…


Added by Craig Rutherford on April 20, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Motion control + flowers = weird, delighful

Exploring the intersection of technology with art is an installation in Japan called the "Floating Flower Garden" consisting of over 2,300 real, living flowers suspended in the air and motion-controlled. This is the latest installation by TeamLab, a Japanese art collective of “ultra-technologists” lead by Toshiyuki Inoko. As viewers move through the installation space, 3D cameras track them, moving the flowers up and out of the way so…


Added by Craig Rutherford on March 25, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

The Complete Guide to Beam Fixtures

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

Want a huge beam of light that zooms across the…


Added by David Henry on March 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Light With - Not Versus - Video

In a recent LD@Large, John Featherstone spoke of his distaste for the trope of the lighting versus video mentality that pervades parts of our industry. Any production where IMAG is used needs to have a crew that understands the intricacies of lighting for not only the stage, but also for video. I've worked with tours and productions that use IMAG many times in my career, and these are some of my strategies for dealing with lighting for video from an LD's perspective.

On my current…


Added by Craig Rutherford on March 20, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Asphyxia - digital art

Asphyxia is an experimental film project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips, and it uses two Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka and then renders the data inside a near photo-realistic environment. I first saw tech like this being used by Rob Sheridan (Art director for NIN) on the same's festival tour with the human-moved video carts. It impressed me then, but this takes the intersection of CGI and inexpensive, off-the-shelf motion-capture tech to a…


Added by Craig Rutherford on March 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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