We've recycled our patch panel!  It is now Light LAb!

This is a patch panel. Sort of looks like an old telephone operator's plug board


Our new Light Lab.This is the old patch panel which has been recycled.


This page is taken from the series of classes we devoted to electricity in the theater.

 The wiring diagram on the right shows the path of electricity. Starting from the three phase breaker, which is located in the large circuit breaker box, you can follow the path of the hot wire all the way to the circuit.

To see this image in more detail, click it.



 These are board notes from a lecture that two of our interns presented explaining how the electricity gets from the power company to the lamp. More info will be presented on this page in the future as this subject is often miss understood. Not to mention that it's also very important to lighting our shows.
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 electricpath  This diagram shows the power coming from the electric company into the school building. The power is carried at a high voltage and stepped down to 120volts via the transformer. The power then goes through the circuit breaker box to the dimmers. Then to the lights.....


Making New Brass Look Old: fume the brass hardware in a sealed jar containing 26° to 30° ammonium hydroxide is the tried and true method.  It is however hard to get hazardous material and has become harder to get.  It is usually available at a laboratory and chemical supply company, or commercial printer suppliers.  Use it only in a well ventilated area.  Wear eye protection, rubber gloves and a respirator with cartridges designed specifically for ammonia fumes. 

In response to a question to me off Pro-Sound Web's Lighting Forum. 

 "If I went with the identical lamp that's in this fixture, are you saying that it would be a more "brown appearing lamp"? You made that reference but am wondering if there is a lamp that is a more white appearing lamp as well. In the application that I will be using these lights, the distance to the stage is approximately 20 feet. I personally think that 575w is a bunch, although I am planning on hooking it up to a 600w per channel dim pack. Is it better to have the wattage there if needed, and just dim it when not? That sounds logical to me" ...

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