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Lighting Systems 1..2..3
Some Basic Information
We Package Lighting and Dimming Systems. Mail or FAX your specifications.
If you would like assistance in planning your system, give us a call.
See Also: Dove Systems, Elation, ETC, Leprecon, Leviton, Strand
A basic lighting system consists of a dimmer and a controller which are connected to lighting fixtures by means of electrical cable.

The first limitation to assembling a lighting system is your budget.
The second limitation is the amount of electrical power you have available to power the lights. Electrical power is spoken of in terms of AMPS (amperes). A typical household socket is rated at 20 AMPS, as are those in churches and schools. These circuits, which terminate in electrical U-ground wall outlets are protected by a circuit breaker which is located in a circuit breaker box. This box is the electrical Power Distribution box. The total AMPS of the box is the limiting factor in designing a lighting system.

The more 20 AMP circuits you have available the more dimmers, and thus the more lights you can use. So, the first thing you need to find out is how many AMPS are available for just the lighting system. Please, no coffee pots, air conditioning, sound systems or other electrical devices on this power, while doing a show, if at all possible.

If you're designing a large system you need to know if you have single phase or three phase power. This is something your electrician or contractor can tell you.

Once you have determined your budget and the available electrical power, it is easy to design the lighting system.

All portable stage lighting dimmers and controllers are made to connect using standard cables and connections. It's as easy as 1...2...3 !

1. Plug your lighting instruments (PAR, Ellipsoidal, Fresnel, etc.) into the dimmer pack standard Edison receptacles.
2. Connect between dimmer packs and the controller using standard XLR-type microphone cables. It won't matter which order they are connected as long as they are all connected.
3. Plug the dimmer pack AC power cables into a standard 20AMP, 120v AC circuit.

You're done with the wiring! The controller gets its power from the dimmers. Start programming the dimmers and setting your lighting scenes.
When connecting electrical equipment it is important to observe standard precautions to avoid electric shock.
Do not exceed the dimmer channel or dimmer pack load capacity.
Do not use under sized wire cables to connect dimmers or light instruments. HEAVY DUTY 12/3 EXTENSION CABLES ARE REQUIRED.
Do not over load the AC power circuit(s) used to power the dimmers. Usually both outlets on a duplex receptacle are on the same circuit. And often several duplex outlets will be on the same circuit.
Take care to isolate separate circuits when connecting dimmers to AC power.