So I've been talking to the Maintenance Dept Head recently. He is a cool guy, that aside I talked with him concerning his thoughts on the houselight situation. I can get into it for those interested, but essentially it's not well thought out. I'd like to repatch the Architectural controls (Any ideas how? I'm hoping that's something from the rack: CD80sv.) to include the sconce fluros, as well as the overhead balcony fluros for general day-to-day illumination. We can then save our PAR56s as houselighting, just for shows/assemblies/events/etc.. It makes sense to me. We have the circuiting/distribution in place to do this. However, I do have some specific issues I'd like to research first: For fluros, is there any advantage to running them at full vs running at a decreased intensity? While I'm sure we payed a lot of money for Mk10 ballasts, I'd like to reorganize the arch control presets (Currently: FL, 75, 50, 25). It might be nice to keep two PAR64s on a stage wash / work light preset for work on stage, or classes. So, I need to know about dimming fluros, any advantages or disadvantages? When reassigning dimmer curves for fluros, one can assign that as dimmer specific, not module specific? Correct? What is the output gonna look like? I'd like to hang as few CFLs as possible because they'll be fixed, and on my friggin' lighting positions! (It really is the best option.) My original thought called for two (what the Maintenance Dept Head referred to as) 40W CFLs in each AP slot. The light is needed solely on the first level, the main area of seating. Will eight be sufficient? Should I bump the suggested number up to sixteen? I feel like I have to, but am wary of hanging so much stuff up there. Will I be able to get "patch-happy" and rearrange things the way that best fits a new setup? Strand CD80sv, and Outlook. How do you guys feel about the proposed setup of fluros running at any time, except when we have shows? My issue is that I think the Theatre Dept Head might be confused, or take offense, at running the proposed "show houselights" off of the board! What a travesty! If you had 4 presets to work with, what would you do? I really wish these presets weren't in a radio button configuration, so one could mix and match with highest takes precedence. So, as it stands, I have ideas for 3/4 presets: 1. All fluros at full. 2. Fluros dimmed as low as possible, probably just the CFLs, (I know that's not low, but the idea is for note taking when classes use the space, or during rehearsal. 3. Worklight, All fluros at full, two (more?) PAR64s at full, providing a stage wash for basic work or classes. 4. ???. Thoughts here? I know the master stations provide another 4 presets, but other people don't remember or realize... So maybe you guys think I'm crazy for trying to work with Maintenance on getting a better fluro solution in the theatre... it seems like a good idea to me though. The Maintenance Dept Head approached me with some questions and asked for some input, but he, like I, has to get it by the Theatre Dept Head first. Anything else I'm missing here (I feel like I forgot something.)? Any other ideas, guys?