Yeah, all right, I have a confession to make: I still don't really know how that whole "DMX" thing works, even after two years of being a Lighting Director. Hokay. First off, conventional lights. Light power -> dimmer -> console? DMX Interface? The last step is the one I don't know. I know at school we have a separate box the DMX connects to, which connects to the board, but then again my board is so antiquated that I'm not sure if this is the same with all boards. Could someone tell me basically the connections to control conventional lights? Second off, intelligent lights. In order to run them on a board, do you basically have to connect them all in series (in the end) in order to connect them to the one or two outputs in your console? Third off, DMX/XLR. I know that DMX is what you really should use for intel lights, but I know that we've often used XLR cable instead, and that it's the same. I'm right on this one, correct? Or am I being forgetful, and DMX has 5 pins to XLR's 3? Heh. Yeah, I've been wondering these things, but a bit too embarassed to ask, because I'm sure the answer is simple. By the way--I don't need the whole explanation of DMX, channels, etc; I just want to know how one would hook up a setup if one was starting from scratch. Thanks, and stuff. !