# Meet me in St. Louis Lighting

#### calcrew

##### Member
We are putting on the musical Meet Me in St. Louis as a school production. The play calls for chandeliers and dimmer switches. We have a chandelier with a regluar light wire and an exposed copper wire. The wires are 74in long. Our chandelier is 20in tall 28in wide, with 6 lights. We also have dimmer switches with black white and aqua wires. Those wires extend 125in from the bottom and from the top of the dimmer switch. The wall sconces have white, black, and a copper exposed wire. The sconces use 60 watt bulbs and are 10 in. tall. The wires on the sconces are 15in long. We would like to hook up the dimmers to the wall sconces, but do not know exactly how to do this. Any suggestions on how the wire lights and dimmers and electricity would be great. Thanks.

#### Footer

##### Senior Team
Senior Team
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First, I would hook up the chandelier and sconces to your lighting system and install dummy switches in the wall.

On top of that, you should not be wiring this yourself. Its obvious you have not done this before, get someone in there that can show you how to do this properly.

#### Sean

##### Active Member
First, I would hook up the chandelier and sconces to your lighting system and install dummy switches in the wall.
On top of that, you should not be wiring this yourself. Its obvious you have not done this before, get someone in there that can show you how to do this properly.

I'll second what Footer said.

If you cannot identify which wire is which, get someone that knows. A shop teacher maybe? Perhaps one of the students' parents?

As for the switch. Don't use it. What will ultimately be easier is to wire the lights to plugs, and plug those into stage lighting circuits. That way your board op has control of the lights.

--Sean

#### soundlight

##### Well-Known Member
I third what has been said, you don't really want them on a dimmer switch, you want them under board control. Also, as has been said, it's obvious that you haven't done this before and shouldn't attempt it. Get someone who really knows what they're doing.

#### zac850

##### Well-Known Member
I fourth what has been said. Don't trust the actors to get the switch right, have the light board op take a visual cue for turning on and off the praticals. Plus, this way you can use them in your preset, and if you need all the stage lights to go out as the chandelier goes out, well, its as easy as pushing the go button.

#### Logos

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Sorry for the hijack but those things cost more than \$200 AUD in Australia.

Back to the main stream.