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Primary light in your theatre?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Sylak, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Sylak

    Sylak Member

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    Alfred, NY
    So, after working in several theates than my schools (which has been one of the more "gettoh" ones compared to some) I was wondering what your primeary type of light onstage/in your cove is.

    My school has primeraly Fernsels (6" and 8") on stage with a set of 2 RGBW strips, and 20° Shakesperes from the cove and torms, with the occasionaly 6x9 and 6x12 ellipsoidal or 30° Zoom
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  2. fosstech

    fosstech Active Member

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    Tacoma, WA USA
    In high school, we had 26 degree source fours in FOH, and 36 degree S4's scattered around in the electrics. We also had Colortran 6" fresnels lamped at 750w. Our cyclights were 3-cell L&E Runts, lamped at 750w as well.

    In college, we have a ton of Altman 360Q's of all shapes and sizes. Anything from 4.5x6.5 all the way up to 6x22 can be found in our inventory. Lots of source fours as well; we have a couple 10 degree units, plus a ton of 19, 26, and 36 degree units, plus a few 50 degree lenses. The S4's here are almost exclusively reserved for gobo projection and scroller use, plus any other special effects that may be put into an ERS. The Altmans don't get anything but shutter cuts and gels on the front. We have a lot of PAR64 cans used for downlight. We also have a growing number of S4 pars, which are also used for downlight and for other purposes. We've also got some PAR56 strips and MR16 strips. We also have a lot of 6", 8" and two 12" (5kW) fresnels. Cycs are coverered by 4-cell far cycs, lamped at 1kW or 1.5kW depending on the show. They're also covered by 3-cell groundrows, which also occasionally get hung with C-clamps (as they are right now for Urinetown). They're lamped at 1kW.
  3. DarSax

    DarSax Active Member

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    Bethesda MD
  4. zac850

    zac850 Well-Known Member

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    New York
    High school was mostly Source4s (mostly 19s, but also 26s-50s) and Source 4 PARs. A few 6" fresnels as well, plus 2 strips.

    College is lots and lots of 360Qs, but also many Source4s. Bunch of PAR 64s, bunch of Source4 PARs, and a smattering of fresnels and other such fixtures that mostly stay on the racks.
  5. TimmyP1955

    TimmyP1955 Active Member

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    We've got 36 Shakespeare 600 20s for zone and special lighting from the front, a mix of about 15 different Shakespeares for back/down lighting, and 9 old scoops on the back curtail for color washes.
  6. bdesmond

    bdesmond Active Member

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    Chicago, IL USA
    Back when I did this in high school we had Strand SL's of various lens types on the ladders and catwalks plus ETC PARs and Altman Fresnels on the pipes over the stage area.
  7. soundlight

    soundlight Well-Known Member

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    NJ & NYC
    High school: old century lekos, fresnels, and par38 strips. We also got some cheap parcans with four-pack dimmers.


    Theater: all angles of source fours and source four zooms except five degree, tons of source four pars, strand zoom lekos, cyc lights, T3 groundrows, zip strips, scoops, 6" fresnels, aluminum parcans, inkies, birdies, and an assortment of other things.

    Music Hall/Performing Arts Center: all degrees of shakespeares, 8" fresnelites, star pars, strand iris cyc lights, ground row cyc lights, parcans, 6" fresnels, old zoom lekos, old 8" monster lekos, old 10" monster lekos.
  8. mackem_techie

    mackem_techie Member

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    Sunderland, UK
    source four zooms - we have both 25-50s and 15-30s. we also use quite a few ADB F51 fresnels which arent really that great but i cant complain really
  9. autophage

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    Highschool: moving away from boxy Altman zooms (which are out of production - HOARD YOUR PARTS!) and Leko 20's, 30's, and 40's (which are a pain because nobody knew the difference...) towards Source 4's. Not many parcans, some cyc lights in the back, and some 6" Fresnels of varying vintage.

    College: Lotta Source 4's, but I haven't really gotten to look around, as Buildings and Grounds actually monitors these things hawkishly and the show's still a month away.
  10. MircleWorker

    MircleWorker Member

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    Grand Rapids, MI , USA
    Oh Yes! EC stuff, I grow up on Electro-control Fixtures and lighting equipment.
  11. PhantomD


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    Brisbane, Australia
    A bit of everything. Brands generally Strand, Prolite and Selecon. Plus a couple of crap cheapie multipars that run through bulbs.

    Multipars (too many - very bright and very hot)
    PAR64s (4)
    Asymmetrical Floods(several)
    Asymmetrical Cyc Floods (12)
    Symmetrical Floods (a few)
    Fresnels (um well there's about 8 in our main theatre anyway, tons in drama department)
    8" Fresnels (2x 2K)
    Profiles (16 inc four old Silhouettes)
    2K Followspots (2)

    So I guess Primary lights are Profiles and floods. :oops:
  12. VeeDubTDI

    VeeDubTDI Member

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    Arlington, VA
    (2) Lycian Super Arc 400 model 1267 followspots
    (16) Color Kinetics ColorBlaze72 LED strips
    (40) Strand SL 15°/32° zoom ellipsoidals
    (20) Strand SL 23°/50° zoom ellipsoidals
    (20) Strand SL 50° ellipsoidals
    (13) Colortran 20° ellipsoidals
    (13) Colortran 30° ellipsoidals
    (20) Strand 8" 2K fresnels (lamped at 1K)
    (16) Iris 1K flood lights
    (1) Strand 520i console
    (4) Strand CD80sv dimmer racks with (96) 2.4kW dimmers each (384 dimmers total, including house lights)
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  13. dvlasak

    dvlasak Active Member

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    I work in a high school. All of these instrument except for the S4s are at least 15 years old,
    8 Altman 1KL8-10, 10o beam spread
    10 6 x 9 / 43o Strand#2209 7 1/2" frame
    30 6 x 12 / 31o Strand#2212 7 1/2" frame
    10 6 x 16 / 23o 1000w Strand#2216 7 1/2" frame
    19 Fresnel 1000w Kliegl Bros. 9 1/2 x 10"
    1 Fresnel 1000w Strand Century 10 1/2" frame
    11 Par 56 10" frame
    21 14" Scoop Strand 14" frame
    6 border lights - 4 circuit
    11 border lights - 3 circuit
    20 Source Four 10o
    a large number of REALLY old & unused Kliegel Klieglights - maybe museum pieces?:grin:
  14. moojoe

    moojoe Active Member

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    merion, PA
    1000 some source fours of varying degrees
    number of pars and fresnels of various measurements
    cyc lights and the whole stuff

    source fours
    mac 2K, 600, 500, 250, and some other macs.
    and a lot of other random crap.
  15. Sylak

    Sylak Member

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    Alfred, NY
    Actually, i was just on the Altman Ltg website today, adn they'll still sell replacement zoom parts, for a price.
    We actually got most of our zooms from GEVA Theatre in Rochester NY for ~$5 per light with saftey chain and C-clamp
  16. Schniapereli

    Schniapereli Active Member

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    Provo, Utah, United States
    We have 3 electrics, a beam, and a front of house.

    We just have moslty old Altman fresnels on the 1st and 2nd electrics, with a few S4 PARs, and a few S4 ERS's for special, and on the ends. For our 3 electric, we borrow 3-circuit cyc lights from a neighboring school. Our beam (over the apron) has 2 scoops just used like worklights or for band concerts. It also has a lot of ERS's and a few PARs. Our front of house lights over the audience are all S4 ERS's (36 degree)
  17. thebikingtechie

    thebikingtechie Active Member

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    In the newer auditorium at my school we use Soure4s FOH and a mixture of Altman Star Pars and ETC parnels for down lights on the grid. We also have six source 4s that we are using for high side lights.

    In the theatre that is much older, we use 6" fresnel cans, par cans, fresnnel elipsodals and a few source 4s.
  18. chieftfac

    chieftfac Active Member

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    Western North Carolina Foothills
    Lighting Instrument Inventory

    Control System: ETC Express 48/96 Control Board
    SR 48 Rack, 96 Dimmers @ 2.4KW each

    Lighting Instruments:

    Altman 30 Deg. Shakespeare’s 10
    Altman 40 Deg. Shakespeare’s 8
    Altman 6x9 360Q 16
    Altman 6x12 360Q 1
    Altman 3.5x9 1
    Altman 6” Fresnels 2
    ETC Source Four Pars 10
    ETC Source Four 26 Deg. 5
    ETC Source Four 36 Deg. 12
    ETC Source Four Jr's 26 Deg. 18
    Kleigel Model 1355 6x9 4
    Selecon Axial Zoom 20
    Selecon Acclaim Fresnels 34
    Strand 12 Light 3 Circuit Strip (R40) 1
    Altman 15 Light 3 Circuit Strip (R40) 2

    Note: Strip lights have par 38 150W so all three can be used as a RGB cyc wash and only use three dimmers

    Lighting Accessories

    6” Barn Doors 6
    6” Extenders (6") 4
    6” Extenders (3") 4
    12” Side Arms 6
    16” Side Arms 6
    24” Side Arms 8
    Pattern Holders (Altman B size) 10
    Pattern Holders (ETC B size) 17
    Pattern Holders (M size) 18
    7 1/2” Donuts 12
    6 1/4” Donuts 12
    Gel Frames for all Instruments

    Altman Dyna-Spot 1500W w/blower 2

    Note: Blower and lamp are wired separately to enable lamp to be dimmed from control board.

    I'll try to post some pics of our last show (Anything Goes) in the correct forum
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2006
  19. Logos

    Logos Well-Known Member

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    Launceston Tasmania
    I own my own small touring rig and it's largely antiques.
    18 500w Fresnels mostly Minims or similar all about twenty years old but in good working condition 4 of them almost new prolite.
    16 Par 56
    4 Par 64
    12 Par 16 (interestingly enough 240volt)
    believe it or not
    4 Strand Patt 23 Profiles still a surprisingly good light,
    4 CCT 1000 zoom profiles
    and a mixed bag of other stuff including two ground rows (manufacturer unknown have been rebuilt at least twice) a few old strand floods some pin spots etc.
    Old strand analogue racks (3 x 12 channel) a demux and a Celco 60 channel digital board that also drives my scans and a few other DMX goodies.
    I have fun.
  20. sound_nerd

    sound_nerd Active Member

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    Toronto Ontario
    High School (at least as it was 5 years ago):
    6" Strand Fresnels
    Strand Lekolite zooms
    Strand Patt23's
    Altman 360Q's
    Strand/Century 4 cell cyc strips in a permanent installation
    Altman "boxy" zooms
    Strand CD80 dimmers (24 @ 1.2kW)
    Strand MX 24/48 console

    Source 4 26 degrees
    Source 4 zooms
    Strand Leko 18/30
    Strand Leko 25/50
    Altman 360Q's
    Colortran 30 degrees
    EC 6" fresnels
    Strand 6" fresnels
    Colortran 6" fresnels
    Strand Coda 4 cell
    Strand Coda single cell
    Colortran far cyc (4 cell)
    probably more I'm forgetting...
    EC dimmers (184 @ 2.4kW)
    ETC dimmers (48 @ 2.4kW)
    Strand 520i console
    Strand MX 24/48 console
    Strand 100 series console
    ETC Express 48/96 console
    ETC Encore console
    ETC 12 ch two scene console

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