Programmer/Accountant turned Lighting [email protected]


Hi all,
I'm new to all this, thought it would be fun and helpful to share ideas and problems with you all. I am a computer programmer/accountant, but my passion has been developed at my local church through serving God on the production team, where I am the lighting director. Our church is about 5 years old and meets in an old movie theatre. Our weekly attendence is between 400-500 throughout 3 services. I use an ETC Express 24/48 console. We have around 60 fixtures, mostly ETC Source 4 Pars, a few ellipsoidals, and most recently for our Christmas program purchased some Wybron color scrollers. We have a ETC Unison 24 dimmer rack and also a 12 dimmer portable dimmer rack that we run to Socapex. I've only been doing lighting for a couple years now, but am passionate about learning more. I am currently having a problem with the portable dimmer/socapex. Whatever lights we are running through that will periodically flash, which is a little distracting during a church service. I'm assuming it's a power issue as we had a hard time finding enough power to tie-in to. I don't know if there is any way to fix this, like a resistors? or something? or if the only solution is to get more power in the building. Well, whatever the case, its good to share stories.


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Hello, sorry nobody responded in a timely fashion. Flashing can mean a short, bad wire or unregulated power.


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Hey, Ya ditto on that sorry for noone replying quickly. That's usualy my job, but I was actually out of the country the past few days, and without an internet connection to keep connected with!

Anyways, Welcome to! That's quite the impressive attendence figure for a church only 3 years old! (well, at least in my perspective, that's more then 1/4 the population of my entire town...) I am very glad to hear that you are enjoying what you are doing. I am sorry, but I am not the expert by anymeans on lighting (I'm more of a sound guy myself). The only thing that i can really suggest would be to spend some time troubleshooting.... does the problem still happen if only a few lights are on? does the problem happen if........ try as many things as possible and see what you can eliminate as possibilities.

I think someone arround here might be able to help you out, just try and figure out as much info as possible to help them narrow down the possibilites.

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