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Term: "luminaire hickey"

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  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Read this unfamiliar term in the latest EC&M: "luminaire hickey". What does it mean?

    As always, students only for one week. And no googling (which may return unwanted results without a family filter engaged). Books and periodicals are encouraged.
     
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    JonCarter Well-Known Member

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    Too easy! Anybody who has done elec. work outside of a theatre would know this!
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Haven't hung that many practicals, eh?
     
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    theatricalmatt Active Member

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    I can think of three separate meanings for the term, so I'm interested in learning which you consider the "correct" one.

    EDIT: Or, rather, which definition EC&M (which I don't receive) decided to use.
     
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    rochem Well-Known Member

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    I believe I've heard the term in it's proper context, but to be honest, the first thing that popped into my mind was what happens when you accidentally brush your forearm on an Altman 360 at Full. :)
     
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    Les Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    SAME. Back in high school, I used to always get "par 64 hickeys".
     
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    I've never heard the term before, but that's pretty much where my mind went as well. Had plenty of those over the years and figured there must be some creative name for them.
     
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    TheaterEd Renaissance Man Fight Leukemia

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    My first thought was that the term referred to what happens when the candlestick and the broom from beauty and the beast sneak off behind the curtains, but then I remembered that his name is Lumiere so that can't be right.
     
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    BillConnerFASTC Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Kind of funny that the "hickey" in the picture has an odd resemblance to a "luminaire hickey".

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Terrence MacArthur

    Terrence MacArthur Member

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    Oh boy. W hen I was in High School there weren't even any Pars. LeeKos (some Kliegs), Fresnels, Sun Spots and carbon arc spots. No Pars. Or Scrollers, Rotating Gobos, or much of anything else. And my HS had rheostat dimmers. Come to think of it, Silicon Controlled Rectifier dimmers were really a fairly new thing then, for people with lots of money.

    I MUST be getting old.
     
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    This has been up more than a week and none of the youngsters have come up with an answer, so I guess it's legal for one of us ol' farts to chime in. A fixture hickey (or "luminaire hickey") is the fitting that goes between the fixture stud in the outlet box and the fixture nipple or stem which allows the fixture wires to feed into the nipple or stem and thus get down to the fixture.
     
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    But I kinda like Bill Connor's response. Did you engineer that just for the photo, Bill?
     
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    BillConnerFASTC Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    [​IMG]

    A photo but what was really neat is when I googled luminaire hickey, jon carter's picture was there!
     
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    TheaterEd Renaissance Man Fight Leukemia

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    An early picture of my last Luminaire Hickey. Source 4s get hot Yo!
     
  15. theatricalmatt

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    The "third" definintion I alluded to is the imprint made on gel when it's burnt through -- especially when color media and diffusion are close together, and some of the color tranfers to the otherwise opaque frost.

    Sometimes also called "the kiss of death." The image of the lamp looks rather like a pair of lips -- not unlike the image @BillConnorASTC provided.
     
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    Ditto. Lekos, fresnels, scoops, a beam projector or two and some PAR predecessors we referred to as "birdies". Autotransformers were the state-of-the-art dimmer - SCR's a new and exciting technology that only other people could afford.

    I'm not getting old, I am old.
     
  17. Amiers

    Amiers Lighting Phoenix 1 Lamp at a Time

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    If were taking selfies.

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    JohnD Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    There is also another luminaire hickey, although more related to practicals.
    BrassHickey.PNG
    Then there is also a somewhat related term related to luminaires, concerning tainted sockets, using a social disease term.
     
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