Larry's Lighting Notes and Calculators

These are the lecture notes and online calculators I used when I taught Theatre 445: Stage Lighting

JavaScript Calculators...

  1. Beam Diameter: Source4 Ellipsoidals
  2. Beam Diameter: Source4 PARs
  3. Beam Diameter: 1000w PAR64s
  4. Diagonal Thow given height of lamp and distance to focus point
  5. Beam diameter given beam angle and throw distance
  6. Amperage Calculator (Watts/Volts)

Lecture Topics:

  1. The Stage and its Equipment
  2. A Brief History of Stage Lighting
  3. The Functions and Qualities of Light
  4. Color in Light
  5. Modeling with Light
  6. Cross Section and Front Elevation
  7. Light Plot, Lists and Schedules
          Design Documentation for The Drowsy Chaperone )
          Design Documentation for Love's Labour's Lost)
          Design Documentation for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  8. Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
  9. Fresnel Lens Spotlight
  10. PARcan
  11. Follow Spot
  12. Automated Fixture
  13. Ellipsoidal Reflector Floodlight & Border Light
  14. Lighting Control Systems
  15. Electricity
  16. An Approach to Lighting Design
  17. Lighting the Dance
  18. Lighting the Musical
  19. Lighting the Arena and Thrust Stage
  20. Lighting the Concert
  21. Hanging a Show
  22. Focusing and Qing a Show

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Last updated: August 3, 2012
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