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Need advice on making dimable practical for the stage


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Need to turn old style street lamp in to practical for the stage that is dimable and controlled by lighting desk.

never done this before and open to any suggestions, links on Th web or pitfalls to avoid.

happy to keep it simple not trying to create a flickering or candle effect.

This is for an amateur youth theatre production so money is no object or is that that we have almost no money. yea thats it. so budget is as little as possible.

currently considering cannibalising a dimable lighting fixture for the home mounting into street light and then just putting on the appropriate connector to for the theatre lighting.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Stage Door Youth Theatre

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What's the lamp in the fixture ?

 

If it's just a standard halogen lamp, put a 15A plug on the end of it (or make up a 15A-13A jump) and plug it into a dimmer circuit - it should dim just fine.

 

In some cases if it's a particularly low wattage you'll want to parallel it with a 'ghost load' - something like a small fresnel paired on the same circuit should do the trick - if you don't want it's light to be seen - hide it in a wing somewhere with the barndoors shut or a very dark gel (congo blue works well) and it just adds to the backstage blues - do NOT leave it resting on the floor of the stage, I've seen many stages burnt that way!

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What's the lamp in the fixture ?

 

If it's just a standard halogen lamp, put a 15A plug on the end of it (or make up a 15A-13A jump) and plug it into a dimmer circuit - it should dim just fine.

 

In some cases if it's a particularly low wattage you'll want to parallel it with a 'ghost load' - something like a small fresnel paired on the same circuit should do the trick - if you don't want it's light to be seen - hide it in a wing somewhere with the barndoors shut or a very dark gel (congo blue works well) and it just adds to the backstage blues - do NOT leave it resting on the floor of the stage, I've seen many stages burnt that way!

 

Thanks that is really helpful

 

Cheers

Stage Door

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