Chapter 1

Automated Lighting in the Global Village

I will prepare and someday my chance will come.—Abraham Lincoln

It’s an exciting time to be involved with automated lighting. The palette of effects and features has never been richer, nor has there ever been a wider selection of automated fixtures from which to choose. Increased global competition is putting downward pressure on pricing, and it has never been less expensive to buy into the technology. Manufacturers are finding ways to make automated lighting fixtures smaller and lighter, with ever-increasing light output. The optics are getting better and more efficient, while a number of third-party manufacturers have formed a cottage industry based on supplying high-resolution glass gobos ...

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