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Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment by Richard Cadena

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Chapter 3

Automated Lighting Systems

The future of art is light.—Henri Matisse (1869–1954), French painter and sculptor

Automated lighting systems range from small systems with a few luminaires running preset programs in a master/slave configuration with no external controller to extremely large systems with multiple fixture types and multiple controllers running simultaneously on a network. One of the larger automated lighting systems was used in the taping of the HBO special Britney Spears, Live from Las Vegas in 2001. It had a total of 618 automated lights, including 12 different models from four different manufacturers. The automated lighting alone, not including any conventional lighting, consumed about two-thirds of a megawatt and had ...

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