7 Dimmers and control

The studio is a completely controllable environment. A powerful tool most studios provide is the facility to smoothly change the brightness of light, and the number of lanterns in use. This opens a wealth of possibilities for the lighting designer from the subtle, almost imperceptible, fine tuning of a lantern lighting a presenter’s face turning to interview another guest, to the full scale excitement of a cabaret performance with flashing floor lights, multi-coloured backgrounds, follow spots and special smoke effects. All can be done through the lighting control system.

The principle is simple. When we plug an ordinary lantern into the mains its bulb will give the maximum output of light. Plug it, instead, into a dimmer ...

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