Power distribution systems in the live event production industry have evolved over the years through a lot of trial and error, all the while borrowing heavily from other industries like the computer, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. Theatre was the original live event production, and it was an early adopter of electric light and electrical technology. The Great White Way, a section of Broadway between 42nd and 53rd Streets, was so nicknamed because of the Charles F. Brush arc lamps that were installed in 1880.

The television and motion picture industry was the next in our industry to push the technology envelope. They pioneered portable lighting, grip, and power distribution ...

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