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Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 3rd Edition by John Jackman

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Before we go any further, we need to cover the basics of electricity, electrical loads, and safety when working with electricity in different conditions. Lights are pretty hefty power users, so it’s essential to at least understand the rudiments even if you never intend to take apart a connector or touch a wire end. Basically, you need to have an idea about how many lights you can plug into what outlets without causing a fire or blowing breakers!

Several years ago, I had a conversation with one of the managers of a major lighting manufacturer. He related to me a phone call he had received from a customer who bought a 5000-watt fresnel and was ...

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