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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter5.3

Lighting for Television

Bill Marshall

Updated for the 11th Edition by

Cindy Hutter Cavell

Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc.

Manassas, VA

Introduction

Lighting is a fundamental, critical component of the television process, requiring a unique blend of optics, mechanical, electrical, and electronic engineering, which are then coupled with the necessary artistic elements. Lighting systems, both for television studios and theatrical stage, have increased greatly in complexity and sophistication over the years as new technologies continue to evolve in light sources, robotics, and lighting control systems. This chapter discusses the basic requirements for lighting systems, including lighting fixtures, suspension systems, dimmers and control ...

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