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Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, 4th Edition by Harry Box

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CHAPTER

Light fixtures: The basic tungsten arsenal

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In this chapter, we'll discuss most common types of tungsten fixtures: Fresnels, soft lights, open face, parabolic aluminized reflectors (PARs), ellipsoidal spotlights (Lekos), beam projectors, area lights, cyclorama lights, and small specialty lights.1 Each type of fixture has specific advantages for particular applications, determined primarily by its beam characteristics: brightness, focusability, evenness, punch, softness, size, shape, and color. The optical train of a light—the design of the lamp, reflector, and lens—determines the nature of the beam. This, combined with the special accessories each light employs, provides unique ways to manipulate and control the beam. We'll ...

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