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Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship by Brad Herring

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CHAPTER 10

Anatomy of a Lighting System

WHAT IS A LIGHTING SYSTEM?

A lighting system is a system of control, power, and usually dimming and lighting fixtures that allow you to control your architectural and stage illumination. Many churches underestimate the power and effectiveness of adequate lighting for worship.

First, let’s look at how a lighting system breaks down.

You can see in Figure 10.1 that your main power comes to the dimmer rack. Large-gauge wire runs from the dimmer to the outlets (called circuits). Your lighting fixtures then plug into these circuits, and your control surface connects to the dimmer via a standard protocol to control their function. Your control surface can also send control signal to other devices (such as motors, ...

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