• Laurie Swigart

LIGHTING INSTRUMENTS - A LAYMAN’S DESCRIPTION

Fresnel -

Soft wash

Slider in bottom moves socket and reflector nearer to or farther away from the lens

Closer to lens - spreads out wash

Farther from lens - narrows wash down

Often used for blending

Add barn doors to control spill of ambient light


PAR -

Parabolic aluminized reflector

More intense oval beam

Not much control over wash


ERS -

Ellipsoidal

More control

Specific outline

Slots for gobos (patterns)

Shutters to shape beam


Cyclorama -

Fabric backdrop covering entire upstage wall

Light with scoops, strip lights, and ground row lights


DON’T USE BLUE WINDEX TO CLEAR LENSES OR REFLECTORS BECAUSE IT LEAVES A BLUE TINE - USE ALCOHOL OR AMMONIA.

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