Class Library Lighting 101

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  • Title:Lighting 101
  • Category:Technical Production
  • Level:All
  • Instructor:Richard Tatum
  • Length:58 min
  • Posted:2/1/2011
  • CMP Domain:G: Meeting or Event Design
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Lighting is often described as one of the most critical elements to a successful event, yet one that is usually misunderstood and often poorly implemented. Whether it's specialty lighting designed to create a certain mood and transform a room, or task lighting critical to executing key functional areas of an event, good lighting can make the difference between mediocrity and success.

Filmed on location at Sentry Centers Midtown East.

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Technical Production

Learning Outcomes

    1. Learn to contrast different lighting instruments (such as PARs, Lekos, Fresnels, LED's, etc.) and identify what lighting needs require which ones.
    2. Understand the components that make up lighting instruments, and how different lenses impact the beam spread and usage.
    3. Learn how to interact with your lighting vendor in the most cost-effective way, as well as common mistakes most planners make when it comes to lighting.
    4. Learn the key factors often overlooked when integrating lighting into a given venue.

Table of Contents

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Lighting 101 57:54
Key Concepts
Introduction: The Importance of Lighting & the Anatomy of a Fixture 4:34
Beam Spreads & Spots vs. Washes 4:11
Types of Light Fixtures
PARs and Gels 5:02
Ellipsoidals (Lekos) 7:35
Gobos 5:43
Pin Spots 2:17
Follow Spots 2:18
LEDs 3:26
Intelligent Lighting 3:17
Fresnels, Specials, Barn Doors & Control Boards 3:28
Installation & Operation
Ground Support vs. Flown 4:03
Wiring, Control Area & Electrical Power 3:29
Venue Logistics 5:57
Tips for Working With Your Lighting Vendor 4:40
PDF of Slides from this Class 28 slides

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