About Stage Lighting
In a concert, play, opera or any performance, the stage sets the mood. No matter how great the performers are, a stage that is not prepared well or is poorly lighted cannot be remembered as the best show and performance. Thus, proper stage lighting cable installation plays a big role in making sure that every lighting objective is met. If we go behind the scenes, we will be able to determine why this could be one of the most important component in setting up a show and how it can uplift or ruin a particular show.
Stage lighting is equally important as to memorizing lines, rehearsing songs, or practicing choreography. It requires a lot of skill and experience to be able to do everything correctly. Although the main purpose of cables is to conduct ample amount of electricity from the power source to the lights themselves, it will be equally important to know which cables go to the different components of the lighting system. For instance, thick wires are used for large power surges while thin wires are usually used to connect the lights to the control system. Interchanging these cables would lead to a total wreck, not to mention the possible safety issues that would come with it afterwards.
Connection to the main power supply and the control system is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Stage lighting cable installation also involves other things. For one, the lights also need to be hooked up to dimmer controls. This allows the lighting technician to be able to quickly adjust the brightness of the lights as needed in a particular scene. Lastly, some of the lights would need to be installed above the stage. Rigging systems are used to accomplish this task, but cables are still going to be used to safely install and position these lights accordingly.
The last piece of the puzzle is about placing the cables properly. The first piece was all about connecting the right type of cables to the appropriate controls or power supply. The second piece involves cable placement without interrupting the flow off electricity and keeping safety in mind at all times. There should be a balance between keeping the cables neat and safely coiled in one place and making sure that this does not conflict or interrupt the amount of power needed by each of the lights in the set.
Stage lighting cable installation may seem to be something minor and not worth noting. But let us not deny the fact that a lot of notable shows and performances are brought to life because of the lighting techniques used during the show. Lights are used to magnify emotions, to set the mood and tone, and to engage the audience in a more visual manner. Imagine watching a rock concert with a white spotlight pointed to the vocalist the whole time. It does not sound like a lot of fun, right? Imagine, however, a simple show that is made extravagant by dancing lights in multiple colors, hue, and brightness. That sounds like a more enjoyable show to go to.
We offer flexible copper entertainment cables which are sometimes called stage lighting cable. This particular type of copper wire is used in the entertainment industry for theatre, television, night clubs, motion pictures, and mobile communication vans. Common AWG sizes for this entertainment cable are 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, and 4/0. If you need a different type of power cable please take a look at our Welding cable, locomotive cable, and THHN electrical wire. WesBell also offers a line of Tray cable and Romex wire.