Coloring large expanses of light, something I like to call acreage, is a challenge that will happen in almost every show. Whether it be lighting a common cyc or back drop to doing foot lights to a classic ballet. Having a smooth wash of lights that also let you choose some color to it is something that almost every lighting system needs. When first setting up a lighting system this is one place where you will invest heavily in the beginning but they will last for years and years.
Cycs can both be top lit and lit from below. If from below that is generally called a ground row. One thing that I really like about using ground rows is that while the theory of a perfectly flat field of cyc light sounds nice it is almost never a reality. A ground row will put the hot spot near the performers head height which helps the audience look there.
Types of Strip and Cyclorama Lights
|Strip lights are generally a group of lighting cells that are next to each other. The most common are three and four circuits. In a three circuit situation you could have the cells electrically grouped as… Cir 1, Cir 2, Cir 3 then next to that another Cir 1, Cir 2, Cir 3 and then next to that another Cir 1, Cir 2, Cir 3. This goes on for however long your strip light is. You then choose what color to put in the individual circuit numbers as those circuit cells will come up together when given electricity. Strip Lights can sit on the floor using floor trunions or hung off of a pipe using hanging irons.
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|Cyclorama Lights differ from strip lights as they will only have one cell per color. That cell however is usually larger and with more wattage. Cyclorama lights in general work better in large theatres then small ones.
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