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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

2nd Edition

By Richard Cadena


338 pages

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The application of electricity for the theatre, concert stage, television studio, or any other production environment differs from that of a residence or commercial building. Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician is the only reference on the market that covers these differences, explaining what entertainment electricians and technicians need to know and why. It not only reinforces the fundamentals of electricity, power distribution, and electrical safety, but also explains the latest developments in technology for the live entertainment professional and aspiring professional. Written by an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Recognized trainer, this reference supports practicing electricians and technicians, and provides new technicians the assistance needed for a successful career in the entertainment industry. Fully updated, the second edition contains new information on systems, protocols, regulations, and safety standards, both domestic and international. Additional resources, including conversion tables, voltage spreadsheets, articles from Lighting & Sound International, Lighting & Sound America, and Protocol, and animations and illustrations depicting electricity and electric power distribution developed for the author‘s workshops, can be found on the companion website www.entertainmentelectricity.com.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Electricity is Life

Chapter 1: The Theory of Electricity

Chapter 2: DC Electricity

Chapter 3: Electrical Terminology

Chapter 4: AC Electricity

Chapter 5: Electrical Loads

Chapter 6: AC Power

Chapter 7: Sources of Power

Chapter 8: Electrical Safety

Chapter 9: Grounding/Earthing

Chapter 10: Overcurrent Protection

Chapter 11: Dimming Systems

Chapter 12: Temporary and Portable Power Distribution

Appendix 1: A (Very) Short History of Portable Power Distribution

Appendix 2: Color Codes

Appendix 3: IP Ratings and NEMA Ratings

Appendix 4: Useful Formulas

Appendix 5: Conversion Factors

Appendix 6: Energy Conversion Factors

Appendix 7: Scientific, Exponential, and Engineering Notation

Appendix 8: Calculating Root Mean Square

Appendix 9: Answers to Practice Problems

Appendix 10: Worldwide Voltages and Frequencies

About the Author

Richard Cadena is a freelance lighting designer, lighting consultant, and the author of Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship, Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, and Focus on Lighting Technology. He has worked on concert tours, television, and theatre, and he has designed dozens of lighting systems for permanent installations and concert tours. He has written many articles about lighting for Lighting & Sound America, Lighting & Sound International, Protocol, PLSN, CX, and Technologies for Worship magazines, and he is the founder of the Academy of Production Technology. He is also an ETCP Recognized Trainer, and he is currently the technical editor for PLASA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft