Lighting Dictionary 

512

The number of channels that can be used on one universe of DMX

Attribute

What the channel on a light does, eg, pan, tilt, 

Blackout

Turning the intensity of a light to 0 to make it dark. A blackout button will often turn every light off thats connected to it.

Cat 5

A type of cable, commonly used for networking and data exchange.

Chase

 A Chases is made of more than one scene ontop of each other looping round to form a chase.

DMX

The protocol used to control lighting

Fixture

Refers to a light or other fixutre such as a smoke machine.

Gobo

The pattern a light projects onto the floor. Usually made using a metal or glass disk within the light.

LED

(Light Emitting Diode) A form of lamp. LEDs are estimated to last upto 50,000 hours and are more economical than a normal lamp.

Moving Head

The main body of the light physically moves to change the direction of the output.

Patching

Telling a lighting desk what light is connected and to what channel.

Playback

A pre-recorded chase or scene that is output. Directly executed by the user.

Scanner

Simular to a moving head but only a mirror on the front moves. A scanner has a more limited range as it cannot shine behind its self.

Scene

A static lighting state.

Shutter

A mechanical device inside a light that reduces the amount of light output. Often used in discharge lights as a more cost effective way to turning of a lamp.

Sound to Light

The light changes to the beat of the music

Standalone Mode

The light changes automatically, even if no music is detected

Spot

Type of moving head. A spot creates a more defined beam of light.

Universe

A group of 512 channels. Some lighting desks can control several universes.

Wash

Floods an area with light. Less controllable.

XLR

A type of connector, Available with 3, 4 or 5 pins. Normally metal. The XLR is the connector on the end, not the type of cable.