(3) Dimmers, however, are used as more than simple light intensity
reducers and are a very important part of lighting in the television studio.
Dimmers enable you to change quickly from one type of lighting to another, or
to light several areas in the studio at once and activate parts or all of this
lighting whenever necessary. This eliminates, or greatly reduces, setup time
between different lighting situations as all are set up and checked out prior
to "show time."
(4) The patch panel, or patch bay, is a device that connects lighting
instruments to the dimmer control. It allows you to connect widely scattered
lighting instruments to a specific dimmer, or separate dimmers, on the dimmer
control board. The patch panel, like the dimmer, is very simple to operate as
all the patches are numbered to coincide with the area of the lighting grid
that they activate.
If a few minutes are taken by the beginning lighting
technician to familiarize himself with the lighting grid and patch panel, they
will be able to patch a light or a group of lights with little or no