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AIEL Instructionals
Table of Contents


Instructional documents cover lighting and associated subjects.
Brief lessons, discussions or outlines pertain to the basics
of stage lighting and its related subjects. Although aimed
at the starting technician or to the apprentice lighting
designer/director, these articles will be helpful for
aspects of film and video, architecture, and the
stage, or to those in other fields of lighting or
vocations such as electrical contractor work.



Primary and Secondary Colours
Understand the Proper Colour
Terms in a MOST Misunderstood
and MOST often Mistaught
Portion of the Lighting Basics

  • Spectral Colours
  • Primaries
  • Secondaries
  • Shades and Pastels
  • Suggested Gel

Stage Lighting Colour Media
From the Past into Today's
Modern Era, See the Various
Materials and Methods used
to Colour a Beam of Light

  • Preliminary
  • A Brief History
  • First Plastic
    Colour Media
  • Modern Colour Media
Stage Lighting Fixture Calculations
Determining Fixture Angles, Throw
Distances, and Light Pool Diameters
  • The Why
  • Definitions
  • The Factors
  • Factor Chart
  • Examples
  • Summary
  • Precision

Stage Lighting Electrical Power
A Basic Discussion of
Voltage, Current, and Cable

  • Electrical Concerns
  • Cable Size and Type
  • Voltage Rating
  • Voltage Drop
  • Voltage Drop Calculations
  • Electrical Colour Codes

Electrical Grounding Problems
Learn about Grounding Issues
and their Common Solutions

  • The Accusation
  • The Actual Cause
  • The Ground Loop
  • Ground Loop Diagram
  • Solutions
Glossary of Stage Terminology
Common Words and Phrases
Used in the Performance Industry
  • Alphabetical Access
  • Categorised
  • Definitions
  • Abbreviations

All six articles listed
above are available in plain
text format for your archives:
AIEL Instructionals Text Archive


A Text Download Link for a Given Article
Is also Provided at the end of each Discussion




Below are Two Extensive Subsections
of the AIEL Instructionals

Shop Tips
Tutorials Regarding Workshop
Subjects and Concerns

  • Lighting Equipment and
    Accessories Maintenance
    • Lighting Fixtures
    • Colour Media Care
      and Preservation
    • Lubrication Schedule

  • Shop Floor Painting
       A Durable and
    Easy-Care Surface

  • Work Area Setup
    • Design and Preparation
    • Power
    • Lighting
    • Benches
    • Stations
    • Storage
    • Cable/Cordage Storage
      and Dispensing
    • Additional Considerations
    • General Shop Tips

Tech Tips
Suggestions for Stage Lighting
Personnel and their Crew

  • Kits
  • Packing
  • Unpacking and Setup
  • Accessories
  • Cue Tips
  • The Frugal Tech
  • The Secure Tech
  • Tips Grabbag
  • Decluttering your
    Shop Space


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