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This 2nd edition of Richard Cadena's Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician and Technician from Focal Press deals with electrical operations for the theater, concert stage, television studio, or any other production environment. This application differs from that of a residence or commercial building, and this volume covers these differences, explaining what entertainment electricians and technicians need to know and why.
The guide 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 with 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 located on the companion website (www.entertainmentelectricity.com) include conversion tables, voltage spreadsheets, plus animations and illustrations depicting electricity and electric power distribution developed for the author's workshops. Additionally, this site features articles from Lighting & Sound International, Lighting & Sound America, and Protocol.
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, LEDs and Harmonics
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
Richard Cadena is a freelance lighting designer, lighting consultant, and author of Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship, Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, Focus on Lighting Technology, and Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light. He has designed dozens of lighting systems for permanent installations and concert tours, as well as worked in television and the theater. 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. Mr. Cadena is an ETCP Recognized Trainer and the technical editor for PLASA.
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The application of electricity for theater, concert stage, television studio, and other production environments
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