Lighting, Dimming and Control
Since 1981, Mainstage has offered the latest in entertainment technology - in 1982, we were one of the first to bring digital dimming technology to the Wisconsin market. Since then, we have provided over $30 million in installation of lighting and dimming systems across the nation. These projects range from very small venues to new construction and renovations to complicated interfaces of control consoles.
Entertainment lighting takes many forms ranging from traditional fixed yoke Fresnels and Ellipsoidals to moving light mirror or yoke units. There are a host of fixtures designed for specific uses: front, back, wash and cyc lighting, along with special effects.
Dimming is a unit or units that manipulate the voltage to a lamp, made up of SCR or IGBT components to control the high voltage output (from 0 to 100%) to the theatrical fixtures. These devices are electronically controlled by a firing card to either forward or reverse phase. The firing cards are controlled by remote preset or computer consoles. They are available in small and large dimmer packs, strips, or rack mounted modular units.
Control consoles are the remote devices that control the dimmers. These days, almost all consoles are some sort of computer and are available as foot switched, single and two scene presets, custom memory and PC based memory systems.
Basic Lighting and Dimming services:
Supply: The supply of small to large lighting systems, including our expert supervision of the installation and on-site maintenance and training.
At Mainstage, we service what we sell - we know how important it is for you to have your equipment working and ready for your productions. We are authorized factory service agents for ETC, Colortran, Strand, Strong, Martin, and High End Systems, to name a few.
Mainstage handles over 100 different manufacturers of entertainment equipment, including accessories and consumables, such as lamps, gels and patterns. Our catalog is available for download, either complete or by section.
Whether you are new to the world of entertainment equipment or looking for more information on how lighting works, our Basic Theories for Theatrical Lighting pamplet is an invaluable tool. It contains information on lighting theory and the equipment necessary for multi-purpose facilities. There is also a very informative section dedicated to conquering "lighting noise".