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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

By Richard Cadena, Richard Cadena

  1. ISBN: 9780240809953
  2. Publication Date: February 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 272
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The application of electricity for the theatre or a concert stage is not the same as for a residence or commercial building. Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician provides you with the fundamentals of theory of electricity as well as the latest guidelines and tips for how to stay safe, current and meet the needs of the entertainment industry. Written by an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) trainer this reference supports practicing technicians and provides new technicians the assistance needed for a successful career in the entertainment industry.

* The only reference on electricity for the entertainment industry professional!

* Written by an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) trainer and seasoned professional

* Free additional practice problems and animations at

Author Bio

Richard Cadena is the author of "Focus on Lighting Technology," technical editor for PLASA, former editor of Pro Lights and Staging News magazine, an Authorized WYSIWYG Trainer, and 20 year veteran of the entertainment lighting industry including stints with two of the world's largest automated lighting manufacturers. He has a background in electrical engineering and electronics, and he is a freelance lighting designer with a portfolio of several major lighting designs and installations and is proficient in WYSIWYG, LD Assistant, and Vectorworks. He has been an instructor of classes in automated lighting technology with the Show Training Network, and a moderator of several lighting panels and seminars at Pro Production and Inspiration trade shows.



Chapter 1: The Theory of Electricity

Chapter 2: DC Electricity

Chapter 3: AC Electricity

Chapter 4: Circuit Elements

Chapter 5: AC Power

Chapter 6: Electrical Safety

Chapter 7: Grounding/Earthing

Chapter 8: Overcurrent and Undercurrent Protection

Chapter 9: Power Distribution Systems

Chapter 10: Dimming Systems

Chapter 11: Best Practices, Codes, and Regulations


Appendix 1: Useful Formulas

Appendix 2: Conversion Factors

Appendix 3: Energy Conversion Factors

Appendix 4: Scientific, Exponential, and Engineering Notation

Answers to Practice Problems