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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

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ISBN-13: 978-0240809953
ISBN-10: 0240809955
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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.

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (February 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician is a very good Technical reference book. It has a lot of very detailed technical information for the seasoned Entertainment Electrician and Technician yet put into terms easy to understand by the novice or aspiring technicians. I read it in a couple of days and enjoyed it. I recommend this book to anyone who aspires to become an ETCP certified Electrician/Technician.
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This is a very good book that covers the entire topic from basic electricity through power distribution systems and the types of dimmer systems in current use in theaters. It gives interested people the tools that they need to install, manage and use these systems within their design limits.
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This book is very educational. Its broken down into fairly easy to understand principles. Its great reading for those looking to understand the fundamentals of electricity in both the entertainment industry or outside of the industry.
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Very well written. I think every user of electricity and specifically technical personnel of all skill levels in the entertainment industry will find real value in the information and detail presented in this text.

Covers basic theory relied upon day to day with interesting anecdotes and relevant background history that places current standards and practices used around the world in context.

Explains more complicated power theories - how electricity behaves in the real world; how to stay safe and how to produce highly accurate calculations.

Enables critical analysis; to work with limitations and benefits of various power distribution, dimmer systems and power supplies.

Test questions at the end of each section help to consolidate and revise each topic.
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Much like Jay Glerum's stage rigging handbook has become "the book" for theater rigging this book is becoming "the book" for entertainment electricians. Whether you are looking for something to help prepare you for the ETCP exam or to broaden your knowledge base, this book will give you what you need. Cadena's background in electrical engineering is readily apparent and is a boon to the reader. This knowledge, when combined with his theatrical experience, serves as the base of the book and allows Cadena to explain the material in a way that is informative and practical. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is an excellent teaching book and VERY easy to follow. Mr. Cadena does a great job of tackling very difficult concepts and breaking down to easy to understand/learn/apply knowledge. I highly recommend this read if you are looking to understand electricity in the entertainment profession.
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Every stagehand or aspiring stagehand should read this. The in depth coverage from basic theory to everyday practicalities is wonderful. Even if you skip the 'theory' and just use it as a reference for problem solving, it's worth the money.
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My profession is in electronics and electricial. I bought this book to assist me in explaining electronic theory to a theater class. It covers pretty much everything a theatricial electrician should know.
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