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Maxwell Sanderson
Lighting set up for film studio
on Jan 9, 2018 at 7:10:02 am

Question outline:

We are now installing the power to our studio (to be), and the electrician is asking us what breaker we need.

Question:

How much power would we use on a film shoot?


Further background:

- We are setting up a film studio
- The space we have is around 15m x 15x 12m
- We will do talk shows, commercial shoots, mini dramas - all FILM
- We will hire in film crew etc once set up


I basically need to work out how many watts I'm going to use (mostly from lighting).

Thank you so much in advance to anyone that can provide this information, or a clue as to what it may be.

Best regards,

Max


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john sharaf
Re: Lighting set up for film studio
on Jan 9, 2018 at 11:59:08 am

Hi Max

Typically a rental stage of that size would have 400-600 amps. This is because the legacy lighting kits are tungsten units that come in sizes like 10K, 5K, 2K and 1K watts.

Nowadays with fluorescent and LED lighting the power budget can be much lower, so ultimately it depends on what and how many units you intend to you.

Best practice would be to design your lighting plot for you typical application, add some extra, know that you don't want to exceed using an 80% load and go from there.

Practically, you must decide if you ever want to use a 10K or a 5K lighting instrument, and if so, you'll need the proper power distribution equipment in addition to the power supply. Most stages provide CamLock connectors that feed "Distro Boxes" with 100A and 60A Bates Connectors that feed 100/50A "Lunch Boxes" with household connectors.

The small (under 20A units) connect to the Lunch Boxes and the bigger units to the Distro Box with 100/60A Bates extension cables.

As you intend to be hiring lighting crews, you should consider to hire a Lighting Director and or Gaffer to assist you with these planning requirements. It will save a lot of headaches and expense later.

JMHO

JS



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Maxwell Sanderson
Re: Lighting set up for film studio
on Jan 11, 2018 at 2:33:22 am

Hi John,

Big thank you for your advice there and taking your time to write this, was really helpful!

We made the choice to go with 200 amps, and make up in LED where needed.

Once we grow then we can adjust the whole set up accordingly.

Thank you once again and have a great day.

Best regards,

Max


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