What’s the Deal with Intensity?

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

By Brad Schiller

Programming is largely about adjusting parameters and storing data. There are many different parameter types we adjust, but one is treated very differently than all the rest. Intensity is the only parameter that we can always say that we know the importance between high and low values. It is also the original parameter that was adjustable for lighting the stage.
While some fixtures may not have adjustable intensity, the vast majority does. Automated lighting consoles offer many different tools specifically designed around the unique properties of intensity, and it is important for automated lighting programmers to understand what is available. As always, the exact terminology is different on different consoles, so be sure to check your console’s user manual for specific details.

Programming is largely about adjusting parameters and storing data. There are many different parameter types we adjust, but one is treated very differently than all the rest. Intensity is the only parameter that we can always say that we know the importance between high and low values. It is also the original parameter that was adjustable for lighting the stage.

While some fixtures may not have adjustable intensity, the vast majority does. Automated lighting consoles offer many different tools specifically designed around the unique properties of intensity, and it is important for automated lighting programmers to understand what is available. As always, the exact terminology is different on different consoles, so be sure to check your console’s user manual for specific details.

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