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Hanging stage lights on a batten

When it comes to hanging theatrical stage lighting fixtures on a batten, there are several best practices that should be followed to ensure the safety of the crew, performers, and audience members.

It’s best to start by lowering the batten to the low position, which is often at shoulder height. Place the fixture on the floor, often with shutters pushed in if the fixture has them. When given clearance by the rigger, the electrician may hang the light on the button. Tightening all of the bolts. Connecting the safety cable and finally plugging it in. If there are any shutters, they should be pulled out at this time, and the fixture should be oriented in the general position that it might face once it comes time to focus.


Here are some of the key considerations:

  1. Use appropriate hardware: Make sure to use appropriate hardware, such as C-clamps or safety cables, to secure lighting fixtures to the batten. This will help prevent the fixtures from falling and potentially injuring someone. While a C-Clamp might seem simple, you cannot replace it with hardware from your local box retail store down the street.
  2. Distribute weight evenly: When hanging multiple lighting fixtures on a batten, distribute the weight evenly to avoid putting too much stress on one area. This will also help prevent the batten from breaking or falling once it is in position.
  3. Follow manufacturer guidelines: Always follow the manufacturer guidelines for each lighting fixture. This includes weight limits, mounting instructions, and any other specifications. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in equipment failure or accidents.
  4. Check for wear and tear: Regularly inspect the batten and hardware for any signs of wear and tear. This could include cracks, rust, or frayed cables. Replace any damaged equipment immediately to avoid potential accidents.
  5. Use a safety checklist: Before each performance, use a safety checklist to ensure that all lighting fixtures are properly secured and that the batten is in good condition. This can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of everyone involved.
  6. Train personnel: Only trained personnel should handle the installation and removal of lighting fixtures on a batten. Make sure that everyone involved understands the proper techniques and safety guidelines.

By following these best practices, you can help ensure the safety of everyone involved in the production, while also ensuring that your lighting fixtures are properly installed and functioning as they should.

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