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Studio G : How To Use the Space

A guide to using the equipment in the Studio G space and control room
The Patch Panel & Studio Lights: General Information


The patch panel on the wall controls which outlets, lights, or plugs will have power running to them.

Everything should be labeled according to it's place on the patch panel.

Use the Patch Cables hanging from the side of the patch panel to complete a connection from input to output. After the connection has been completed, you can use the numbered switches below to send energy to the connection.


NEVER leave hot lights on and unattended. To see more about best use practices with lights, click here.

Understanding the Patch Panel


The patch panel is divided into three segments: 

  • The Socket section
  • The Switch section
  • The Dimmer section




         The Sockets (Left)                                      The Sockets (Top Right)                          The Switches (Bottom RIght)



There are also switches on the dimmers.



1. First find the number on the LIGHT SOCKET (the white socket attached to the hanging light on the lighting grid), OR the ELECTRICAL RECEPTICAL.

  • There are 3 Electrical Recepticals that will not function unless you make the Patch for them. There are also regular AC OUTLETS that do function without patching.

2. Make certain the Master Breakers are on.

3. Select a BREAKER that you would like to operate the light or receptacle.

4: Use the PATCH CABLE to connect the BREAKER to the LIGHT or RECEPTACLE.




  • Find the number on the light you would like to use. This number corresponds to the numbers on the SOCKET (left) side of the patch panel



To use a DIMMER:

Perform the steps above for patching, substituting a DIMMER for the BREAKER. Gels – Diffusion – Foil – There are blue tubs that contain gels, diffusion and black foil that are meant to be used in your lighting setups.


Standing Lights: General Information

There are two types of lights:

  • Hot Lights
  • Cool Lights


You may use gels or diffusers on either kind of light, but the Hot Lights can melt the gels if they are too close to the bulb. They can even set diffusion paper on fire if the paper is too close or in direct contact. Foil Paper (Black Foil and Silver Foil) cannot melt or catch fire.


NEVER leave hot lights on and unattended.


There are additional lights and stands of various types in the tubs in the studio space. If you use them, treat them with care. If they do not work, set them aside with a note and they will get repaired for next time.


There are orange and black extension cords and adapters for your use on the hooks on the wall under the glass window.


For more information on other pieces of equipment you can use in this space, click here.