What Is In My Lighting Tech Kit – Your Show Bag

What is in Your Lighting Tech Kit

My Lighting Tech Kit

Here is a list of items I keep in my lighting tech kit. Depending on the show and company – I bring more or less. I use a Condor Convoy backpack. It is light and has lots of pockets. The 2 Plano Waterproof boxes – one has small screwdrivers, metal files and small tools. The second one has the food items that are on this list. Links are to Amazon

This is What is in My Tech Kit

Condor Convoy PackMy stage lighting tech kit

Crescent Wrench  Multi Bit Screwdriver

Allen Set     Wire Strippers    Bottle Opener  

Swiss Army Knife

Level      12′ Tape Measure    Curcuit Tester

Dirty Rigger Phoenix Heat Resistant Gloves

Plano Waterproof Stowaway Mini Tech Kit

Advil  Tums   Tajin singles   Cholula singles

Cliff Bloks – Black Cherry With Caffeine

Cliff Bloks – Margarita With Extra SaltLighting Tech Kit Crescent Wrench

Athletic Greens Singles    Emergen-C    Gatorade Powder Singles

Gummy Bears With Caffeine    Military Gum   Jelly Beans With Caffeine

Bosch Blaze Pro Laser Measure

ClearCom Headset – Single Ear

Case Logic CDE-24  Com Headset case

K&M Stands 16090 Headphone HolderMy Tech Kit Lighting Designer

Photvision 14″ One-Shot

ENTTEC D-Split 512-Ch DMX Splitter Isolator

DMX Cat – City Theatrical – Multi Function Light Test tool

Small First Aid Kit       Tweezers     Safety Pins

Canon G9x Mark II    Case Logic Case    Extra Battery   

1/2″ Spike Tape       Black Etape       Multiple Color Etape    

Glow in the Dark Tape   Fishing Line 20LB

4 Samsung Flash Drives   Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub    

Headphones     Microsoft Surface Pen – Black

Moleskin Notebook     3×5 4×6 Note Cards   Pens   Felt Tip Pens

Highlighters    Sharpies – Black, Red, Silver, Thin Blue and Thin Black

Make your life easier. Bring items that you need with you.

What is in your lighting tech kit – Bag, Pelican or Backpack? Comment Below

Check out my Corporate Lighting Gel Kit and Large Show Bag – Plus Other Tech Kits

My Favorite Gear

Com Headset

Clear-Com CC-27 Single Ear Wraparound Headset (View on Amazon) – For year I would just use what people had on show site. Double muff,single muff or cheap lightweight headsets. It seemed like every set would squeeze my head and after a long day they would start to hurt. I was working an event and I saw the CC-27 on an audio person. I asked him which set it was and ordered it that day on amazon. They are great.

Pro – I bought a Case Logic CD case. It makes a great com case if you rip the cd sleeves out.

Con – The only bad thing – they are made for only the left ear.  You just need to have the com pack on your left side.


Dirty Rigger Phoenix Heat Resistant Gloves (View on Amazon) These gloves are great for focus. You can hang on to a source 4 par for a long time without them getting hot. I bought the gloves 5 years ago. They are still in great shape.

Pro – My fingers do not get burned.

Con – the gloves could be longer. They are that same as other work gloves. Your wrist is exposed and can easily brush up on a par or leko and get burned.


DMX Cat – City Theatrical – Multi Function Light Test tool (View on Amazon)The DMX cat is great it saves a lot of time. It helps you troubleshoot. Stagehands also like to use it. They are also updating and coming up with new applications.

Pro – You can change the address of a light from the ground using RDM.

Pro – You do not need to crawl on the ground. Hook up the DMX cat and address your floor fixtures.


I still like paper. With a Moleskin Notebook  you can keep show notes and look back at them easily. I also like to make show note for next years event. Or notes about the show. ex. we need to load in earlier next time or we need to hire more stage hands for this show next year.

Black Hand Towels

Simple Black hand towels. My Grandpa would have a white handkerchief in his back pocket. He used it for many things. I started bringing one or two small white towels to shows. But a couple years ago I upgraded to black soft hand towels. Not the cheap ones that shed. Nice lint-free small hand towels. I usually swap them out with clean ones every week or so.

Tools I No Longer Bring With Me or Buy.

Apollo Design Little Focus 5 Lighting Wrench

Apollo Design Little Focus 5 Lighting Wrench(Check Out the Price on Amazon) Is a great tool – But when I would lend it out. I would always have to remember to ask for it back. Last time I forgot to ask for it back So I no longer have this wrench.

The Light Source Mega Combo Wrench

The same thing would happen with the The Light Source Mega Combo Wrench (Amazon Link). It was a handy tool until someone would forget to give it back to you. They are only $10 – nice little tool to have.


Pink C Wrench Story

Back in 2000 I had a list of tool I needed to buy when I was becoming a union electrician. One of those items was a Klein C Wrench. The only one I could find at the time was Pink. It did not really matter I never really used a c wrench as an electrician. Years later I quit  the electricians job and became an LD. But I still had the Klein Pink C wrench. Stagehands would ask to borrow a C wrench and They ALWAYS gave the Pink C wrench back to me. No One wanted the pink wrench. 2018 – In Chicago – I borrowed the wrench to a stagehand. It was a one day in and out show. I never got the wrench back. It lasted 18 years. I tried to re-buy the pink wrench but so far I can only find Red Klein C wrenches on Amazon.

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