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
Swiss Army Knife
Level 12′ Tape Measure Curcuit Tester
Case Logic CDE-24 Com Headset case
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
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
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My Favorite Gear
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.