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A striplight is a multi-circuit stage lighting instrument.[1] Striplights are one of the most basic types of lighting fixtures available, they usually consist of row of lamps. A single striplight is usually wired internally into either 3 or 4 circuits; each internal circuit consists of several lamps evenly spaced within the unit. Often, a lighting designer will use roundels (colored glass lenses) or gels to make these lights different colors; the unit can then be wired into several different circuits, allowing each bank of colored lights to be controlled by a separate dimmer on the lighting board. Striplights are often used to color a cyclorama, or can alternately be positioned behind the proscenium arch to provide a general overhead color wash.

Often, in older and low budget venues such as churches and schools, striplights are the primary lighting source. Nowadays, LED striplights are becoming more common; these units can deliver a similar light output with reduced power consumption. They also eliminate the need for roundels or gels.


  1. ^ Shelley, Steven Louis (2013-10-30). A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting Third Edition. CRC Press. ISBN 9781135902285.

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