Lighting Rig

My office has a very simple and square design.  When working out details on how to light it I always came back to one problem… where to mount the lights?


In the end I decided another construction project was needed.  This time it was to design the perfect lighting rig, connected to my Broadcasting Screens 4-point mounting system so I didn’t have to put any more holes in my office walls.

The rig had to hold the 8 lights I needed for the 2 broadcasting stations as well as the wiring and dimmers.  At the same time I wanted to upgrade the lighting to LED’s.

Heat emission had a lot to do with the decision to go to all LED.  Previously I was using CFL’s in all my lighting fixtures but even that was causing too much heat to accumulate in a closed room, fans on low and the afternoon sun freshly set after heating two walls of this office ALL DAY!!!

Construction for this rig was simple after the design work was done.  I’m using the same type of 2” boards I used previously for the broadcasting screens and at $1 each it fit the budget (had to leave lots of money for the dimmable LED bulbs).


Cut 4 of them down to size and the painting began.  Two coats and 3 days later I was able to assemble the entire rig and mount using steal cables…






The mounting system was easy… I used eye bolts and wing nuts to assemble the rig.  Using the bungee cords from my broadcasting screens I was able to hang the rig while I bolted the cables to the appropriate length.

This rig will let me leave all of the lights in place between shows.  It is mounted high in the room and with the room being so tall, no one runs into the rig or lights.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below…

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Broadcasting Screens

During the setup of my broadcasting studio, I found the need to hide the backgrounds behind the two people on the show.  I wanted to provide a way to have multiple screens of different colors, including chroma-key Green.  Then mount those screens so they are kept stretched and smooth for the broadcast.  What I came up with was a four point mounting and an innovative Indie screen system.


Using cheap hardware from Lowe’s, building these screens was a breeze!

Required Parts (for 4-point mounting):

  (4) Eye hooks
  (1) Drill with properly sized bit
  (1) Stud finder

First locate where you plan to mount your screens, and use the stud finder to help you find the perfect spot.  Drill your holes and screw in the Eye hooks.

Required Parts (for one screen):

  (4) bungee cords of appropriate length which depends on where your wall mounting points are.
  (4) Eye hooks
  (1) Bed Sheet, Twin bed size was perfect for my needs
  (2) 2”x1”x96” boards
  (6) Carpet tack strips (for mounting the bed sheet)

Spread the sheet out and position the 2” boards on either side.  Roll the sheet around the 2” boards for one or two turns and use the carpet tacks to hold everything in place.  Lastly, drill pilot holes into both ends of both 2” boards and screw in the eye hooks.

Roll the rest of the sheet around one of the 2” boards and wrap with Velcro straps for storage. 

Mounting this is very easy and done within minutes by one person.

IMG_0861Clip one of the 2” boards across the top to the bungees attached to the upper two mounting points.





Then unwrap the Velcro and unfurl the screen slowly… don’t let it drop since you may damage the carpet tacks.

Lastly attach the lower bungees so the screen is nice and stretched.


Once your all stretched it should look like the image at the top of this article.

I built multiple screens of various colors.  They store very easily in my closet and I pull out the appropriate one depending on topics of our show.

TIP:  Spray Downy wrinkle eliminator onto the screens when they are stretched before your show.  It puts a pleasant smell in the air and smooth’s your screen out very nicely.

If you have any questions or suggestions on other broadcasting equipment, please comment below.

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