In order to maximize space for this business one of the things we could do was lean to a professional studio design and create a lighting grid. A lighting grid is a system of suspended steel pipes in a crisscross design for hanging lights and other devices from the ceiling. A typical grid has pipes spaced with 4ft gaps proving lots of spaces for mounting anything you would need in a studio. Before trying to rig up a grid in your space make sure to first consult a professional as these need to be set up safely and up to building code. A typical grid for a small space can weigh as much as 800lbs and needs to be anchored correctly to be able to handle even more load than you plan to attach. For this grid, we used special concrete anchors to hold one direction of the grid and another custom grid clamp to join everything together from our favorite people at The Light Source.
One neat tip is to use spike tape, a 1/4” thick gaffers-based fluorescent tape, to mark lighting positions on the pipe. Marking the positions for the most common setups you use will allow speedier changeovers between sets or events in the future.
Remember when it comes to rigging or hanging equipment always consult a professional and work with your building engineers to make sure everything is code compliant safe!
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