Does anyone know how to get away w/ dimmer lights in studio?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Grasshopper, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Guest

    I was recently considering putting dimmer lights in my home studio. I wanted DJ type lights; where I would buy a lighting console and have many multi colored lights attached to them. Then I could program the lights to strobe and dim constantly.
    After doing some research, apparently the dimming of lights (which is the cutting of electrical voltage) causes a buzz every time the light is not at normal wattage. To worsen the problem, this "buzz" is very very silent and can pretty much only be heard during the mastering phase!!!!!!!
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could have dimming lights or a light console in studio that won't effect the electrical signals in a small studio room?


  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Most pro studios use autoformers or Variacs for light dimming in a sutdio as they do not create any noise. If you want to check out how noisy a dimmer is take an AM radio tune it off frequency then put it near the dimmer if it does not create hash on your radio you should be safe.

  3. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Guest

    Thank you

    Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it. After your response, I found some "Industrial Adjustable Variable Voltage Autotransformers." I am going to try and find out the exact models that some studios use to make sure they reduce the noise properly. Thank you once again.

  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The main thing to do is have different circuts for light and a dedicated circut for audio only. If at all possible, it is best to use multi phase wiring where the audio and utilties are on seperate legs ...
  5. Chance

    Chance Guest

    I am useing 12 volt low-voltage with dimmers=no problem at all

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