[POLL] Health Insurance – How Does Lighting Feel?


JimOnLight reaches people of light all over the globe, and I have a question I want to ask you all:
How does the collective of the world’s lighting people feel about Health Insurance?

Feel free to leave a comment, or just participate in the poll.  I’m very interested to know your thoughts, individually and as a group of intelligent humans circumventing the globe together digitally!  Please feel free to share your horror stories, happy stories, and everything in between — share your thoughts with people of light in the hopes of helping someone understand something they might not otherwise know.

What's Your Health Insurance Situation?

  • My lighting industry employer provides me with good enough health insurance. (36%, 50 Votes)
  • I live somewhere other than the USA, and we laugh at your insurance nightmares. (17%, 23 Votes)
  • I'm a freelancer depending on one of the state exchanges for insurance. (12%, 16 Votes)
  • I'm a freelancer with no health insurance and that's how it's gonna be. (9%, 12 Votes)
  • I work in Lighting, but my spouse or significant other provides my health insurance. (9%, 12 Votes)
  • My lighting industry employer does not provide me with health insurance, and I depend on one of the national exchanges through Obamacare. (8%, 11 Votes)
  • My lighting industry employer provides me with really shitty health insurance. (6%, 8 Votes)
  • My lighting industry employer provides me with health insurance, but I go without any insurance. (2%, 3 Votes)
  • I work for a lighting company but I buy insurance from a private non-Obamacare provider. (2%, 3 Votes)
  • My lighting industry employer pays for 50% of the health insurance plan and I match that with my contribution of 50%. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 139

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Prism Power – the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid Product Video


I love programming these videos.  I get to work with a real video badass in this market, Todd Murray, who is just one talented mopho, and that is a fact.  Better yet, he’s not a douche about it.  What a surprise, a non-douche yet really talented artist!

Check out our latest, the product video for the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid from CHAUVET Professional.  Programming by me, videography by Todd Murray, Josh (Jaybles) Berlant, and Bryan Adams.  But not that Bryan, OUR Bryan.

Meh Footage of LDI 2014


I take photos and video all over the damned place, especially at trade shows.  It’s not really difficult to imagine, there is so much flashy flashy that it’s like putting a kid on sugar in the middle of a rave.  Sometimes I get good photos and video, sometimes I don’t!  I always hate deleting videos, it seems like such a waste.  I was way too preoccupied with my LDI design and dealing with some other bullshit to really even walk the show floor properly, but I got lots of photos and only a handful of real usable video.

In case you’d rather see the photos, here’s the LDI 204 JimOnLight photos post, and the Obligatory LDI 2014 Selfies post!

Are ya ready for some blah video?!

Oh My God, It’s July — and JimOnLight is Back!


Hi everyone!  Oh, how I have missed you.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new job, and I am very proud to say that after almost five months of hell, I have been offered the most perfect job for a great lighting company in south Florida.

Perhaps even better news than that is that I accepted the position, and I start August 15!  I’m keeping the company under wraps for now, mostly because I am continuing my lifelong research and writing obsession with light and the lighting industries through JimOnLight, and I want to maintain my integrity as a researcher and writer.  But let me just say this — a position has been created for me that I am honored to accept, and I am excited to get back to work — this time for a company and a boss who will treat me like a human being.  How exciting is THAT?!

My experiences over the last almost five months have been intense to the point of Albert Camus’ worst nightmares — doors that I thought would be wide open I found locked tighter than Fort Knox, while other doors that I assumed would be deadbolted swung wide open and welcomed my big bald head with open arms.  If there is anything I have learned from this experience since March is that you never really know who your real friends are, even those you’ve supported at every turn, until you need a friend in return.  It’s literally made me change my entire philosophy of life and work.  On one hand I’m pretty thrilled to change philosophy, but on the other hand I’m pretty bummed to see that the majority of the people for whom I’ve done lots of work were just as quick to turn their backs as someone I never met before.  Ce la vie.  


“You’re out, smartass. Hit the dugout.”

One thing is definite for all of you out there still in the situation I just got lucky enough to slide out of — you have to hold onto hope, you have to hold tight, and you have to beat the pavement in order to make something happen.  Finding a job in this economy is no small feat, and it’s no small victory once you’ve found a way out of the mire.  Let me be the first to tell you that sometimes the shit can get dark.  It is hard to exist when you have no money.  It’s hard to get by when all of the laws are written to help those who can help themselves but live on the system, I know this for a fact.

I’ve had lots of time to think about what to say to help those lighting industry folks who are down and out, and are losing hope:

  • Get used to the fact that your life needs to be different (read that as cheaper) until you get steady money coming in again.  Life’s not over, it’s just stalled out a bit.
  • HANG IN THERE.  This crap will change if you keep doing what you’re doing, which hopefully is making the calls to everyone and anyone you know, letting them know that you’re looking for something.
  • JOB SEARCH RESOURCES — Check it out, nothing hurts when you’re without a job!
  • Tune up that resume — put a call on Facebook to some of us out there, any number of us would be more than happy to help a fellow industry member by taking two minutes to look over your resume.
  • Do you have a savings account?  GET ONE.  Are you sticking a decent portion of your take-home after bills in that savings account?  If you answered anything other than “you bet your bottom dollar I am,” START SAVING.  Save ANYTHING YOU CAN.  it will help down the line.
  • Expect some percentage of rejection and disappointment.  Sorry folks, but it’s true.  When you send out resumes and portfolios en masse, you’re going to experience a good portion of “no, sorry” responses.  It happens.  It just means that its time to get out there and keep pushing.
  • If you have family, see what they can do for you.  You might need to suck it up and move home for a bit (hey, I did it, I can never thank my Dad enough for what he’s done for my wife and I, he literally saved us) until you can get back on your feet.
  • If you have friends, see if they can help you out.  Suck it up if you’re destitute, your pride isn’t doing anything but screwing you up.
  • If you have “habits,” like drinking or smoking, guess what?  YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT RIGHT NOW.  You also can’t afford to be eating out all the time, either — it’s time to get used to bologna and ramen for a bit.  The stuff isn’t all that bad, believe me.  It’s way better than fucking starving.
  • If you have a wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, whatever — MAKE TIME TO SPEND WITH THEM.  QUALITY time.  Spend time with them where you’re not looking at your phone searching for jobs, and get used to dumping the shit out of your brain so that you can also be a good partner.  I cannot stress this to you enough — being unemployed and broke is EXPONENTIALLY WORSE when you have to fight all the time with your loved one.  Also, it costs nothing to walk around the park holding hands and talking about things.
  • I said this before, but HANG IN THERE!  This WILL get better.  It might take a month, two months, or twelve months.  It does happen.  It just might be a while.  It was for me, anyway.

If you need a pick-me-up, drop me a line.  I’d be glad to do what I can for you.  I have great jokes.  Sometimes all it takes is a smile on your face to greatly improve your day when you’re out of work.





High End Systems has released a series of training videos for the new Hog 4!



From a press release at High End Systems:

Following the extremely successful HOG4 launch and due to incredibly high demand, High End Systems is today releasing a series of Hog4 training videos.

In tandem with the large number of worldwide training classes undertaken both by High End Systems and it’s extensive distributor network, the initial 12 videos will allow everyone to learn how to use a Hog.

The videos have been split into easy to watch segments meaning that beginners as well as experienced users will benefit from them. They are also in a logical order allowing for the user to move from one element of the Hog software to another with ease. The 12 videos means that users who only need to look at a specific area of the console may do this with ease.

“The addition of these videos to our already extensive training program is testament to our commitment to offer education at multiple levels” says Jeff Pelzl, VP, Technical and Marketing Services “and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to Hog training.”

“We realized that not everyone is able to attend training classes and also that users want the ability to brush up on certain areas of the platform’ says Chris Ferrante, Director of Product Management “so we partnered with Colin Wood of Pre Production Services and now have a brilliant suite of training videos”

These videos can be seen at the following location:

As well as launching this suite of videos, High End Systems has recently launched version 1.2 for the Hog4 platform adding a host of new features including Command Keys, which continues the aggressive release schedule embarked upon on the platform’s launch.


The videos:

Lesson 1:  Starting a New Show

Lesson 2: Default Layout of a New Show

Lesson 3: An Introduction to Patching

Lesson 4: Basic Programming

Lesson 5: Cue Playback

Lesson 6: Using Palettes

Lesson 7: Basic Cue Timing and Editing

Lesson 8: Tracking

Lesson 9: User Kinds

Lesson 10: Command Keys

Lesson 11: Multi-Console Setup

Lesson 12: Configuring Art-Net

I hope to see more of these from MORE console manufacturers in the near future!!!

The Daily Lamp: Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp – Sleek, Slim Uplight

Today’s Daily Lamp is a really minimalist but inventive take on uplighting in the home. Meet Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp — a true uplighter with a sleek design and nice lines:




Cloudline, designed by Terrence Seah for seller Livdin, comes in white and red, and both are $239 bucks.  From the Livdin page on the Cloudline:

Enhance your room with warm diffuse light and set the mood with touch-sensitive dimming. The Cloudline lamp is simple to wall-mount, and takes up no floor space. Pleasing illumination in an equally pleasing package.


  • Bright light equivalent to a 60W incandescent light bulb
  • Energy efficient 13W power consumption
  • Long lasting 20-year lifespan LED bulb
  • Aluminum construction with glossy powder-coated finish
  • Oiled walnut accent
  • Long braided power cord


  • Lamp, 21.5″(L) x 2″(W) x 3.25″(H)
  • Dimmer Switch, 5.5″(L) x 1.75″(W) x 0.75″(H)
  • Power Cord, 6′ plug-to-switch, 8′ switch-to-lamp

It sure is beautiful!  Can you imagine five or six of these around a large room?





 Thanks, Uwofo!

Light, Lighting, and Electricity Facts and Chicks!

I did this once before, but since then there have been a hell of a lot more facts posted.  Now the funniest thing for this post is… we expect more women than men to read it!

It is my pleasure to introduce some of the great Facts and Chicks’ Facts and ChicksLight, Lighting, and Electricity Edition!

(PS:  Ladies and Men, if you want men to look at with facts on them, let me know where they are!  We are equal opportunity expoloitationists for the sake of science!)

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Gaffers and Grips – DIY Gaff Tape Key Fob


Today must be DIY in my brain, all I can think of is making something!  Ah, I miss having a workspace.

I saw this great project on Strobist — it’s a blog geared towards photography and studio lighting, but if you’re a grip or gaffer on a smaller project, this is an awesome thing to have on you at all times!  If you work in Entertainment Lighting or Film Production, you already know this thing would have to be the thickness of your thigh to contain enough gaff tape to really make a difference.  Still, this is a wicked little tool for anybody in Lighting!

For this project, all you need is some rigid wire, a pencil, and some gaff tape — but I’ll let the great folks at Strobist do the talking.  Check out how to DIY your own Gaff Tape Key Fob!



Christopher Moulder’s Schproket Lighting System, Sans Dieter

Christopher Moulder is a Composer of Light.


That’s a pretty big introduction, I’m really not sure where to go from here; ooh, maybe also, his bowel movements smell like freshly baked cinnamon rolls?

From the Christopher Moulder website:

Christopher Moulder is a composer of light. His works possess a flow and visual rhythm that leave indelible signatures on the spaces they inhabit. His chandeliers, pendants, and ceiling and wall mounted fixtures span a broad range of styles: from sea and sky inspired rhapsodies that swim and soar, to architectural, sculptural designs that assert their quiet presence with elegantly refined gestures.

Fabricated using only the finest, texturally sophisticated materials, and meticulously engineered to the highest standards, these works of lighting art transform commercial and residential spaces.

Christopher’s studio is based in Atlanta, Georgia but his work travels the world. He creates and builds both one-of-a-kind sculptural lighting artworks designed for specific sites, and an original line of lighting fixtures made to order.

He welcomes inquiries from designers, architects and private collectors alike.

He’s not lyin’ folks, his work is muy excelente.  Here’s the latest thing called the Schproket Lighting System, and it’s pretty beautiful.  Check it out – in a desire to use low-voltage lighting to create socketless, wire-less lamps, this amazing series came out of Christopher Moulder’s brain:


These pieces are absolutely outstanding — it’s almost as if Christopher has designed little plasma rings of light that emanate these crisp, hot little points of fire to warm up whatever room it finds itself radiating inside:


Wall-mounted Schprokets:


and perhaps Dieter’s favorite, Hanging Schprokets:


Beautiful.  You also have to go sit on Christopher’s website and just let the rotating background gallery do its thing, he really has some lovely, lovely work!  Here’s a few shots from it, which makes me wonder WHY YOU’RE NOT THERE CHECKING IT OUT!!!





Amazing.  Now check out a gallery of Schprokets, this is some beautiful work!

Thanks to DesignBoom!

Philips, Strand, and Vari*Lite at LDI 2012

Philips/Strand/Vari*Lite (so many names!) always has some serious presence over the last five or six trade shows I’ve done, from LDI to ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt. Their booth always looks wicked cool, and I’m always happy to post pictures of what my buddy Brad Schiller is coming up with nowadays. It’s amazing to see where the industry is heading, and it’s always formatted by the guys out there like Brad.

Check out some awesome shots from Philips at LDI 2012!

You can also check out all of the images via the Gallery Method!