Book: Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook, 4th Edition On Sale

Last month, Focal Press Announced the arrival of a new lighting book geared towards the Film and Video market, Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook, 4th Edition by Harry C. Box. In this, the fourth¬† edition, Mr. Box expands on some of the latest technologies and products available to the industry for lighting a set.

New to the fourth edition:

  • More coverage of the aesthetics of lighting
  • Detailed information on LED technology and gear
  • Material is harmonized with industry safety and skills training curriculum
  • More coverage than ever before about setting up and running DMX512 networks and DMX512 enabled devices, including wireless DMX512 networks
  • Completely revised and updated sections of HMIs, tungsten light fixtures, and fluorescent technologies
  • Additional information on dealing with current harmonics, working with portable generators.
  • New section on using 480V power
  • And plenty more.

The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook focuses on what is important when working on-set: trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol, and safety. It describes tricks and techniques for operating a vast array of lighting equipment including LEDs, xenons, camera synchronous strobes, black lights, underwater units, lighting effects units, and many others. Since its first edition, this handy on-set reference continues to be widely adopted as a training and reference manual by union training programs as well as top university film production programs.

The book is published and available through Focal Press, ( for $49.95 USD.  If you like to save a little scratch, you can head over to and pick up the book for $32.97.