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The simplest type of instrument used in theatre is known as the scoop. It consists of simply an incandescent lamp mounted inside of a large, parabolic metal reflector. The main use of a scoop is to provide a very bright flood from a single source. Their application to lighting the stage tends to be limited, but they can be very useful for some types of effects lighting as well as cyclorama washes. Many scoops have no provisions for color filters, but a sheet of color can be affixed to the front of the instrument with gaffer's tape. This works as long as the instrument doesn't need to be on for long periods of time, as the tape tends to lose its grip when heated. A scoop is shown in figure 5.2.

Figure 5.2: Typical scoop, with no lamp installed.

Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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