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4 Installation Methods for Studio Lighting Setup: A Practical Guide

Studio environments, due to their specialized nature, generally have strict requirements for renovations, especially concerning the studio lighting design schemes. So, how should studio lighting be designed and installed during the actual renovation process?

The first step is to determine the specific installation method for the lighting fixtures. The installation method needs to be decided based on the studio room’s ceiling height and the condition of the ceiling. For instance, if the studio’s ceiling height is above 3.3 meters, a track-based installation method is used, allowing the studio lights to move forward, backward, left, and right. If the ceiling height is below 3.3 meters, a grid and fixed suspension installation method is chosen to prevent the lights from appearing in the shot. If the studio room has many ceiling beams and an unattractive ceiling, using a grid installation method is better and more aesthetically pleasing.

Once the installation method is determined, the studio lighting layout can be designed, including the quantity and arrangement of key lights, fill lights, backlights, accent lights, top lights, side lights, and background lights.

After completing the overall studio lighting scheme design, we need to explain the plan to the users in detail, sharing the design concept, the advantages of the design, and the effects it offers, among other details.

Generally, we have 4 installation methods for studio lighting fixtures:

1. Track Installation

The advantage of using the track installation method for studio lighting is the flexibility and convenience it offers by allowing the lights to move in all directions. First, the fixed track is attached to the studio’s solid ceiling, and a universal adapter is used to install the sliding track beneath the fixed track. Then, a lighting trolley is used to mount the lights onto the sliding track. The engineering components required for the track installation typically include fixed support brackets for square tubes, support bracket extension pipes, track pressure plates, aluminum tracks, track bumpers, universal adapters, light trolleys, cable trolleys, constant-force hinges, and light signs.

2. Grid Installation

The grid installation method’s advantage is its ability to decorate the room’s ceiling, creating an aesthetically pleasing overall effect, though the range of light movement is relatively limited. If the studio is large, with fire protection pipes and many crossbeams on the ceiling and sufficient ceiling height, a grid installation method can be chosen. First, a grid is made using 40×40mm square tubes with a grid size of 400×400mm, which is then fixed to the room’s solid ceiling. The studio lights are hung on the grid using light hooks. The engineering components required for the grid installation method typically include some 40×40mm square tubes, aluminum light hooks (with thread and column), constant-force hinges, and light signs.

3. Fixed Installation

Also known as the light hanging bracket installation method, its advantages include low cost and simplicity, but the lights cannot be moved. It is suitable for studios with lower ceilings where cost savings are a priority. The light hanging bracket is installed on the studio’s solid ceiling, and then the lights are mounted onto the bracket. The components needed for the fixed installation method include light hanging brackets, constant-force hinges, and light signs.

4. Tripod Installation

The tripod installation method is suitable for installing key and side lights, with the advantage of being able to move the lights flexibly. However, the lights can only be positioned in front of the broadcasting area to prevent the tripod from appearing in the frame, causing a continuity error. The components required for this method include tripods and light signs.

Hi, I'm Bing Bai, the author of this post.
I have been in the field of LED film and studio lighting for more than 9 years. If you would like to learn more about our products or lighting solutions, feel free to let me know.

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