Higher Education

Lighting and the Design Idea, 3rd Edition

  • Linda Essig Arizona State University
  • Jennifer Setlow Arizona State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111836868  |  ISBN-13: 9781111836863
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.25



LIGHTING AND THE DESIGN IDEA, Third Edition, emphasizes the design process-the process by which lighting designers turn their ideas about a piece into the medium of stage lighting. The technological tools of stage lighting are covered, with a focus on using those tools within the design process. A new chapter provides real-world advice on positioning oneself for a career in performance lighting.

Features and Benefits

  • Expansion of the "Functions" section of Chapter 3 based on user feedback.
  • Color Theory is now in a new position in the text, immediately following Elements of Composition.

Table of Contents

1. Stage Lighting: Context and Process.
2. Light and Vision.
3. Functions and Properties of Light on the Stage.
4. Elements of Composition.
5. Color.
6. Conceptual Framework.
7. Lighting Design Research.
8. Design Development.
9. Lighting Positions.
10. Instrumentation.
11. Organization and Control.
12. Drafting the Finished Plot and Section.
13. Execution of the Design.
14. Cuing.
15. Lighting Design and Your Future.
Appendix: Principles of Electricity.

What's New

  • NEW Chapter 15, Lighting Design and Your Future. This new chapter provides real-world advice on positioning oneself for a career in performance lighting, sample resumes and cover letters, and other helpful tools for making the transition from student to working professional.
  • All new coverage of LED light sources, in Chapter 2 on Light and Vision, Chapter 5 on Color, and Chapter 10 on Instrumentation.
  • Expanded coverage of computer visualization techniques in Chapter 8, Design Development.
  • New color plates illustrate the color rendering properties of LEDs as compared to incandescent, fluorescent, and HID sources.
  • Chapter 11, Organization and Control, includes new examples drawing on hybrid consoles for the control of mixed rigs of automated and conventional luminaires.
  • Chapter 12, Drafting the Finished Plot and Section, has been significantly overhauled to reflect current professional practice and the use of both Vectorworks and AutoCad.
  • Significant updates to technical content throughout the text.
  • Subheadings make the text easier to follow – added at the request of several adopters and reviewers.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Linda Essig

Linda Essig is a professional lighting designer and Chair and Artistic Director of Theatre at Arizona State University. She has designed lighting at theatres throughout the country, including Cleveland Play House, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera Theatre and many others. For sixteen years, she directed the lighting design program at University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to "Lighting and the Design Idea," she is the author of "The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change".

Jennifer Setlow

Jennifer Setlow's lighting designs have been seen at both regional and local theatres around the United States, including La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, East West Players, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Malashock Dance, Childsplay, Arizona Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre and more. She is the recipient of a 2006 NAACP Image Award for her lighting design for Intimate Apparel at San Diego Rep, as well as numerous other local awards for her work in San Diego. In 2007 she joined the faculty at Arizona State University, where she is the head of the lighting program.