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#1 barryagilbert

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:11 PM

I'm producing a spec commercial in a couple of weeks - forgive the newbie question but I'm ordering a lighting package for a stage and while I understand in the broad strokes what "distro" implies in terms of getting power to the lights, I'm wondering what exactly the components would be.

What I mean is, obviously you've got lights, and cables, and power coming from the walls - what exactly is the "distro" component - breaker boxes?

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:43 AM

"Distro" is a pretty vague word, short for "distribution", i.e. of power. Generally it covers the path from the power supply to the units drawing from that power, but specifically the word describes the "distro boxes" where the main power line coming from the generator into the box is then split-off to other boxes with outlets, etc. Not sure if the cables and power cords like banded cable, stingers, etc. count as part of the "distro package".

In theory, a power strip plugged into a wall outlet is a form of "distro", but usually the term is applied to bigger lighting set-ups using a lot of amps, involving generators or tie-ins to large power supplies.

Here's an example of a distro package for rent:
http://www.locationl...site/distro.htm
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#3 Frank Barrera

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 09:25 PM

Not sure if the cables and power cords like banded cable, stingers, etc. count as part of the "distro package".


In NYC "Distro" includes everything from the generator to the stinger. That would include all heavy cable ie: 4/0, 2/0, #2, Banded etc.

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