Lightwright 5 Tip Of The Month, From A Student's Perspective

By Elizabeth Stewart:

In my experience as a student studying lighting design, most schools don't offer a course specifically for Lightwright.  There's either one day in Vectorworks class that quickly covers just the basics, or a quick overview in a design class. While understandable, these situations often leave student designers struggling with the program in their attempts to meet a deadline. My professors are always willing and ready to give extra help or answer questions, but sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you won't be able to get the help you need until after the deadline has passed. These tips are designed to address the parts of Lightwright that I often notice my peers struggling with the most. 

Lightwright 5 Tip 

How To: Keep Track Of Stock In Lightwright

Some theatres have an in-house stock of lights. When working on a light plot for said venues, you can input the stock levels and use Lightwright to keep track of how much of the stock you’re using.

First, we have to input the stock. Click on “Maintenance” -> “Instrument Type”

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This opens the following window:

Right now, I’m concerned with making sure I haven’t gone over what we have in stock. Simply click on the “Stock Qty” section of the row you’re interested in editing.



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Now that I’ve input the stock, I want to check how many of the lights I actually have left.

To do this, click “Counting” -> “Instrument Type”.

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This opens the following window:

Make sure you have “Count Stock Qty vs. Qty in Use” selected and click “OK”.

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This is the window that pops up:

As you can see, I only have two lights left. As the lightplot is complete, that’s not a problem. If I wasn’t finished, though, I would need to revisit my plot or start looking in to rentals.

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