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Old June 9th, 2003, 07:47 AM   #1
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electrical book recommendations needed

I've been doing lots of reading on lighting lately, but one of the things I keep running into is that, even though I know all the formulas about making sure I don't blow circuits, I'm still pretty ignorant about the fundamentals of electricity. For example, I really couldn't tell you the difference between amps, volts, and watts.

So, can anyone recommend a book on electricity that doesn't read like a technical text but also isn't focused on home improvement? (Right now I'm wishing Larry Gonick would write "The Cartoon Guide to Electricity").
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Old June 9th, 2003, 10:20 AM   #2
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I bought this book right here...

Lighting for Digital Video & Television

There is a big chapter in there all about watts, amps, volts and all the technical electrical jargon. It's very easy to understand. A simple way to think about it is that the flow of electricity is like the flow of water in a pipe. Voltage can be thought of as the speed the water is traveling, and Amps can be thought of as the amount of water that's traveling at that speed.

Volts x Amps = Watts
Amps = Watts/Volts

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Old June 9th, 2003, 08:52 PM   #3
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A good understanding of ohm's law will get you through anything electrical. If you don't understand ohm's law you don't understand electricity , period!

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Old June 9th, 2003, 10:16 PM   #4
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I f you really want to know about lighting, you kinda have to read this book:

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook
Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution
by Harry Box

Other books on lighting:
Stelios G.M.

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Old June 11th, 2003, 04:56 AM   #5
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Sounds interesting!

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