QII Lighting Control System

Made:
1985
maker:
British Broadcasting Corporation
QII Lighting Control System

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QII Lighting Control System
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The QII (Q2) Lighting control system was designed by the BBC as a replacement for the obsolete Thorn Q-File lighting control system and console then used in most BBC television studios. It comprises a control surface and approximately 12U of rack containing the electronics.

In the mid-1980s Television Centre Studio 1 (TC1), which was being refurbished, required more than 1000 dimmers installed. The software of other lighting control systems could not apparently cope. The BBC research department designed a console that could control this many dimmers. It is a copy of the old Thorn Q-File using modern components.

Details

Category:
Television
Collection:
BBC Heritage Collection
Object Number:
2012-5118/514
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
lighting equipment
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image viewing equipment