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Tag: electrical

Film Gear: GFCI Device

by on Feb.23, 2013, under Gear

A ground fault circuit interrupt device can save your shoot...and maybe your life.

These days, not only is every filmmaker a director, editor, and DP, but it seems that a lot of us are having to be electricians as well. With little lights and high ISO cameras, I see a lot of people playing gaffer and lighting their own sets. That’s fantastic, except when it’s dangerous.

I’m no electrician. I know maybe two things about electricity on a set, but they’re biggies so here goes:

  1. Never hold one light in each hand.
  2. Make sure any circuit you plug into has a ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI).

Here’s my understanding of why you never hold a light in each hand: Something, something, something, electricity can shoot through your heart. There might be a more thorough explanation on Wikipedia, but really, do you need one?

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