Equipment Catalog

Lighting “Gator” Clamp

The Lighting “Gator” Clamp is a device used for lighting-placement. It allows medium- and heavier-weight lighting instruments to be mounted anywhere the clamps can find secure purchase (stands, pipes, shelves, etc.), in substitution for typical lighting stands. Production Students may add these clamps to their equipment loan in an on-demand basis, no reservation necessary, and no access restrictions based on course-level.

The “Gator” Clamp has several 5/8″ Baby Peg studs, for mounting lighting instruments, in accordance with the industry standard — which are situated on the clamp at various angles to provide a number of positioning choices. While the clamp is strong enough to support one medium to large size lighting instrument, attempting to mount multiple instruments onto one clamp is strongly discouraged, as doing so would be a potential safety hazard.

The “Gator” Clamp should be able to support most lighting instruments in the F&DM Production Equipment inventory, with the exception of the Arri 1000 Plus 1K Fresnel, or any Arri instruments with softboxes attached. These instruments are too heavy to safely secure with the “Gator” clamp, and should not be attempted for safety reasons.

Users should be aware that the rubber “teeth” that the clamp uses to grip its mount-point may leave black marks. If this is a concern, it is recommended to use Gaff or paper Masking Tape to cover the mounting surface to protect it from being marked by the clamp.

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Access, Instruction, and Support

The Lighting “Gator” Clamp is provided for F&DM production students upon enrollment in one of the F&DM Department's production courses.

Access to the Lighting “Gator” Clamp, like all of the department's A/V production equipment, is mediated through the Equipment Checkout Lab in accordance with course allocation assignments, and granted on an individual basis upon meeting specific criteria.

Any and all problems experienced with the Lighting “Gator” Clamp should be reported to the Equipment Checkout Lab Specialist immediately; do not wait until returning the equipment to notify the Lab Specialist or Lab staff (See: Statement of Policies).