JimOnLight.com – Thanks for the First Year, Everybody!



September 1 marks the day when I really started to write full time on JimOnLight.com.

It’s been an amazing year – JimOnLight.com has grown from one visitor (yeah, me) to an average of a thousand a day! I’ve had a hairdo, I shaved my head, we’ve lived in three different states, and I am getting another Master’s degree in Sweden. What a crazy and excellent year this has been!

I started this website to help tell anyone who works in an industry that deals with light about other industries that work with light. As a collective intelligence, we can all accomplish so much – I write about anything dealing with light, and I write to share what I know about our beloved industries with whoever wants to learn something. It has been one fantastic year, and I have learned so much from writing.  In addition to all of the research that I do for the posts I write, it is staggering – amazing, wonderful, and excellent – to see how many people Twitter me, email, and IM about news stories that are up and coming.  It really says a lot about our industries, and all of us who deal with light as a medium.  Please keep it all coming!

I am grateful for every single JimOnLight.com reader – you make writing great for me. I want to show you how important you are to this website, so I teamed up with ZinmanCo, Electronic Theatre Controls, Synthe-FX, iSquint, and BMI Supply to provide a ton of free stuff for JimOnLight.com readers! T-shirts, coffee mugs, flashlight keychains, a pair of HotHands gloves, more t-shirts, and awesome iPhone software is all up on the block! I’m also giving away a few JimOnLight.com T-SHIRTS!

Here’s the deal:
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me where you’re from, and starting at 10am CST I am going to give away some stuff each hour until midnight! If you tweet about JimOnLight with hashtags (#jimonlight) at Twitter, then you get another entry into the contest!  You don’t have to tweet about the contest, just tweet about JimOnLight!  I will give away something hourly today, starting at 10am, then I’ll give some stuff away on Wednesday the 2nd, Thursday the 3rd, and a special grand prize on Friday the 4th. A quick side note on the iPhone software – unfortunately I can only give this away to US-based people, because iTunes won’t allow the codes to be given overseas. Everything else is up for grabs, though!

I just want to say thank you to every reader of JimOnLight.com – I love to write about light, and you all make it so worth it! A huge thank you to Shannon Dudley, the designer of this beautiful new redesign, and my wife, who puts up with my crap. Isn’t that enough? She also coded the site!  I have been in love with her since the day I set eyes on her.



10am Giveaway – one license each of Mike Zinman’s GelCalc, iSwitch DMX, and PocketLD – and one ETC Selador t-shirt

Sean Forsythe
iSwitch DMX:
Victoria Hendrix
Matt Carney
ETC Selador t-shirt:
Nicolai Gubi

11am Giveaway – A Zinman/BMI Bundle! One bundle of licenses for all of Mike Zinman’s products in the giveaway (iSwitch DMX, ML Finder PRO, GelCalc, and PocketLD), and a BMI Supply coffee mug!

The 11am winner is:
Zach Spitzer

12pm Giveaway – A Zinman/BMI Bundle! One bundle of licenses for all of Mike Zinman’s products in the giveaway (iSwitch DMX, ML Finder PRO, GelCalc, and PocketLD) – and a BMI bottle opener!

The 12pm winner is:
Sarah S., also known as @thedarkwaffle on Twitter

1pm Giveaway – One bundle of licenses for Mike Zinman’s iSwitch DMX, GelCalc, and PocketLD – and a BMI Supply t-shirt!

The 1pm winner is:
Tony H. of trussmonkeys.com

2pm Giveaway – an ETC Selador t-shirt and a BMI LED keychain light!

The 2pm winner is:
Alex Rugowski

3pm Giveaway – a Synthe-FX t-shirt (XL) – from the makers of Luminair!

The 3pm winner is:
Dean Palmer, Jr.

4pm Giveaway – a copy of Mike Zinman’s ML Finder PRO and a BMI Supply coffee mug!

The 4pm winner is:
Jen Jones

5pm Giveaway – a new pair of Setwear Hot Hands gloves from iSquint!

The 5pm winner is:

Daphne Mir

6pm Giveaway – One bundle of licenses for ALL of Mike Zinman’s products in the giveaway (iSwitch DMX, ML Finder PRO, GelCalc, and PocketLD) times FOUR WINNERS!

Winner 1:
JR Lidgett
Winner 2:
Erica Lucci
Winner 3:
Gobogeek Sean
Winner 4:

7pm Giveaway – an ETC Selador shirt and BMI Supply LED keychain light!

The 7pm winner is:
Scott McLeod

8pm Giveaway – Zinman 3-pack (iSwitch DMX, GelCalc, and PocketLD) and a BMI Supply LED keychain light!

The 8pm winner is:
Phil Gilbert

9pm Giveaway – ETC Selador t-shirt and $5 coupon toward anything your heart desires in the JimOnLight Shop

The 9pm winner is:
Andrew Girling

10pm Giveaway – BMI Supply t-shirt and $5 coupon toward any of the fine wares in the JimOnLight Shop

The 10pm winner is:
Kate Olmstead

11pm Giveaway – Zinman 3-pack (iSwitch DMX, GelCalc, and PocketLD) plus one ETC Selador t-shirt times FOUR WINNERS!

Winner 1:
Andy Babin
Winner 2:
Victor Zeiser
Winner 3:
Jeremy Bunner
Winner 4:
James Brigagliano
Bonus Winner:
Shoko Baum (from Israel – we’re shipping you an ETC Selador t-shirt!)

12am Giveaway – One license of Luminair 1.5, the awesome DMX Remote iPhone app by Synthe-FX

The 12am winner is:
Brent S.

That’s it for the prizes today, but there are more to come ALL WEEK! You can still comment here to get in those drawings. Prize winners will be notified in the next few days about how to collect their prizes.

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  1. Valencia, CA in less than a week!

    Congratulations, Jim! I’m always glad to see a new JimOnLight post in Reader, as well as hear about your adventures. Oh, and thank you so much for writing the post about my costume again, it really brightens me up (pun intended) to know that people out there believe in me… Or, shockingly enough, think I’m kinda funny on occasion.

  2. Melbourne Australia

    love the new look of the site, and have loved seeing your site grow over the past months, love the stories you show. Congrats on the year.

  3. I love reading your posts.. Always full of excellent content even if it is destructive heat radiating defense systems. Looking forward to many more to come! Cheers

  4. Hi Jim

    Thanks for the site, and all your “wisdom”. Please keep it coming 🙂
    I hope you enjoy Scandinavia.

    Greetings from Copenhagen

  5. New Paltz, NY – It’s been a long strange trip!

    I came across your site by chance several months back and have been stopping by everyday since! I even set JOL to my homepage at work!

    Thanks for all of the work you do and for putting the extra effort in…it’s only going to get better.

    Light Fantastic! Keep on Lighting up the world with your beam of good will.

    It’s also my Birthday today…a happy day for all of us

  6. Congratulations Jim. It’s a wonderful website you have created. I read it everyday and have discovered a lot of cool things because of you. Happy 1st year and many more to come.

  7. Congratulations Jim. It’s a wonderful website you have created. I read it everyday and have discovered a lot of cool things because of you. Happy 1st year and many more to come. I am from Portland, Maine

  8. Silver Spring, Maryland!

    As a newcomer to the world of lighting design, this blog has been one of my most visiting blogs over the last few months. Thanks for being awesome and doing an amazing job!

  9. Congrats on such a great year Jim! Can’t wait to see what the next chapter has in store. The new design is spiffy too.

    -Andrew in Buffalo, NY

  10. Hey Jim! Congratulations on the site redesign and on the Masters program(me). Don’t eat too many meatballs, they make your hair fall out. Erm.

  11. Davenport, IA

    Congratulations on one great year. I always love to read the great content and try to visit daily. I love the new design too. Hope Sweden is going well!

  12. Jim, your blog is in my RSS feeds I get every day, and it’s the only one I read daily. Thanks for all your posts and hope you have a fantastic time over yonder in the land of Ikea. Hope to work with you one day soon!

    Originally from Birmingham, AL, now living in Orlando, FL, with a slight detour to Jerusalem, Israel in between. 🙂

  13. Am I glad to have ever found this site. It gives me something to read about daily that is relevant to my line of work!

    Thank you Jim!

    Las Vegas, NV

  14. Hey Jim…a friend of mine literally posted a link to this site on his Facebook today…I thought I’d come and check it out. Very cool site, lots of info and resources, its getting a bookmark in my Favs list. Thanks and Congrats on the milestone.

    Jeff in Cleona PA

  15. I’m almost glad Texas tried to outlaw your profession before you moved in – I never would have found you otherwise. We’re keeping the state warm for you. Happy 1st!

  16. HI~Jim!

    Congratulation on 1year!

    I come from Taiwan,and now im in Tokyo for studying Concert Lighting.
    Alothough im still a student,your blog really has tought me many things,and i really love to read your blog everyday!

    Thank You! Jim!


  17. Jim, you rock!

    I don’t need the free stuff right now, I’m just giving a well deserved shout-out. 😉

    But, for the record, I’m here in NYC!

  18. Congrats Jim! It’s been an exciting year! And all the best for many more years to come.

    I’m Adam, and i’m from Brighton, United Kingdom.

  19. Congratulations on a great year! I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and I look forward to hearing more about your Swedish adventures!

    San Diego, CA
    Twitter: KateOS3

  20. The new look RAWKS!
    Cingrats on yr one!
    When next I teach intro to lighting I am adding your blog to my syllabusas required reading.
    Whats in store for year 2?!!!! Can’t wait to find out.
    Keep it up!

    Columbus, Ohio.

  21. John from Atlanta, Ga

    Always enjoy the site and looking for new lighting info. I’m a fixture designer but theres always a ton a great info here. Thanks for everything and congrats on you anniversary!!!

  22. “Oh Fee, your trying to live a life thats completely free, your racing with the wind, your flirting with death, so have a cup of coffee and catch your breath”

    Thanks for the exposure to some very interesting/fun lighting topics!

    Oh… New Paltz NY (formerly Ithaca NY)

  23. Dublin, Ohio

    Sam Tepper

    Congrats on the one year! Keep up the good work! I love reading your site and finding something new every day.

  24. Hi Jim,

    Congrats on jimonlight’s one year! I love your site, you always find something new and interesting about our fascinating lighting world! Thanks for everything!

    Keep on the good work!

  25. Washington, DC (and Portland, OR whenever i can make it)

    Been reading for about 6 months, I remember the first thing i read was when i was searching for information on PRG and the Chamsys consoles. Keep up the good work!

  26. Nottingham – UK

    Hi there. Thanks for all your work on the blog. It’s a great collection of information on a topic dear to my heart.

    Jonathan (jbjon)

  27. I haven’t even been reading it regularly for all that long, but I’ve still found a couple of useful (and unexpectedly useful) nuggets of information and ideas on your blog. And so, congratulations, especially (I hadn’t realized) on doing it so consistently for a year!

    (OK, I honestly haven’t much of anything to post as a comment, but there is swag at stake here! So, Congratulations from Baltimore, MD!)

  28. love ya from TO
    even if there’s no free stuff.
    1 year. congrats Jim.

    Haikus from Toronto!
    The only true way to express feelings from one theatre professional to another.
    Maybe it’s a TO thing…
    : )

  29. Hi Jim,
    Congratulations on a year. I am your new reader located in Taiwan.
    I get much ligting information through your blog. Thanks!
    May I ask a question?
    Our company is LED driver IC design house. Do you know if there are many LED lighting manufacture in USA using LED driver IC to supply constant current for LED?
    Hope you could give me some comments.


  30. Its been a great year of staying on top of lighting technology.

    Thanks to Jim!

    PS love the new look and loved the CK interviews.

  31. Wow, great site…It’s been a while since I last checked it. You certainly have come a long way in a year. Here’s to many more…



    Pacifica, CA

  32. Congratulations for your 1 year Birthday. i love your web it’s amazing me every time. we try to keep up hear in Israel 🙂

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