A lighting control console (also called a lightboard, lighting board, or lighting desk) is an electronic device used to control multiple lights at once. They are used throughout the entertainment industry and are normally placed at the Front of House (FOH) position or in a control booth.
Lighting consoles communicate with other devices in the lighting system via an electronic control protocol. The most common protocol used in the entertainment industry today is DMX512. and newer protocols such as S-ACN, Art-Net and Kling-Net are evolving to meet the demands of ever increasing device sophistication.