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  • Looking for a new lighting instrument

     Ty Ford updated 2 years, 5 months ago 7 Members · 30 Posts
  • Mark Suszko

    June 7, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Well, it was specifically an American DJ brand LED PAR can, you can look that up and find it or something similar under a hundred, heck I bought a baby one for my uke band for 50. They come with DIP switches or menu buttons on them to set the color and brightness as well as effects like strobe to audio picked up by thr light’s internal mic, cycle thru colors at different speeds, ramp one color up and down in a loop, imitate lightning flashes or police strobes etc.. a little tedious to do by hand, so we also got a little three-slider external DMX controller for it, cost a other $50, runs an XLR cabe to the light and works like a little dimmer board. if you already have DMX controls then the XLT cable is all you need, plus AC power.
    ours didn’t have the extra UV light feature, could be cool if you want to get funky with black light paints and chalks.

    This Chauvet is similar–chauvet-dj-slimpar-56-rgb-par?mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3301333117&rkg_id=0&product_id=SlimPAR56&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%20-%20SKU%20-%20Live%20Sound%20%26%20Lighting&adgroup=Lighting%20-%20Chauvet%20DJ%20-%20slimpar56&placement=google&adpos=1o1&creative=280136035372&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=Cj0KEQjw8-LnBRCyxtfMl-Cbu48BEiQA6eUMGtcvO4qnEgVsg55PRqDtDRB0CqeqQ8eArFBwBHNJHNcaAoas8P8HAQ

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  • Mark Suszko

    June 7, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Not all of them have or need fans, especially the really small ones, If barn doors won’t do, there’s always black Cinefoil, and bulldog clips, my weapons of choice.

  • Mark Suszko

    June 7, 2019 at 3:40 am

    The tiny one I bought for uke videos was just over twenty bucks on Amazon, three years back; I looked it up and it was a Rainiers RGBW 10W LED PAR can, but they have replaced that model with one that has a crystal-like diffuser on the front. Anyhow, for twenty bucks, it’s almost worth it just for S&G.

  • Bill Davis

    July 13, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Just remember guys,

    LED arrays DON’T CUT.

    No clean edge from a barn door – just weird venetian blind effects.

    EDIT: Just realized how late to this thread I am. Sigh. Too busy. Carry on!


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  • Ty Ford

    July 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks Mr. Bill,

    Here’s where I’m headed with a mini leko as an extra piece.



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  • Mark Suszko

    July 13, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Well, no clean edge if you don’t first add a diffusor to those LED’s to make it seem like one bigger point source, anyway. But in a wall-washing application, is it that big a deal?.

  • Todd Terry

    July 15, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    That’s probably a great instrument (at $2K+ it ought to be).

    And if you have money to burn, go for it.

    If it were me though (and I’m cheap) for this particular application I’d just hit eBay and buy a little tungsten fresnel for probably less than a hundred bucks.


    Todd Terry
    Creative Director
    Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

  • Bob Cole

    August 15, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Ty, you know I love you and only want the best for you.

    Even though you are a nationally-recognized audio engineer and author, who is plenty busy doing audio stuff and don’t need to mess with video.

    Even though you and I serve the same market.

    Even though you are now seeking advice on how to do your own video work.

    So, I want to be as helpful as possible to you, because you (truly) have been a Godsend to me, generously answering all of my audio questions, and a few life questions as well.

    Here’s your solution:

  • Craig Alan

    October 10, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Way more heat, electricity, and changing gels can be a pain, and you need to get up there to make changes. The LEDs are great for backgrounds. Was not crazy about Source 4’s way of moving between different configurations. (Arri does a great job with that aspect. But $$$. ) There are so many new Spot lights LEDs. Would like to hear suggestions here. Other than Source 4.

  • Ty Ford

    October 11, 2020 at 7:43 am

    check out Hive Lighting –

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