Recent content by Gobokat

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    Light Board, and IT Network issues

    Just to add a talking point to your facility IT department, gear that is using E1.31 (sACN) to control a lighting system is machine-gunning repetitive packets. Tell your IT guys that your lighting equipment, by design and when working properly will appear as a DDOS attack to the data network...
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    20Amp Twist Lock connectors - outdated vs L6-20 and L6-15

    Yeah, was hoping no one was going to bring Neutrik into the thread - short answer is the PowerCon/True1/?? line from Neutrik is non-NEMA, so just like the old style twist lock, they are listed by the OEM as suitable for both 120 and 240 volt installation, but there is no way to tell, looking at...
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    Rubber tire boom stands

    There's a reason you don't see a lot of cement/used tire creations for boom bases - but I'll just go with a "from my experience" reply and say that they are a pain to move/store/secure, not to mention the bits of concrete that you'll get chipping out after a year of frequent use creating a mess...
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    20Amp Twist Lock connectors - outdated vs L6-20 and L6-15

    Just wanted to chime in and point out a couple of quick summaries on this thread - 1) the "old" Hubbell twist-lock connectors are no longer acceptable because you cannot tell from the plug/receptacle which is 120V and which is 240V so you can guess the fun that could ensue. 2) be sure to use...
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    Color Kinetics and DMX512 control

    As others have suggested, getting the City Theatrical power supplies for these units will make your experience so much more enjoyable - in addition to what others have mentioned, the City Thea. gear also have stand alone functions available (static and dynamic color fx) when you just need a...
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    Low level Fog Advice

    I would heartily second the recommendation to look at the LeMaitre GeForce3 with the FreezeFog unit - or if you're an Ultratec fan the G3000 with the LSG. Be sure you are using either company's "Molecular" formula, looks better chilled and dissipates quicker as it warms so you don't have a...
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    Issue with Mains

    Good job on finding the offending link in your signal chain. While you're reviewing alternate amp choices, allow me to ask how much you know about the speakers you'll be attaching it to. Do you know the model? You said they're probably EV, but what vintage and how much attention has been paid...
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    Need Help: House Lighting not Dimmable

    I will agree with your point. My comments were not specified, but I was referring to the products I assumed a user such as the OP would have access to from big box or local electrical distributors who would be spec'ing products for homes or commercial offices, not so much the kind of...
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    Wire safe?

    In addition to the wires (or socket+wire ass'y) be sure to be careful with the strain relief on the fixture and replace if it's worn or broken, but definately use it, don't omit it from the repair. There's nothing but spring pressure holding the connections between PAR lamp and porcelain and...
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    Need Help: House Lighting not Dimmable

    While the previous posters have hit the high points for the OP: 1) be sure the retrofit can light pucks are in fact dimmable 2) be sure your "cheap DJ" dimming pack has all channels set to 'dim' and not 'nd' or 'switch' 3) if you really want fully controlled, smooth dimming must switch to...
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    Light Rig power

    @Tnewman - just a few things you haven't asked, but I hope you have considered: 1) are you sure you can daisy chain 8 to 12 fixtures together? Read the OEM's spec sheets carefully as all fixtures have a max amperage pass-thru allowance. Just because they're LED doesn't mean you can loop...
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    Hoist Motor Power

    This is why I did say that in any installation outside of an actively running theater-only complex to not ever assume the electrician before you knew or cared about the difference between delta and Wye. You are correct that certain industrial/entertainment generators which are field switchable...
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    Hoist Motor Power

    Ron - hmmm, I not much for pure theoretical so I'll leave that to someone who loves doing math on paper (assuming people still do that?) BUT - I would say that as a motor has voltage decreased it will continue to draw more current until the voltage lowers to a point where the motor stalls at...
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    Hoist Motor Power

    I realize I'm a little late to the party - but a few basic points the OP may find useful looking at company switch type disconnects in the future. 1) if you see 5 cam outs (Blk, Red, Blu, Wht, Grn) it HAS to be WYE (120/208) power - but - but - >>>> whenever working with 3-phase power...
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    Performer Flying System

    I had the same initial reaction, however, if you watch the quick-use video there is an interal metal frame that goes through the top and bottom of the case so the metal rack takes the lifting stress and the plastic case acts more as a container to keep the counter weights aligned and on the...