I'm going out on long limb. I'm going to recommend MR16
Our problem, and a problem common to any flying cyc light
pipe, is if you don't have depth, you don't have coverage with open faced units.
T3 series Cyc
Lights, of which Coda
's, Sky Cycs, C-Tran's, etc
.. are part of a family of fixtures that work really, really well when the pipe they hang on is 6-8ft from the drop
. Further is better, especially when you can lamp to 2kw or so.
In this scenario, the coverage from these units is terrific.
It's when you don't have the depth that T3 units fall short. When you get inside 5 ft or so, and note that the height of the cyc
is VERY critical, you can't get top to bottom even coverage. With shorter drops, you can get closer.
We had an original set of Strand
T3 lamp Cyc
Lights - by original, I mean they were designed for glass filter ONLY. The distance of cyc light
pipe (#5 electric
) to cyc
was 4 ft. The coverage was the top 10-12 ft. of a 30 ft. high cyc
. Our ground row
fixtures (just as old) covered the bottom thitd, leaving a 10 ft horizontal hole in the middle.
We changed to a set of L&E 6ft/ MR16
fixtures, 6 across in spot lamps, hung below 6 across in flood lamps. All in 3 circuit
. We use 75w lamps all across (10 per circuit
) with 12x2.4 dimmers for 3 - 9,000 watt
The strips are ALWAYS used with Rosco
R104 linear diffusion and/or the R124/125/126/127 series diffused colors. The strips typically hang 2-4 ft from Cyc
We have never had a complaint in 20 years of use, as to the lack of even coverage and/or intensity
, and these units put out a wash
that we would need a set of 2kw SkyCycs (or whatever the C-Tran version was at the time - Far Cyc
's ?) at 8ft. depth to duplicate (I know this as we' tried it). That setup was 8 fixtures across a 40ft. wide cyc
, PER WASH
, which totalled out to 48kw for 3 color washes. It was a little bit
brighter and even then the MR16
's, but not much and used a LOT more dimmers.