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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by raeraeiam, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. raeraeiam

    raeraeiam Member

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    Does anyone know where you can get 'birdies'? I've heard them called that but I think they are technically Par 16s.. not sure about that though..
    If anyone knows what I'm talking about and can tell me where to find them please post!
     
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    A Birdie by term is a low voltagle version of a PAR 16 fixture. Otherwise more often available is the line voltage - medium screw version of a PAR 20 fixture. Slightly larger but easier to lamp or depend upon.

    Both are available from just about any theatrical supply service, though the actual birdy might be a little more hard to find these days.
     
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    There a down graded version of the par 16? How much usable light do they produce?
     
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    So ship...why is a birdie called a birdie? Doesn't look like a bird. I'm sure you have some background on it. Same with the Inkies (save the comment on my name...)
     
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    Think golf ('one under par'). Some of us old timers used to call them 'LPs' for 'little par cans'.

    I have no clue what Inkies refers to, unless it is slang for incandescent.

    -jjf
     
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    That makes so much sense, I think you have clarified the entire existence of the universe for me. (42)


    An Inkie is a small 3" fresnel. I assume their is similar logic for why it is called that?
     
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    Inkie is because of PacMan you goof!

    No, while Stagecraft once discussed in length the development of the "Birdie", I don't remember the advent of the Inkie but it probably has something to do with the movie industry.

    If of help I do remember single contact versions of the Inkie still in constant use. Great help in the dark in a mixed inventory. Twist a dual contact into a single contact base and it would not work. Screw a single contact lamp into a dual contact newer base and you had an explosion as it were.

    Useful light? if in need to ask this question....

    The about max spread of a say PAR 20 can would be about 40 degrees I expect. Go to TMB or Thomas's webstiets and see if they have specs listed.

    As for useful light, lots of it over that of a PAR by way of soft light and was.
     
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    check out ebay they always have usefull stuff
     

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