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!
A Birdie by term is a low voltagle version of a PAR 16 fixture. Otherwise more often available is the linevoltage - 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.
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.