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Lighting iMac

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by deadlygopher, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. deadlygopher

    deadlygopher Member

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    For one of our upcoming shows our director wants to have lights inside several iMacs that flash different colors. We're able to gut the computers, but I'm worried about heat from using PAR cans. Any other ideas?
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    LED par cans.
     
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    Spendy.....
    I'll look into it though.
     
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    Birdies, aka MR-16's. They don't put out that much heat.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    I'm talking Chinese knock offs from an online dj store.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    If they don't need to be programmable, just flash colors, [user]phil000[/user]'s favorite place, CoolStuffCheap.com has these. Wire a bunch inside, set the mode, then put them on a nondim.

    Here's a picture (I've since changed it back to regular white G30s):
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    Or, the COLORsplash Jr., PAR38, fully DMX-controllable.
     
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    Just use standard edison base lamps and ceramic bases, I'd think (and junction boxes). Should be more than bright enough to let people know they're lit up. Not to mention computers get really hot--not PAR64 hot, but hot enough so they're engineered to be okay in heat.
     
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    They're only meant to be some shiny flashy color in one scene, so I just want to make sure that we're not going to get a nice burning plastic smell.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    How about a couple of strings of Xmas lights inside each case? That could be cool. You'll probably have to ghost load the dimmer(s).
     
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    Oy, then I'd still go with a simple keyless (har!) ceramic/plastic base and some watt of standard bulb (lamp). Easy as anything to wire up, and especially if its just for flash, I'd think no big worry of overheating. Depends a bit on how long you want them on, for how may watts to use.
     
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    I didn't mean a dimmer, more like a chase controller.
     
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    I'm going to have to second traditional lamps with ceramic bases. An iMac is big enough to fit a variety of sizes and lamps are cheap with a relatively standard base so when you get the inevitable "can't it be brighter?" getting brighter lamps is easy.
     
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    If all else fails, go with rope lights. They usually don't require a ghost load. I have run them countless times off of a standard dimmer.
     

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