Hey All, I am new to this forum but I would like to get some input. I am in a my high school drama group. This year we are trying to blow everyone away with a great show (long story and I won't bore you with it) but my high school is small, and we really don't have a budget. So, I'm building our lighting system, which will consist of: (2) moving mirror scanners (color wheel, focus, zoom, RGB individual mixing) (10) Beam (not spot) PAR 38's for strong white beam aimed downward, very quick rise and fall times (for strobing) (3) Static digital projectors- each for screen build into set (1) Digital Projector with moving mirror (X & Y axis) to allow for direction control and aiming. (cheaper than buying many globos and pro- scanner to put them in). Mirror similar to moving-mirror scanner over lens. (?) Various PAR 38's for standard stage lighting. (5) Static color-mixing (color wheel, not gel) PAR 38's (1 for each section) I can make the lighting, it's not a problem. I have already designed the scanners and we have the projectors. The PAR-38's are the ghetto coffee can ones (hey, i do what i can with the budget i have). The one problem I have is that I need LIGHT SOURCES. We don't have the budget to buy Xenon bulbs that would normally be used in the scanners and the 10 beam PAR's that need to strobe. So, I need to know, what kind of bulbs could come close to the brightness but are cheaper? I have got my hands on 2 photoflood bulbs that will give me the brightness I need for the scanners, however they have a life of only 4 hours each. So, after rehearsals, they'll be burned. Bare in mind that the life of the blubs does not have to exceed more than 20 hours. The scanners are only used in the finale (for a total of about 10 minutes). The strobing PAR 38's are used in the finale but they might also be used more. TO SUM UP: What bulbs can I use that have a fast rise and fall time and are very bright, but are not expensive. *To give you an idea of what I mean by Beam PAR 38's, think of the sequence of "Season's of Love" from RENT, where the players are standing across the stage and each has a strong white beam from above on them. That's what we are doing basically doing, except ours have to strobe in the finale (on for about 3 seconds though). The rest of the time, they are solid on.