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Mirror Ball Help

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by adude23, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. adude23

    adude23 Active Member

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    Hi there i was wondering if anyone could tell me weather a mains powered mirror ball moter could be plugged into to a dimmer and be controlled via the desk also anyone know where to get cheap mirror balls/motors as i am looking around at the moment
    cheers
    ~adude~
     
  2. Grog12

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    If you set a profile on the dimmer as non-dim yes you can but its not good for the motor of the mirror ball. Most of us would suggest against it.

    Try Spencers/Wal-Mart/Target
     
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    I agree 100% with Grog. Most things that need constant power do not like to be on dimmers, even with a "non-dim" profile.

    ~Dave
     
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    bobgaggle Well-Known Member

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    Since I'm a novice in lighting, is it possible to route the power around the dimmer entirely and essentially have a wall outlet that's controlled by the light board? The signal from the machine would just open or close a circuit. Or does the board control power only through the dimmer? does that make any sense or am I way off base?
     
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    For mirror balls and stobes on stage, we build a really simple 3 switch box that just plugged into the wall and had 3 edison outs, one from each switch. we needed an operator in the wing for it, but it was a simple way to fix a pesky problem. I'm sure if you had the motivation, you could make the cord long enough so you could control it from the booth:grin:

    Otherwise, you could always get a dmx controlled switch pack(the kind that dj's use).
     
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    No you are making sense. These have a DMX512 decoder in them which turns a relay, controlling the output power, on and off. Chauvet makes some of their 4 chanell dimmers have this non-dim capability built-in eg Chauvet
    Chauvet

    Doug Fleenor design makes them eg Doug Fleenor Design - 1 Ch. Line Voltage

    Lot's of people make them. Some people just make the boards with no cases so you build them into your own design.
     
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    If you're running ETC Sensors they have a non-dim switch and a constant power module for their racks.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Here's the least expensive DIY option we've found: Velleman K8072.
     
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    Also, American DJ makes a mirror ball motor that has dmx. Best part is that it also had a couple outlets built in so you could run a couple pin spots off it as well. American DJ Homepage
     
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    In a emergency just add a dummy load like a 100 watt+ lamp on the same dimmer and just run the dimmer up to full and it will work fine just do not run it at a lower level as synchronous motors don't like chopped waveforms.
     
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    I work with those ANNOYING mirror balls a lot. I think I will try the dummy load next time b/c we have lots of trouble with our motor not working well. I have gotten it to work though and it can be done with simply a edison to stagepin (or twistloc) adaptor, but I would not reccomend as it is not good for the motor.
     

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