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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by saxman0317, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. saxman0317

    saxman0317 Active Member

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    Alrighty folks...
    Ive decided to branch out here latly. I do alot of mixng and DJing around here, most of my mixing on my own terms with the small garage bands and the like. Im looking for a cheap way to do a makeshift semi stationary spot...i dont do lights really, thats where my buddy comes into play, but im doing a pro bono job for one of my buddies to hopefully push him alittle farther into the scene (free advertising?).
     
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    What kind of fixture are you looking for exactly? Small followspot? Narrow beam par can?

    Maybe if you explained what it will be used for, maybe that would help.
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Not exactly sure what you want, but what about buying some used gear:
    www.solarisnetwork.com
     
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    BillESC Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    < semi stationary spot >

    This statement leads me to believe he's looking for a followspot. The least expensive approach would be a used leko fitted with an iris and handle. You could probably find the components for a little over $ 100.00
     
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    I know when I've needed an extra followspot for a show, I'll grab either a ETC Source 4 or Altman 360Q. I prefer the S4 due to the iris, but the 360Q works too. We actually have an old followspot stand we found and just mounted it to that...with a little luck :) City Theatrical sells handles for S4 lights for a reasonable price so that might be an option (Part # 1360 @ $43.00ea.) This might be an option if you have access to some of these lights. If not check Ebay for them..they can usually be found cheep.
     
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    Well...heres the thing. i dont have an exact use for it yet, mostly as a spot that is easily moved during a show, and im thinking more along the lines of Home Depot since its only for one of my high school buddies basements... I figured id do the guy a favor, and sincei really dont do lights, im just looking for basically a BS set up, which is someplace im not used to coming from, so i was wondering if anyone had any favorites, like a certain flood light from home Depot, or acertan floor lamp from Kohls?
     
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    For basement usage you could use a 200w Par 46 fixture loaded with a narrow lamp. It's light enough to mount to a camera tripod.

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    Around $ 30.00
     
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    Get a cheap clamp lamp, put a par38 spot bulb in it (make sure that it's fitting with the rated wattage & that the bulb will fit in the fixture), and mount it on a tripod. Pop an inline lamp dimmer in if necessary.

    Works great. I've done it before.
     
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    That's what I'm talkin' about. It can be easily adapted to clamp on to a tripod if necessary. That's what i used. And if you do get a PAR38 reflector bulb, you can pick spot or flood bulb, and you can sometimes even get colored bulbs at Lowe's.
     
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    In the Rhodes Club in Grahamstown for the festival last year the venue technicians used a CP-60 in a stubby 64 (that's 'short'). Distance wasn't far (10 - 15m think), beam was angled vertically and the only problem was not burning the op's hands- they bought some cheap oven gloves from somewhere, and had him use one of the two yokes on the thing as a handle.
    Give that a shot.
    I don't think a par 46 or 38 is going to give you enough power to call it a followspot- it'll be washed out by the glow from someone's cigarette or something! :)
     
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    Since the poster is using this in a basement, unless he lives in a castle the distance can't be too far.

    A Par 46 with a 200par/3nsp lamp will deliver a 3' x 4' oval and 325 fc at a distance of 15'.
     

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