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Spot Light too bright...

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Chaos is Born, May 6, 2008.

  1. Chaos is Born

    Chaos is Born Active Member

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    Ok, so i'm having an issue with our spot lights being too bright for our space...

    We have spot lights that run at 10000w and in a 237 seat house they are a little overpowering...

    Does anyone have any tips or tricks to bring them down a bit on intensity without using the douser?

    This is for the show Swingtime Canteen and the rest of our stock is 750w ETC units.
     
  2. No X In Nixon

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    Are you sure you're using 10,000w fixtures??
    Sure they aren't 1,000w?
     
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    its an exaggeration, however its what it feels like. I haven't pulled them apart to see what it is. But color temperature wise it feels that way. They are probably more like 2000w or 2500w
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    What model are these spotlights?
     
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    What make and model are they? that would be helpful information. Different spotlight douse via different methods and it would help to know what way your specific spotlight douses before any one can make any really useful reccomendations....
     
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    Ok, so i just pulled the spec sheets from the spots. They are Lycian 1.2 Superstars. so they are actually 1200w lamps.
     
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    ND from a supplier of your choice taped to the front or loaded in the boomerang will be the easiest. Sometimes you can trim the ballast to get a simiuler effect but thats not the easiest way.
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Well, since you DON'T want to use the dowsers, I'd suggest trying some Neutral Density filters. Look at Rosco 97, 397, 98 and 398

    Also, using color correction filters to bring down the color temperature of your spots might help them seem less harsh. Look at the amber and pink gels in the front of a Rosco swatchbook. I will have to see what lamps those spots use in order to figure out what their color temperature is, and thus what gels would work best. Do you know/can you find out what lamps are in your spots?
     
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  9. SerraAva

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    Time to whip out the netural density or some r97/98. That gel will cut the intensity of the light without the need for dimming.
    You might also want to color correct to 3200k to cut some intensity as well and not stand out as much.
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    SerraAva, get out of my brain!
     
  11. Grog12

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    Man everyone hit up the ND before I got here. Total crap.
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    How about some R99?

    (Don't hurt me Derek)
     
  13. Grog12

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    R3802 is a better choice Li' Gaff
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Does that even exist?
     
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    Yes it does.
     
  16. gafftapegreenia

    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Ohhh, tricky one.

    Maybe one day I'll finally get a Cinelux book.
     
  17. Grog12

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    Try the website.
     
  18. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Chaos is Born, have you tried pulling back on the trombone?
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Yea...but with that in his spot I don't think he'd get light out at all.
     
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    And it would be dimmer without using the douser!
     

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