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Volleyball poles as trees

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Russell Reed, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Russell Reed

    Russell Reed Member

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    I was wondering how people feel about using volleyball poles as trees to hang 5-6 led source 4s each. In my mind it is a good idea, but will it be too much weight?

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    josh88 Remarkably Tired. Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    I'd be worried about how thick the wall of that pipe is. How are you hanging them? c clamps?
     
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    Amiers Lighting Phoenix 1 Lamp at a Time

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    Yeah he thickness would play a factor. Those Source 4s are about 15lbs a piece Sooo you are looking at some weight of you don’t stagger them.

    If you are side hanging them and not using a tree then be prepared to have to get Pipe protectors too.

    Then just sandbag the base and dress it and whala.

    My last in a pinch tree was a double piped tv stand for a 55” tv cause the truss rented was to late for the space.
     
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    Are they the kind that socket into the floor or are they on a boom base?
     
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    I believe an S4LED with clamp, barrel, lens tube, and power cord is more like 25 pounds. ETC lists the S4 with all those things; the S4LED without. 150 pounds at the top better have a very heavy base.
     
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    Guess I’ve been lifting them so much they felt 15 lol. Does the light engine really add that much more. Haven’t used them yet.
     
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    I'm not finding my note but thought I just went through the exercise of data sheets from online at ETC of a 36 degree S4 and S4LED. I had to hunt for the lens tube weight IIRC. Again. IIRC, 14 vs 24 or 25. I've been designing longer arbors and/or bigger motors for electrics. Yes - some less distro - but still more weight I believe- unless you ascribe to the notion of needing fewer LEDs than tungsten units with gel. I figure some LD will fill the batten with whatever they can someday and I don't want the call they can raise it.
     
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    Amiers Lighting Phoenix 1 Lamp at a Time

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    A good LD will take advantage of less is more with a few specials.
     
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    Assuming mounting to the top of the poles, and the above notes, can you find a aluminum or steel pipe sleeve that will fit inside especially or with work in mounting, outside the pipe of the net pipe?

    A stable mounting able to hang the lights first is in question. Than assumes the pipe for the net with it's stresses is over designed to both carry a game loading, and a top loading of it's pole for weight.

    No matter how many sand bags added though it is going to wiggle. Boom based lights near the net perhaps would be a better choice.
     
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    How tall is the upright? How much does the base and upright weigh individually? I can run some quick calcs based on that info and offer an opinion.

    Ethan
     
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