I do mostly wedding lighting and often have several hours to set up, on bigger jobs I have the day prior to setup and do a light test. My obstacles/goals: - Speed simplicity and versatility are key. -Mostly static, no shows per se -Power limitations at venues -abhor extra lenses and changing parts and pieces -White fixtures are easier to blend in So I did some research and testing and realized that all LED would be nice, cost is an issue. All conventional is more versatile yet power hungry. What to do... I have had some issues with some Earlier LED fixtures namely the Elation Octopod 80's. All carry signal and power in the same cable with a quasi m/f connector with screw collar. All 8 fixtures home run to a controller, DMX controls it. If I want to run uplighting along a ballroom wall, say 10ft apart, I need to run a separate cable to each fixture, meaning the closer to the controller I get i end up with 8 separate cables in a big bundle! Annoying and a pain to rig.(I could go on). Same with Color Kinetics color blasts ( much better light) but same situation with the cables. Also limits versatility( difficult to run light to different areas with same control/power supply unit). I am playing with some Chauvet Colorado 1's and love the fact that the power supply is in the fixture and is daisy chainable both DMX and edison but at 800.00 per fixture it adds up quick. I am using Martin CX10's for tent/room ceiling wash, dance floor and band and am really liking them, the zoom, focus, wash, color palette and Gobos are usually within the range I am looking for. (decent preset programs, two or three on a dance floor gives enough movement, pattern, color for a samll venue. I love the versatility of Source4's and looking at the ETC S4 zoom jr. static gobos, wash, spot, gel color for me even with a 375 lamp I can do quite a bit with these. I also am looking at the PARnel, seems to have a bad rap here, It sounds like a viable option to me mostly for wash. I get most of my gear from rental houses but looking to stock my own good complement of equipment so I don't have to rent and it's my gear. Wow long post! Anyway, any thoughts suggestions or input as to something regarding any of these would be appreciated.