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Sam Pearce
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Hello, I just noticed these new lamps that are LED, they fit into a regular Edison socket, so they would be ideal for my PAR38's I plan to add to my show.

Currently I run 8 PAR56 lights (two stands of four) and also two Martin scanners.
As is, I have problems with older venues, and over-riding the circuits. Since I want to add four more PAR38's, I was thinking these bulbs would work best because of the power situation.

Has anyone used these?
My main concern are how bright they would be... any ideas?

Sam Pearce
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Dear Sam Pearce,

sad to say but the page you linked was not available some moments ago. But I know a lot of LED stage lighting devices. It is important to see the LED lighting with your own eyes. The colours are different compared with tungsten bulbs, especially white always looks colder and somewhat artificial (because it is made from Red, Green and Blue or Blue with some phoshorecent material in the LED). The LED lamps need less electric power, but of course are not as bright as normal lamps - therefore it is necessary to test them yourself - you certainly will need more lamps, but still will save energy.

Kai Abrell
Michael Taggert
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An alternate would be to ditch the Par56's for par4 juniors They use less power and give more light and are not that expensive.
Believe you then that I do strange things
jamie j
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We were provided with two multi-coloured LED lighting "banks" (blocks of maybe 500 LED's that were a mixture of different colours and could be mixed, etc, to provide any coloured light) and most of the time we ended up not using them because of how incredibly bright they were (i.e. if a performer looked at them they would be blinded for the next 5 minutes) but they didn't actually provide much light for the audience, compared to the output of something like a Parcan.

The major problem was with performers such as jugglers, diablo artists, etc, who used a lot of hand-eye coordination and so on, as the lights would blind them rendering them unable to see what they were trying to catch. As abrell said, you would need to see them working yourself before you decide to use them in a production of yours, to see whether or not they would be appropriate.

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