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Christopher Starr
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Anyone have any experience with these? I am wondering if they would wash the front of my small stage area as well as regular portable pars with gels? I'd like to switch to these so I could forget about gels, and I understand that they are naturally low watt and operate way cooler.

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I have a good bit of experience with LED lights, both pars and moving head. They don't have the throw length of a conventional fixture, and you cant put a gobo in the moving head styles, which are really the only major drawbacks. You are right about the lower wattage and operating temperatures which is always a plus. As far as gels go, there are some LED par cans that require the use of a gel and others that do not. the ones you don't need to gel are much more expensive ($300-$2,500 range) but do offer RBG or CMY color mixing. I personally prefer the CMY color mixing over RBG.

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Christopher Starr
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Thanks for the reply Dave.

For an act working small meeting areas, what would you suggest (brands) for lighting? Can these RBG LED fixtures produce a white light? Or should I mix say 2 white LED pars with 2 RBGs?

Thanks,
Chris
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Yes, they can produce white light as well as any other color you could possibly dream up. How long of a throw length do you want and at what intensity?

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We use LED par cans for truss warmers. They work great, run on DMX, have built in dimmers and only use 30 watts of power. The white is muddy and leaves much to be desired, but they are great for darker, rich colors.


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DAVE_ATLAS
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Chris,

This seems to be about what you're looking for. the price is pretty good too. http://stagelightingstore.com/store/item......Can.html

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I've programmed them for a nightclub. Worked really nice for style.

I agree about the white being off. I prefer incadescent white, but you really don't want to use white anyhow.
Christopher Starr
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Currently, I am using a couple of Chauvet Par 56 trees, four cans in front, stage left & right, for some lighting enhancement on provate party gigs. I was wondering if these LED pars had the same kind of comparable throw that those standard little pars do?
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It depends, you can get LED pars that do have that sort of throw length. I have attached a link to one I use fairly often below. The smaller ones I posted above do not. They have more of a par 34ish sort of throw.

It also depends on the saturation of color. A dark blue will obviously not have the throw of a peach or a light *** amber. So that will also affect the throw length/falloff

Here is that other par that I have used before. Great product, a little on the pricey side thoe.

http://www.prosound-dj.com/prolight-led-......b928583c

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Dave gives some great advice here -
Although the LED technology is going places, the destination is not really clear -
As a wash light, they are GREAT when the throws is not that far -
I suggest looking into the LED fixtures that are using the larger diode - 1W
They are more expensive but the are also brighter.
When the technology comes around where one will be able to focus an LED, then applications other than truss warmers and "scenic" lighting will become more of the norm.
Christopher - If you are still interested, I ( as I'm sure many other on the board ) can steer you in the right direction for a LED set up right for your application.
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