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Stage Lighting - Par Cans - Need some advice
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b_dann_b
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Hi All,

i'm looking to get into lighting and want to get a set of 8 or so LED Par Cans. Need some advice and this is what i know so far:

- Cheap chinese i'm staying away from
- RGBA/W leds seem to be a better experience but come at a cost
- the par size (58, 64, etc) determine the diameter of the can and the wash/spot spread.... is there much of a difference from 58 to 64?
- slim par or full?
- any particular brands that people recommend?

i'm looking for something that works all round as both up wash for back drop and/or something i can put on light stands and use either above the performer or pointing at the audience so FX if that makes sense.

Any thoughts/ideas/comments welcome.

thanks in advance.
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sjc193
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check out this thread i started a couple months ago.

http://forumsarchive.presonus.com/posts/list/35927.page

I ended up going with the Blizzard Puck FAB 5's and they are REALLY bright (but dimmable) and can give you any color imaginable. I just got 2 and a software DMX controller so I can run them with my iPad, over time I'll keep adding to the collections. Unfortunately one of my FAB5's started smoking a couple weeks ago when I plugged it in, but there is a 2 year warranty. Be sure to get a nice case or something for your new lights as they are a bit fragile and I was just tossing them in the van with a bunch of other stuff and it probably just rattled around in there enough to cause the issue.

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DJIceman97
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I recommend the Fab5's as well. Get them thru a reputable dealer. I purchased 16 of them. Unfortunately, one has a bad DMX panel (buttons wont work), and a second went up in smoke on me during set up Friday night. It was an older unit though, so it may have suffered the issues they had that delayed them for so long... But for the price, you can't beat them, they are EXTREMELY bright. I've also used them as uplights, and they look absolutely awesome.




b_dann_b
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thanks for the reply guys, much appreciated. tried looking into blizzard, but no OZ distributors. have contacted them for info...still waiting.
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