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boomtomb
11-08-2013, 12:04 PM
A friend gave me (4) PAR can 64 and 2 old school halogen (I'm assuming) dance lights.

I have a minimal light rig some hoping to use these at least until I can afford new LED lights.

My only concern is the heat and how long I can run these things safely and if I need to use any device or switch to limit the run time.

Thanks!

Synaxis
11-08-2013, 02:01 PM
The Par Cans should be able to run continuously without any issue, but the WILL get EXTREMELY hot, and with heat up whatever they are pointed at, enough to melt a cake.

As for the dance lights, try and see if you can find the manuals online, but usually 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off is the standard. You can definitely purchase a switch to cycle them automatically, as well as another switch to flash the Par Cans.

boomtomb
11-08-2013, 03:01 PM
The Par Cans should be able to run continuously without any issue, but the WILL get EXTREMELY hot, and with heat up whatever they are pointed at, enough to melt a cake.

As for the dance lights, try and see if you can find the manuals online, but usually 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off is the standard. You can definitely purchase a switch to cycle them automatically, as well as another switch to flash the Par Cans.

Cool thanks! Anything to look out for when buying one of these switches/dimmers? Any brands to stay away from?

BillESC
11-08-2013, 04:51 PM
A few things to consider. Par 64 cans smallest lamp is 500w and they aren't cheap. You can buy a 64 to 56 reducer ring that will allow you to lamp the fixtures with a 300w Par56 lamp that is about half the cost of the 64's.

Four 500w lamps totally use up a 20 amp circuit whereas four 300's only pull 1200w, about half a circuit.

Gel will also last longer using 300w lamps.

boomtomb
11-08-2013, 08:01 PM
A few things to consider. Par 64 cans smallest lamp is 500w and they aren't cheap. You can buy a 64 to 56 reducer ring that will allow you to lamp the fixtures with a 300w Par56 lamp that is about half the cost of the 64's.

Four 500w lamps totally use up a 20 amp circuit whereas four 300's only pull 1200w, about half a circuit.

Gel will also last longer using 300w lamps.

Is that a pretty noticeable step down in on the amount of light that it gives off?

Thank for for all the advice and info guys.

BillESC
11-08-2013, 09:53 PM
What size venues are you working in? 500w 64's usually trim at 15' or higher.