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    A lot of fixtures I'm seeing now are offering rgb+uv instead of rgba/w. What's the point? Does the uv help at all with color mixing, as do the amber or white? Or is it just because of the fluorescence kick?
    Eschew Obfuscation.

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    It is another color to the palette. Will allow you to create more colors and hues.
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    Bill Cronheim
    Entertainment Systems Corporation
    Back stage since 1965
    Equipment specialist since 1973

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    • #3
      More versatile than amber or white?
      Eschew Obfuscation.

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      • #4
        No. The current best choice would be 6 in 1 diodes - RGBAW+UV
        Thanks,
        Bill Cronheim
        Entertainment Systems Corporation
        Back stage since 1965
        Equipment specialist since 1973

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        • #5
          The UV in any of the current multi-chip LEDs isn't really so much UV as it is deep indigo. It doesn't flouresce things as well as actual UV light. The current hex-chip fixtures (RGBAW+UV) mostly look like ass; all of the ones that I've seen have poor homogenization and lots of color shadowing. I would stay away until the technology gets there. I think that the best option right now is RGBA or RGBAW fixtures. The amber really gives you a lot of additional colors that you can't get in just RGB space.
          Professional Moving Light Technician and Lighting Director
          Author of the Basic Band Lighting Guide

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          • #6
            Originally posted by soundlight View Post
            The UV in any of the current multi-chip LEDs isn't really so much UV as it is deep indigo. It doesn't flouresce things as well as actual UV light. The current hex-chip fixtures (RGBAW+UV) mostly look like ass; all of the ones that I've seen have poor homogenization and lots of color shadowing. I would stay away until the technology gets there. I think that the best option right now is RGBA or RGBAW fixtures. The amber really gives you a lot of additional colors that you can't get in just RGB space.

            Man you can say that again! I have 8 pars with RBGW and I use a friends system with RBGA. The latter has wonderful warm yellows & ambers, but the RBGW just can't produce nice yellows. Granted, these are $50 Chinese lights, but they work well. My friends lights are $80 each and don't have any fans (no noise).

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            • #7
              While they don't have the output of an old fashioned bulb, they do make whites pop....a little. Where they seem to shine (pun intended) is when added to other colors. They seem to add a little "pop." I just picked up some Marq gamut pars and they is a big difference when compared to my old RGBA lights.
              Last edited by Bugzie; 11-06-2016, 08:52 AM.

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