07-06-2013 08:48 PM
Anyone ever used some basic work lights (like these) for blinders on the cheap? I'd like to pick up two to use at a show this weekend since they're really cheap...I don't think it would be too big of a deal. They would be set up on a switch pack. Thoughts?
07-06-2013 09:05 PM
07-07-2013 05:02 AM
They work great. As suggested, look for the black ones. I got a pair of black 250 watters at Lowe's a while back and they work great. I'd stick to 250 watt units for current draw, heat, and to not blind the audience *too* much. The ones that I got had a yoke between the light and the base that I was able to put a clamp on to.
07-07-2013 03:10 PM
07-07-2013 09:22 PM - edited 07-07-2013 09:23 PM
Well, you can always get both 250 and 500 watt lamps for your fixtures. And to be honest, I just used (2) 1500W blinders and (3) 575W blinders for a concert in a venue I work for recently (brought in the extra 1500 watt units for an extra big show). The audience was about 600. The (3) 575W units are fine for the usual 150-300 audience size. It should also be noted that those are about 15' at least vertically from the audience's eyes, and another 5 or so feet back - so it's not a short distance - probably 17 to 50 feet to the binders for the audience.
If you're gonna have at least 200 people, go for the 500s if you've got the power. Just make sure to try them on yourself first. My rule is that you have to squint or close your eyes when you punch the blinders, it's too much.
I've used work lights for frontlight before, and it really looks like crap. Complete wash out, and it's so wide that you can see everything on stage, on the sides, all of the cables and gear that you can hide with even moderate beam control. Just get some cheapo PAR38 cans with 120 watt lamps in them. 2 or 3 per side should be fine. You could even rent them if you won't use them that much.
07-08-2013 06:40 AM
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