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Why LED Lighting?

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The advantages of LED lighting:

Why choose professional LED lighting fixtures over conventionals?  Some of the many great advantages are:

Low Power Consumption »

Run a large lighting rig off one standard 20 amp outlet.

Low Heat Output »

LED's don't emit any heat from the front and very little from the rear, keeping performers cool. No heat means as soon as the light is off, it is ready to put away at the end of the show.

Built in DMX and Dimming Control »

No external dimmers required, everything is in the fixture, just hook up power and DMX and you are ready to go.

 

Lighting for Djs

Colors »

With RGB on every fixture, and sometimes even more colors available including white, you can have each fixture almost any color you want at any time.

Weight »

Most LED fixtures are very lightweight. No heavy duty trussing or heavy bars required, no heavy lifting for setup and packing.

Lamp Life »

Rated at 50,000 hours. That's on for over 2,000 days!  You will never have to re-lamp a fixture and the bulbs are not vibration or impact sensitive (up to a point!) so no more shattered glass.

 

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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Welcome to Performance Led Lighting!

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Performance LED Lighting is the online source for Blizzard Lighting.


Performance LED Lighting provides an easy-to-use website that simplifies the purchase of Blizzard Lighting LLC products. With a fully documented product manuals, fixtures profiles and the latest news from the industry, Performance LED Lighting.com is a one stop shop for all your LED lighting requirements.

 

Performance LED Lighting's selection of Blizzard Lighting products is unmatched.

Thinking LED Lighting?

Think Performance LED Lighting!

 

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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DMX and LED Lighting Basics - A no brainer

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So, you have decided that it's time to start looking into enhancing the visual aspect of your performance.  LED lighting is the no brainer choice these days.  The fixtures draw very little power for their brightness, generate almost no heat, are lightweight, never require re-lamping, and plain just look cool.  And to boot, they require no separate dimmers to control.

DMX-512-lighting


Let's go through the setup of a simple yet very impactful basic stage lighting setup using 2 fixtures.  When lighting performers, it is usually done from at least two angles to provide depth and interest.  For this example, we will use both front lighting and back lighting.  The front will light up faces etc. and the back lighting will provide “eye candy” for the audience.  For this example, let's use 2 Colorstorm 252s for both the rear lighting and  front lighting.  There are many ways you can mount them, including stands, truss, and just placing them on speakers or the floor.  First thing you will need will be power to the fixtures.  

The Colorstorms at full brightness will only draw about 20 watts each, so it is just fine to put it on the same circuit as the sound gear, so no worries there.  You can then power them up, and go to the rear panel to set them to automatic, or automatic with sound active.  I won't go into specifics here on how to program them, but it is very simple and clearly detailed in the product manual.  Automatic mode will step through preset programs with control over speed etc.  The sound active mode uses an internal microphone in the fixture so that the light will respond directly to the music or sound that is present.  Another way to go is to get a inexpensive hardware DMX controller and make your own “looks” or “scenes” and trigger them by the controller, and in some cases via a footswitch.  For this setup, you will require 2 'DMX” cables to connect both lights and the controller together.  

DMX cables are very similar to microphone cables, although the cable itself is a specific type designed to carry digital signals, unlike a mic cable that is designed to carry analog signals.  In a very simple system with short runs of cable, a microphone cable will work, but in a more complex system, you will want to stick with certified DMX cables to eliminate the possibility of a system freak out in the middle of a show.  So, we will connect one fixture to another, the front fixtures DMX out jack to the rear fixtures DMX in jack.  Then, connect the controller's DMX out jack to the front lights DMX in jack.  DMX works by assigning “channels” to different functions on a fixture.  For example, on the colorstorms, in 3 channel mode, channel 1 controls the RED, channel 2 controls the GREEN and channel 3 controls the BLUE.           

On you controller, you move a slider or knob up or down for each one of these color channels, and then set you look or scene into a memory position on the controller.  Then, when you want to recall that look, you would hit the corresponding button that calls up that scene.  This way you can program many different scenes, and change them with the press of  a button.  There are many options as far as fixtures, where to mount them, controllers etc. That's the basics of getting a very simple light show happening.  Stay tuned for more entries dealing with more complex setups as well as some of the latest products from Blizzard and others.

 

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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Gig Report: The Flurry Wash

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I (Matt) play keyboards in a cover band here in Atlanta called The Potentials.  Some would call it a “Dad” band, but since not all of us have kids, and some aren't even married (yet), we are more of a part time “professional” band.  We don't gig out too often, because our schedules don't really allow doing it every weekend, so when we put on a show we like to go all out.  Here's where LED lighting and the Flurry wash come in.  Right now, our lighting rig consists of 4 t bars on tripod stands.  The fronts have 8x generic LED Par 64s per side, plus 4x LED 38s and 4x white LED 36s.  The rears have 4x LED strip style fixtures, along with 4x LED scanners, plus 4x par 38s.

We were on a fairly small stage, although we are a bit excessive with the number of people we have in the band – 6.  We manage to squeeze on and put on a fun show.  On this gig, I decided to use the new Blizzard Lighting Flurries along the sides for floor lighting.

 

Flurry Spot LED's

 

I will tell you this, these things are BRIGHT compared to most fixtures in their price range, moving or not!  Many presets I had to throttle them down to 50% so they didn't blast out the rest of the stuff.  Of course that just means I will have to start upgrading some of the other fixtures with some more brighter Blizzard fixtures!  Anyway, they looked great, with some nice defined beams coming up through the fog and smoke in the bar.

I tried a new controller setup with this show and it worked out better than I had hoped.  Previously, I had controlled presets using a MIDI foot pedal, sending MIDI to a hardware DMX controller.  This time I upgraded to DMXIS, a software based controller, and changed my presets using a Korg Nano Pad mounted on the keyboard.  I hit buttons with my left hand and kept playing with my right most of the time.  Pretty much nailed a blackout at the end of every song.  Got a lot of compliments on the lighting for this show.  I had the flurries doing a lot of moving during presets, and there were a few times in the show they were programmed to highlight certain performers, which worked out great.  I think if we play this small of a stage again, I may elevate them somehow or just put them on one of the T-bars so they are a little more visible directly.  There is a huge wow factor to moving head lights, and at the price that the Flurries are at, almost anyone can afford a pair for their setup.

Below are some stills that I took during sound check.  You can see the Flurries on the floor next to the keyboard.

 

Stage LED Lights

 

Flurry LED Lights

 

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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The Flurry Wash

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Ahh, the Flurry!  Love these little guys.

Wanted to share some little tips on programming these moving head LED lights effectively.  I currently use a software/hardware combo called DMXIS (that hopefully we will carry someday too)  which runs on a PC or Mac computer.  I prefer a software solution for programming lighting, because it is much more flexible and in this case, easier.  One of the things you will discover with moving head LED lights is the time it takes for the head to actually move into the position you want.

 

Flurry Wash LED Light

There will be a little lag time if the fixture is in a “resting” position before moving to it's final position.  You can solve this a little by creating presets that have a finishing position close to the next presets starting position, so the light doesn't have to move very much.  In the current rig configuration, I am using 4 flurries on the floor as side lighting.  In most presets, I want them  to mirror each other.  In order for them to move properly, I have the stage right fixtures set up as normal, and the stage left fixtures turned around backwards and the Pans set to inverted mode.

This allows you to have the same channel values on one side as the other, so you can get precise, repeatable moves and resting positions.  If you keep the stage left fixtures facing forward and not inverted, the lights have to do a full circle to get into position to “mirror” the fixtures on stage right, which of course looks silly, because it takes twice as long for them to get in position as do the stage rights.  This will also apply to tilt functions if you have lights mounted right side up and upside down on a truss.  Stay tuned for more reports on this fixture as well as the other Blizzard lineup soon.

 

Performance LED lighting carries the fixtures you need for a amazing light show. If you need assistance with selecting a system or fixtures, drop us a line and we would be more than happy to help. Send us an email on your LED Lighting needs.

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