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Stage Right Flexible LED Music Light for Phantom Powered XLR Ports
Stop getting lost in the dark looking for ports or switches on your studio equipment with this Flexible LED Music Light from Monoprice!
This music light is for phantom powered XLR ports. It features eight long lasting LEDs and shines brighter than traditional incandescent lighting. The light is attached to an 11" flexible gooseneck which makes it ideal for any space or scenario. It has male XLR pins so it requires a phantom powered Female XLR port.
PROS: Works perfect for lighting the gain pots on my DL1608
PROS: Very solid, good ouput, perfect to be used on a lectern.
CONS: CAN'T BE USED ON A MIXER AND POWERED BY THE PHANTOM POWER.
PROS: Well Built, Not Flimsy, Easy To Use, Adequete Light, Uses any Standard Mic XLR Jack Equipped with Phantom Power
PROS: Easy to order, shipping was one day ahead of time, the product is great quality especially for the price.
CONS: Too many items at Monoprice at great prices. The wife is going to ban me from this place.
Would recommend this product to all live sound users
PROS: .easy to use and store
very bright and covers area well
Next I tested it with powering the light by phantom power. There are some things you should know about phantom power: the quality of the transformer in the mixer determines current therefore affected light output. Unfortunately, most mixers have a basic transformer that doesn't provide much current (more on that later). Low current equals low light output. On lower-end to mid-range mixers, they don't provide enough current to power the light above a faint glow. In short...useless.
I tried it on a high end mixer and the output was much improved but I don't know how it would have affected the amount of power to the other outputs to power your microphones.
Here is the kicker. This light uses about 100mA of power. While not much, phantom power is only rated for 14mA. This light severely overloads the phantom power transformers and will burn them out. If you have other devices requiring phantom power, this light will sap up the available current.
Good idea guys, but poorly executed.
PROS: Durable, Price, Bright (in certain circumstances)
CONS: Light requires way more power than XLR Phantom power is designed to provide. Light output is spot only, not flood. Does not conform to standard XLR console power socket wiring.