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Stage Right Super-Bright, 12-watt x 7 LED PAR Stage Light (RGBAW-UV)
Add an extremely bright PAR light capable of delivering Amber, White, and Ultraviolet light, in addition to the standard Red, Green, and Blue using this Super-Bright 12-watt x7 LED PAR StageLight from Monoprice!
This PAR light features 7 super-bright 12-watt LEDs, each of which is capable of producing Red, Green, Blue, Amber, White, and Ultraviolet light. The colors can be mixed in any combination to produce the exact shades you desire.
The light has several basic built-in program abilities, such as fade, strobe, color changing, and sound activation modes. Additionally, it features 68 presets/programs, which can be activated to produce specific color washes, as well as several color changing programs. In addition to the built-in modes, it has the capability of responding to DMX signals using 3, 6, 8, 10, or 11 channels. Several basic and programmable nodes allows you to produce smooth fades at speeds slower than real-time.
A white balance mode allows you to adjust the overall tint of the light produced by having all LED colors on. You can adjust how much of each individual color element is allowed to be displayed. When enabled, the White Balance function effects the overall light output. So, for example, if you set the Red light brightness value to 000 (no brightness), you will not see any red in any of the light produced by this fixture, even if using a preset program or directly accessing the red color.
It features pass-through connectors for both power and the DMX signal, so you can easily daisy-chain up to 32 lights together. The power connection uses the locking NAC3 connector for additional safety.
|LEDs||7 RGBAWV 6-in-1 12-watt LEDs|
|Control Signal||DMX512, Master/Slave, auto-run|
|Control Modes||Stand-alone, DMX, Master/Slave, Sound Activated|
|# of DMX Channels||3, 6, 8, 10, or 11|
|Beam Angle||25°, 45°|
|Refresh Rate||1.5 kHz|
|Built-in Presets||68 presets|
|Cooling Mode||Fan cooling|
|Life Expectancy||50000 ~ 100000 hours|
|Input Voltage||100 ~ 264 VAC, 47 ~ 63 Hz|
|Power Consumption||84 watts maximum|
|Anti-Electricity Intension||1.5 kV|
|Insulation Resistance||> 2 megohms|
|Dimensions||6.9" x 4.7" x 7.4" (176 x 120 x 188 mm)|
|Weight||5.1 lbs. (2.3kg)|
|Lux Values for Each Color at Distance|
PROS: Lightweight, compact , outer casing is heavy duty steel. Plenty of color options. Colors are nice deep ,but Super Bright like they say, unlike cheaper LEDs I own. They do have option to limit the brightness.
Lots of complements from the crowd.
CONS: Two of the twelve I ordered were D.O.A. Monoprice replaced those no problem. Just hope that doesn't mean that they have issues with shipping or more specifically traveling in our bumpy trailer.
Its manual controls are very easy to use if you want or need to run these as standalone (not DMX-controlled) lights. You can choose from 64 preset color combinations, select individual levels for each of the 6 colors, or choose different fade/flash effects. It even remembers your settings if it loses power, and immediately uses the preset you last used when powered back up.
PROS: Very solidly built. Thick glass/polycarbonate diffuser lenses in front of LEDs. Has dual adjustable brackets AND rubber feet to use it for uplights against a wall. Many useful manual and DMX-controlled presets. Very low power consumption. Fan is barely audible, and can't be heard more than a few feet away. The Powercon cable is much easier to insert and remove than other lights' IEC-style power connectors. Comes with a NEMA5-15P-to-Powercon(blue 16A) power cable, so you DON'T need to buy a separate Powercon adapter cable to use this unit. You can daisy chain 8 or more of these off one power feed if you have Powercon chaining cables (grey-to-blue). High PWM switching frequency, so they don't flicker on video when dimmed (unless you're running higher than 1/500sec shutterspeed/angle). Highly adjustable color spectrum.
CONS: Projected beam has soft edges, much like a BR30 spotlight (brightest area of projected light is about 25 degrees wide, with usable light up to 45 degrees), but the brightest area is in the center of the beam. It would be nice to have different diffuser lenses available, to make it project a "flatter" light.
The light flashes at full BRIGHT-WHITE when power is first applied. There's a very noticeable step in brightness between levels below 10, and the lowest level (1) is still fairly brigh the selected-level-to-perceived-brightness curve seems smooth only on the bright end of the scale.
The unit works great. I set it up with about a 10' to 12' (3.0 to 3.6 meters) distance from floor (approximately where the Youth room ceiling height will be).
It gives a great, even spread of the light, diffuses well, no artifacts or off-balance issues. Colors are even and bright. The dimming range 100% to 0% works great, non Pop, dropout, or flicker (thanks to the 1.5 KHz refresh rate). It supports 3, 6, 8, 10, or 11 channels, with additional features as you select more channels, with the trade-off you are eating up more channels per light if you want them separated (I use the 10 channel currently, but may drop to 8 as I do not really need sound response as a channel). All the House lights will be set to either the same channel (for mimicking) or maybe two set of channels.
Not part of this device specifically, but I am using a software package called "FreeStyler" to do the DMX controlling. This is a great first package as it is Free, just a bit limited (that's why it is free). Stepping up from there and you have to purchase other solutions. I use a USB to DMX pigtail cable from my laptop (DMXKing is what I am using. Watch out for the real cheap ones).
Finally, while I know some do not like the Neutrik Powercon connector on the unit (kind of expensive), since it locks in (they are a twist-style locking mechanism) ensures that they will not work itself out over time.
If I were to be critical about anything, it would be that MonoPrice does not
A) offer Powercon cables in varying lengths (or any lengths)
B) They do not offer a USB to DMX pigtail solution (they offer terminators though :/ )
C) They do not offer true DMX cables (Yes, they have XLR cables, but those are really designed for audio and, do not have the proper wire twist that a true DMX cable does). And yes, I have used an XLR cable to "test" with, and it works. It is just that your mileage may vary in a dense installation (as oppose to 1 or 2 lights w/ a terminator. You do have a terminator on the last light in the string, right?)
I've ordered a bunch more of these and will review again when I have all of the units set up and fully installed as house lights..
PROS: Bright, very responsive, Double Yoke with good clearance, bright light, great response range, great price.
CONS: None so far with the unit, Monoprice should offer the additional cables for purchase (see full review)
While there is a cooling fan, it's so quiet that I can't imagine a situation where it will be a problem.
They have power pass-though but it's powercon, so you'll need those cables (or adapters) if you want to daisy-chain them. Not a big minus but be aware of it.
PROS: Bright, small, quiet, double yoke plus feet
Check out my video review.
PROS: Small (compact)
RGB A W and UV (UV is quite good)
Decent field... The hotspot is a good 25% and the overage is around 45%
Great bang for the buck
CONS: Does have a fan, but so quiet that even at 3' from the unit... We didn't notice until we all got quiet.
PROS: -EXTREMELY bright (will blind you if looking into them)
-Tons of color options
-Lots of presets (which show you how to achieve the color you want if you are programming these in DMX)
-Strobe capabilities with colors
CONS: -None so far
I compared this light to a Altman PAR-38 stage light fixture with a 250 watt halogen bulb, measuring the output with a light meter. The light spread is similar in both fixtures, but the PAR-38 is more even - the LED is a little "lumpy", with overlapping bright spots generated by each emitter.
Starting with just the white LED, it's about 1/3 the brightness of the PAR-38, and the light's a little on the cool side around 5000K, I would guess. With all the LEDs on, the light output is about 2/3 of the PAR-38, and a bit warmer (around 4000K). By blending some blue or amber, you can adjust the white color temperature over a wide range, and the fixture has a setting to lock in the color temperature that you want (but you may loose some brightness).
Going through the colors, the red LED is about half the brightness of the PAR-38 with a primary red gel filter. Moving to green, the LED is starting to pull even brightness is about the same as the PAR-38 with a primary green gel. When you get to blue, the LED shows its strength - it's about twice as bright as the PAR-38 with a primary blue gel, and the LED color is a much purer blue than the PAR-38.
The fixture also has a sound activated mode, but the sound needs to be pretty loud to get it to work right, so it may not be very useful unless it's very close to a speaker.
The only thing missing from this fixture to make it really great is an accessory slot for gels (a little diffusion gel would even out the light) and barn doors.
PROS: Bright for the price, lots of modes, full color capability including black light.
CONS: Lacks an accessory holder for gels and barn doors
You cannot see any light flickering due to the refresh rate at 1.5kHz (a huge step up from the little brother version at 400Hz). On other name brand lights that I have, you can see LED flicker very easily if you are near the low output of the LED due to a lower refresh rate. With this light, you cannot. I am also hoping that higher 1.5kHz switching frequency does not interfere as much with sensitive electronics on the same circuit such as tube guitar amps. I have had this problem with other cheaper LED lights to the point where the band would rather not have the light than deal with the annoying interference sound.
I use the UV light to help create a better purple light color in conjunction with blue and red. I also use the amber light to help create a better orange color with the green and red. Overall, if you need some versatile color wash lights for a stage or DJ work that let you mix whatever color you need, you can't go wrong with these.
PROS: Great price, virtually unlimited color mixing capability, excellent wide angle with no ghosting and a very smooth transition from beam angle to field angle.
CONS: Blacklight is dimmer than all other colors but it is much brighter than a pair of 4 ft black fluorescent lights which I am comparing them too. More preset programs controllable via DMX would be appreciated. Sound activated mode via DMX only does color switching through all combinations of the 6 lights. I would like to see some sound activated modes where it actually listens to the colors turned on by the other channels. For example, I have other lights where I can put it in "blue" color activated mode. Then, only blue flashes to the beat. You cannot do this with these lights.
PROS: Bright, great color mixing, small compact size, yoke design, menu, fairly quiet, very basic and clean design - no unnecessary elements such as 3pin + 5pin or on off switches, just 3pin in and out and powercon in and out.
CONS: The field of light is a tiny bit uneven
A footnote: I think "Node" was mistranslated because the LED display can only show N but not M. The manufacturer probably meant "Mode."
The only thing I can complain about is that they get quite hot. Make sure they are rigged with some sensible space around them.
Be aware that these use Neutrik power connectors. In my opinion, these are superior compared to IEC connectors, but they are expensive. If you need anything longer than the ~3' cord in the box, or if you want to daisy-chain the power from fixture to fixture, factor new power cables into your overall cost.
If I find I need more of these fixtures, I will not hesitate to buy more. For the price, they are awesome.
For the handful of you out there who are complaining about the dimming curve at the bottom end: Look at the price of this fixture. It is not in the same category as a professional "theater-grade" LED PAR can. Monoprice sells those also, but at 2-3 times the cost of this fixture. That being said, I am using these in a theater. )
White, amber, and UV diodes!
High refresh rate
Smoother dimming thanks to "Node" ("Mode"?) feature
Flexible DMX modes