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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.
|Lux Values for Each Color at Distance|
|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)|
Questions and Answers
If you are looking for a good color balanced wide angle light give these a try. If you want something a little more focused pass them by. I may be getting more since they do make a pretty good up light. It would be nice it we could add some barn doors but there is nothing on this light for that.
PROS: Small, seems solidly built. with the added amber & UV can get more & better colors.
Can set at any angle with not problem with power or DMX Cables.
CONS: Doesn't seem as bright as 8x7 fixture due to there being a wide spread on the light. Louder Fan noise.
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.
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
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
PROS: Most everything is good. Bright. Wide color wash. Lots of DMX options, for how many channels you want to dedicate to each light. Has good standalone modes for architectural lighting or something..
CONS: Has a fan, that runs all the time, but it isn't too loud. About like an Xbox.
Construction wise, these fixtures are rock solid. The pass through power is a great convenience, as long as you have the correct NAC3 cables (next on my purchasing list). Also, it's nice to know someone can't come by and kick the power cable out. Also, the design of this fixture allows it to be set at any angle, something the 7 x 8 watt fixture can't do.
So, I plugged a few in, booted up my lighting software (LightFactory), and A/B'd them with my other Monoprice fixtures. I have to admit I'm disappointed. I thought having 7 12 watt LEDs would make a difference, but honestly, if anything, they seem a bit dimmer than the 612740s.
What I find interesting is that within Monoprice's specs for each fixture, the red and green LEDs are indeed stronger in the cheaper model. Only the blue puts out more light. Overall, the claim is 11,400 lux vs. 8,400 lux at one meter. (Interesting to note that at 3 meters, both fixtures put out the exact same amount of light.)
The amber LED color does help with the color mixing, and seems to have opened the palette somewhat. UV is nice, but the output seems pretty low (to be fair, I haven't tried the UV with a white subject under ideal conditions — it may do just fine!).
All in all, it is still an amazing value for the money. However, if I'm going strictly bang for the buck, I can buy 4 of the 8 x 7s for the price of 3 of these.
PROS: Amber and UV incorporated into the LEDs. Pass through power with NAC3 connector.
CONS: Doesn't seem any brighter than Monoprice 612740. NAC3 connectors not as plentiful as IEC.
Unfortunately, after running roughly 3,000 hours (high-side estimate) of their 75,000 hour expected life, the red LEDs, or the electronics that drive them, have failed in two of the spots. While the spots still technically work, they no longer appear to be in sync due to the limited spectrum of two of the lights. They're housed in ventilated, 70 and 120 gal. containers in a 66°F room, so ambient temperature and airflow are not a problem.
VERY cautiously recommended.
PROS: • Very bright, saturated color for such a small fixture
• Priced very affordably for a light you'll likely use to make money
• Several units can be synced via DMX cable, even without the use of a DMX controller via the MASTER/SLAVE mode
• Nice assortment of built-in color modes
• Last mode and settings remembered after removing power
• Built-in microphone for response to sound
• Power cords can be daisy chained
CONS: • If you DO want to daisy chain the power, you'll have to go shopping, since they don't come with NAC3 POWER OUT plugs (which Monoprice doesn't sell).
• High, premature failure rate in my small sample set
I know that stage lighting is not their intended purpose. I will certainly be using these again for dance and concert lighting, truss and wall warmers, and other looks that are constant-on or bumping on, and I will certainly be using them as UV instruments. But they just aren't a good enough replacement for higher quality LED stage lights.
PROS: DMX is easy to setup. Adding UV to other colors, rather than using it just for blacklight, makes for interesting 'punch'. Bright enough.
CONS: Visible step dimming at all levels
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.