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Frequently Asked Questions
 

What does LED stand for?
Light Emitting Diode.  Click here for a great article from Wikipedia.

Why should I use LED instead of traditional lighting fixtures?
There are many benefits to LED lighting. Among them are: Lower power consumption, long lamp life, very little heat emission, no gels to replace, RGB LED fixtures can produce millions of colors.

What is DMX?
DMX is a universal standard for digital lighting networks. It allows all DMX equipped fixtures (from different manufactures) to all operate together using a “common language”. Click here for a great article on Wikipedia.

I am new to DMX lighting, what resources do you have to help get started?
Please download and review our DMX Primer document (pdf) Click Here to download.  We also provide many instructional and support videos. Please see our Support Page for more information.

Are ColorVerse lights difficult to learn to operate?
No, we made it simple. Our entire line of par lights are loaded with BluControl™ software and equipped with a bright, easy-to-read LCD display. Learn to navigate any ColorVerse fixture, and you’ll instantly be familiar with all of our fixtures. Read about BluControl in this brochure.

What is BluControl?
Developed by ColorVerse®, BluControl™ operating software is the brain of our intelligent lighting fixtures. Extremely powerful with many advanced functions, it’s amazingly easy to use. All ColorVerse stage pars are equipped with BluControl™, so learn to navigate the software on any ColorVerse fixture and you’ll instantly be familiar with all our fixtures.  Click here to learn more about BluControl.

I already own LED lights of another brand, will ColorVerse lights be compatible?
Yes. ColorVerse lights will operate with all other brands that employ the standard of DMX512.

What is 16 bit dimming?
ColorVerse LED stage Pars are equipped with this fantastic pro-level feature. 16-bit dimming provides ultra-smooth dimming, and cross-fades with zero jittering or strobing artifacts.  
Click here to read more about 16-bit dimming.

What is a Quad LED?
Sometimes referred to as “4in1”, Quad-LED technology is superior to the traditional LEDs. Typically the RGB lamps are separated, one lamp under each lens: red, green, blue respectively. This will cause unwanted RGB shadows and results in poorer colormixing especially at shorter distances. Click here to read more about quad led.

What is Beam Angle
Beam angle refers to the angle between the two planes of light where the intensity is at least 50% of the maximum intensity at center beam. The average beam angle on most par lights is 25 degree and will work well for most purposes.  Click here to read more about beam angle and see a chart showing beam/spread.

What is Field Angle?
Field angle refers to the angle between the two planes of light where the intensity is 10% (or less) of the maximum intensity at center beam. This is sometimes referred to a ghosting or spill, it is not considered usable light. The type of lens used in the fixture will usually determine the amount of field angle or spill.  For example, a lens that has a textured surface or frosted coating will create a wider flied angle. This is because the textured surface on the lens (or frosting) will improve color mixing, but also diffuses the light and creates softer edges along the beam creating a wider field angle, and more spill.  Click here to read more about beam angle and see a chart showing beam/spread.

How many LED fixtures can be chained together in one show (control cabling)?
The DMX protocol allows up to 32 fixtures to be combined into one single chain. However, we highly recommend a maximum of 16 fixtures in a single chain.  The reason is the DMX signal will degrade along the path of multiple fixtures and eventually cause data  errors that will affect your lighting. You can create multiple chains to expand your show, but you must use an "Optical DMX signal splitter" to do this ( you cannot use  cable "Y-splitter" ).  Another option to expand your show beyond 16 fixtures is to use a DMX wireless system. We recommend the model: broadcast XLR For more information, read the section DMX Cabling Tips" Click Here to download.  Visit our accessories page to learn more about ColorVerse brand Optical DMX Splitters and wirless DMX systems

How much money will I save in power using LED vs standard lighting?
We cannot calculate an exact amount due to the many variables, but LED lighting fixtures are typically 5 times or more efficient than traditional lighting of similar output.

What type of cable should I use for my LED lighting?
Always use a high quality DMX data cables.  Never use a microphone cable. For more info about DMX cabling, please see our support document "DMX Cabling Tips" Click Here to download.

Can I trigger LED lights with MIDI?
Yes. However, this feature is "controller dependant"  Meaning, you will need to check with your controller's manual to determine if MIDI can trigger lighting scenes.

Do you provide support if I have a problem with DMX Lighting?
We provide support for our fixtures. Unfortunately, we cannot be a one-on-one training resource for lighting technical issues. We do provide support documents and videos to help you better understand and troubleshoot DMX lighting. See our support page for more info. We highly recommend to read "DMX Primer" as a place to start if you are new to DMX. Click Here to download.

Will ColorVerse® help me decide which and how many lights I will require?
Yes.  Feel free to contact us regarding the type and number of fixtures that will best suit your needs.

Where is the ColorVerse® Lighting showroom?
Our showroom is located in North Atlanta. We can demo our fixtures by appointment only. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a demo. If you are not local, we have many videos available to demonstrate the features of our products.

Will ColorVerse® sell directly to me?
We distribute our products to our authorized dealers and wholesale only. However if your order is large enough, or if you have special requests we may make an exception. Please contact us to discuss your order.

Do I need a controller to use ColorVerse® LED fixtures?
No. Our fixtures can be operated in "Stand-Alone", "Master/Slave" mode or with a DMX controller.

What type of controller do I need?
First - never use a dimmer pack with ColorVerse LED fixtures. Provide constant, correct voltage only.  We do not recommend the older style "DMX Dimmer Controllers"  that are common with traditional Par lighting and "dimmer packs".   Better suited are "DMX Intelligent Lighting" controllers.  These are designed for use with DMX intelligent lighting fixtures.  There are many models available for as low as $100.  There are both hardware-based controllers and software-based controllers.  Software controllers offer much more flexibility and features but cost more. Make sure your controller has enough channels to accommodate the type fixtures you wish to use.  Please read the chapter "Controller Channels vs. Fixture Channels" in our support document: DMX Primer,
Click Here to download.

Can I use ColorVerse® LED fixtures for video production?
Yes. Most of our fixtures are suited for video use. Please review the specifications of the fixture in question to make sure.

 

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