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Moving Head Recommendations
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:20:00 PM »
I'm wanting to add some moving heads into my display (either this year or next), so I'm looking for some recommendations. I'm running FPP and Falcon Controllers, so that's how I'll connect them to DMX. I'm also looking for recommended converters (RJ45 to DMX cables), or other "accessories" that I'll need to run the moving heads.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2018, 05:51:47 PM »
Tom has the best moving heads in the business.
https://magicallightshows.com/

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 07:42:32 PM »
Though these would be ideal, I don't have a budget that would allow me to spend $1000 on a single moving head. I'm looking for something a little more affordable, not necessarily cheap, but reasonably priced.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 08:13:38 PM »
I went with an inexpensive option about $50

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lixada-100W-DMX512-Moving-Head-4-In-1-LED-Disco-Stage-Light-Strobe-9-14-CH-T3Q4/132472499722?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


I just received one of these, not sure how they will hold up in the long run, hopping to get a couple of season.  You can control all the movement and color through xLights.


I'm waiting for a DMX bridge to do more testing and will probably purchase 3-4 more for my show.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 08:11:30 AM »
I just posted a video demonstrating connecting all of this up to a Falcon and modeling in xLights. The lights I used are some cheapo lights, but it gets the concepts across. Probably have better results with Tom's lights!


https://youtu.be/4l29-NUje9o

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 04:33:07 PM »
Thank you, these are at least something to get me started. I'm liking the spot lights over the floods, I think that'd give me the look that I'm envisioning.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2018, 06:21:21 PM »
Most professional fixtures are going to be more than $1000. You can also check out https://www.usedlighting.com to see what used movers you can find. eBay is probably going to be your best bet for finding something under $1000.

If you are going for the Beam look, keep in mind that there has to be something in the air for the light reflect off of to create the beam of light. Proís use Hazers to put a fine haze or mist in the air. With running these outside, itís really hard to keep a man made haze in the air. If there isnít anything in the air you really just see the light at the fixture lens and on the object that the beam ends up hitting. Not saying donít do it- Movers are cool, just want you to be aware of this.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2018, 11:06:56 AM »
The main purpose I'm wanting some moving heads, other than the fact their cool, is to have control of where the beam is going to hit. I want to get a couple different moving heads to see what gives me the look I'm looking for.

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Re: Moving Head Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2018, 07:35:53 PM »
Through hours of looking online, I did find one that I seem to really like. It is the SwitchBlade Micro from Blizzard Lighting. It's $300, which I think is very reasonable for all that it can do.


https://www.blizzardlighting.com/collections/moving-lights/products/switchblade#specifications


 

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