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Rich Grisier

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Reliability of inexpensive mini movers?
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:30:26 pm »

I've steered clear of unbranded lighting for the most part.  I'm afraid of failures and reliability issues.

A large club in the area recently installed a bunch of THESE mini movers. I was surprised at how well they worked, but I question how long they will last.

Does anyone have any long term experience with lights like these.  At around $45/ea it's very tempting.
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Tim Weaver

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Re: Reliability of inexpensive mini movers?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 02:34:56 pm »

I've steered clear of unbranded lighting for the most part.  I'm afraid of failures and reliability issues.

A large club in the area recently installed a bunch of THESE mini movers. I was surprised at how well they worked, but I question how long they will last.

Does anyone have any long term experience with lights like these.  At around $45/ea it's very tempting.

Just like every other China-bay light. Some will last for years and have no problems. Some will last for days if you're lucky. Figure an over 50% failure rate....
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Re: Reliability of inexpensive mini movers?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2018, 03:32:50 pm »

I've had similar ones for about a year and a half, maybe a little longer.  Still working.  Had one that wouldn't power up at one point, turned out to be a loose solder joint, easy fix.  I've had good ROI. 

I've steered clear of unbranded lighting for the most part.  I'm afraid of failures and reliability issues.

A large club in the area recently installed a bunch of THESE mini movers. I was surprised at how well they worked, but I question how long they will last.

Does anyone have any long term experience with lights like these.  At around $45/ea it's very tempting.
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Lyle Williams

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Re: Reliability of inexpensive mini movers?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 07:33:49 am »

You may get DMX channel variations batch to batch too.

You can certainly get some looks with 20 cheap movers you can't do with one expensive light the same price.
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Steve Garris

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Re: Reliability of inexpensive mini movers?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 02:53:10 pm »

I've steered clear of unbranded lighting for the most part.  I'm afraid of failures and reliability issues.

A large club in the area recently installed a bunch of THESE mini movers. I was surprised at how well they worked, but I question how long they will last.

Does anyone have any long term experience with lights like these.  At around $45/ea it's very tempting.

I've used some of those  for a couple of years now with no problems. They are actually brighter than my $34 chinese RBGW pars, and they work just fine. For movement I simply use the "auto" programs. I consider these $42 lights disposable, but so far not a problem. I use them for about 25 shows/year.

A neat trick with these is to make a scene, set them to point somewhere, then on the next scenes have them point to a different location. This way, when making scene changes the lights all move, then stop. It looks great.
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