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Duncan McLennan

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A Portable Tree Dimmer
« on: March 16, 2008, 11:53:35 am »

I'm looking for something that you'd think would be easy to find... in reality I'm having a hard time finding anything like it at all.

Does anyone know of a portable, truss mountable dimmer, 20A total draw, with four 10A (1,200w) dimmers, DMX controlled, preferably with twist-lock output?

I've found an Elation model, but it's discontinued and only has Edisons.  ETC has the smartmodule, but twist locks are only available on the 3 phase supplied version.  Leprecon has the ULD series, but 20A models are special order.  That's the closest thing I've found yet.
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Rob Timmerman

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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2008, 02:42:31 pm »

Leprecon, NSI, and Electrol all make solid tree-mount dimmers (and I'm  probably missing a couple of companies as well), but none that I know of are available with twistlock outputs.



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Phil LaDue

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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2008, 03:00:42 pm »

Twist locks on the whips or the pack itself?
I don't know if it is an option with these, but you might call a dealer and find out:
http://www.lightronics.com/prtbl_dim_as_42.html

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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008, 10:27:53 am »

Is this the Elation that was discontinued?
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Elation-DP-DMX-20L-DMX-Dimmer-Pa ck-100901214-i1155464.gc

I have 4 of these and they work great.
I can't recall ever seeing a portable dimmer pack with twist locks.
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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008, 10:58:13 pm »

The Leviton (NSI) DDS6000 has space for twist lock connectors. I assumed that they planned to offer twist locks and stage pin options like they do on their rack-mount dimmers, but so far they have only offered Edison connectors. You might be able to retrofit a pack with twist locks.

Your best bet is to make up some short pigtails to adapt Edison to twist lock.

Duncan McLennan

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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008, 11:02:09 pm »

If I have to have a dimmer with edisons, I'll just put edisons on the instruments.  Twist-lock is really just a personal preference.

I'm just starting doing portable and concert lighting (really basic systems) and I've always worked in theaters with large racks and numbered circuit distribution.  Naturally they use twist lock.

I'm finding the transition from theatre to portable much more difficult than I would have ever expected!  Dealing with power issues, constantly changing cabling schemes... what I wouldn't give to go back to the 96 channel Sensor rack, catwalks, and piles of S4s at my disposal...  Crying or Very Sad
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Re: A Portable Tree Dimmer
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 12:40:35 pm »

I have had a tremendous amount of success with my Lightronics dimmer packs.  It will almost impossible for you to find a small truss mounted pack that has twist lock connectors installed so you should probably start to think about changing your fixtures over to Edison.  I mostly use the 1200 watt per channel dimmer pack but I do have a few of the 600 watt per channel packs.  They are DMX controlled and solid as a rock.  Although they have lived in a road case they still get bounced around quite a bit and I have not had a single failure.  These packs are seriously underrated simply because they a portable dimmers.  usually you can pick them up on Ebay for around 300-400 dollars but just make sure that you get the right protocol because they come in DMX control and LMX control.  The DMX version works on either DMX or LMX though.  I hope that helped.
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