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David Allred:
I know that you can't dim them, but can you use dimmer packs to power them up?
Is there any danger of damage to the (in this case) Elation UV Wash, or dimmer if dimming does occurs?  Or is it only a matter of.. "the light won't turn on until it's minimum voltage is reached"?
Are fast fades (up or down) OK?
Are chases OK?
ETC, ETC.  Any incite will be appreciated.

Thanks,
David

Tim McCulloch:

--- Quote from: David Allred on March 01, 2011, 11:31:49 AM ---I know that you can't dim them, but can you use dimmer packs to power them up?
Is there any danger of damage to the (in this case) Elation UV Wash, or dimmer if dimming does occurs?  Or is it only a matter of.. "the light won't turn on until it's minimum voltage is reached"?
Are fast fades (up or down) OK?
Are chases OK?
ETC, ETC.  Any incite will be appreciated.

Thanks,
David

--- End quote ---

Actually, one can dim fluorescent lights with special dimmers and lamp ballasts... but that doesn't mean you can dim the Elation.

Did you contact Elation?  They've got great customer support.

David Allred:
For those interested here is a post from the Elation forum.  Very good, detailed answer why "Dimmer on" is not the same as "Switch on".

http://forums.elationlighting.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4741036491/m/8851041104?r=8211003104#8211003104

Thanks for the suggestion Tim.

David

Richard Turner:
 DP-640B can select dimmer or switch on any channel.
cyber pak can be all dimmer or all switch and be 1,2 or 4 channel dmx

you can find china made relay packs for less money

Įrni F. Siguršsson:
After reading this thread I started wondering, I have a Behringer LD6230 dimmer back, and according to it's manual it has a "switch mode", so anything over 50% it's Full on, and everything under 50% is off.

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pdf/man/m_802024.pdf (chapter 2.1.5, under curves)

Could I use this feature to put a Mirror ball motor, fluorecent blacklights and maybe power up some LEDPars I have (we have a patch from the dimmer onto all the sockets above the stage, and currently don't have any AC to run into those sockets). If I had the ledpars on the Switchable channel I probably would not addres that particular channel to a board (just using the dimmer to power them)

any tought of that

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