Blizzard Lighting weather system User manual

SKYBOX
Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SkyBox™ 51
1. Getting Started4
What’s In The Box?4
Getting It Out Of The Box
4
Powering Up!4
Getting A Hold Of Us4
Safety Instructions (Don’t run with scissors!)
5
2. Meet The SkyBox™ 56
Features6
DMX Quick Reference 6
The SkyBox™ 5 Pin-up Picture7
3. Setup 8
Connecting A Bunch Of SkyBox™ 5 Fixtures
8
Data/DMX Cables 8
Using Skywire™ Wireless DMX 8
Using The Intelion™ Battery System 9
Cable Connectors 10
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?10
Take It To The Next Level: Setting up DMX Control
10
Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)11
Mounting/Rigging11
4. Operating Adjustments 12
Navigating The Control Panel12
Control Panel Menu Structure
13
DMX Mode 14
Set the Starting DMX Address14
Select the DMX Channel Mode14
Slave Mode14
Auto Mode / Static Colors14
Speed14
Fade14
Strobe15
Manual Color Mixing15
Sound Active Mode15
Dimming Mode15
Auto Mode / Static Colors15
Set the Wireless Group ID15
Auto Mode / Static Colors15
IR Remote Control Mode15
Power Output Mode15
Using the IR Remote Control16
DMX Channel Values In-Depth17
Troubleshooting 17
5. Appendix 19
A Quick DMX Lesson19
Keeping Your SkyBox™ 5 As Good As New
20
Returns (Gasp!) 20
Shipping Issues20
Tech Specs 21
Dimensional Drawings22
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LITHIUM-ION BATTERY WARNINGS & INFO
1. CAUTION! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND/OR
EQUIPMENT DAMAGE, DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE CHARGING CIRCUITRY IN THIS FIXTURE. The use of other types of chargers may result
in personal injury or equipment damage. Under no circumstances attempt to
connect the battery pack to any power supplies or other equipment that is not
specifically and expressly designated for use with this model
battery pack.
2. USE THE LITHIUM ION BATTERY PACK ONLY WITH EQUIPMENT SPECIFICALLY AND EXPRESSLY DESIGNATED FOR USE WITH THIS MODEL
BATTERY PACK. Use with other equipment may result in fire, electric shock,
personal injury, and/or damage to equipment.
3. AVOID DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS. Do not
charge the battery pack in damp or wet conditions. Avoid using the pack in
direct exposure to rain or snow. Do not use the battery pack or charger in the
presence of explosive gases or flammable materials.
4. AVOID USING OR STORING THE BATTERY PACK IN EITHER
EXTREME COLD OR EXTREME HOT TEMPERATURES. The battery pack
will disable itself under conditions of extreme heat (above 60 °C) and may not
function to full performance under conditions of extreme cold (below –20 °C).
Storage at elevated temperatures (above 25 °C) will shorten the life of the battery pack.
5. DO NOT BURN OR INCINERATE BATTERY PACKS. Battery packs
may explode causing personal injury, fire, and/or damage. Fumes
resulting from burning of battery packs may be toxic.
6. DO NOT DROP, CRUSH, IMPACT, OR MECHANICALLY ABUSE
BATTERY PACKS. Cease use of fixtures that have suffered a sharp
impact, been dropped, run over, or damaged in any other way. Such
impacts may cause internal damage that is not externally visible and
that, over time, may cause short circuits, battery cell leakage, or other
events that may lead to fire, personal injury, and or equipment damage.
7. DO NOT DISASSEMBLE BATTERY PACK. There are no user
serviceable parts within battery packs. Disassembly may result in short
circuiting or other damage that may cause fire, personal injury, and/or
other damage.
8. AVOID CONTACT WITH BATTERY CHEMICALS. If a battery pack
leaks battery chemicals, avoid any contact with skin, eyes, or mouth. In
the event of contact with skin, wash immediately with soap and water
and rinse with vinegar. For eye contact, begin flushing with clean water,
immediately call for medical help, and continue flushing for 20 minutes or
until medical help arrives.
exceptions.
11. STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE. Avoid leaving the fixture in direct sunlight, vehicle cabs, compartments, or unventilated storage buildings during hot
summer conditions. Under extreme temperature conditions damage may occur.
Elevated temperatures in general shorten the life of your battery pack.
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
• 1 x SkyBox™ 5 Professional LED PAR Fixture
• This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on purchasing one of the most rocking box-shaped PAR fixtures anywhere! Now that you’ve got your SkyBox™ 5 (or hopefully, 5’s!), you should carefully
unpack the box and check the contents to ensure that all parts are present and in good
condition. If anything looks as if it has been damaged in transit, notify the shipper immediately and keep the packing material for inspection. Again, please save the carton
and all packing materials. If a fixture must be returned to the factory, it is important
that the fixture be returned in the original factory box and packing.
Powering Up!
All fixtures must be powered directly off a switched circuit and cannot be run off a
rheostat (variable resistor) or dimmer circuit, even if the rheostat or dimmer
channel is used solely for a 0% to 100% switch.
AC Voltage Switch - Not all fixtures have a voltage select switch, so please verify that
the fixture you receive is suitable for your local power supply. See the label on the
fixture or refer to the fixture’s specifications chart for more information. A fixture’s
listed current rating is its average current draw under normal conditions. Check the
fixture or device carefully to make sure that if a voltage selection switch exists that it is
set to the correct line voltage you will use.
Warning! Verify that the voltage select switch on your unit matches the line
voltage applied. Damage to your fixture may result if the line voltage applied
does not match the voltage indicated on the voltage selector switch. All
fixtures must be connected to circuits with a suitable Ground (Earthing).
Getting A Hold Of Us
If something is wrong, just give us a call or send an email. We’ll be happy to
help, honest.
Blizzard Lighting
N16 W23390 Stoneridge Dr. Ste E
Waukesha, WI 53188 USA
www.blizzardlighting.com
414-395-8365
Email: support@blizzardlighting.com
Disclaimer: The information and specifications contained in this document are subject
to change without notice. Blizzard Lighting™ assumes no responsibility or liability
for any errors or omissions that may appear in this user manual. Blizzard Lighting™
reserves the right to update the existing document or to create a new document to
correct any errors or omissions at any time. You can download the latest version of this
document from www.blizzardlighting.com.
Author:
Date:
Last Edited:
Date:
J. Thomas
4/21/2014
J. Thomas
4/21/2014
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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
• Please keep this User Guide for future use. If you sell the unit to someone
else, be sure that they also receive this User Guide.
• ALWAYS make sure that you are connecting to the proper voltage, and that
the line voltage you are connecting to is not higher than that stated on the
decal or rear panel of the fixture.
• This product is intended for indoor use only.
• To prevent risk of fire or shock, do not expose fixture to rain or moisture.
• Make sure there are no flammable materials close to the unit while operating.
• The unit must be installed in a location with adequate ventilation, at least
20in (50cm) from adjacent surfaces. Be sure that no ventilation slots are
blocked.
• ALWAYS disconnect from the power source before servicing or replacing fuse
and be sure to replace with same fuse size and type.
• ALWAYS secure fixture using a safety chain. NEVER carry the fixture by its
cord. Use its carrying handles.
• DO NOT operate at ambient temperatures higher than 104°F (40°C).
• In the event of a serious operating problem, stop using the unit immediately.
NEVER try to repair the unit by yourself. Repairs carried out by unskilled people
can lead to damage or malfunction. Please contact the nearest authorized
technical assistance center. Always use the same type spare parts.
• NEVER connect the device to a dimmer pack.
• Make sure the power cord is never crimped or damaged.
• Never disconnect the power cord by pulling or tugging on the cord.
• Avoid direct eye exposure to the light source while it is on.
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this unit. Do not open
the housing or attempt any repairs yourself. In the unlikely event your unit
may require service, please contact Blizzard Lighting via email at support@
blizzardlighting.com.
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2. MEET THE SKYBOX™ 5 LED PAR
CONTROL FEATURES
• RGBAW color mixing via 7x 15W 5-in-1 LEDs
• 2.4Ghz built-in wireless DMX receiver
• 512 auto-assigning frequencies in 7 groups
• Ultra Long-life intelion™ lithium-ion battery system
• Variable electronic dimming & strobe
• Built-in color & chase macros via DMX
• Built-in automated programs via master/slave
• Built-in sound active programs
• RGBAW color mixing ability in standalone mode
• RGBAW (5-Ch), RGBAW+Strobe (6-Ch), RGBAW/Dimmer/Strobe (7-Ch), &
Extended w/32-bit Dimmer (10-Ch) DMX Profiles
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
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Rugged and well-built (It hits the gym regularly)
Super-quiet variable-speed internal Fan Cooling
Dual mounting brackets for positioning flexibility
Flicker-free constant-current 400hz LED driver
3-pin male input and 3-pin female output
PowerCon™ compatible AC power In/Out connectors
DMX Quick Reference - 10/7 Channel Modes
Channel
10-Channel
7-Channel
1
Dimmer
Dimmer
2
Red Intensity
Red Intensity
3
Green Intensity
Green Intensity
4
Blue Intensity
Blue Intensity
5
Amber Intensity
Amber Intensity
6
White Intensity
White Intensity
7
Strobe
Strobe
8
Static Colors + Auto Run
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9
Built-in Programs
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10
32-Bit Dimmer
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DMX Quick Reference - 6/5 Channel Modes
Channel
6-Channel
5-Channel
1
Red Intensity
Red Intensity
2
Green Intensity
Green Intensity
3
Blue Intensity
Blue Intensity
4
Amber Intensity
Amber Intensity
5
White Intensity
White Intensity
6
Strobe
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Figure 1: The SkyBox™ 5 Pin-Up Picture
Heavy-Duty Steel
Enclosure
High Power 15w-in-1
RGBAW LEDs
Locking
Adjustment
Knobs
Dual
Mounting
Yokes
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
LED Display
RF-ID Indicator
Charge Status LED
DMX
In
AC Power In
Antenna
DMX
Out
Menu Buttons
SkyBox™ 5 User Manual Rev. A Power Switch
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AC Power Out
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3. SETUP
Connecting A Bunch of SkyBox™ 5 Fixtures
You will need a serial data link to run light shows using a DMX-512 controller or
to run shows on two or more fixtures set to sync in master/slave operating mode.
The combined number of channels required by all the fixtures on a serial data link
determines the number of fixtures the data link can support.
Fixtures on a serial data link must be daisy chained in one single line. Also,
connecting more than 32 fixtures on one serial data link without the use of a DMX
optically-isolated splitter may result in deterioration of the digital DMX signal. The
maximum recommended cable-run distance is 500 meters (1640 ft). The maximum
recommended number of fixtures on a serial data link is 32 fixtures.
Data/DMX Cabling
To link fixtures together you’ll need data cables. You should use data-grade
cables that can carry a high quality signal and are less prone to electromagnetic
interference.
For instance, Belden© 9841 meets the specifications for EIA RS-485 applications.
Standard microphone cables will “probably” be OK, but note that they cannot
transmit DMX data as reliably over long distances. In any event, the cable should
have the following characteristics:
2-conductor twisted pair plus a shield
Maximum capacitance between conductors – 30 pF/ft.
Maximum capacitance between conductor & shield – 55 pF/ft.
Maximum resistance of 20 ohms / 1000 ft.
Nominal impedance 100 – 140 ohms
Using Skywire™ Wireless DMX
In addition to the unbridled thrill you already received the first time you turned on
your fixture, you’ll be delighted to know that the SkyBox 5’s wireless Skywire™
DMX system is designed to work seamlessly with all Blizzard Lighting wireless DMX
products.
The SkyBox™ 5 is equipped to release you from the crushing chains of cable-fed
DMX lighting! It features 512 auto-assigning frequencies in 7 groups allowing up to
7 systems to run simultaneously in the same space, completely free of interference!
It’s capable of reliable wireless communication for over 1000 feet, line-of-sight!
So first, you’ll either need a Blizzard wiCICLE®
transmitter, Lightcaster™ wireless transceiver, or any
Blizzard Lighting controller that has a built-in wireless
transmitter (such as the Kontrol 5 Skywire™) to act
as a transmitter for your lights. The 7 DMX receiving
frequencies in the SkyBox™ 5 are designed to match
up perfectly with the 7 frequencies of all Blizzard wireless DMX products.
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If you’re using a Blizzard Lighting controller with built-in wireless DMX transmission,
please refer to the instruction manual of that controller for specific information.
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Ready to move on? Well alrighty!
1. If you’re using an external wireless DMX transmitter like our wiCICLE® transmitter or
LightCaster® transceiver, plug it into the “DMX OUT” connector of the controller and verify it
is receiving power. If you are using a DMX controller with a built-in DMX transmitter like our
KONTROL 5 SKYWIRE™, enable the DMX transmitter on that unit. Please refer to your transmitters
user manual for specific instructions on enabling wireless DMX output and/or its changing its
channel group selection.
2. Set the wireless channel group to match the transmitter group ID number/color code.
a.) Press the <MENU> button until the display reads RF-ID. (See p. 12-13)
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select number 1-7.
c.) Press <ENTER> to confirm the setting.
Note: The 7-Color Status LED will change color to indicate the current channel group:
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GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
1:
2:
3:
4:
5:
6:
7:
RED
GREEN
YELLOW
BLUE
VIOLET
CYAN
WHITE
NOTE: “GROUP” number also
corresponds to the “GROUP” setting
on our LightCaster™ wireless DMX
transceiver, wiCICLE™ transmitter,
and all Blizzard Skywire™ wireless
controllers.
3. The LED on the transmitter will blink RED slowly until communication is established with the
receiver. The status LED on the receiving fixtures will flash GREEN slowly until communication
is established.
4. Once the clearest channel is auto-selected, the status LEDs will blink quickly on both the
transmitter and receiver. NOTE: The color of the SkyBox 5’s status LED DURING operation does
not indicate channel group, instead it indicates whether the unit is transmitting or receiving.
That’s It!
Using the Intelion™ Battery System
The SkyBox™ 5 features our proprietary Intelion™ Lithium-Ion internal battery system which
allows you the flexibility to operate your fixture without AC power for up to 20 hours.
To charge the battery, simply plug the fixture into a power source. The battery will charge weather
the fixture is powered on or off. It will even charge while in use! The builtin microprocessor of the battery system controls the charge and overall
battery health, so all you need to do is plug and play.
The top section on the LCD display menu shows the battery power level
indicator displays the approximate amount of power remaining in the
battery. Each power level bar equals 20%. When charging, The CHARGE
status LED above the LCD display will illuminate in RED, then turn GREEN
when the charge is complete.
A full charge is obtained after charging for at least 4 hours. The fixture will automatically stop
charging when the battery is in optimal condition.
Power Output Mode:
Depending on the needs of any given application, you can select either High Power, Medium Power,
or Battery Saver Mode, which allows the fixture to run for a longer time at lower output.
a.) Press the <MENU> button until the display reads OUT MOD.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select H (100%), M (75%) or S (50%).
c.) Press <ENTER> to confirm the setting.
Note: With average usage of color fades in High Output Mode, you can expect the battery life to
last up to 10+ hours, color jumping 5+ hrs, or full on for 3+ hrs. Display color/fade/chase/strobe,
and environmental factors including ambient temperature will all impact battery life.
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Cable Connectors
Cables must have a male XLR connector on one end and a female XLR connector on the other end. (Duh!)
CAUTION: Do not allow contact between the common and the
fixture’s chassis ground. Grounding the common can cause a ground
loop, and your fixture may perform erratically. Test cables with an
ohm meter to verify correct polarity and to make sure the pins are not
grounded or shorted to the shield or each other.
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?!?
If you use a controller with a 5 pin DMX output connector, you will need to use a 5 pin to 3 pin adapter.
They are widely available over the internet and from specialty retailers If you’d like to build your own, the
chart below details a proper cable conversion:
Conductor
3-Pin Female
(Output)
5-Pin Male
(Input)
Ground/Shield
Pin 1
Pin 1
DMX Data (-)
Pin 2
Pin 2
DMX Data (+)
Pin 3
Pin 3
Not Used.
No Connection.
No Connection.
Not Used.
No Connection.
No Connection.
Take It To The Next Level: Setting Up DMX Control
Step 1: Connect the male connector of the
DMX cable to the female connector (output) on
the controller.
Step 2: Connect the female connector of the
DMX cable to the first fixture’s male connector
(input). Note: It doesn’t matter which
fixture address is the first one connected. We
recommend connecting the fixtures in terms
of their proximity to the controller, rather than
connecting the lowest fixture number first, and
so on.
Step 3: Connect other fixtures in the chain
from output to input as above. Place a DMX
terminator on the output of the final fixture to
ensure best communication.
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Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
1. Connect the (male) 3 pin connector side of the
DMX cable to the output (female) 3 pin connector of
the first fixture.
2. Connect the end of the cable coming from
the first fixture which will have a (female) 3 pin
connector to the input connector of the next fixture
consisting of a (male) 3 pin connector. Then,
proceed to connect from the output as stated above
to the input of the following fixture and so on.
A quick note: Often,
the setup for MasterSlave and Standalone
operation requires that
the first fixture in the
chain be initialized for
this purpose via either
settings in the control
panel or DIP-switches.
Secondarily, the fixtures
that follow may also
require a slave setting.
Check the “Operating Adjustments” section in this manual for complete instructions for this type of setup and configuration.
Mounting & Rigging
This fixture may be mounted in any SAFE position provided there is
enough room for ventilation.
It is important never to obstruct the fan or vents pathway. Mount the
fixture using a suitable “C” or “O” type clamp. The clamp should be
rated to hold at least 10x the fixture’s weight to ensure structural stability. Do not mount to surfaces with unknown strength, and ensure
properly “rated” rigging is used when mounting fixtures overhead.
Adjust the angle of the fixture by loosening both knobs and tilting the
fixture. After finding the desired position, retighten both knobs.
• When selecting installation location, take into consideration lamp
replacement access (if applicable) and routine maintenance.
• Safety cables MUST ALWAYS be used.
• Never mount in places where the fixture will be exposed to rain,
high humidity, extreme temperature changes or restricted ventilation.
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4. OPERATING ADJUSTMENTS
The Control Panel
All the goodies and different modes possible with the SkyBox™ 5 are
accessed by using the control panel on the rear of the fixture. There
are 4 control buttons below the LCD display which allow you to navigate through the various control panel menus.
<MENU>
Is used to navigate to the previous higher-level menu item.
<UP>
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in ascending order.
<DOWN>
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in descending order.
<ENTER>
Is used to select and confirm/store the current selection.
BAT
Addr 001
MENU
UP DOWN ENTER
The Control Panel LCD Display shows the menu items you select from
the menu map on page #13. When a menu function is selected, the
display will show immediately the first available option for the selected
menu function. To select a menu item, press <ENTER>.
Press the <MENU> button repeatedly until you reach the desired
menu function. Use the <UP> and <DOWN> buttons to navigate the
menu options. Press the <ENTER> button to select the menu function
currently displayed, or to enable a menu option. To return to the previous option or menu, press the <MENU> button.
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Control Panel Menu Structure
Addr
CHnd
AUTO
SPEED FADE STROBE MANUAL SOUND
DIMMER
RF-ID
IR MODE
OUT MOD
001 - 512
10CH
7CH
6CH
5CH
00 - 31
00 - 15
00 - 15
00 - 15
To choose the DMX address
10 channel DMX mode
7 channel DMX mode
6 channel DMX mode
5 channel DMX mode
Static Colors (0-30) & Auto Mode (31)
Built-in Program Speed (fast <--> slow)
Fade Speed (fast <--> slow)
Strobe speed (slow <--> fast)
<ENTER>
Manual Color Intensity Levels
RED
GREEN
BLUE
AMBER
WHITE
Red dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
White dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
<ENTER>
Sound active mode
0-4
1-7
Dimming mode (0-4)
Green dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
Blue dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
Amber dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
Selects wireless channel group (1-7)
<ENTER>
<ENTER>
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DMX Mode
Allows the unit to be controlled by any universal DMX controller.
Tip: Push the <MENU> button repeatedly to scroll through all of the top tier menu items.
Set the Starting DMX Address:
The default mode for the fixture is DMX, so the first menu item that you can edit is the
starting DMX address.
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Addr.
2.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select a DMX channel from 001-512.
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Select the DMX Channel Mode:
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach CHnd.
2.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select either 5CH, 6CH, 7CH, or 10CH mode.
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Slave Mode: Set slave fixtures to: Addr: 001, 6CH mode to ensure correct
reception of master signals. The master will be the 1st fixture in the DMX chain.
Auto Mode / Static Colors
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach AUTO.
2.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select any preset color from 00-30, or select 31
to automatically run through all of the colors.
3.) If you choose auto run, you can then adjust the color change speed, or adjust the
color fade speed.
Speed:
a.) Press the <MENU> button until you reach the Speed menu item.
b.) Then use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select a speed setting from 00-15 (fast <-->
slow).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Fade:
a.) Press the <MENU> button until you reach the Fade menu item.
b.) Then use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select a speed setting from 00-15 (fast <-->
slow).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
31 Preset Colors + Auto Run:
00
Red
11 Green+White
22 Green+Blue+White
01
Green
12 Blue+Amber
23 Green+Amber+White
02
Blue
13 Blue+White
24 Blue+Amber+White
03
Amber
14 Amber+White
25 Red+Green+Blue+Amber
04
White
15 Red+Green+Blue
26 Red+Green+Blue+White
05
Red+Green
16 Red+Green+Amber
27 Red+Green+Amber+White
06
Red+Blue
17 Red+Green+White
28 Red+Blue+Amber+White
07
Red+Amber
18 Red+Blue+Amber
29 Green+Blue+Amber+White
08
Red+White
19 Red+Blue+White
30 Red+Green+Blue+Amber+White
09
Green+Blue
20 Red+Amber+White
31 Auto Run
10
Green+Amber
21 Green+Blue+Amber
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Strobe (White)
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Strobe.
2.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select the strobe speed from 00-15.
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Manual Color Mixing:
Mix your own custom colors using the R/G/B/A/W intensity level setting.
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Manual, then press the
<ENTER> button. Then to change the intensity levels of any color, proceed with the following:
Red:
a.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Red.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to adjust red 000-255. (0% <--> 100%).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Green:
a.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Green.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to adjust green 000-255. (0% <--> 100%).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Blue:
a.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Blue.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to adjust blue 000-255. (0% <--> 100%).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Amber:
a.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Amber.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to adjust amber: 000-255. (0% <--> 100%).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
White:
a.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach White.
b.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to adjust white 000-255. (0% <--> 100%).
c.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Sound Active Mode
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Sound...
2.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Dimming Mode
Select from 5 different dimming curve choices. These each allow for different amounts of steps to achieve
smoother (and slower) dimming capabilities.
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach Dimmer.
2.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select from 0-4.
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
Mode
Mode
Mode
Mode
Mode
0
1
2
3
4
=
=
=
=
=
8-bit, 256 dimming steps
32-bit, 0-25% intensity range
32-bit, 0-50% intensity range
32-bit, 0-75% intensity range
32-bit, full intensity dimming
Set Wireless Group ID
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach RF-ID.
2.) Select the RF-ID 1-7. (See page 9)
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
IR Remote Control Mode (remote control sold separately)
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach IR MODE.
2.) You are now in IR mode. The fixture will now respond to the IR remote control. (See page 16)
Power Output Mode
1.) Navigate the menu using the <MENU> button until you reach OUT MOD.
2.) Select 0 (High: 100%), 1 (Medium: 75%), or 2 (Battery Saver: 50%) output mode.
3.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm. (See page 9)
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Using the IR Remote Control (sold separately)
You need to set the fixture to “IR mode” via the LCD control panel
prior to using the IR remote control. To do this, just repeatedly
press the <MENU> button to navigate the LCD display menu until
it reads “IR MODE”, then push the <ENTER> button.
Then here’s what to do:
Blackout - The top left red colored button labled <BLACKOUT>
on the remote control will turn off the LEDs, regardless of what
mode you are currently running. Push the blackout button again
to return to its previous mode.
Auto Run - The auto run button <A> sets the fixture to run
in auto mode. You can adjust the speed by pressing the speed
button <SP>, then use the <+/-> buttons to adjust the speed
accordingly.
Sound Active Mode - Pressing the <SA> button will cause the
fixture to self destruct in 30 seconds. No, really it just sets the
fixture to run in sound active mode.
Strobe Mode - The <F> button sets the fixture to run in strobe
/ flash mode. You can adjust the strobe rate by pressing the
<SP> button, then use the <+/-> buttons to adjust the speed
accordingly.
Built-in Programs - Press the <PROG> button to run in built-in
program mode. You can cycle through different built-in programs
by using the <+/-> buttons. To adjust the speed of the built-in
program, press the speed button <SP>, then use the <+/->
buttons to adjust the speed accordingly.
Set Address - Press the <S> button to begin setting the starting
DMX address. Then use the <+/-> buttons to adjust the starting
DMX channel from 001-512. Press the <D> button to confirm
DMX mode.
DMX Mode - Pressing the <D> button sets the fixture to run in DMX mode. The currently set address
will be used for the starting address. To change the starting DMX channel, see the above “Set Address”
instructions.
Slave Mode - Want to set this fixture(s) as a slave unit(s) via remote? No problem, just push the <SL>
button. And note, the first fixture in the DMX chain will serve as the master fixture.
LCD Backlight - Press the edit button <E> to turn on the LCD backlight. The LCD backlight illumination
off after 20 seconds.
Color Mixing:
Red Intensity - Press the <1> button, then press the <+/-> buttons to adjust intensity level.
Green Intensity - Press the <2> button, then press the <+/-> buttons to adjust intensity level.
Blue Intensity - Press the <3> button, then press the <+/-> buttons to adjust intensity level.
Amber Intensity - Press the <4> button, then press the <+/-> buttons to adjust intensity level.
White Intensity - Press the <5> button, then press the <+/-> buttons to adjust intensity level.
Static Colors:
Full On - Press the <6> button for full RGBAW intensity.
Yellow - Press the <7> button for yellow color.
Magenta - Press the <8> button for magenta color.
Cyan - Press the <9> button for cyan color.
Amber - Press the <0> button for amber color.
Backspace Button - Press the <
Enter - The <
> in any mode to activate IR MODE.
> button is used to save a selected user setting.
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DMX Values In-Depth (10-Channel Mode)
Ch.
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
Amber Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
7
000 <--> 010
011 <--> 255
No Function
Strobe Speed (slow <--> fast)
8
Value
000
016
022
028
034
040
046
052
058
064
070
9
10
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
What It Does
015
021
027
033
039
045
051
057
063
069
075
Dimming
R
G
B
A
W
R+G
R+B
R+A
R+W
G+B
Value
076
082
088
094
100
106
112
118
124
130
136
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
081
087
093
099
105
111
117
123
129
135
141
What It Does
G+A
G+W
B+A
B+W
A+W
R+G+B
R+G+A
R+G+W
R+B+A
R+B+W
R+A+W
Value
142
148
154
160
166
172
178
184
190
196
202
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
147
153
159
165
171
177
183
189
195
201
255
000 <--> 015
016 <--> 255
No Function
Color Fade (slow <--> fast)
000
006
056
106
156
206
32-Bit Dimmer
As set in the control menu display
Mode 0 = 8-bit, 256 dimming steps
Mode 1 = 32-bit, 0-25% intensity range
Mode 2 = 32-bit, 0-50% intensity range
Mode 3 = 32-bit, 0-75% intensity range
Mode 4 = 32-bit, full intensity dimming
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
005
055
105
155
205
255
What It Does
G+B+A
G+B+W
G+A+W
B+A+W
R+G+B+A
R+G+B+W
R+G+A+W
R+B+A+W
G+B+A+W
Full ON
Auto Run
DMX Values In-Depth (7-Channel Mode)
Ch.
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
Amber Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
7
000 <--> 010
011 <--> 255
No Function
Strobe Speed (1-20Hz)
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DMX Values In-Depth (6-Channel Mode)
Ch.
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Amber Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 010
011 <--> 255
No Function
Strobe Speed (1-20Hz)
DMX Values In-Depth (5-Channel Mode)
Ch.
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Amber Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Solution
Fixture Auto-Shut
Off
Check the fan in the fixture. If it is stopped or moving slower than
normal, the unit may have shut itself off due to high heat. This is to
protect the fixture from overheating. Clear the fan of obstructions,
or return the unit for service.
No Light Output
Check to ensure fixture is operating under correct mode, IE sound
active/auto/DMX/Etc., if applicable.
Chase Speed Too
Fast/Slow
Check to ensure proper setup of speed adjustment.
No Power
Check fuse, AC cord and circuit for malfunction.
Blown Fuse
Check AC cord and circuit for damage, verify that moving parts are
not restricted and that unit’s ventilation is not obstructed
No Response to
Audio
Verify that the fixture is in “Sound Active” mode.
Adjust Audio Sensitivity, If Applicable.
Fixture Not
Responding /
Responding Erraticly
Make sure all connectors are seated properly and securely.
Use Only DMX Cables and/or check cables for defects
Install a Terminator.
Reset fixture(s).
Intermittent
Lamp
Check lamp for properly installation.
Relamp, lamp may have reached end of life.
If your problem persists or isn’t listed contact
support@blizzardlighting.com.
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5. APPENDIX
A Quick Lesson On DMX
DMX (aka DMX-512) was created in 1986 by the United States Institute for Theatre
Technology (USITT) as a standardized method for connecting lighting consoles to lighting
dimmer modules. It was revised in 1990 and again in 2000 to allow more flexibility. The
Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has since assumed control over
the DMX512 standard. It has also been approved and recognized for ANSI standard classification.
DMX covers (and is an abbreviation for) Digital MultipleXed signals. It is the most common
communications standard used by lighting and related stage equipment.
DMX provides up to 512 control “channels” per data link. Each of these channels was originally intended to control lamp dimmer levels. You can think of it as 512 faders on a lighting
console, connected to 512 light bulbs. Each slider’s position is sent over the data link as an
8-bit number having a value between 0 and 255. The value 0 corresponds to the light bulb
being completely off while 255 corresponds to the light bulb being fully on.
DMX data is transmitted at 250,000 bits per second using the RS-485 transmission standard over two wires. As with microphone cables, a grounded cable shield is used to prevent
interference with other signals.
There are five pins on a DMX connector: a wire for ground (cable shield), two wires for
“Primary” communication which goes from a DMX source to a DMX receiver, and two wires
for a “Secondary” communication which goes from a DMX receiver back to a DMX source.
Generally, the “Secondary” channel is not used so data flows only from sources to receivers. Hence, most of us are most familiar with DMX-512 as being employer over typical
3-pin “mic cables,” although this does not conform to the defined standard.
DMX is connected using a daisy-chain configuration where the source connects to the input
of the first device, the output of the first device connects to the input of the next device,
and so on. The standard allows for up to 32 devices on a single DMX link.
Each receiving device typically has a means for setting the “starting channel number” that
it will respond to. For 5mple, if two 6-channel fixtures are used, the first fixture might be
set to start at channel 1 so it would respond to DMX channels 1 through 6, and the next
fixture would be set to start at channel 7 so it would respond to channels 7 through 12.
The greatest strength of the DMX communications protocol is that it is very simple and
robust. It involves transmitting a reset condition (indicating the start of a new “packet”),
a start code, and up to 512 bytes of data. Data packets are transmitted continuously. As
soon as one packet is finished, another can begin with no delay if desired (usually another
follows within 1 ms). If nothing is changing (i.e. no lamp levels change) the same data will
be sent out over and over again. This is a great feature of DMX -- if for some reason the
data is not interpreted the first time around, it will be re-sent shortly.
Not all 512 channels need to be output per packet, and in fact, it is very uncommon to find
all 512 used. The fewer channels are used, the higher the “refresh” rate. It is possible to
get DMX refreshes at around 1000 times per second if only 24 channels are being transmitted. If all 512 channels are being transmitted, the refresh rate is around 44 times per
second.
In summary, since its design and evolution in the 1980’s DMX has become the standard
for lighting control. It is flexible, robust, and scalable, and its ability to control everything
from dimmer packs to moving lights to foggers to lasers makes it an indispensable tool for
any lighting designer or lighting performer.
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Keeping Your SkyBox™ 5 As Good As New
The fixture you’ve received is a rugged, tough piece of pro lighting equipment, and as long as you take care of it, it will take care of you. That said, like
anything, you’ll need to take care of it if you want it to operate as designed.
You should absolutely keep the fixture clean, especially if you are using it in an
environment with a lot of dust, fog, haze, wild animals, wild teenagers or spilled
drinks.
Cleaning the optics routinely with a suitable glass cleaner will greatly improve
the quality of light output. Keeping the fans free of dust and debris will keep
the fixture running cool and prevent damage from overheating.
In transit, keep the fixtures in cases. You wouldn’t throw a prized guitar,
drumset, or other piece of expensive gear into a gear trailer without a case,
and similarly, you shouldn’t even think about doing it with your shiny new light
fixtures.
Common sense and taking care of your fixtures will be the single biggest thing
you can do to keep them running at peak performance and let you worry about
designing a great light show, putting on a great concert, or maximizing your client’s satisfaction and “wow factor.” That’s what it’s all about, after all!
Returns (Gasp!)
We’ve taken a lot of precautions to make sure you never even have to worry
about sending a defective unit back, or sending a unit in for service. But, like
any complex piece of equipment designed and built by humans, once in a while,
something doesn’t go as planned. If you find yourself with a fixture that isn’t
behaving like a good little fixture should, you’ll need to obtain a Return Authorization (RA).
Don’t worry, this is easy. Just send an email to support@blizzardlighting.com,
and we’ll issue you an RA. Then, you’ll need to send the unit to us using a
trackable, pre-paid freight method. We suggest using USPS Priority or UPS.
Make sure you carefully pack the fixture for transit, and whenever possible, use
the original box & packing for shipping.
When returning your fixture for service, be sure to include the following:
1.) Your contact information (Name, Address, Phone Number, Email address).
2.) The RA# issued to you
3.) A brief description of the problem/symptoms.
We will, at our discretion, repair or replace the fixture. Please remember that
any shipping damage which occurs in transit to us is the customer’s responsibility, so pack it well!
Shipping Issues
Damage incurred in shipping is the responsibility of the shipper, and
must be reported to the carrier immediately upon receipt of the items.
Claims must be made within seven (7) days of receipt.
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Tech Specs!
Weight & Dimensions
Width
6.5 inches (165 mm)
Depth
5.12 inches (130 mm)
Height
6.5 inches (165 mm)
Weight
9.3 lbs (4.5 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
100-264VAC, 47-63 Hertz
Power Consumption
TBA
Light Source
LED
7x 15W 5-in-1 LEDs 100,000 hours.
Optical
Beam Angle
25 degree optics standard
26 degree beam
30 degree field
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
5 / 6 / 7 / 10
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Standalone, Master/Slave, Sound Active, Color
Other Operating Modes Preset
Other Information
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give scales of 1 to 10 a 3.
Warranty
2-year limited warranty, does not cover malfunction caused by damage to LED’s.
DISCLAIMER:
The power connector fitted to the fixture and fixture cord are designed for compatibility
with products manufactured by Neutrik AG, Neutrik USA and their related entities, however they are not manufactured by, affiliated with or endorsed by Neutrik AG, Neutrik USA,
or any related entity. Neutrik® and powerCON® are registered trademarks of Neutrik AG.
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6.5in (165mm)
Dimensional Drawings
6.5in (165mm)
3.9in (98.15mm)
2.6in (65mm)
5.12in (130mm)
7.84in (199mm)
1.2in
(28.5mm)
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Enjoy your product!
Our sincerest thanks for your purchase!
--The team @ Blizzard Lighting