Blizzard ROCKLITE TRI LED User manual

ROCKLITE TRI
Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Brookfield, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ROCKLITE™ TRI LED
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1. Getting Started
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What’s In The Box?
Getting It Out Of The Box
Powering Up!
Getting A Hold Of Us
Safety Instructions (Don’t Stick Your Hand In The Toaster!)
2. Meet The ROCKLITE™ TRI LED
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Features
DMX Quick Reference
The ROCKLITE™ Pin-up Picture
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3. Setup
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Fuse Replacement
Connecting A Bunch Of ROCKLITE™ TRI LED PAR Cans
Data/DMX Cables
Cable Connectors
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?
Take It To The Next Level: Setting up DMX Control
Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
Mounting/Rigging
4. Operating Adjustments
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Navigating The Control Panel
Control Panel Menu Structure
DMX Mode
Master/Slave Mode
Sound Active Mode
Standalone (Program) Mode
Manual (Color Preset) Mode
DMX Channel Values In-Depth
Troubleshooting
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5. Appendix
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A Quick DMX Lesson
Keeping Your ROCKLITE™ LED As Good As New
Returns (Gasp!)
Shipping Issues
Tech Specs
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
• 1 x ROCKLITE™ TRI Professional LED PAR Fixture
• This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on purchasing one of the brightest, best-built PAR
fixtures anywhere! Now that you’ve got your ROCKLITE™ (or hopefully, ROCKLITEs!), 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
W220 N1531 Jericho Ct. Suite E, Waukesha, WI 53186 USA
support@blizzardlighting.com
www.blizzardlighting.com
866-493-6025
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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 the unit. Do not
open the housing or attempt any repairs yourself. In the unlikely event
your unit may require service, please contact Blizzard Lighting at support@blizzardlighting.com.
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2. MEET THE ROCKLITE™ TRI LED PAR
CONTROL FEATURES
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RGB color mixing via 18 high power 9W Tri-Color LEDs
3/7 DMX Channel Switchable
Variable electronic strobe
Variable electronic dimmer
Built-in color & chase macros via DMX
Built-in automated programs via master/slave
Built-in sound active programs
RGB color mixing ability in standalone mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
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Rugged and well-built (It hits the gym regularly)
Light source: 18x 9-watt Tri-Color LEDs
Internal Fan Cooling
Dual mounting brackets for positioning flexibility
DMX Quick Reference (3-Channel Mode)
Channel
What It Does
1
Red Intensity
2
Green Intensity
3
Blue Intensity
DMX Quick Reference (7-Channel Mode)
Channel
What It Does
1
Dimmer
2
Red Intensity
3
Green Intensity
4
Blue Intensity
5
Strobe
6
Program Speed (Channel 7)
7
Built-In Programs
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Figure 1: The ROCKLITE™ Pin-Up Picture
High Power
TRI-Color
LEDs
Mounting Yoke &
Adjustment/Locking Knobs
Spun Aluminum
Enclosure
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
LED Control Panel
DMX In
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3. SETUP
Fuse Replacement
CAUTION! The ROCKLITE™ TRI utilizes a high-output switch-mode
power supply with an internal fuse. Under normal operating conditions, the fuse should not require replacement. The fuse is field
replaceable, however it is an advanced procedure suited to qualified
individuals. Should your ROCKLITE™ fuse require replacement, please
contact Blizzard Lighting for instructions, or to return your unit for
service.
Connecting A Bunch of ROCKLITE™ TRI 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 datagrade 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
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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 fixutres 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 ROCKLITE™ LED
are accessed by using the control panel on the rear of the fixture.
There are 4 control buttons below the LED 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.
<SAVE>
Is used to select and confirm/store the current selection.
The Control Panel LED Display shows the menu items you select from
the menu map on page #11. 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 <SAVE> button to select the menu function
currently displayed, or to enable a menu option. To return to the previous option or menu without changing the value, press the
<MENU> button.
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Control Panel Menu Structure
<MENU>
<MENU>
<MENU>
<MENU>
<MENU>
<SAVE>
<SAVE>
<MENU>
<MENU>
<MENU>
d001
a001
FF01-FF99
CC01-CC99
b001-r255
g001-g255
r001-b255
dEoo
SoUd
SLAv
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DMX Mode (3-Channel)
DMX Mode (7-Channel)
Color Fade Mode
Color Snap Mode
Manual Adjustment - Red
Manual Adjustment - Green
Manual Adjustment - Blue
Demo Mode
Sound Active Mode
Slave Mode
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DMX Mode
Allows the unit to be controlled by any universal DMX controller. If you are unfamiliar with
DMX, please read the DMX Primer on page #15.
1.) The ROCKLITE TRI is capable of operating with either 3 or 7 DMX channels.
To use the fixture in 3-channel mode, use the <MENU> button to select
on the LED Readout.
d001
2.) To operate the fixture in 7-channel mode, use the <MENU> button to select
A001 on the LED Readout.
Stand-Alone, Master/Slave, Sound Active Modes:
Allows a single or Master/Slaved units to run factory installed programs at user selectable
speeds.
1.) To set the fixture in Flash/Fade mode, select
slowest to fastest) or
CC01-CC99
FF01-FF99 (Fade Mode,
To confirm, press the <SAVE> button.
2.) To use the fixture in demo mode, select
button to confirm.
dEoo, then press the <SAVE>
3.) Each fixture is a master by default. To set the fixture as a slave, use the
<MENU> button to reach
SLAv, then press the <SAVE> button to confirm.
Sound Acitve Mode:
1.) To use sound active mode, select either
SouD.
2.) Press the <SAVE> button to confirm.
Manual Mode (Color Preset Mode):
Allows a single unit to display a variety of colors without a DMX controller.
1.) Reach the manual adjustment by using the <MENU> button to reach
.
b001
Adjust each color by using the <SAVE>, <UP> and <DOWN> buttons to se-
r001-r255 g001-g255
b001-b255
lect
,
or
(Red, Green and Blue,
respectively), and adjusting between 1 (lowest) and 255 (highest) for each color.
To confirm, press the <SAVE> button.
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DMX Values In-Depth (3-Channel Mode)
Channel
Channel Value
Does...
1
000 <-> 255
Red Intensity
2
000 <-> 255
Green Intensity
3
000 <-> 255
Blue Intensity
DMX Values In-Depth (7-Channel Mode)
Channel
Channel Value
Does...
1
000 <-> 255
Full Color Dimming
2
000 <-> 255
Red Intensity
3
000 <-> 255
Green Intensity
4
000 <-> 255
Blue Intensity
5
000 <-> 255
Strobe (Slow <--> Fast)
6
000 <-> 255
Program Speed/Function (Slow <--> Fast)
000
050
201
251
Built-In Programs
Channels 1-5 are active
8-Bit Color Mixing
Built In Programs (Channel 6 controls speed)
Sound Active Mode
7
<->
<->
<->
<->
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
Solution
Fixture AutoShut 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.
Beam is Dim
Check optical system and clean excess dust/grime. Also
ensure that the 220V/110V switch is in the correct position,
if applicable.
No Light Output
Check to ensure fixture is operating under correct mode, IE
sound active/auto/DMX/Etc., if applicable. Contact service
for more information.
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
Slow Movement
Verify that 220V/110V switch is in the correct position, if
applicable. Also check that speed channels are set appropriately.
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.
Install a Terminator.
Check all cables for defects.
Reset fixture(s).
Intermittant
Lamp
Check lamp for properly installation.
Relamp, lamp may have reached end of life.
Remote Doesn’t
Work
Verify remote control cable is installed properly and securely.
Verify remote is correct type (CA-9 or other as applicable.)
Fixture Moving
On Its Own
Verify proper mode of operation. Is the fixture in “Auto”
mode?
If your problem isn’t listed, or if problems persist,
please contact support: 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 example, 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 indispensible tool for
any lighting designer or lighting performer.
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Keeping Your ROCKLITE™ 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 satistfaction 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
Length
10 inches (254 mm)
Width
7.75 inches (197 mm)
Height
7.75 inches (197 mm)
Weight
5.25 lbs (2.4 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
90-230VAC, 50-60 Hertz
Fuse
3A 250V
Power Consumption
120W
Light Source
LED
18x 9W Tri-Color LEDs 60,000 hours.
Optical
Beam Angle
25 degree optics standard
23 degree beam
26 degree field
Luminous Intensity
17,040 Lux @ 1m (25 degree optics)
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
3 or 7 (selectable)
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Standalone, Master/Slave, Sound Active,
Other Operating Modes Color Preset
Favorite Pizza
Thin Crust - Pepperoni, Sausage, Black Olives, Jalapenos.
Warranty
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2-year limited warranty, does not cover malfunction caused by damage to LED’s.
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Enjoy your product!
Our sincerest thanks for your purchase!
--The team @ Blizzard Lighting