Blizzard Switch Blade X3 User manual

Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SwitchBlade™ X3 LED1
1. Getting Started3
What’s In The Box?3
Getting It Out Of The Box
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Powering Up!3
Getting A Hold Of Us3
Safety Instructions (Don’t Play with Matches)
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2. Meet The SwitchBlade X3 LED
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Features5
DMX Quick Reference 5
The SwitchBlade™ X3 Pin-up Picture
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3. Setup 7
Fuse Replacement 7
Connecting A Bunch Of SwitchBlade™ X3 Moving Heads
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Data/DMX Cables 7
Cable Connectors 8
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?8
Take It To The Next Level: Setting up DMX Control
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Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
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Mounting/Rigging9
4. Operating Adjustments 10
Navigating The Control Panel10
Control Panel Menu Structure
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DMX Mode 11
Set the DMX Starting Address
11
Set the DMX Channel Mode 11
Master/Slave Mode11
Reverse Pan/Tilt 12
Sound Active Mode12
Manual Settings12
DMX Channel Values In-Depth
12-13
Troubleshooting 13
5. Appendix 14
A Quick DMX Lesson14
Keeping Your SwitchBlade™ X3 As Good As New
15
Returns (Gasp!) 15
Shipping Issues15
Tech Specs
16
Legal Disclaimer16
Dimensional Drawings17
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
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1 x SwitchBlade™ X3 LED Moving Head Centerpiece Fixture
1 x All Important Power Cord
¼ Turn Mounting Brackets and Safety Cable
Some Styrofoam
This User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
You wanted one, you asked for one, and you needed one. Now here it is. A unique
centerpiece unlike anything you have ever seen before. The SwitchBlade™ X3 is a 3
headed monster ready to add that bit of pizzazz and dazzle that your lightshow has
been lacking. Now that you’ve got your SwitchBlade™ X3, 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! . 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:
Stevie Ray
2/17/2014
Joe Thomas
2/20/2014
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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. Do not block any ventilation slots.
• 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 SWITCHBLADE™ X3
MAIN FEATURES
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3x 10W high powered white LED’s
100,000 hours lifespan and low power consumption
Narrow 2 degree beam angle
Outstanding beam effects
High efficiency LED shutter
Built-in sound active programs
9 and 21 DMX Channels
DMX512, master-slave, sound activated, auto mode
4-button LED display control panel menu
PowerCon™ compatible AC power In/Out connectors
3-pin XLR connectors IN/OUT
53,500 Lux @ 1m, 14,700 Lux @ 2m, 2,600 Lux @ 5m
DMX Quick Reference - 21 / 9 Channel Mode
Ch 21-Channel
9-Channel
1
Head 1 - Pan
Pan
2
Head 1 - Pan Fine
TiltPan Fine
3
Head 1 - Tilt
Tilt
4
Head 1 - Tilt Fine
Tilt Fine
5
Head 1 - Pan/Tilt Speed
Pan/Tilt Speed
6
Head 1 - On/Off
On/Off
7
Head 1 - Strobe
Strobe
8
Head 2 - Pan
Auto LED Effects
9
Head 2 - Pan Fine
Auto Pan/Tilt Speed
10
Head 2 - Tilt
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Head 2 - Tilt Fine
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12
Head 2 - Pan/Tilt Speed
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Head 2 - On/Off
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Head 2 - Strobe
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Head 3 - Pan
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Head 3 - Pan Fine
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Head 3 - Tilt
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Head 3 - Tilt Fine
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Head 3 - Pan/Tilt Speed
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Head 3 - On/Off
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21
Head 3 - Strobe
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Figure 1: The SwitchBlade™ X3 Pin-Up Picture
3x High Power 10-Watt
White 100,000 Hour LED’s
Super Sharp
2 Degree Beams
3 Super Fast
Rotating Yokes
Locking AC
Power In
DMX In
Locking AC
Power Out
DMX Out
4-Button Control
Panel & LED Display
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Fuse
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3. SETUP
Fuse Replacement
CAUTION! With a flat head screwdriver, wedge the fuse holder out
of its housing. Remove the damaged fuse from its holder and replace
with exact same type fuse. Insert the fuse holder back in its place and
reconnect power.
Connecting A Bunch of SwitchBlade™ X3 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 high quality data cables (may I
recommend Cool Cables). You should use data-grade cables that can
carry a high quality signal and are less prone to electromagnetic interference (Cough did I mention Cool Cables?)
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 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 LED Control Panel
All the goodies and different modes possible with the SwitchBlade™ X3
LED are accessed by using the control panel on the front 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.
<ENTER>
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/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 without
changing the value, press the <MENU> button.
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Control Panel Menu Structure
Addr
d001 - d512
To choose the DMX address
cLnd Select Pan/Tilt Direction
H Y
Normal Pan / Normal Tilt Direction
H - Y
Normal Pan / Reverse Tilt Direction
-H Y
Reverse Pan / Normal Tilt Direction
-H -Y
Reverse Pan / Reverse Tilt Direction
SLnd
HoST
Run the Fixture in Master
SLAV
Run the Fixture in Slave
dISP
oFF - on
Turn Display Menu Off and On
SoUn
oFF - on
Turn Sound Active Mode Off and On
CHnL
9CH
Set the Fixture to 9 Channel Mode
21CH
Set the Fixture to 21 Channel Mode
NAn
oFF - on
Control of all Features via Control Panel
ch.1 c000-c255 Pan Control
ch.2 c000-c255 Pan Fine Control
ch.3 c000-c255 Tilt Control
ch.4 c000-c255 Tilt Fine Control
ch.5 c000-c255 Speed Control of Built in Programs
ch.6 c000-c255 Dimmer (0% <-> 100%)
ch.7 c000-c255 Strobe (slow <-> fast)
ch.8 c000-c255 Random Strobe (slow <-> fast)
ch.9 c000-c255 Auto Mode
DMX Mode
Allows the unit to be controlled by any universal DMX controller.
Set the DMX Starting Address:
1.) The default mode for the fixture is DMX, which appears as d001 on the LED readout. To
select a different DMX address, using the <MENU> button, select Addr, then hit <ENTER>.
Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select the correct address, then hit <ENTER> to confirm.
Set the DMX Channel Mode:
1.) To select a DMX channel mode, press the <MENU> button, then use the <UP/DOWN>
buttons until the display reads CHnL and press the <ENTER> button. Then use the <UP/
DOWN> buttons to select 9CH and press <ENTER> for 9-channel mode, or select 21CH and
press <ENTER> for 21-channel mode.
Master/Slave Mode:
1.) To set the fixture as the master fixture (default), press the <MENU> button to navigate to
SLnd, then use the <UP/DOWN> buttons until the display reads HoST. Press the <ENTER>
button to confirm. The master (host) is the first fixture in the DMX chain.
2.) To run the fixture as a slave, press the <MENU> button to navigate to SLnd, then use the
<UP/DOWN> buttons until the display reads SLAV. Press the <ENTER> button to confirm.
This unit will now follow the master fixture.
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Reverse Pan/Tilt
Tip: Depending on your setup, this is a handy feature to use when you have a slaved fixture(s) that
you would like to “mirror” the actions of the master fixture!
1.) Use the <MENU> button to navigate to cLnd and hit <ENTER>. Then use the <UP/
DOWN> buttons to select either:
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H
H
H
H
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Y
Y
Y
Y
Normal Pan / Tilt
Normal Pan / Reverse Tilt Direction
Reverse Pan / Normal Tilt Direction
Reverse Pan / Reverse Tilt Direction
2.) Press the <ENTER> button to confirm your choice.
Sound Active Mode
1.) To enable Sound Active mode, use the <MENU> button to navigate to SoUn and hit <ENTER>. Then use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select off or on. Press the <ENTER> button to
confirm your choice.
Manual Settings
Manual settings including pan, fine pan, tilt, fine tilt, speed, master dimmer, strobe, random
strobe, and built-in programs are all found within Nan in the main menu. You can access and
edit each of them using the same instructions as follows:
1.) Use the <MENU> button to navigate to cLnd and hit <ENTER>.
2.) Then use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select any of the choices below:
Ch1
Pan
Ch4
Fine Tilt
Ch7
Strobe
Ch2
Fine Pan
Ch5
Speed
Ch8
Random Strobe
Ch3
Tilt
Ch6
Dimmer
Ch9
Auto Mode
3.) Then press the <ENTER> button.
4.) Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select a setting from c000-c255.
*000-255 settings will respectively represent either (0% <--> 100%), or (slow <--> fast).
DMX Values In-Depth (21-Channel Mode)
Channel Function
Value
What It Does
1
Head 1 - Pan
000 <--> 255
Pan
2
Head 1 - Pan Fine
000 <--> 255
Pan (fine)
3
Head 1 - Tilt
000 <--> 255
Tilt
4
Head 1 - Tilt Fine
000 <--> 255
Tilt (fine)
5
Head 1 - Pan/Tilt Speed
000 <--> 255
Pan/Tilt Speed
6
Head 1 - Dimmer
000 <--> 255
16-bit dimmer (0%-100%)
7
Head 1 - Strobe
000 <--> 255
Strobe Speed
8
Head 2 - Pan
000 <--> 255
Pan
9
Head 2 - Pan Fine
000 <--> 255
Pan (fine)
10
Head 2 - Tilt
000 <--> 255
Tilt
11
Head 2 - Tilt Fine
000 <--> 255
Tilt (fine)
12
Head 2 - Pan/Tilt Speed
000 <--> 255
Pan/Tilt Speed
13
Head 2 - Dimmer
000 <--> 255
16-bit dimmer (0%-100%)
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Channel
Function
Value
What It Does
14
Head 2 - Strobe
000 <--> 255
Strobe Speed
15
Head 3 - Pan
000 <--> 255
Pan
16
Head 3 - Pan Fine
000 <--> 255
Pan (fine)
17
Head 3 - Tilt
000 <--> 255
Tilt
18
Head 3 - Tilt Fine
000 <--> 255
Tilt (fine)
19
Head 3 - Pan/Tilt Speed
000 <--> 255
Pan/Tilt Speed
20
Head 3 - Dimmer
000 <--> 255
16-bit dimmer (0%-100%)
21
Head 3 - Strobe
000 <--> 255
Strobe Speed
DMX Values In-Depth (9-Channel Mode)
Channel
Function
Value
What It Does
1
Pan
000 <--> 255
Pan
2
TiltPan Fine
000 <--> 255
Pan (fine)
3
Tilt
000 <--> 255
Tilt
4
Tilt Fine
000 <--> 255
Tilt (fine)
5
Pan/Tilt Speed
000 <--> 225
Pan/Tilt Speed
6
Dimmer
000 <--> 255
16-bit dimmer (0%-100%)
7
Strobe
000 <--> 255
Strobe Speed
Auto LED Effects
000 <--> 010
011 <--> 255
No Function
Speed (slow <--> fast)
Auto Pan/Tilt Speed
000 <--> 010
011 <--> 255
No Function
Speed (slow <--> fast)
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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 Erratically
Make sure all connectors are seated properly and securely.
Use Only DMX Cables and/or check cables for defects
Install a Terminator.
Fixture Moving On
Its Own
Verify proper mode of operation. Is the fixture in “Auto” mode?
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.
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.
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 SwitchBlade™ X3 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
14 inches (355 mm)
Depth
12.3 inches (312 mm)
Height
10.7 inches (270 mm)
Weight
16.5 lbs (7.5 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
100-250VAC, 50-60Hz
Fuse
2A 250V
Power Consumption
60W
Light Source
LED
3x 10w high power white LEDs, 100,000 hrs.
Lux (Measured)
Full White
53,500 @ 1m | 14,700 @ 2m | 2,600 @ 5m
Optical
Beam Angle
2 degree optics standard
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
9/21 Channels
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Other Operating Modes
Standalone, Master/Slave, Sound Active, Auto
Important Safety Advice
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
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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10.7 inches
10.7
(270
inches
mm) (270 mm)
Dimensional Drawings
14 inches (355 mm)
12.3 inches
12.3
(312
inches
mm) (312 mm)
14 inches (355 mm)
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