Product Manual atmosfear-hex-jet-user-manual

Blizzard Lighting, LLC
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2015
What’s In The Box?
1 x AtmosFear™ Hex Jet LED Fog Machine
1 x Remote Control
An Ever-So-Handy Power Cord
This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations! Your audiences will soon be blown away and erupt with excitement when
they feast their eyes upon the powerful pyrotechnic-like RGBAW+UV colored fog effects of
the mighty AtmosFear™ Hex Jet! Now that you’re the proud owner of a AtmosFear™ Hex
Jet (or hopefully, Hex Jets!), 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, please just visit our website at
and open a support ticket. We’ll be happy to help, honest.
Blizzard Lighting
N16 W23390 Stoneridge Dr. Ste E
Waukesha, WI 53188 USA
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.
Last Edited:
J. Thomas
J. Thomas
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To keep your AtmosFear™ Hex Jet in good working order please remember to:
Use only water-based, non-toxic fog fluid.
Keep the machine clean.
Turn the power off before adding fog fluid.
Turn the power off when not in use.
And also...
• 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
• 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 visit our support website at:
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RGBAW+UV color mixing via 12x 15W 6-in-1 LEDs
Strong, upward ejecting 1,500 watt fog machine
Variable electronic dimming & strobe
Built-in color & chase macros via DMX
Built-in automated programs via master/slave
RGBAW+UV color mixing ability in standalone mode
IR remote control included
Built-in timer
Rugged and well-built (It hits the gym regularly)
3-pin male input and 3-pin female output
IEC power input connector
DMX Quick Reference (10-Channel Mode)
Ch. Value
What it does
000 <--> 255
Fog Control - On/Off
000 <--> 255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
Amber Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
UV Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
000 <--> 255
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
000 <--> 255
Auto Mode (No Fog) Color Snap (slow <--> fast)
000 <--> 255
Auto Mode (No Fog) Color Fade (slow <--> fast)
6-Button Remote Control Features
Ch. What it does
Auto - Press to turn on, press again to change the speed (1-10).
Color - Press to cycle through its built-in static colors.
Fade - Press to turn on + adjust the fade speed (1-10).
Interval Fog - Press to turn on/off the interval fog timer.
Strobe - Press to start strobe, press again for speed (1-10).
Cancel (Stop)
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Fuse Replacement
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
Connecting A Bunch of AtmosFear™ Hex Jets
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 units on a serial data link determines the number of units
the data link can support.
Units on a serial data link must be daisy chained in one single line.
Also, connecting more than 32 units 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 units on a serial data link is 32.
Data/DMX Cabling
To link units 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:
3-Pin Female
5-Pin Male
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.
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Control Panel Menu Structure:
What it does
Sets the DMX starting address
Sets the countdown timer between fog
blasts in seconds
Sets the duration time of fog blasts for
each set Interval Time
32 Color Modes
Speed: 01-10
Auto run speed (slow <--> fast)
Speed: 01-10
Strobe speed (slow <--> fast)
Speed: 01-10
Fade speed (slow <--> fast)
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in ascending order.
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in descending order.
Press this button to start the fogger countdown timer. The timer settings are
found in the control panel menu.
Interval Time: Sets the length of time in seconds between fog blasts. The
settings for this are found in the control panel menu by pressing the function
button until the display reads Interval Time. Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons
to choose the number of seconds between blasts of fog anywhere between
1-100 seconds. Press the <FUNC> button to return to the main menu.
Duration Time: You can now set the fog blast duration by pressing the <FUNC>
button repeatedly until the menu display reads Duration Time. Use the <UP/
DOWN> buttons to choose the number of seconds each blast of fog occurs,
anywhere between 1-20 seconds.
Press this button to for continual fog. The LEDs will also run its currently set
programs. Press the <VOLUME> button again to abort.
Press and hold the <MANUAL> button down for continual fog and full on white
light. Letting go of the button will stop the process.
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A Quick Lesson On DMX
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
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.
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
Check to ensure proper setup of speed adjustment.
No Power
Check fuse, AC cord and circuit for malfunction.
No Response to
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.
Install a Terminator.
Check all cables for defects.
Reset fixture(s).
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Keeping Your AtmosFear™ Hex Jet As Good As New
The LED fogger you have received is a rugged, tough piece of professional
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
Cleaning Instructions:
1.) You should follow these instructions after approximately 40 hours of use.
2.) Take off the nozzle before heating the fog machine, and clean the nozzle
with straight vinegar.
3.) To clean the tank, pour in and run a solution of 80% distilled water and 20%
white vinegar through the machine. When empty turn off the machine.
4.) Wait for it to cool down, re-install the nozzle, and you can now add more
fluid to prepare for its next use.
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 go to our website and open a support ticket at, 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
20 in (510 mm)
14.7 in (375 mm)
9.8 in (250 mm)
21 lb (9.6 kg)
Operating Voltage
AC 110-240VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption
1,500W, 9.38A
Power Factor
Light Source
12* 15-watt RGBAW+UV LEDs
Beam Angle
25° Beam Angle
Max. Operating Temp. 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Warm-up Time
10 min.
Tank Capacity
45,000 cfm
DMX Channels
3-pin XLR Male
3-pin XLR Female
Other Operating
Standalone, Master/Slave, IR Remote Control
Other Information
Behind every girls selfie is approximately 47 nearly identical photos
that just didn’t cut it.
2-year limited warranty, does not cover malfunction caused by damage to LEDs.
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Enjoy your product!
Our sincerest thanks for your purchase!
--The team @ Blizzard Lighting