User Manual
User Manual
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Before You Begin .............................................................................. 3
What Is Included ............................................................................................... 3
Unpacking Instructions ...................................................................................... 3
Claims ........................................................................................................................ 3
Text Conventions .............................................................................................. 3
Icons .................................................................................................................. 3
Document Information ....................................................................................... 3
Product at a Glance .......................................................................................... 4
Safety Notes ...................................................................................................... 4
2. Introduction ....................................................................................... 5
Product Overview .............................................................................................. 5
Product Dimensions .......................................................................................... 6
3. Setup .................................................................................................. 7
AC Power .......................................................................................................... 7
Fuse Replacement ..................................................................................................... 7
Power Linking............................................................................................................. 8
Mounting ........................................................................................................... 9
Orientation ................................................................................................................. 9
Rigging ....................................................................................................................... 9
4. Operation ..........................................................................................10
Control Panel Operation.................................................................................. 10
Menu Map ....................................................................................................... 10
Configuration (DMX) ....................................................................................... 11
DMX Personalities and Starting Address ................................................................ 11
Sectional Control ...................................................................................................... 11
DMX Channel Assignments and Values ......................................................... 12
7-CH......................................................................................................................... 12
3-CH......................................................................................................................... 12
4-CH......................................................................................................................... 12
6-CH......................................................................................................................... 13
9-CH......................................................................................................................... 13
18-CH....................................................................................................................... 14
Configuration (Standalone) ............................................................................. 15
Static Color Mode..................................................................................................... 15
Automatic Mode ....................................................................................................... 15
Custom Static Color Mode ....................................................................................... 15
Master/Slave Mode .................................................................................................. 16
5. Technical Information ......................................................................17
Product Maintenance ...................................................................................... 17
General Troubleshooting................................................................................. 18
Contact Procedure .......................................................................................... 19
CHAUVET® Contact Information .................................................................... 19
Returning Products to CHAUVET® ................................................................ 19
DMX Primer .......................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.
Introduction ................................................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.
DMX Configuration ...................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
DMX Connectivity........................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.
6. Technical Specifications ..................................................................20
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COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
1. BEFORE YOU BEGIN
What Is
Included
Unpacking
Instructions
Claims
Text
Conventions
Icons
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1 x COLORband PiX™ Mini
1 x Power Cord
2 x L-Brackets
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1 x Warranty Card
1 x Quick Reference Guide
Immediately upon receipt, carefully unpack the product and check the container to make
sure you have received all the parts indicated above in good condition.
If the container or the material inside the container (the product and included
accessories) appear damaged from shipping, or show signs of mishandling, upon receipt
notify the carrier immediately, not CHAUVET®. Failure to do so in a timely manner may
invalidate your claim with the carrier. In addition, keep the container and all the packing
material for inspection.
For other issues such as missing components or parts, damage not related to shipping,
or concealed damage, file a claim with CHAUVET® within seven (7) days of receiving
the merchandise.
Convention
1~512
50/60
Settings
Menu > Settings
<ENTER>
ON
Icon
Meaning
A range of values
A set of values of which only one can be chosen
A menu option not to be modified
A sequence of menu options to be followed
A key to be pressed on the product’s control panel
A value to be entered or selected
Meaning
Critical installation, configuration, or operation information. Failure
to comply with this information may render the product partially or
completely inoperative, cause damage to the product, or cause
harm to the user.
Important installation or configuration information. Failure to
comply with this information may prevent the product from
functioning correctly.
Useful non-critical information.
Document
Information
The information and specifications contained in this document are subject to change
without notice. CHAUVET® assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or
omissions that may appear in this manual. CHAUVET® reserves the right to update the
existing document or to create a new document to correct any errors or omissions.
You can download the latest version of this document from www.chauvetlighting.com.
© Copyright 2012 CHAUVET®. All rights reserved.
Electronically published by CHAUVET® in the United States of America
Author
Date
Editor
Date
A. Diaz
1/11/12
S. Graham
1/12/12
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Product at a
Glance
Use on Dimmer
Outdoor Use
Sound Activated
DMX
Master/Slave
Safety Notes
Auto Programs
Auto-ranging Power Supply
Replaceable Fuse
User Serviceable
Duty Cycle
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Please read the following Safety Notes carefully before working with the product. The
Notes include important safety information about installation, usage, and maintenance.
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Always connect the product to a grounded circuit to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Always disconnect the product from the power source before cleaning or replacing
the fuse.
Avoid direct eye exposure to the light source while the product is on.
Make sure the power cord is not crimped or damaged.
Never disconnect the product from power cord by pulling or tugging on the cord.
If mounting the product overhead, always secure to a fastening device using a
safety cable.
Make sure there are no flammable materials close to the product when operating.
Do not touch the product’s housing when operating because it may be very hot.
Always make sure that the voltage of the outlet to which you are connecting the
product is within the range stated on the decal or rear panel of the product.
The product is for indoor use only! (IP20) To prevent risk of fire or shock, do not
expose the product to rain or moisture.
Always install the product in a location with adequate ventilation, at least 20 in (50
cm) from adjacent surfaces.
Be sure that no ventilation slots on the product’s housing are blocked.
Never connect the product to a dimmer.
Make sure to replace the fuse with another of the same type and rating.
Never carry the product from the power cord or any moving part. Always use the
hanging/mounting bracket or the handles.
The maximum ambient temperature (Ta) is 104° F (40° C). Do not operate the
product at higher temperatures.
In the event of a serious operating problem, stop using the product immediately.
Never try to repair the product. Repairs carried out by unskilled people can lead to
damage or malfunction. Please contact the nearest authorized technical assistance
center.
Keep this User Manual for future consultation. If you sell the product to another
user, be sure that they also receive this document.
COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
2. INTRODUCTION
Product Overview
Microphone
Power In
LED Display
Power Out
Sound Sensitivity Knob
Bracket Adjustment Knob
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5-pin DMX Connectors
3-pin DMX Connectors
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Product Dimensions
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COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
3. SETUP
AC Power
The COLORband PiX™ Mini has an auto-ranging power supply and it can work with an
input voltage range of 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz.
To determine the product’s power requirements (circuit breaker, power outlet, and
wiring), use the current value listed on the label affixed to the product’s back panel, or
refer to the product’s specifications chart. The listed current rating indicates the
product’s average current draw under normal conditions.
Always connect the product to a protected circuit (circuit breaker or fuse). Make
sure the product has an appropriate electrical ground to avoid the risk of
electrocution or fire.
Never connect the product to a rheostat (variable resistor) or dimmer circuit, even
if the rheostat or dimmer channel serves only as a 0% to 100% switch.
Fuse
Replacement
Follow the instructions below to change the fuse, if necessary.
Disconnect the product from the power outlet before replacing the fuse.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Wedge the tip of a flat-head screwdriver into the slot of the fuse holder.
Pry the fuse holder out of the housing.
Remove the blown fuse from the holder and replace with a fuse of the exact same
type and rating.
Insert the fuse holder back in place and reconnect power.
Installed fuse
(held by plastic clip)
Safety cap
Spare fuse holder
(inside safety cap)
The product does not ship with a spare fuse; however, the safety cap has room
for a spare.
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Power Linking
The product provides power linking via the IEC outlet located in the back of the unit (see
diagram below).
st
1 Product
Power Linking
Diagram
nd
2 Product
rd
3 Product
Other products
You can power link up to 20 COLORband PiX™ Mini units on 120 VAC or up to 35
COLORband PiX™ Mini units on 230 VAC.
The power linking diagram shown above corresponds to the North American
version of the product ONLY! If using the product in other markets, you must
consult with the local CHAUVET® distributor because power linking connectors
and requirements may differ in your country or region.
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COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
Mounting
Before mounting the product, read and follow the safety recommendations indicated in
the Safety Notes.
Orientation
The COLORband PiX™ Mini may be mounted in any position; however, make sure
adequate ventilation is provided around the product.
Rigging
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Before deciding on a location for the product, always make sure there is easy
access to the product for maintenance and programming purposes.
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Make sure that the structure or surface onto which you are mounting the product
can support the product’s weight. Please see the Technical Specifications for weight
information.
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When mounting the product overhead, always use a safety cable. Mount the
product securely to a rigging point, whether an elevated platform or a truss.
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When rigging the product onto a truss, you should use a mounting clamp of
appropriate weight capacity. The bracket has a 13-mm hole, which is appropriate for
this purpose.
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When power linking multiple products, you must always consider the length of the
power linking cable and mount the products close enough for the cable to reach.
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The bracket adjustment knobs allow for directional adjustment when aiming the
product to the desired angle. Only loosen or tighten the bracket knobs manually.
Using tools could damage the knobs.
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The mounting brackets also serve as floor supports/allow for surface mounting.
When mounting the product on the floor, make sure that the product and cables are
away from people and vehicles.
Mounting Diagram
Mounting Bracket
Bracket
Adjustment Knob
L-Bracket (x2)
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4. OPERATION
Control Panel
Operation
To access the control panel functions, use the four buttons located underneath the
display. Please refer to the Product Overview to see the button locations on the control
panel.
Button
<MENU>
<UP>
Menu Map
Function
Press to find an operation mode or to back out of the current menu
option
Press to scroll up the list of options or to find a higher value
<DOWN>
Press to scroll down the list of options or to find a lower value
<ENTER>
Press to activate a menu option or a selected value
Mode
Static Colors
Auto Programs
Program Speed
Programming Steps
C--
P--
S--
Slave Mode
Custom Color
Mixing
C1
Red
C2
Green
C3
Blue
C4
Cyan
C5
Magenta
C6
Yellow
C7
White
P1
7-Color Switching
P2
7-Color Fading
P3
3-Color Switching
P4
3-Color Fading
P5
Chase Program
P6
7-Color Sound Active
P7
7-Color Sound Active Chase + Strobe
S001-S100
SLA
U--
Description
Selects auto program speed
Sets Slave Mode
r--
Red
g--
Green
b--
Blue
3-CH
4-CH
DMX
Personalities
6-CH
7-CH
d001-d512
Selects DMX starting address
9-CH
18-CH
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COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
Configuration
(DMX)
DMX
Personalities
and Starting
Address
Set the product in DMX mode to control with a DMX controller.
1. Connect the product to a suitable power outlet.
2. Turn the product on.
3. Connect a DMX cable from the DMX output of the DMX controller to the DMX input
socket on the product.
The COLORband PiX™ Mini has six DMX personalities, from a 3-channel mode for basic
control to an 18-channel mode with more advanced control over the lights.
The COLORband PiX™ Mini uses up to 18 DMX channels in its 18-channel DMX mode,
which defines the highest configurable address to 495.
When selecting a starting DMX address, always consider the number of DMX channels
the selected DMX mode uses. If you choose a starting address that is too high, you could
restrict the access to some of the product’s channels.
If you are not familiar with the DMX protocol, download the DMX Primer from
www.chauvetlighting.com.
To select the DMX personality, do the following:
1. Press <MENU> repeatedly until 3-CH, 4-CH, 6-CH, 7-CH, 9-CH, or 18CH shows on
the display.
2. Press <ENTER> to choose your DMX personality when it appears on the display.
To then choose your starting address:
1. The display should show d 1 once you’ve selected your DMX personality using the
steps above.
2. Use <UP> or <DOWN> to select the starting address.
3. Press <ENTER>.
Sectional
Control
The COLORband PiX™ Mini offers section control of the lights, anywhere from 2 through
6 sections. To access this, simply choose the DMX personality as shown above. The
diagrams for what each DMX personality controls are below.
Note: not all DMX personalities offer sectional control.
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DMX Channel Assignments and Values
7-CH
Channel
Function
000  255 0~100%
2
Green
000  255 0~100%
3
Blue
4
Color Macros
000  255 0~100%
000  015 No function
016  255 Color Macros
Speed (slow to fast)
000  255
(when CH.6 is from 032~233)
000  015 No function
016  255 0~30 Hz
000  031 No function
032  063 Pulse effect 0%~100%
064  095 Pulse effect 100%~0%
096  114 Pulse effect 100%~0%~100%
115  127 Chase program
128  159 Auto fade transition
160  191 Auto snap transition (3 colors)
192  223 Auto snap transition (7 colors)
224  255 Sound active mode
000  255 0~100%
Speed
4-CH
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Setting
Red
5
3-CH
Value
1
Strobe
(CH.1-CH.4 only)
6
Auto Programs
7
Dimmer
Channel
Function
Value
Setting
1
Red
000  255 0~100%
2
Green
000  255 0~100%
3
Blue
000  255 0~100%
Channel
Function
Value
Setting
1
Red
000  255 0~100%
2
Green
000  255 0~100%
3
4
Blue
Dimmer
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
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6-CH
9-CH
Channel
Function
Value
Setting
1
Red
000  255 0~100%
2
Green
000  255 0~100%
3
Blue
000  255 0~100%
4
5
6
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
Channel
Function
Value
Setting
Section
1
2
Section
1
2
Red
Green
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
3
Blue
000  255 0~100%
4
5
6
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
2
7
8
9
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
3
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18CH
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Channel
Function
Value
Setting
Section
1
2
Red
Green
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
3
Blue
000  255 0~100%
4
5
6
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
2
7
8
9
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
3
10
11
12
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
4
13
14
15
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
5
16
17
18
Red
Green
Blue
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
000  255 0~100%
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Configuration
(Standalone)
Set the product in one of the standalone modes to control without a DMX controller.
1. Connect the product to a suitable power outlet.
2. Turn the product on.
Never connect a product that is operating in any standalone mode (either Static,
Automatic, or Sound) to a DMX string connected to a DMX controller. Products in
standalone mode may transmit DMX signals that could interfere with the DMX
signals from the controller.
Static Color Mode
Automatic Mode
To enable the Static Color Mode, do the following:
1. Press <MENU> repeatedly until C-- shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Use <UP> or <DOWN> to choose a color (C1-C7).
4. Press <ENTER>.
To enable the Automatic Mode, follow the instructions below:
1. Press <MENU> repeatedly until P-- shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Use <UP> or <DOWN> to choose your auto program (P1-P7).
4. Press <ENTER>.
You can adjust the speed of the automatic program as well.
1. Press <MENU> repeatedly until S-- shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Use <UP> or <DOWN> to adjust the duration of each step of the automatic program
from S001 (slow) to S100 (fast).
4. Press <ENTER>.
Custom Static
Color Mode
To enable the Custom Static Color Mode, follow the instructions below:
1. Press <MENU> repeatedly until U-- shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Press <UP> or <DOWN> to choose between colors (r--, g--, b--).
4. Press <ENTER>.
5. Press <UP> or <DOWN> to choose the intensity of the color (000-100).
6.
7.
Repeat the steps to mix additional colors to create the color you need.
Press <ENTER>.
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Master/Slave
Mode
The Master/Slave mode allows a single COLORband PiX™ Mini unit (the “master”) to
control the actions of one or more COLORband PiX™ Mini units (the “slaves”) without
the need of a DMX controller. The master unit will be set to operate in either Automatic
or Sound Active mode, while the slave units will be set to operate in Slave Mode. Once
set and connected, the slave units will operate in unison with the master unit.
Configure the units as indicated below.
Slave units:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until SLA shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER> to accept.
3. Set the DMX address to 001.
4.
5.
Connect the DMX input of the first slave unit to the DMX output of the master unit.
Connect the DMX input of the subsequent slave units to the DMX output of the
previous slave unit.
6. Finish setting and connecting all the slave units.
Master unit:
1.
2.
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Set the master unit to operate in either Automatic or Sound mode.
Make the master unit the first unit in the DMX daisy chain.
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Configure all the slave units before connecting the master unit to the DMX
daisy chain.
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Never connect a DMX controller to a DMX string configured for Master/Slave
operation because the controller may interfere with the signals from the
master unit.
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Do not connect more than 31 slave units to the master unit.
COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
5. TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Product
Maintenance
Dust build-up reduces light output performance and can cause overheating. This can
lead to reduction of the light source’s life. To maintain optimum performance and
minimize wear, you should clean your lighting products at least twice a month. However,
be aware that usage and environmental conditions could be contributing factors to
increase the cleaning frequency.
To clean the product, follow the instructions below:
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Unplug the product from power.
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Wait until the product is cold.
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Use a vacuum (or dry compressed air) and a soft brush to remove dust collected on
the external surface/vents.
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Clean all transparent surfaces with a mild soap solution, ammonia-free glass
cleaner, or isopropyl alcohol.
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Apply the solution directly to a soft, lint-free cotton cloth or a lens cleaning tissue.
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Carefully wipe any dirt or grime to the outside edge of the transparent surface.
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Gently polish the transparent surfaces until they are free of haze and lint.
Always dry the transparent surfaces carefully after cleaning them.
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General Troubleshooting
Symptom
Possible Cause
Excessive load on the circuit
Make sure that the total load does not
exceed 80% of the breaker or fuse nominal
current
Short circuit along the power lines
Check the power lines and power cords
No energy on power outlet
Check power outlet
Change to another outlet
Loose or damaged power cord
Check the power cord
Blown fuse
Replace blown fuse with a good one of the
same type and rating
Internal problem
Send product for repair
Wrong starting address on the product
Set the correct starting address on the
product
Use the right fader(s) on the controller
Wrong DMX personality on the product
Set the correct DMX product’s personality
Assign the faders accordingly
Wrong polarity setting on the DMX
controller
Change the signal polarity on the controller
Loose or damaged DMX cable
Check the DMX cable before the faulty unit
Internal problem
Send product for repair
Signal cables are not DMX compatible
Replace non-DMX cables with true DMX
cables
Interference with AC or radio signals
Keep DMX cables away from AC wires or
radio equipment
DMX cable too long
Install an optically coupled DMX amplifier
right before the product with intermittent
problems
Too many products connected
Install an optically coupled DMX amplifier
after unit #32
Terminator not connected
Install a terminator as indicated in the DMX
Primer
Circuit breaker or fuse
keeps blowing
Product does not power
up
Product does not
respond to DMX
Intermittent DMX
problems
Possible Action
If you still experience problems after trying the above solutions, contact
CHAUVET® Technical Support.
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Contact
Procedure
CHAUVET®
Contact
Information
In case you need to return a product or request support, follow the procedure below:
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If you live in the U.S., contact CHAUVET® World Headquarters (see below).
If you live in the UK or Ireland, contact CHAUVET® Europe Ltd.(see below).
If you live in any other country, DO NOT contact CHAUVET®. Instead, contact your
distributor of record. Refer to our Web site for contact details of distributors outside
the U.S., United Kingdom, or Ireland.
World Headquarters
CHAUVET®
General Information
Address:
5200 NW 108th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33351
Voice:
(954) 929-1115
Fax:
(954) 929-5560
Toll free:
(800) 762-1084
Technical Support
Voice:
(954) 929-1115 (Press 4)
Fax:
(954) 756-8015
Email:
[email protected]
World Wide Web
www.chauvetlighting.com
United Kingdom & Ireland
CHAUVET® Europe Ltd.
General Information
Address:
Unit 1C
Brookhill Road Industrial Estate
Pinxton, Nottingham, UK
NG16 6NT
Voice:
+44 (0)1773 511115
Fax:
+44 (0)1773 511110
Technical Support
Email:
[email protected]
World Wide Web
www.chauvetlighting.co.uk
If you live outside the U.S., United Kingdom, or Ireland, contact your distributor of
record and follow their instructions on how to return CHAUVET® products to
them. Visit our website for contact details.
Returning
Products to
CHAUVET®
Call the corresponding CHAUVET® Tech Support office and request a Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number before shipping the product. Be prepared to
provide the model number, serial number, and a brief description of the cause for the
return.
You must send the merchandise prepaid, in its original box, and with its original packing
and accessories. CHAUVET® will not issue call tags.
Clearly label the package with the RMA number. CHAUVET® will refuse any product
returned without an RMA number.
Write the RMA number on a properly affixed label. DO NOT write the RMA number
directly on the box.
Before sending the product, clearly write the following information on a piece of paper
and place it inside the box:
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Your name
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Your address
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Your phone number
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The RMA number
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A brief description of the problem
Be sure to pack the product properly. Any shipping damage resulting from inadequate
packaging will be your responsibility. As a suggestion, proper FedEx packing or
double-boxing are recommended methods of packaging.
CHAUVET® reserves the right to use its own discretion to repair or replace
returned product(s).
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6. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions and
Weight
Length
Width
Height
Weight
21.8 in (554 mm)
6.1 in (154 mm)
2.5 in (64 mm)
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Note: Dimensions in inches rounded to the nearest decimal digit.
Power
Light Source
Photo Optic
Thermal
DMX
Ordering
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Power Supply Type
Range
Voltage Selection
Switching (internal)
100~240 V, 50/60 Hz
Auto-ranging
Parameter
120 V, 60 Hz
230 V, 50 Hz
Consumption
47 W
51 W
Operating
0.4 A
0.2 A
Power linking current (units)
8 A (20 units)
8 A (35 units)
Fuse
F 1 A, 250 V
F 1 A, 250 V
Power I/O
US/Worldwide
UK/Europe
IEC
Power input connector
IEC
Power output connector
Edison
IEC
Power Cord plug
Edison (US)
Local plug
Type
Power
Lifespan
LED
3W
50,000 hours
Color
Quantity
Current
Tri-color
6
350 mA
Parameter
Strobe Rate
0~30 Hz
Illuminance @ 2 m
1,300 lux
Beam angle
19º
Field angle
35°
Maximum External Temp.
Cooling System
104° F (40° C)
Convection
I/O Connectors
Connector Type
Channel Range
3-pin and 5-pin XLR
Sockets
3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 18
Product Name
Item Code
Item Number
COLORband PiX™ Mini
03020470
COLORBANDPIXMINI
COLORband PiX™ Mini User Manual (Rev. 02)
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