Blizzard | Puck Q6 | User manual | Blizzard Puck Q6 User manual

Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Wisconsin, USA
Copyright (c) 2012
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ LED PAR Can
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1. Getting Started
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Lithium-Ion Battery Warnings & Information
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 Puck Q6 Unplugged™ LED PAR Can
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Features
DMX Quick Reference (4 and 7-Channel Modes)
The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ Pin-up Picture
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3. Setup 8
Fuse Replacement Connecting A Bunch Of Puck Q6 Unplugged™ LED PAR Cans
Data/DMX Cables Using the Battery System Using this fixture with the wiCICLE® Wireless DMX System
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4. Operating Adjustments 10
DMX Mode & DMX Mode Selection
Master/Slave Mode
Sound Active Mode
Custom Color Display
Fixture running hour display
Additional Operating Help
Troubleshooting 10
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5. Appendix 15
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A Quick DMX Lesson
Keeping The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ As Good As New
Returns (Gasp!) Shipping Issues
Tech Specs
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LITHIUM-ION BATTERY WARNINGS & INFO
1. CAUTION! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND/OR
EQUIPMENT DAMAGE, DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE CHARGING CIRCUITRY IN THIS FIXTURE. The use of other types of chargers may result
in personal injury or equipment damage. Under no circumstances attempt to
connect the battery pack to any power supplies or other equipment that is not
specifically and expressly designated for use with this model
battery pack.
2. USE THE LITHIUM ION BATTERY PACK ONLY WITH EQUIPMENT SPECIFICALLY AND EXPRESSLY DESIGNATED FOR USE WITH THIS MODEL
BATTERY PACK. Use with other equipment may result in fire, electric shock,
personal injury, and/or damage to equipment.
3. AVOID DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS. Do not
charge the battery pack in damp or wet conditions. Avoid using the pack in
direct exposure to rain or snow. Do not use the battery pack or charger in the
presence of explosive gases or flammable materials.
4. AVOID USING OR STORING THE BATTERY PACK IN EITHER
EXTREME COLD OR EXTREME HOT TEMPERATURES. The battery pack
will disable itself under conditions of extreme heat (above 60 °C) and may not
function to full performance under conditions of extreme cold (below –20 °C).
Storage at elevated temperatures (above 25 °C) will shorten the life of the battery pack.
5. DO NOT BURN OR INCINERATE BATTERY PACKS. Battery packs
may explode causing personal injury, fire, and/or damage. Fumes
resulting from burning of battery packs may be toxic.
6. DO NOT DROP, CRUSH, IMPACT, OR MECHANICALLY ABUSE
BATTERY PACKS. Cease use of fixtures that have suffered a sharp
impact, been dropped, run over, or damaged in any other way. Such
impacts may cause internal damage that is not externally visible and
that, over time, may cause short circuits, battery cell leakage, or other
events that may lead to fire, personal injury, and or equipment damage.
7. DO NOT DISASSEMBLE BATTERY PACK. There are no user
serviceable parts within battery packs. Disassembly may result in short
circuiting or other damage that may cause fire, personal injury, and/or
other damage.
8. AVOID CONTACT WITH BATTERY CHEMICALS. If a battery pack
leaks battery chemicals, avoid any contact with skin, eyes, or mouth. In
the event of contact with skin, wash immediately with soap and water
and rinse with vinegar. For eye contact, begin flushing with clean water,
immediately call for medical help, and continue flushing for 20 minutes or
until medical help arrives.
exceptions.
11. STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE. Avoid leaving the fixture in direct sunlight, vehicle cabs, compartments, or unventilated storage buildings during hot
summer conditions. Under extreme temperature conditions damage may occur.
Elevated temperatures in general shorten the life of your battery pack.
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
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1 x Puck Q6 Unplugged™ Flat LED PAR Fixture
1x Mounting Bracket & 2 Knobs
1x IEC Power Cord
This Eloquently Written User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on purchasing the sweetest battery powered LED PAR can on
the market! Based on our world famous Puck3™ and taking into account all
the enhancements of Puck 3NX™, THEN adding our proprietary ultra long-life
intelion™ Lithium-Ion Battery System give you a fixture with TONS of output,
flexibility and fantastic battery-powered run time.
Now that you’ve got The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ (or hopefully, Pucks!), 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
414-395-8365
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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 PUCK™ Q6A / Q6W UNPLUGGED
FLAT LED PAR CAN
CONTROL FEATURES
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RGBA color mixing via 6x 10-Watt Quad Color R/G/B/A LEDs (Q6A)
RGBW color mixing via 6x 10-Watt Quad Color R/G/B/W LEDs (Q6W)
Variable electronic strobe
Variable electronic dimmer
Built-in automated programs via DMX and master/slave
Built-in sound active programs
Full RGBA/RGBW color mixing in standalone and master/slave
RGBA/RGBW (4-Channel) and extended (7-Channel) DMX modes
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
• Lightweight and Compact (It kept its New Years’ resolution!)
• 4-Button LED control panel for easy programming
• Light source: 6x 10-Watt LEDs, Quad-Color
• Dual bracket for flexibility in mounting
• Power outlet for fixture linking (up to 10 fixtures)
• wiCICLE® Enabled functionality allows plug-and-play operation with
our wiCICLE® Brand Wireless DMX system
DMX Quick Reference (7-Channel Mode)
Channel
What It Does
1
Dimmer
2
Red Intensity
3
Green Intensity
4
Blue Intensity
5
Amber / White Intensity
6
Strobe (0-15 off, 16-255 strobe
slow <-> fast)
7
Color Macros (slow <-> fast)
DMX Quick Reference (4-Channel Mode)
Channel
What It Does
1
Red Intensity
2
Green Intensity
3
Blue Intensity
4
Amber / White Intensity
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Figure 1: The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ Pin-Up Picture
Super Fly Quad-Color
LEDs
Dual Mounting
Yokes
Acrylic Lens
Protector
Flat as a pancake!
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
DMX In
DMX Out
AC Power In/Out
LED Control Panel
Microphone
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3. SETUP
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
power.
Connecting A Bunch of The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ Flat LED PAR
Cans
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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Using The Battery System
The Puck Q6 Unplugged™ features our proprietary intelion™ LithiumIon internal battery system which allows the user to the flexibility to
operate their light fixture without AC power for up to 20 hours.
The battery system’s built-in microprocessor controls charging and
overall battery health, so all you need to do is plug and play. A charge
indicator on the back of the fixture turns from RED to GREEN when
charging is complete.
IMPORTANT:
A full charge is obtained after charging the fixture for at least 4 hours. The fixture will automatically stop charging when the battery is in optimal condition.
Display color/fade/chase, strobe, wiCICLE operation, and environmental factors including ambient temperature will all impact battery life.
Depending on program, battery life may range from 3 to 20 hours.
*Runtime & luminous intensity testing data for Amber (Q6A): TBA
Puck Q6W Unplugged Runtime/Luminous Intensity Testing:
Time
0:00
0:30
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
All
1m
2m
7630
2350
7200
2140
7200
2140
7200
2140
7080
2140
7000
2110
7000
2140
7000
2110
7000
2140
7000
2140
7000
2140
Red
1m
2000
2000
2000
1800
1960
1950
1960
1950
1950
1950
Green
2m
1m
650
650
650
650
630
630
630
630
630
630
Blue
2m
1650
1650
1650
1650
1620
1650
1620
1650
1650
1650
480
480
462
473
473
480
473
480
480
480
1m
2500
2500
2430
2260
2420
2440
2420
2440
2440
2440
White
2m
750
768
760
777
760
770
760
770
770
770
1m
1900
1900
1900
1760
1880
1850
1880
1850
1850
1850
2m
560
560
540
560
550
540
550
540
540
540
Approx. maximum run times with full charge, at 68F (20C):
Color Preset
Color Name
Run Time
Col 1
Red
22.25 Hours
Col 2
Green
11.5 Hours
Col 3
Blue
8 Hours
Col 4
Yellow / R+G
8.25 Hours
Col 5
Cyan / G+B
5 Hours
Col 6
Magenta / R+B
7.75 Hours
Col 7
White / R+G+B
5 Hours
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4. OPERATING ADJUSTMENTS
NOTE: After making any adjustment, hold the <MENU> button for approximately
3 seconds, otherwise the fixture will return to the correct mode after approximately 10 seconds.
DMX Mode
Allows the unit to be controlled by any universal DMX controller.
Addr
1.) The default mode for the fixture is DMX, which appears as
on the LED
Readout. Use the <ENTER> button then the <UP> and <DOWN> buttons to
choose a channel between
1 and 512.
Press <ENTER> again to confirm.
ChNd, then press
7Ch or 4Ch, then press <ENTER> again to con-
2.) To change between 4 and 7 channel DMX mode, select
<ENTER>. Select either
firm.
Master/Slave Mode (Auto/Sound Active/Color Preset/Custom):
Allows you to link up to 32 units together without a controller.
1.) Use standard DMX cables to daisy chain your units together via the DMX connector on the rear of the units.
2.) Choose a unit to function as the Master. Select MAST. The master unit must
be the first unit. Finally, chain the units together using DMX cable.
Master
SLNd
then
NASt
to confirm.
3.) Select slave function by using the <UP>/<DOWN> keys to reach SLAV in
the Master/Auto menu on the slave units, and they will react in the same as the
Master.
Slave
SLNd
then
SLAu
to confirm.
STBY
NOTE: Fixtures in slave mode will display “
“ (Standby). This is NORMAL.
Return the fixture to master mode to use it as a standalone fixture.
4.) On the master fixture, use the <UP>/<DOWN> keys to reach SHND, which
allows you to select the Master/Slave mode.
Sound active Auto mode
Color preset
Fade Mode
SoUn then <ENTER> to confirm.
CoLo then Auto, then <ENTER> to confirm.
CoLo then CoL 1 - CoL 15, <ENTER>.
FAdE then SP 1 - SP 8, <ENTER>.
NOTE: Speed 1 = Fastest (Approx. 1.5 sec. per color), Speed 8 = Slowest (Approx.
2 min. per color).
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To set a custom color in Master/Slave / Standalone Mode:
Using this function, you can select any color by adjusting the Red, Green, Blue and Amber
/ White values from 0-255. You may also adjust the color balance of the fixture.
Please note that modifying the values in this step will affect ALL modes, therefore
we recommend resetting all levels to their highest value (255) after using this
mode.
NAnu from the control panel, then hit <ENTER>.
2.) Choose rEd, GrEE, bLuE or UhIT then hit <ENTER> to confirm.
1.) Select
3.) Using the <UP>/<DOWN> keys, select the color you wish to display by
varying Red/Green/Blue intensity between 0 and 255, then hit <ENTER> to
confirm each color choice.
4.) Select Color preset mode as instructed above, then select
CoL 15. then
<ENTER> to confirm.
To Show the Fixture Running Hours:
1.) Select
FhrS from the control panel, then hit <ENTER> to confirm.
Stuck? Want More
Information?
Check out our
helpful tutorial video
HERE:
http://youtu.be/xVKhmV-v0jA
That should tell you everything you need to
know!
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USING THIS FIXTURE WITH THE wiCICLE® WIRELESS
DMX SYSTEM
In addition to the unbridled thrill you already received the first time you plugged
in your fixture, you’ll be delighted to know
that This fixture also works seamlessly with
our wiCICLE® Wireless DMX system, without additional power.
• ONLY fixtures bearing this logo are certified for use with the wiCICLE® without external power.
• Unauthorized modification and/or using the wiCICLE® with
unapproved fixtures may cause damage to the wiCICLE® or
fixture. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS BLIZZARD LIGHTING
RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE FROM SUCH OPERATION.
• Fixtures bearing the above logo MUST only use cable and connectors which separate chassis/case ground from cable shielding. Cabling
with the shield connected to the connector’s case/chassis may cause
malfunction and damage to the wiCICLE® or fixture.
• wiCICLE® transmitters have additional power requirements
and therefore cannot be powered directly from the fixture. You
will need to utilize the supplied AC/DC adaptor to drive wiCICLE® transmitters in your system.
WE HAD THIS SPACE, SO WE FIGURED WE’D DRAW
YOU A PICTURE:
Antenna Housing & 1/2-wave
Antenna
Antenna ferrule & articulation
joint
Stainless Steel Housing
Recessed Selector Button
Status LED
3-Pin XLR Connector
(Male on transmitter, Female
on receiver model)
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Each wiCICLE® acts as both a transmitter and a receiver, depending on whether
a DMX source is applied to the integral XLR connector. This is an extremely
powerful feature of the system, however, it also requires 1 piece of due dilligence, and that is the removal of extraneous DMX signals from your lighting rig
BEFORE proceeding.
SO: BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE, YOU SHOULD DISABLE ANY
BUILT-IN PROGRAMS IN THE FIXTURES YOU WISH TO CONNECT AND/
OR SET THEM AS SLAVES PRIOR TO RETURNING THEM TO DMX MODE
(IF APPLICABLE). Most fixtures contain a built-in automatic, sound
active or custom program which is designed to operate with the fixture
NOT connected to a DMX chain.
Some of these programs will automatically run unless the fixture is set to slave
mode. These fixtures typically sense DMX automatically and switch to DMX
mode upon receiving DMX signal (our Pucks do that!)
If you plug a wiCICLE® “receiver” into an autosensing fixture set as a “master, “chances are good that the wiCICLE® “receiver” will begin transmitting the
master program. Most times, this is undesirable, and taking the two seconds to
switch these programs off will solve a lot of ails.
Got that done? Good! Then let’s proceed!
1. Plug the wiCICLE® Receiver into the “DMX IN” connector of the fixture and
verify it is receiving power (the STATUS LED should illuminate.)
2. Connect the AC/DC adaptor to the the wiCICLE® Transmitter and verify it is
receiving power (the STATUS LED should illuminate.)
3. Press the RECESSED SELECTOR BUTTON on the Transmitter to select the
operating channel group. (The system will store this setting for future use)
The 7-Color Status LED will change color to indicate the current channel group:
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GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
GROUP
1:
2:
3:
4:
5:
6:
7:
RED
GREEN
YELLOW
BLUE
VIOLET
CYAN
WHITE
NOTE: “GROUP” number
also corresponds to the
“GROUP” setting on our
LightCaster™ wireless DMX
Transceiver.
4. Follow the same procedure on the Receiver to select the channel group.
5. Once both the transmitter and receiver(s) are both set to the same channel group, connect the transmitter to the DMX controller or the DMX out of a
fixture on your DMX chain. 6. Once a DMX signal is provided to the transmitter, the status LED will blink
RED slowly until communication is established with the receiver. The status
LED on the receiver(s) will flash GREEN slowly until communication is established.
7. Once the clearest channel is auto-selected, the status LEDs will blink quickly
on both the transmitter and receiver. NOTE: The color of the LED DURING
operation does not indicate channel group, instead it indicates whether the
unit is transmitting or receiving. That’s It!
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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
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).
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 Puck Q6 Unplugged™ 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
8.25 inches (210 mm)
Width
3.75 inches (95.25 mm)
Height
7.5 inches (190.5 mm)
Weight
7.65 lbs (3.47 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
90-230VAC, 50-60 Hertz
Fuse
3A 250V
Power Consumption
35W
Light Source
LED
6x 10-Watt (4*2.5-watt) Quad-Color RGBA
(Q6A) / RGBW (Q6W) LED’s 60K hrs.
Optical
Beam Angle
25 degrees
29 degree field
Luminous Intensity
7,630 Lux @ 1m (Full White)
Red 2,000 Lux @ 1m
Green 1,650 Lux @ 1m
Blue 2,500 Lux @ 1m
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
4 or 7 (User Selectable)
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Other Operating Modes
Standalone, Master/Slave, Sound Active, Color
Preset, Standalone color mixing
Military Callsign
Tango-Papa-Quebec-Six-Alpha (Q6A) or
Tango-Papa-Quebec-Six-Whiskey (Q6W)
Warranty
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
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