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Blizzard Lighting weather system User manual
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cob
Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Weather System COB™
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1. Getting Started
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What’s In The Box?
Getting It Out Of The Box
Powering Up!
Getting A Hold Of Us
Safety Instructions (Don’t Stick Your Hand In The Toaster!)
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2. Meet The Weather System COB™
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Features
DMX Quick Reference The Weather System COB™ Pin-up Picture
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3. Setup 7
Fuse Replacement Connecting A Bunch Of Weather System COB™ Fixtures
Data/DMX Cables Cable Connectors 3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?
Take It To The Next Level: Setting up DMX Control
Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
Mounting/Rigging
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4. Operating Adjustments Navigating The Control Panel
Control Panel Menu Structure
DMX Mode Set the DMX Starting Address
DMX Channel Mode
Slave Mode
Static Colors, Auto Mode & Sound Active Mode
Static Colors
Built-In Programs
Auto Mode
Sound Active Mode
Standalone (Program) Mode
Manual Color Adjustment
The Weather System COB™ Foot Switch Controller
5. Appendix A Quick DMX Lesson
Troubleshooting Keeping Your Weather System COB™ As Good As New
Returns (Gasp!) Shipping Issues
Tech Specs
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
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1 x Weather System COB™ Fixture LED Bar w/Case
1 x Tripod Lighting Stand w/Case
1 x Foot Switch Controller
2 x Mounting Brackets
This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on purchasing one of the coolest LED lighting systems anywhere! Now
that you’re the proud owner of a Weather System COB™ (or hopefully, MORE!), 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
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:
J. Thomas
3/14/2014
J. Thomas
3/19/2014
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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. 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 WEATHER SYSTEM COB™
MAIN FEATURES:
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User selectable 2/3/4/7/8/14/15 DMX channels
4x Tri-Color RGB 30W COB LEDs, 30° beam angle
Easy to use four petal foot control switch with 16ft cord
Independent fixture swivel/tilt positioning + height adjustment
RGB color mixing in standalone, master/slave and DMX modes
Automated programs via master/slave & standalone modes
Sound activated programs in master/slave & standalone modes
3-pin male input and 3-pin female output
Adjustable stand & carrying case
Heavy duty, black aluminum housing
CONTROL:
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Easy to use 4-pedal foot switch
USITT DMX-512, multiple DMX channel modes
4-button LED control panel
DMX Quick Reference (15/14/8/7 - Channel Modes)
Ch.
15-Channel
14-Channel
8-Channel
7-Channel
1
Built-in Programs
Red - Fixture 1
Red - Fixtures 1+2
Red (global)
2
Dimmer
Green - Fixture 1
Green - Fixtures 1+2
Green (global)
3
Strobe
Blue - Fixture 1
Blue - Fixtures 1+2
Blue (global)
4
Red - Fixture 1
Red - Fixture 2
Red - Fixtures 3+4
Built-in Programs
5
Green - Fixture 1
Green - Fixture 2
Green - Fixtures 3+4
Speed
6
Blue - Fixture 1
Blue - Fixture 2
Blue - Fixtures 3+4
Strobe
7
Red - Fixture 2
Red - Fixture 3
Strobe
Dimmer
8
Green - Fixture 2
Green - Fixture 3
Dimmer
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Blue - Fixture 2
Blue - Fixture 3
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Red - Fixture 3
Red - Fixture 4
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Green - Fixture 3
Green - Fixture 4
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Blue - Fixture 3
Blue - Fixture 4
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Red - Fixture 4
Strobe
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14
Green - Fixture 4
Dimmer
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Blue - Fixture 4
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DMX Quick Reference (4/3/2 - Channel Modes)
Ch.
4-Channel
3-Channel
2-Channel
1
Red (global)
Red (global)
Built-in Programs
2
Green (global)
Green (global)
Speed
3
Blue (global)
Blue (global)
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Dimmer
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Figure 1: The Weather System COB™ Pin-Up Picture
Rugged Black
Aluminum Casings
Adjustable Position
LED Fixtures
4x Tri-Color RGB
30W COB LEDs
Adjustable Height
Tripod Stand
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
Fuse
Footswitch Input
AC Power In
DMX In
4-Button
Control Panel
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AC Power Out
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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 Weather System
COB™ Fixtures
You will need a serial data link to run light shows using a DMX-512
controller or to run shows on two or more fixtures set to sync in master/
slave operating mode. The combined number of channels required by all
the fixtures on a serial data link determines the number of fixtures the
data link can support.
Fixtures on a serial data link must be daisy chained in one single line.
Also, connecting more than 32 fixtures on one serial data link without the
use of a DMX optically-isolated splitter may result in deterioration of the
digital DMX signal.
The maximum recommended cable-run distance is 500 meters (1640 ft).
The maximum recommended number of fixtures on a serial data link is
32 fixtures.
Data/DMX Cabling
To link fixtures together you’ll need data cables. You should use datagrade cables that can carry a high quality signal and are less prone to
electromagnetic interference.
For instance, Belden© 9841 meets the specifications for EIA RS-485
applications. Standard microphone cables will “probably” be OK, but note
that they cannot transmit DMX data as reliably over long distances. In
any event, the cable should have the following characteristics:
2-conductor twisted pair plus a shield
Maximum capacitance between conductors – 30 pF/ft.
Maximum capacitance between conductor & shield – 55 pF/ft.
Maximum resistance of 20 ohms / 1000 ft.
Nominal impedance 100 – 140 ohms
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Cable Connectors
Cables must have a male XLR connector on one end and a female XLR
connector on the other end. (Duh!)
CAUTION: Do not allow contact between the common and the
fixture’s chassis ground. Grounding the common can cause a ground
loop, and your fixture may perform erratically. Test cables with an
ohm meter to verify correct polarity and to make sure the pins are not
grounded or shorted to the shield or each other.
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?!?
If you use a controller with a 5 pin DMX output connector, you will need to use a 5 pin to 3 pin adapter.
They are widely available over the internet and from specialty retailers. If you’d like to build your own,
the chart below details a proper cable conversion:
Conductor
3-Pin Female
(Output)
5-Pin Male
(Input)
Ground/Shield
Pin 1
Pin 1
DMX Data (-)
Pin 2
Pin 2
DMX Data (+)
Pin 3
Pin 3
Not Used.
No Connection.
No Connection.
Not Used.
No Connection.
No Connection.
Take It To The Next Level: Setting Up DMX Control
Step 1: Connect the male connector of the
DMX cable to the female connector (output)
on the controller.
Step 2: Connect the female connector of
the DMX cable to the first fixture’s male
connector (input). Note: It doesn’t matter
which fixture address is the first one
connected. We recommend connecting the
fixtures in terms of their proximity to the
controller, rather than connecting the lowest
fixture number first, and so on.
Step 3: Connect other fixtures in the chain
from output to input as above. Place a DMX
terminator on the output of the final fixture
to ensure best communication.
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Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
1. Connect the (male) 3 pin connector side of the
DMX cable to the output (female) 3 pin connector of
the first fixture.
2. Connect the end of the cable coming from
the first fixture which will have a (female) 3 pin
connector to the input connector of the next fixture
consisting of a (male) 3 pin connector. Then,
proceed to connect from the output as stated above
to the input of the following fixture and so on.
A quick note: Often,
the setup for MasterSlave and Standalone
operation requires that
the first fixture in the
chain be initialized for
this purpose via either
settings in the control
panel or DIP-switches.
Secondarily, the fixtures
that follow may also
require a slave setting.
Check the “Operating Adjustments” section in this manual for
complete instructions for this type of setup and configuration.
Mounting & Rigging
This fixture may be mounted in any SAFE position provided there is
enough room for ventilation.
It is important never to obstruct the fan or vents pathway. Mount the
fixture using a suitable “C” or “O” type clamp. The clamp should be
rated to hold at least 10x the fixture’s weight to ensure structural
stability. Do not mount to surfaces with unknown strength, and ensure
properly “rated” rigging is used when mounting 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 Control Panel
All the goodies and different modes possible with the Weather System
COB™ are accessed by using the control panel on the side of the
fixture. There are 4 control buttons below the LED display which allow
you to navigate through the various control panel menus.
MODE
SETUP
UP
DOWN
<MODE>
Is used to navigate the various modes.
<SETUP>
Is used to enter into the selected mode setup.
<UP>
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in ascending order.
<DOWN>
Scrolls through menu items and numbers in descending order.
The Control Panel LED Display shows the menu items listed on the
Control Panel Menu Structure on page 11. Use the <MODE>
button to navigate your choices. To edit a setting, push the <SETUP>
button, then use the <UP> and <DOWN> buttons again to scroll
through your options.
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Control Panel Menu Structure
d001
d001 - d512
2-ch
3-ch
4-ch
7-ch
8-ch
14ch
15-ch
To choose the DMX address
To choose 2 channel DMX mode
To choose 3 channel DMX mode
To choose 4 channel DMX mode
To choose 7 channel DMX mode
To choose 8 channel DMX mode
To choose 14 channel DMX mode
To choose 15 channel DMX mode
SLAu
Sets the fixture to run in slave mode
SU--
SU00-SU31
Sound active (-/+ = mic sensitivity)
Colr
Manual Color Adjustment
r000 - r255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
9000 - 9255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
b000 - b255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
Pr--
Pr01 - Pr14
Static Colors & built-in programs
SP01 - SPFL
Speed adjustment (slow <--> fast)
FS00 - F599
Strobe speed (slow <--> fast)
SP01 - SPFL
Auto mode speed (slow <--> fast)
FS00 - F599
Auto mode strobe speed (slow <--> fast)
AU7O
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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, hit the <SETUP> button and use
the <UP/DOWN> buttons to select the your desired starting DMX address
ranging from d001 - d512 then hit <SETUP> again to confirm your choice.
DMX Channel Mode
1.) To change the DMX channel mode, use the <MODE> button to scroll to
d001 and hit the <SETUP> button. Push the <SETUP> button again and use
the <UP/DOWN> buttons to scroll through your choices of 2-ch, 3-ch, 4-ch,
7-ch, 8-ch, 14ch or 15ch. Press <MODE> to confirm your choice.
Slave Mode
1.) To use as a slave unit, simply use the <MODE> button to scroll to SLAu.
This Weather System™ COB will now be in slave mode and follow the master
unit, which is the 1st Weather System™ COB in the DMX chain.
Static Colors, Auto Mode, & Sound Active Modes:
Allows a single or Master/Slaved units to run factory installed programs at user selectable
speeds.
Static Colors
1.) To use one of the 7 built-in static colors (8 is off), use the <MODE> button
to scroll to Pr-1, and hit <SETUP>. Use the <UP/DOWN> buttons to scroll
through the static color choices:
1 --r (red)
2 -r9 (yellow)
3 --9 (green)
4 -9b (teal)
5 --b (blue)
6 -rb (magenta)
7 r9b (white)
80FF (off)
2.) Push the <SETUP> button to confirm your choice. Now you can adjust the
strobe speed by selecting the strobe speed adjustment settings of FS01 - FS99
(slow <--> fast).
Built-in Programs
1.) To set the fixture to run a single built-in program, use the <MODE> button
to scroll to Pr--, and press the <SETUP> button. Then use the <UP/DOWN>
buttons to scroll through the built-in program choices of Pr02-Pr14 and push
the <SETUP> button to confirm your choice. Now you can adjust the speed
of the program by using the <UP/DOWN> buttons and choose from SP01 SPFL (slow <--> fast), and push the <SETUP> button. To conclude setup, you
now have the option to adjust the strobe speed of the program by selecting the
strobe adjustment settings of FS01 - FS99 (slow <--> fast).
Auto Mode
1.) To set the fixture to run in auto mode, use the <MODE> button to scroll to
AUTO, and hit <SETUP>. You can now adjust the speed by using the <UP/
DOWN> buttons and choose from SP01 - SPFL (slow <--> fast). To confirm
your choice press the <SETUP> button You can now adjust the strobe speed by
selecting the strobe adjustment settings of FS01 - FS99 (slow <--> fast).
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Sound Active Mode:
1.) To use this fixture in sound active mode, scroll to SU-- using the <MODE>
button. Then using the <UP/DOWN> buttons, choose the built-in sound active
chase pattern. Adjusting the settings from SU01 - SU31 will adjust the built-in
microphone sensitivity level (low <--> high).
Manual Color Adjustment:
Allows the user to adjust the color balance of the fixture. These settings are global, they
will effect all modes.
1.) Use the <MODE> button to navigate to Colr and hit the <SETUP> button.
2.) Now you can navigate to r255, 9255, or b255 and use the <UP/DOWN>
buttons to adjust the global intensity of red, green, or blue from 000 - 255.
The Weather System COB™ Foot Switch Controller
Pedal 1 - Auto Run
When you step on pedal 1 on the foot controller, it will set your fixtures to run in
auto mode. To step on petal 1 again from here, it will skip to the next program (214), and then continue to run the programs in sequence from that point.
Pedal 2 - Sound Active
When you step on pedal 2 on the foot controller, it will set your fixtures to run in
sound active mode. The built-in microphone sensitivity settings are adjustable from
the LED control panel menu.
Pedal 3 - Freeze
When you step on pedal 3 on the foot controller, it will freeze/suspend the currently
running program. Step on pedal 3 again, and the Weather System COB™ will continue running the suspended program.
Pedal 4 - Blackout
When you step on pedal 4 on the foot controller, it will blackout the currently running program. Step on pedal 4 again, and the Weather System COB™ will continue
running the program where it left off.
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DMX Values In-Depth (15-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 009
010 <--> 249
250 <--> 255
No Function
Auto Mode
Sound Active Mode
2
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 009
010 <--> 255
No Function
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
4
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
7
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
8
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
9
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
10
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
11
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
12
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
13
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
14
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
15
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
DMX Values In-Depth (14-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 1 (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 2 (0% <--> 100%)
7
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
8
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
9
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 3 (0% <--> 100%)
10
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
11
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
12
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixture 4 (0% <--> 100%)
13
000 <--> 255
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
14
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
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DMX Values In-Depth (8-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixtures 1+2 (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixtures 1+2 (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixtures 1+2 (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Red - Fixtures 3+4 (0% <--> 100%)
5
000 <--> 255
Green - Fixtures 3+4 (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
Blue - Fixtures 3+4 (0% <--> 100%)
7
000 <--> 255
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
8
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
DMX Values In-Depth (7-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red - Global (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green - Global (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue - Global (0% <--> 100%)
4
000
010
020
030
040
050
060
070
080
090
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
220
230
240
No Function
Red
Yellow
Green
Cyan
Blue
Purple
White
Program 1
Program 2
Program 3
Program 4
Program 5
Program 6
Program 7
Program 8
Program 9
Program 10
Program 11
Program 12
Program 13
Program 14
Program 15
Program 16
Sound Active Mode (ch. 5 controls mic sensitivity)
5
000 <--> 255
Program Speed (0% <--> 100%)
6
000 <--> 255
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
7
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
009
019
029
039
049
059
069
079
089
099
109
119
129
139
149
159
169
179
189
199
209
219
229
239
255
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DMX Values In-Depth (4-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red - Global (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green - Global (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue - Global (0% <--> 100%)
4
000 <--> 255
Dimmer (0% <--> 100%)
DMX Values In-Depth (3-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
What It Does
1
000 <--> 255
Red - Global (0% <--> 100%)
2
000 <--> 255
Green - Global (0% <--> 100%)
3
000 <--> 255
Blue - Global (0% <--> 100%)
DMX Values In-Depth (2-Channel Mode)
Channel
Value
1
000
010
020
030
040
050
060
070
080
090
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
220
230
240
2
000 <--> 255
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
<-->
What It Does
009
019
029
039
049
059
069
079
089
099
109
119
129
139
149
159
169
179
189
199
209
219
229
239
255
No Function
Red
Yellow
Green
Cyan
Blue
Purple
White
Program 1
Program 2
Program 3
Program 4
Program 5
Program 6
Program 7
Program 8
Program 9
Program 10
Program 11
Program 12
Program 13
Program 14
Program 15
Program 16
Sound Active Mode (ch. 2 controls mic sensitivity)
Program Speed (0% <--> 100%)
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5. APPENDIX
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 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.
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.
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.
Install a Terminator.
Check all cables for defects.
Reset fixture(s).
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Keeping Your Weather System COB™ 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
Main Unit: 35”(890 mm), Foot Controller: 17 inches
(432 mm), Power Cord: 16 ft Length
Depth
Main Unit: 4.1”(102 mm), Foot Controller: 6 inches
(152.4 mm)
Height
Main Unit: 10.9 inches (276 mm), Foot Controller:
2⅛ inches (5.5 cm)
Weight
Main Unit: 19.4 lbs (8.8 kg), Foot Controller: 3.5 lbs
(1.6 kg), Stand: 8 lbs (3.63 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
AC 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hertz
Power Consumption
90W, 1.31A
Fuse
3A 125V
Power Factor
.60
Light Source
LED
4x Tri-Color RGB 30W COB LEDs
Optical
Beam Angle
Luminous Intensity
30 degree optics standard
Lux/m
Red
Green
Blue
All
1m
1,394
1,594
1,783
4,564
2m
551
580
686
1,656
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Stand
Max. Operating Height
8 feet
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
2/3/4/7/8/14/15 DMX Channels
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Other Operating Modes
Standalone, Master/Slave, Sound Active, Color Preset
Other Information
If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas,
because that’s what He’s getting.
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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