Blizzard Lighting, LLC Waukesha, WI USA

Blizzard Lighting, LLC
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2015
1. Getting Started
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 PixlStik™
Main Features
DMX Quick Reference The PixlStik™ Pin-up Picture
Rear Connections
3. Setup 7
Clear/Frost Filter Installation
Mounting Guidelines
Mounting Instructions
Power/Signal Connection Procedure
Addressing Of Each Output When Using Art-Net™
4. Appendix 10
A Quick DMX Lesson
Art-net™ Protocol
ArKaos Kling-Net™
Keeping Your PixlStik™ As Good As New
Returns (Gasp!) Shipping Issues
Tech Specs
Dimensional Drawings
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What’s In The Box?
1 x PixlStik™ Professional LED Fixture
1 x Clear Filter
1 x Cat5e Ethernet Cable
This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on your purchase of the PixlStik™, the totally cool LED strip light that is
specifically designed to bring an exciting new look to your light show, and nightmares to
your old grammar school teacher! So, now that you’ve got your PixlStik™ (or hopefully,
PixlStiks!), 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.
Getting A Hold Of Us
If something is wrong, please just visit our website at www.blizzardlighting.
com and open a support ticket. We’ll be happy to help, honest.
Blizzard Lighting
N16 W23390 Stoneridge Dr. Suite 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
Last Edited:
J. Thomas
J. Thomas
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• 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 to the
driver, 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.
• ALWAYS secure fixture using a safety chain. NEVER carry the fixture by its
cord. Use its carrying handle.
• 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.
• 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
tickets to request support via our online support ticket system.
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PixlStik™ is a pixel mapping, one-meter strip that sets up in minutes with
minimal technical knowledge. Each unit houses 40 tri-colored RGB SMD
5050 LEDs, has a pixel pitch of 25 millimeters and 120-degree viewing
angle, plus each unit comes with a changeable clear and frosted lens filter.
The mechanics of the PixlStik™ have been well thought out and designed
to allow tons of mounting flexibility through its sliding hardware on the
back for truss applications, as well as on the side for multiple vertical
The external control unit of the PixlStik™ is called PixlKontrol™, and is
compatible with Art-Net, Kling-Net, DMX protocol, and it runs both the
signal and power over a RJ45 In/Out connections that provide great
stability and connection while daisy chaining up to 4 PixlStik™ fixtures per
each of the PixlKontrol’s 4 power + data outputs for a total of up to 16
fixtures per unit.
40* SMD5050 RGB/FC high-efficiency LEDs
Luminous flux: frosted lens = 828 NIT, transparent lens = 1174 NIT
Individual pixel control
Viewing angle: 120°
Pixel pitch: 25 mm
Color synthesis: RGB/Full Color mixing (>16 million colors)
Flicker-free constant-current 600hz LED driver
LEDs average life span: >50,000 hours
• Control protocols: Art-Net, Kling-Net, DMX
• Channels Art-Net: 120 per fixture
• Channels DMX:8
• Sturdy aluminum profile
• Internal Protection: IP20
• Sliding bracket for vertical hardware for connection of more units
• Frosted and transparent filter are included
• Power unit: DC24V
• IN/OUT power and signal through connections RJ45 (Max 16 units per
PixlKontrol™ driver)
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Figure 1: The PixlStik™ Pin-Up Picture
Mounting Bracket w/Dual
Locking Knobs
Sturdy Aluminum
40* SMD5050 RGB/FC
High-Efficiency LEDs
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
Fixture Connector
RJ45 Out (Data + Power)
Safety Cable Loop
RJ45 Out (Data + Power)
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Clear/Frost Filter Installation:
The PixlStik™ includes a frost filter already installed. Follow the procedure below to install the clear filter.
Locate the end cap of the product.
Remove the 4 screws from the end cap of the product.
Slide out and remove the installed filter.
Slide in the desired filter.
Re-install the end cap.
*Be sure to install the frost filter with the shiny side facing toward the LEDs.
4x Phillips
Head Screws
End Cap
Mounting Guidelines
We recommend the following guidelines when mounting:
While deciding on a mounting location, be sure there is convenient access
to your fixture(s) for maintenance and programming.
Make sure the structure that you are mounting this product to can support
its weight.
When mounting overhead, always use a safety cable and mount the unit to
a secure rigging point.
When rigging this fixture onto a truss, be sure to use mounting clamps with
appropriate weight capacity ratings.
Do not use tools to loosen or tighten the hanging bracket knobs when
adjusting the angle of the fixture. Tighten them manually. Using tools could
damage the knobs.
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Mounting Instructions
1. Attach the clamp to the mounting bracket.
2. Attach the clamp to the desired structure or surface.
3. Attach a safety cable to the product’s safety cable loop.
Series Attachment Instructions
PixlStik™ fixtures can be attached in an end-to-end formation to create a strip
up to 4 meters long (4 fixtures) from just one rigging point.
CAUTION! - Do not connect more than a total of 4 fixtures in a row
when hanging vertically.
1. Loosen the wing nuts on the 1st fixture’s connector bracket.
2. Slide the connector bracket out till it stops at the midway point off of the end
of the 1st fixture, and tighten the 1st wing nut to secure the connector bracket
in place.
3. Slide the 2nd fixture onto the connecting bracket and tighten the 2nd wing
nut, then attach the safety cable.
4. Repeat the process to attach more fixtures.
Power/Signal Connection Procedure
PixlStik™ fixtures use an RJ45 connection to link all ports. Each strip can be
linked from end-to-end never exceeding a total of 4 fixtures for each daisy
chain. The following diagram illustrates how to configure the data connections.
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NOTE - When hanging multiple end-to-end connected fixtures vertically, be sure to secure each fixture together with safety cables. First,
attach a safety cable from one fixture’s hanging bracket to a secure
rigging point. Then, secure each fixture together by attaching a safety
cable from each fixture’s mounting bracket to its neighboring fixture’s
safety cable loop.
Addressing Of Each Output When Using Art-Net™
The PixlKontrol™ uses an RJ45 data connection to link all data ports. You can
connect up to 4 daisy chained PixlStik™ fixtures per output on the PixlKontrol™.
The following diagram illustrates how to assemble the data connections, and
each fixtures starting DMX address per universe using Art-Net:
Make sure each total length of the connecting network cables (RJ45) does not
exceed 10-meters (32.8 feet).
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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 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 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.
Art-net™ Protocol
Art-Net is a protocol for transmitting the lighting control protocol DMX512-A (with RDM) over the User
Datagram Protocol of the Internet Protocol suite. The protocol was developed by Wayne Howell and his
company, Artistic Licence Engineering (UK) Ltd, is open for implementation with attribution but without
charge, and made available as a software development kit for convenience. It is typically implemented
as lighting-control nodes in embedded controllers, driven from a lighting desk or similar software operating as a server. Art-Net compatible products are made available by dozens of companies.
ArKaos Kling-Net™
ArKaos has designed the Kling-Net protocol to allow the distribution of real-time video data to remote
display devices, such as LEDs or LED panels, over Ethernet.
Many first time users are afraid of using LED lighting because of the complexity of networking and control issues. Using and networking LED lighting has required a high level of technical knowledge which has
been a deterrent for many.
ArKaos wanted to remove all this complexity and replace it with an easy protocol which automatically
takes care of the magic numbers for the user!
The purpose of Kling-Net is:
• To allow the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer
• To add some ‘intelligence’ into display devices, which enables auto configuration
• To ensure a perfect time synchronization of multiple display devices
• To avoid using expensive hardware video converters to send video to display devices
• To allow the creation of an heterogenic network of display devices from different manufacturers, which
can all be controlled from one computer
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Keeping Your PixlStik™ 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
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
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 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
39.38 inches (1000 mm)
1.4 inches (36.5 mm)
3.7 inches (95 mm)
4.4 lb (2 kg)
Operating Voltage
100-240VAC, 50-60 Hertz
Power Consumption
20W, .11A
Light Source
40* (tri-color) SMD 5050 LEDs, 50,000 hours
Viewing Angle
120 degree
Clear Filter
Frosted Filter
1,174 NITS
828 NITS
40 x 1
Pixel Pitch
PWM Frequency
Flicker-free constant-current 600hz LED driver
Max. Operating
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Art-Net™, Kling-Net, USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
Artnet Channels
RJ45 in/out connections
Up to 16 in-line fixtures
Controller (required) PixlKontrol™ Driver/Controller
Other Operating
Standalone, Master/Slave, Auto, Sound Active
Other Information
Yes. Is time travel possible?
2-year limited warranty, does not cover malfunction
caused by damage to LEDs.
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(95 mm)
39.38” (1000 mm)
Dimensional Drawings
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Enjoy your product!
Our sincerest thanks for your purchase!
--The team @ Blizzard Lighting