RGBW MOVING HEAD SPOT

TM
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RGBW MOVING
RGBW MOVING HEAD SPOT
Blizzard Lighting, LLC
www.blizzardlighting.com
Waukesha, WI USA
Copyright (c) 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Helios™ 150W LED Moving Head Spot
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1. Getting Started3
What’s In The Box?3
Getting It Out Of The Box
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Powering Up!3
Getting A Hold Of Us3
Safety Instructions (Don’t Stick Your Hand In The Toaster!) 4
2. Meet The Helios™ Spot
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Features5
DMX Quick Reference5
The Helios Pin-up Picture6
3. Setup 7
Fuse Replacement 7
Connecting A Bunch Of Helios’s™
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Data/DMX Cables 7
Cable Connectors 8
3-Pin??? 5-Pin??? Huh?8
Take It To The Next Level: Setting up DMX Control
8
Fixture Linking (Master/Slave Mode)
9
Mounting/Rigging9
4. Operating Adjustments 10
The Control Panel 10
Control Panel Menu Structure & Adjustments
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Setting the pan/tilt to inverting or non-inverting
11
Setting the DMX channel configuration 11
Adjusting the fixture calibration
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Resetting the fixture
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Restoring Factory Defaults11
Master/Slave (“Auto” or “Sound Active”)
11
DMX Mode 11
Custom Programming12
Gobo Replacement 13
DMX Channel Values In-Depth14
Troubleshooting 16
5. Appendix 17
A Quick DMX Lesson17
Keeping Your Helios Spot As Good As New
18
Returns (Gasp!) 18
Shipping Issues18
Tech Specs
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1. GETTING STARTED
What’s In The Box?
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1 x Helios™ Moving Head Spot
An Ever-So-Handy Power Cord
A Sweet Safety Cable & set of Mounting Brackets
One really classy DMX cable
This Lovely User Manual
Getting It Out Of The Box
Congratulations on purchasing the Helios™, the next generation 150-watt LED module
powered zoomable beam moving head fixture of the future! Now that you’ve got your
Helios™ moving head spot (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
1/21/2014
J. Thomas
2/7/2014
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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
head. 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 HELIOS™ MOVING HEAD SPOT
MAIN FEATURES
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Light Source: 1x Red Butterfly 150W RGBW LED Module (60,000 hr.)
Full RGBW Color Mixing (no color wheel)
2 Gobo Wheels:
One Fixed Gobo Wheel: 7 gobos (5 metal+2 glass) +open
One Rotating Gobo wheel: 7 gobos (5 metal+2 glass) +open
Electronic Focus
High speed shake effect
3-facet rotating prism
Cycle, random, and random color strobe effect (1Hz~13Hz)
Linear dimmer
Pan/Tilt Resolution: 16 bit
PAN = 540° TILT = 270° with locking mechanisms for transportation
3-pin XLR input and output
¼-turn “omega” style clamp brackets
POWERCON-compatible power in/out
Easy to use 4-button LCD-based menu system
DMX Quick Reference
Channel
Short Mode
Channel
Standard Mode
Channel
Extended Mode
1
Pan
1
Pan
1
Pan
2
Tilt
2
Pan Fine
2
Pan Fine
3
Dimmer
3
Tilt
3
Tilt
4
Strobe
4
Tilt Fine
4
Tilt Fine
5
Red Intensity
5
Moving Speed
5
Moving Speed
6
Green Intensity
6
Dimmer
6
Dimmer
7
Blue Intensity
7
Strobe
7
Strobe
8
White Intensity
8
Red Intensity
8
Red Intensity (8-bit)
9
Gobo Wheel 1
9
Green Intensity
9
Red Intensity (16-bit)
10
Gobo 1 Rotation
10
Blue Intensity
10
Green Intensity (8-bit)
11
Gobo Wheel 2
11
White Intensity
11
Green Intensity (16-bit)
12
Gobo 2 Rotation
12
Built-in Colors
12
Blue Intensity (8-bit)
13
Prism
13
Gobo Wheel 1
13
Blue Intensity (16-bit)
14
Prism Rotation
14
Gobo 1 Rotation
14
White Intensity (8-bit)
15
Focus
15
Gobo Wheel 2
15
White Intensity (16-bit)
16
Built-in Programs
16
Gobo 2 Rotation
16
Built-in Colors
17
Reset
17
Prism
17
Gobo Wheel 1
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Prism Rotation
18
Gobo 1 Rotation
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Focus
19
Gobo Wheel 2
--
20
Built-in Programs
20
Gobo 2 Rotation
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21
Reset
21
Prism
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22
Prism Rotation
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23
Focus
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24
Built-in Programs
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25
Reset
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Figure 1: The Helios Pin-Up Picture
Head/Arms
Lens
Carry Handle
LCD Readout
Menu
Buttons
Figure 2: The Rear Connections
DMX Out
DMX In
Fuse Cover
Power In
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Helios™ Moving Head Spot - Rev. A Power Switch
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 Helios 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 Helios™ are accessed by using the control panel on the front of the fixture. There are
4 control buttons below the LCD display which allow you to navigate
through the various control panel menus.
FUNC
Button
<FUNCTION>
<DOWN>
<UP>
<ENTER>
DOWN
UP
ENTER
Function
Used to access the menu or to return to a previous menu option.
Scrolls through menu options in descending order.
Scrolls through menu options in ascending order.
Used to select and store the current menu or option within a menu.
Access control panel functions using the four panel buttons located
directly underneath the LCD Display.
The Control Panel LCD Display shows the menu items you select from
the menu map on page #11. When a menu function is selected, the
display will show immediately the first available option for the selected
menu function. To select a menu item, press <ENTER>.
Use the <UP> and <DOWN> buttons to navigate the menu map
and menu options. Press the <ENTER> button to access the menu
function currently displayed or to enable a menu option. To return to
the previous option or menu without changing the value, press the
<FUNC> button.
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Control Panel Menu Structure
Main Function
Sub Function
Selection
What It Does...
Address Setup
N/A
=001 <-> =512
Sets the DMX address
Load Default
N/A
=NO / =YES
Loads the fixtures default factory settings
Information
Temperature
<ENTER>
Displays the temperature at the LED heat sink
Version
<ENTER>
Displays the fixtures firmware version
View DMX Value
<ENTER>
Displays DMX values, channels 001 - 512
Product ID
<ENTER>
Displays the fixtures ID number
Fixture Hours
<ENTER>
Displays the current total fixture runtime hours
Access Code
=000 <-> =255
Code: 008, <ENTER> enables advanced editing
Mic Sensitivity
=0% <-> =100%
Built-in microphone sensitivity level adjustment
Adjust
Red
=000 <-> =255
Red Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
Green
=000 <-> =255
Green Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
Blue
=000 <-> =255
Blue Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
White
=000 <-> =255
White Intensity (0% <--> 100%)
Fixed Gobo Wheel
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental fixed gobo wheel adjustments
Rot. Gobo Wheel
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental rotating wheel adjustments
Focus
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental focus adjustments
Prism
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental prism adjustments
Tilt
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental tilt adjustments
Pan
=-127 <-> =+127
Fine incremental pan adjustments
Pan Tilt Swap
=OFF / =ON
Swaps pan/tilt settings
Lost DMX
=Clear Value
=Hold Value
When DMX signal is lost, either clear or hold the last
DMX signal received
Display Setup
=Display Invert
=Language
=Display Off
Adjusts the setttings to invert the display (on/off),
change the language (English or Chinese), or turn
off the LCD display (on/off).
Pan Invert
=OFF / =ON
Inverts the fixtures pan movments
Tilt Invert
=OFF / =ON
Inverts the tilt movments
DMX Mode
Short Mode
Sets fixture to run in 17-channel DMX mode
Standard Mode
Sets fixture to run in 21-channel DMX mode
Extended Mode
Sets fixture to run in 25-channel DMX mode
Music Mode
=001 <-> =004
Sound active mode (choose built-in program 1-4)
Slave Same Mode
<ENTER>
Slave mode
Slave Sync Mode
<ENTER>
Slave mode (choose built-in program 1-4)
Master Mode
<ENTER>
Master auto mode (choose built-in program 1-4)
Auto Mode
<ENTER>
Single auto mode (choose built-in program 1-4)
Pan
=000 <-> =255
Tilt
=000 <-> =255
Red
=000 <-> =255
Green
=000 <-> =255
Blue
=000 <-> =255
White
=000 <-> =255
Strobe
=000 <-> =255
Fixed Gobo Wheel
=000 <-> =255
Rot. Gobo Wheel
=000 <-> =255
Gobo Rotation
=000 <-> =255
Prism
=000 <-> =255
Prism Rot
=000 <-> =255
Focus
=000 <-> =255
Reset Pan & Tilt
<ENTER>
Resets pan and tilt
Reset Effects
<ENTER>
Resets all of the effects
Reset Complete
<ENTER>
Resets all
Advanced
Option
Settings
Option Mode
Manual
Operation
Reset
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Helios™ Moving Head Spot - Rev. A Allows you to manually set the fixture to a fixed
setting using the DMX values for each channel. For
more information on the DMX values available for
each channel, see pages 12-13.
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DMX Channel Values
Short
Mode
Standard
Mode
Extended
Mode
Channel
Value
What it does
1
1
1
000 <-> 255
Pan
...
2
2
000 <-> 255
Pan Fine (16-Bit Pan)
2
3
3
000 <-> 255
Tilt
...
4
4
000 <-> 255
Tilt Fine (16-Bit Tilt)
...
5
5
000 <-> 255
Movement Speed (fast <--> slow)
3
6
6
000 <-> 009
010 <-> 255
No Function
Dimmer
No Function
No Strobe (Open)
Strobe (slow <--> fast)
No Strobe (Open)
Random Strobe (slow <--> fast)
No Strobe (Open)
Random Color Strobe (slow <--> fast)
No Strobe (Open)
4
7
7
000
005
010
200
205
225
230
250
5
8
8
000 <-> 255
Red (8-bit)
...
...
9
000 <-> 255
Red Fine (16-bit)
6
9
10
000 <-> 255
Green (8-bit)
...
...
11
000 <-> 255
Green Fine (16-bit)
7
10
12
000 <-> 255
Blue (8-bit)
...
...
13
000 <-> 255
Blue Fine (16-bit)
8
11
14
000 <-> 255
White (8-bit)
...
...
15
000 <-> 255
White Fine (16-bit)
000
010
020
030
040
050
060
070
080
090
100
110
120
130
140
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
009
019
029
039
049
059
069
079
089
099
109
119
129
139
255
Built-in Colors
Open
Color Temperature
Color Temperature
Color Temperature
Color Temperature
Color Temperature
Red
Orange
Green
Blue
Yellow
Cyan
Magenta
White
Multi-Colors
000
010
020
030
040
050
060
070
080
090
100
110
120
130
140
150
203
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
009
019
029
039
049
059
069
079
089
099
109
119
129
139
149
202
255
Gobo Wheel #1
Open (White)
Gobo 1
Gobo 2
Gobo 3
Gobo 4
Gobo 5
Gobo 6
Gobo 7
Gobo Shake 1 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 2 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 3 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 4 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 5 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 6 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 7 (slow <--> fast)
Clockwise Rotation (fast <-> slow)
Counter-Clockwise Rotation (slow <-> fast)
000
028
191
193
<->
<->
<->
<->
127
190
192
255
Gobo #1 Rotation
Gobo Indexing
Clockwise Rotation (Fast <-> Slow)
Rotation Stop
Counter-Clockwise Rotation (Slow <-> Fast)
...
9
10
12
13
14
16
17
18
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
004
009
199
204
224
229
249
255
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DMX Channel Values (Continued)
Short
Mode
Standard
Mode
Extended
Mode
11
15
19
12
16
20
13
17
21
14
18
22
15
19
23
16
17
20
21
24
25
Channel
Value
What it does
000
010
020
030
040
050
060
070
080
090
100
110
120
130
140
150
203
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
009
019
029
039
049
059
069
079
089
099
109
119
129
139
149
202
255
Gobo Wheel #2
Open (White)
Gobo 1
Gobo 2
Gobo 3
Gobo 4
Gobo 5
Gobo 6
Gobo 7
Gobo Shake 1 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 2 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 3 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 4 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 5 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 6 (slow <--> fast)
Gobo Shake 7 (slow <--> fast)
Clockwise Rotation (fast <-> slow)
Counter-Clockwise Rotation (slow <-> fast)
000
028
191
193
<->
<->
<->
<->
127
190
192
255
Gobo #2 Rotation
Gobo Indexing
Clockwise Rotation (Fast <-> Slow)
Rotation Stop
Counter-Clockwise Rotation (Slow <-> Fast)
000 <-> 127
128 <-> 255
Prism
Prism Out
Prism In
000
028
191
193
Prism Rotation
0° <--> 540° rotation
Clockwise Rotation (Fast <-> Slow)
Stop
CCW Rotation (Slow <-> Fast)
<->
<->
<->
<->
127
190
192
255
000 <-> 255
Line Focus
000
051
101
151
201
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
050
100
150
200
255
Built-in Programs
No Function
Preset Program 1
Preset Program 2
Preset Program 3
Preset Program 4
000
025
050
075
100
125
150
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
<->
024
049
074
099
124
149
255
Reset (initiates after 5 seconds within a value)
No Function
Reset Effects
No Function
Reset Pan & Tilt
No Function
Complete Reset
No Function
Gobo Replacement
1)
2)
3)
4)
Remove the gobo cover by removing the four screws on the top of the fixture head.
Remove the slot-n-lock gobo from the gobo wheel by lifting up slightly and sliding it out.
Using a small tool, pry the tension ring from the gobo holder.
Remove the old gobo, insert the new gobo, and replace in the reverse steps of removal.
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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
Slow Movement
Verify that 220V/110V switch is in the correct position, if
applicable. Also check that speed channels are set appropriately.
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).
Intermittent
Lamp
Check lamp for properly installation.
Relamp, lamp may have reached end of life.
Fixture Moving
On Its Own
Verify proper mode of operation. Is the fixture in “Auto”
mode?
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 indispensable tool for
any lighting designer or lighting performer.
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Keeping Your Helios 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
13.4 inches (340 mm)
Depth
11.62 inches (295 mm)
Height
21.7 inches (550 mm)
Weight
46.2 lbs (30.9 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
100-240VAC 50/60Hz (autoranging)
Power Consumption
129w, 1.12a, pf:.99
Light Source
LED
1* 150w Red Butterfly LED module, 60,000 hours
Optical
Beam Angle
Luminous Intensity
13 degree
Lux/m
Red
Green
Blue
White
All
1m
6,500
7,200
9,150
19,350
40,700
2m
1,900
2,060
2,600
5,420
12,300
Movement Range
Pan
540 degrees
Tilt
270 degrees
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
17/21/25 channel (Short, Standard, & Extended)
Input
3-pin XLR Male
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Other Information
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Warranty
2-year limited warranty, does not cover malfunction caused
by damage to LED’s.
DISCLAIMER:
The power connector fitted to the fixture and fixture cord are designed for compatibility
with products manufactured by Neutrik AG, Neutrik USA and their related entities, however they are not manufactured by, affiliated with or endorsed by Neutrik AG, Neutrik
USA, or any related entity. Neutrik® and powerCON® are registered trademarks of
Neutrik AG.
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Enjoy your product!
Our sincerest thanks for your purchase!
--The team @ Blizzard Lighting
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