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Buyer’s Guide

Lights Made for Camera Use

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • Buyer's Guide
• April 12, 2018
The lines of lighting fixtures made for use with cameras differs immensely from those made to illuminate live events. These fixtures are more designed to illuminate the actors and their sur-roundings in more natural ways, with limited use of fixtures that would leave shadows. Companies such as Aadyn Tech and BB&S are dedicated to only making these type fixtures, while other large companies such as Philips Strand division make ample numbers of products designed for camera use along with other lighting fixtures designed for the live stage. Read More...

Hand Tools

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
Having the ultimate set of hand tools can make you the most popular tech on a tour. It also means you will constantly be updating your kit with newer models as you replace the tools that were permanently borrowed, as well as all the expendables (screws, rivets, tape) exhausted. PLSN reached out to several online forums to ask what tool was their most indispensable. Read More...

White LED Lights

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
If there is one category that has changed dramatically over the last few years, it would be moving heads with white-light only LED light sources. Three years ago, all the major manufacturers offered at least a pancake LED fixture. With a few notable exceptions — Claypaky has an excellent one — not as many of these particular fixtures are offered these days. So for PLSN’s Buyers Guide this month, we decided to run the gamut, expanding the focus to include all kinds of products with a white light LED light source, ranging from LED tape to spotlights and lights designed for use with a camera. Read More...

Chain Hoists and Winches

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • January 2018
• January 11, 2018
Whether you are lifting something up or pulling it across a stage, the one constant in all live productions is it has to work every time on command and be able to handle the load. There are many devices made to handle different weights and moving them at certain speeds. Variable speeds are great for moving trusses and scenery quickly. But more often, the user just wants a steady, safe speed when lifting heavy objects. This month we have the best of both worlds, as you choose the best gear for your application. Read More...
PLSN Dec. 2017 Buyers Guide -Strobes

Strobes

PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • Buyer's Guide
  • December 2017
• December 14, 2017

The days of xenon bulbs in strobes is just about over. Diversitronics, the one-time leader in the market, has stopped making fixtures, but they still sell bulbs. Solaris Strobe still offers one, and you may still be able to find a Lightning Strike in a Hollywood shop. The GAM Star Strobe (marketed by Rosco) is now a double-ended xenon flicker, but everyone else is now LED. The Martin Atomic got itself an Aura. The Ayrton MagicBurst is a strobe machine unlike any other. GLP may just be the leader these days with lots of functions — and a strobe with a tilt function. And all these babies are bright. Happy shopping, and be glad you’re just looking a photos and not actual units fired up at 100 percent.

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PLSN Nov 2017 Buyers Guide - LED Source Hard Edge Spots

LED Source Hard Edge Spots

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017
It’s only been two years since we last checked in on what fixtures were on the market in this category. We’re back so quickly because the rise in LED sourced hard edge movers has been meteoric. The lumens have arrived, but the way everyone is achieving them is different. There are now models of every […] Read More...
PLSN Oct 2017 Buyers Guide - Truss Products

Truss Products

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017
It’s been three years since PLSN has had a Buyers Guide on truss. While many manufacturers seem to make the standard 12-inch and 20.5-inch box truss, the connections and weight loads can vary greatly. Instead of focusing on the more basic truss products in their catalogs, most of the manufacturers listed here opted instead to […] Read More...
PLSN September 2017 Buyers Guide - Data Distribution and Opto-Splitters

Data Distribution and Opto-Splitters

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • September 2017
• September 9, 2017

One of the most important pieces of gear in the dimmer area has always been a dependable opto splitter, which gets DMX info to every fixture spread over your stage, trade floor or installation. Nowadays there are several types to choose from. They range from simple one-universe in and four 5-pin outs to Swiss Army knife-type models that accept RDM, DMX and Art-Net and can split, merge or spit out streams of info. There are even models that can tell you if your cable has a short, is terminated or is simply unplugged.

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PLSN August 2017 Buyers Guide

LED Battens

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
• August 11, 2017

LED Battens hit the scene more than 10 years ago. Some LDs were searching for the ultimate color mixing cyc light, while others wanted a new LED footlight to use for their cameras. Eventually, designers pointed them towards the audience, and the term eye candy took on  a whole new meaning. Original models such as the Chroma-Q Color Force have been updated with serious improvements, and other manufacturers have added their own innovations to this dynamic product category. Take a look at all of the latest models and see what each has to offer.

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PLSN July 2017 Buyers Guide - Handheld Gadgets

Handheld Gadgets

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
• July 12, 2017

As I walk along convention floors, I often notice cool little gadgets, from tools to lights to smoke devices and more. Each of these fits a nice little niche in our world of live events. Whether it’s a physical gadget, pressurized effect or an electronic device, we’ve compiled a few nifty devices we felt were worth a look this month.

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PLSN June 2017 Buyers Guide

Video Cabinets

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
• June 7, 2017

It’s been two years since PLSN presented a Buyers Guide on video cabinets. Since then, just about every company has updated their product line with new and unique products. Whether they are higher resolution, curved models or waterproof tiles, they are all being engineered for faster assembly, lighter weight and higher quality. Take a look at the latest products from these leaders in the business.

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Exterior Architectural Lights

Exterior Architectural Lights

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guide
• May 12, 2017
There’s a fine line between entertainment and architectural lighting. They even invented the term “archi-tainment” for such a reason. There comes a time in every lighting vendor’s life where they are asked, “Can you get me some weatherproof lights to wash these banners at an outdoor show?” In the past, some hard research had to […] Read More...

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