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Buyer’s Guides

LED Hard-Edge Moving Lights

LED Hard-Edge Moving Lights

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• December 12, 2015
It’s been a few years since the first moving light LED profiles hit the scene. Originally, these models were not very bright. The output was so weak that many of these fixtures were deemed useless for most applications. With the advent of bright high-wattage LED light sources, this has changed. Some offer color mixing now […] Read More...
Chain Hoists and Wire Winches

Chain Hoists and Wire Winches

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• November 16, 2015

Whether you are lifting something up or pulling it across a stage, the one constant in all live productions is that 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 for 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.

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Computer-Based Lighting Controllers

Computer-Based Lighting Controllers

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• October 15, 2015

Computer-based lighting programs have been on the scene for over a decade now, but they keep getting more powerful each year. Some companies offer simple DMX dongles that hook up to your laptop and are run through virtual faders and flash buttons. Other companies offer small consoles that utilize an outboard computer as the brain containing the operating system. Whether you require a single DMX universe for a few light fixtures, or one that can control unlimited universes to feed thousands of LEDs, you will find what you need here. Read More...

LED Tape and Rope

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• September 18, 2015

There are few better ways to sparkle up a tradeshow booth or stage design then through the use of some rows of brightly colored LEDs. Each year new improved models of LED products appear. There are more than 600 manufacturers of LED tape alone in the world. We contacted reputable dealers to see what they had to offer.

To download a PDF of the PLSN September 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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PLSN Buyers Guide - LED Lekos

LED Lekos

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• August 16, 2015
LED Lekos came on the scene 10 years ago. They weren’t bright enough, especially the ones that mixed color. But that was just a matter of time. Nowadays if you are still stuffing FEL lamps into Leko caps, your days are numbered. I could explain, but why bother. The options for change are all there […] Read More...
PLSN Magazine July 2015 Buyers Guide on Strobes

Strobes

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• July 10, 2015
Stroboscopic lamps are defined as a fixture that emits flashes of light. Since being invented back in the 1930s, they were predominantly made of xenon flash tubes that emitted discharges of light that were about 5600° Kelvin and lasting only milliseconds. Strobes have really come to life lately in the advent of LED technology. These […] Read More...
PLSN June 2015 Buyers Guide - Strip Lights and Cyc Lights

Strip Lights and Cyc Lights

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• June 5, 2015

Strip lights and cyc lights are some of the oldest theatrical light fixtures. From the days of lining the downstage edge of a theater with 100 candles placed behind glass lenses cut out from the bottom of bottles, these fixtures have been illuminating actors as well as scenery for centuries.

To download a PDF of the PLSN June 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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PLSN May 2015 Buyers Guide - Road Cases

Road Cases

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• May 13, 2015

One thing you can say about gear: If it has value and is going on the road, it needs a case. And a good case can make a huge difference between a show going on or being cancelled. These days, there are dozens — if not hundreds — of companies building transport cases, and we decided to present a selection of them. Please note that many companies also provide custom foam cutting and most have case templates for common pieces of gear, so a “custom” design for your piece of gear may be fairly simple. And if you want custom colors or graphics, many companies can accommodate your request. Read More...

White Light LED Fixtures, PLSN Buyers Guide, April 2015

White Light LED Fixtures

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• April 9, 2015

White Light LED fixtures are by no means new to the lighting world, but the sheer number of new models being fabricated by many companies is mind-boggling. With so many different models running in so many modes, one has to wonder how long it will be before incandescent fixtures will only be found in museums.

To download a PDF of the PLSN March 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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PLSN Buyers Guide - Software for Lighting Designers

Software for Lighting Designers

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• March 13, 2015

What do lighting designers need software for, you ask? Different lighting people need different software. Some need to draw basic 2D plots for lighting companies to build their rigs. Some need to be able to make 3D photorealistic renderings to pitch ideas to their clients. Of course, some of us just care about the paperwork so we can prep the doggone lighting system.

To download a PDF of the PLSN March 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.


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PLSN February 2015 Buyer's Guide - Truss Products

LED Displays

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• February 9, 2015
I like the vast array of different LED displays that have sprung up in the last two years. Flexible screens, various sized LED tiles and pixel pitches. New hard strips of LED to replace the LED tape we all have been trying to use the last few years. There are models for outdoor use as […] Read More...
PLSN January 2015 Buyers Guide - Truss Products

Truss Products

PLSN Staff •
  • Buyer's Guides
• January 13, 2015
It’s been 18 months since PLSN last published a Truss Buyers Guide. But in that time, almost every manufacturer we contacted had info on the latest products they have unveiled. Some had so many new products we simply could not list them all.  We encourage you to click on the company websites listed to see […] Read More...

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