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Chain Hoists and Winches

Nook Schoenfeld • Current Issue, 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


Nook Schoenfeld • 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.

PLSN Nov 2017 Buyers Guide - LED Source Hard Edge Spots

LED Source Hard Edge Spots

Nook Schoenfeld • 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

Nook Schoenfeld • 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

Nook Schoenfeld • 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.

PLSN August 2017 Buyers Guide

LED Battens

Nook Schoenfeld • 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.

PLSN July 2017 Buyers Guide - Handheld Gadgets

Handheld Gadgets

Nook Schoenfeld • 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.

PLSN June 2017 Buyers Guide

Video Cabinets

Nook Schoenfeld • 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.

Exterior Architectural Lights

Exterior Architectural Lights

Nook Schoenfeld • 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...
Audience Lights

Audience Lights

Nook Schoenfeld • Buyer's Guide • April 14, 2017

While stage lighting advances occur yearly, the art of lighting the audience is often overlooked. In today’s new arena and theater installations, the buildings are making it easier for touring LDs to control the house lights. The first series of audience blinders to become popular were the Mole Feys. Mole Richardson manufactured these various sized fixtures around the amount of DWE par 36 wide bulbs that the user wanted. They were soon used on tours so touring acts could see their audience on cue. AC/DC incorporated over 100 of these on their last tour. Almost any bright light illuminating the audience from stage is now just called a “blinder.” Here’s a look at a bunch of fixtures lighting audiences these days. Read More...

PLSN Buyers Guide, March 2017 - Moving Lights with Framing Shutters

Moving Lights with Framing Shutters

Nook Schoenfeld • Buyer's Guide • March 10, 2017

Framing shutters have been a part of ellipsoidal fixtures for as long as anyone can remember. They consist of four separate blades that can cut into the focal path and shape the beam of light. The shutters (blades) are spaced 90 degrees apart around the fixture and can be moved inwards and angled, allowing the light source to concentrate its beam on a particular area. With the advent of the Vari-Lite VL1000, we saw a moving light with electronic shutters for the first time. Now, framing shutters on moving hard edge and wash fixtures have become immensely popular. PLSN displays what’s on the market today. Read More...

PLSN Feb 2017 Buyers Guide - Moving Beam Lights

Moving Beam Lights

Nook Schoenfeld • Buyer's Guide • February 9, 2017

Looking back, 2008 was a magical year for concert lighting. That was the year that Claypaky unveiled their highly successful Alpha Beam fixtures on a moving yoke, dedicated to the art of the tight collimated shafts of light. A year later, Elation kept the evolution of moving light fixtures moving with units that had a smaller footprint and tiny moving beam. As LED technology continues to sweep across the world of entertainment lighting, we’ve seen more single LED Beam models pop up in the last year. This month we present the latest and best beams on a moving yoke.


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