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Buyer’s Guide

  • Lifts & Hoists

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideSeptember 2020 | September 11, 2020There are many different ways to lift something on a stage. One can use a chain hoist (preferably an electric one), a wire drum of some sort, or a solution that includes rigid chain technology. Here’s a look and the latest solutions that will help you get your gear off the ground. To download a […] Read More...
  • Eye Candy Fixtures

    Nook Schoenfeld | August 2020Buyer's Guide | August 6, 2020Eye Candy fixtures, as a category, can best be described as a dazzling type of light that catches your eye. Whether it’s sparkling, spinning, sequencing or strobing, these fixtures do cool stuff besides simply illuminating a stage. Take a look at some of the latest eye candy fixtures on the scene today. To download a […] Read More...
  • Blinders

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideJuly 2020 | July 8, 2020Blinders have been around since the first rock ‘n’ roll LD realized that film lights were useful in arenas when the show’s focus needed to shift from the performer onstage to the artist’s fans in the audience. Once incorporated into concerts as audience lights, they quickly found all sorts of stage use, having evolved from […] Read More...
  • Media Servers

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideJune 2020 | June 4, 2020Media Servers have certainly advanced in the two years since our last Buyers Guide (PLSN, June 2018, page 60). Many now incorporate extra effects for manipulating live camera inputs, such as Notch and Video Dust. Many companies also now offer software, and whatever hardware one chooses to install it on dictates your limitations. Advances include […] Read More...
  • LED Tape and Bendable LED Products

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideMay 2020 | May 6, 2020LED tape and faux neon products have become the norm on most televised programs. Whether it’s a variety special, a house of worship or a newscast, one sees these products constantly. Often when we do not see them, they are still embedded in desks and car visors serving as front fill for camera light. The […] Read More...
  • DJ/Disco Lights

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideMarch 2020 | March 7, 2020This month, PLSN takes a look at disco lights and fixtures that will work great in nightclubs. From multiple head LED fixtures to disco effects to lasers designed for club use, these effects-laden fixtures offer lighting designers the visual equivalent of being a kid in an eye-candy store. Take a look at what’s available, and […] Read More...
  • Moving Wash Lights

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideFebruary 2020 | February 8, 2020There was a time when the Martin MAC 2K wash fixtures were a staple on so many shows. But then came a period when the pendulum shifted toward pancake fixtures and hybrids, deeming these models as just fine in terms of wash lighting. Soon, however, more and more LDs began complaining about staring into multi-pixel […] Read More...
  • LED Pars

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideJanuary 2020 | January 12, 2020Ever since the first LED “PARs” came on the scene 15 years ago, the “Par” part has been a misnomer. Originally an acronym for “Parabolic Aluminized Reflector,” LED Pars, by contrast, just use LEDs mounted on a circuit board facing the opening of a fixture enclosure. With less amperage and more output lumens, the tungsten […] Read More...
  • LED Strobes

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideDecember 2019 | December 13, 2019Conventional strobes, as we knew them, are [for the most part] a thing of the past. Solaris still offers a new conventional model, and you may still be able to buy the old Atomic DMX from Martin or find a Lightning Strike in a Hollywood shop. And the GAM StarStrobe (marketed by Rosco) is now […] Read More...
  • Video Cabinets

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideNovember 2019 | November 9, 2019LED display models may seem to change every year, but every year, PLSN also presents a Buyers Guide feature on video cabinets, so our readers can keep up with what’s out there. Since we last covered this category (PLSN, Nov. 2018, page 66), just about every company has updated their product lines. I’ve seen quite […] Read More...
  • Moving Profiles with Framing Shutters

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideOctober 2019 | October 10, 2019  There are moving wash, beam and spot fixtures, but here we zoom in on profiles — moving lights that include framing shutters. If the fixture in question doesn’t offer these, it’s simply a spot fixture. And since many designers will only spec a fixture with framing capabilities, that’s good news for the following companies […] Read More...
  • The Buyers Guide on Moving Beam Fixtures

    Nook Schoenfeld | Buyer's GuideSeptember 2019 | September 9, 2019Moving beam fixtures took the live event business by storm a few years back. Everyone got on the bandwagon, and tons of discharge lights came into play with the R-Series of lamps. Now, with the advent of hybrid fixtures and LED technology, the Moving Beam as we know it has changed. It’s shrunk in size […] Read More...
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