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I saw these on sale:

 

http://www.diyledexpress.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6

 

I was thinking about getting the xenon bulbs but now I am leaning towards the LEDs.

 

Good, Bad, etc????comments?

 

Are these a good deal and do they last?

 

Also where is the best price for zip wire, c9 sockets, and vampire plugs right now?

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do you want POP. or do you want some thing that flashes?  If you want POP! then go with the xenon bulbs. Yes they do have issues so get a few extra. Otherwise go with the LED, just dont expect the POP.

 

Yes with the xenon bulb you have to turn on about .6 seconds sooner to get the Pop at the right time. And the LED are instant. But again it is the POP that is only with the xenon bulbs.

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Xenon are much better. The attack and decay is much better.

 

BTW Max.  I tried the preheat for the strobes.. doesn't work.. at least I was unable to make it work..

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Drums if your looking for wire for the strobes, just use old c-9 strings. Also those strobes look like the same ones cdi and wow lights sell. I have a few from wow lights. Very solid strobes. I dont like the slow flash rate though

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I would say the Xenon strobes look the best. I told myself I would never use LED strobes, BUT I find myself this year adding 300 LED strobes to my already 256 Xenon strobes that I already have.

 

Don't get me wrong I still think Xenon strobes look the best. But you have to admit that the 2400 LED strobes in the Larsen display looked freaken cool. 

 

 

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I would say the Xenon strobes look the best. I told myself I would never use LED strobes, BUT I find myself this year adding 300 LED strobes to my already 256 Xenon strobes that I already have.

 

Don't get me wrong I still think Xenon strobes look the best. But you have to admit that the 2400 LED strobes in the Larsen display looked freaken cool. 

 

 

OK.. THAT is just wrong!  :o

 

I watched that last night and just this morning was able to pick my tongue up off the floor.  All that lint and dust.. tasted terrible.. Cat walked on it several times.. @$#@# fur ball...  Wife complained about drool all over the place.. skid marks on the bottom where I had to walk around dragging it behind me..... Wrong I tell you!!!  Just wrong!!!  (BECAUSE IT IS NOT MY HOUSE!)  :P:blink:

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On the Larsen house, they don't look like LED strobes but truly I'm not sure. Two years ago, I bought 24 LED strobes to use here on a megatree but when I turned them on, during testing on the floor, they all start blinking at the same rate for several seconds till they slowly separate and become more random. It wasn't the effect that I wanted. I then bought xenon strobes and they worked exactly the way I wished or lets say, they have the "pop". Very good price shown on that site as most places are selling them for $6.50 ea.

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I am going to try and order 25 of their U incandescent strobes....their site is broken now though :(

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You mean U Xenon strobes right?  Incandescent doesn't strobe..

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You mean U Xenon strobes right?  Incandescent doesn't strobe..

Yes, I meant Xenon :).

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Yes, I meant Xenon :).

FYI:  I bought all my strobes from CDI..............I had the led approx 150 of them and just ordered the 250 of the xenon strobes when they were on sale and when I received them I compared the 2 types and the xenon really do give more POP.  also You might want to see when they have another sale because I paid $3.65ea for them and they have zip cord with c9 sockets and they have them with assorted spacing, I chose the 3' spacing to hook the strobes to.

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You will be disappointed with LED strobes.

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So, you just plug a bunch into one Pigtail on an AC controller and then they fade out of sync right? 

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Xenon are much better. The attack and decay is much better.

 

BTW Max.  I tried the preheat for the strobes.. doesn't work.. at least I was unable to make it work..

Plasma, some do a pre charge (you are charging up the cap. that stores the energy needed to create the arc). Thats where they turn it on for just a few tenths of a second. Not long enough to flash, but gets the cap semi charged to almost trip the trigger coil. Then a few tenths later turn it on to cause it to pop. I just turn it on so the charge and trigger happen when I want it to happen. Mine seem to work like this if I turn it on .6 secs before I actually want it to flash. Maybe a little more play time will show you what you need time wise.

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So, you just plug a bunch into one Pigtail on an AC controller and then they fade out of sync right? 

Just repeating wisdom I have heard others say on several forums. DO NOT FADE or any other fancy stuff. JUST ON or OFF. Failure to follow said wisdom is supposed to lead to failure of xenon strobes. Not sure if this holds true of the LED type. But then too, not going to see any LED strobes in my show.

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Just repeating wisdom I have heard others say on several forums. DO NOT FADE or any other fancy stuff. JUST ON or OFF. Failure to follow said wisdom is supposed to lead to failure of xenon strobes. Not sure if this holds true of the LED type. But then too, not going to see any LED strobes in my show.

the strobe most likely have a simple voltage doubler circuit.  They won't get hurt from low voltage.. They just won't fire.  but the problem I had when I tried it is that the triggered the same time whether I turned them on all the way, or just one tick on the fader... I did not however try to do this under show conditions with the computer controlling the time.  Not sure it would make much difference, but it might..   One thing I didn't try was to put a dummy load on same line to lower the impedance and keep the caps from charging too fast with a small precharge.  Not sure it would make a difference but worth a shot.

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hey just brainstorming a bit. i remember when some of us may have been fooled on the RGB sttrobe thing......me for sure

let me ask this though, what if you had some RGB lighting behind the strobe, something like the floods, and the color would illuminate/flash at yhe same time of the strobe. Do you think that would give off a semblance of a color changing strobe.

just thinking outside of the box. You folks know better than I ever will, so deferring to the experts.

Looks pretty awesome in my vision on my head :-)

Best,

David

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Plasma,

 

I was not clear as to what you wanted to do. Ok, well I know of no way to make the strobe appear random right out of the gate. What I am others are doing for this is to have several channels and split up the strobes on those channels and then stagger the full on on the channels. I have 2 channels and stagger  the strobes through out my mega tree. If I had a few more spare channels I might even go to 3 channels

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