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Subject:Stage lighting?
Time:11:03 pm
My friends collectively know everything, I think. Which one of you knows about stage lighting?

Remember when I said that I wanted new lights for my kitchen? For reasons that aren't at all obvious to me, I've gotten the notion that I want to get a couple of small stage lighting heads-- something like a PAR38 fixture.

However, I know nothing about the technical underpinnings of such lights. If I were to go out and buy a couple of heads, what else would I need? I assume they have cables with some sort of plug-- are they just 110V? Could I wire them up to a junction box with a switch and be done with it?

Is this an utterly looney idea?
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sfgabe
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Time:2008-03-06 10:01 am (UTC)
Not sure about the wiring aspect (though I suspect you would need a bunch more power than is usually available for a fixture) but your kitchen would get very very warm. Then again I think you live in a loft right? So I guess it would be fine with very high ceilings (like 30 feet). Also probably not the most ecologically sound. Sorry to be a buzzkill.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-03-06 09:41 pm (UTC)
I have 14' ceilings.

The ones I'm looking at have 75W bulbs available. Would even those be unreasonable?
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tyggerjai
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Time:2008-03-09 05:19 am (UTC)
If you're wiring to a junction box with a switch anyway, I'd say put in a dimmer to work around that. What's bright enough for cooking might indeed be too bright for early-morning coffee :) PARs do throw out a lot of heat, though.

PARs come in 110 and 220-250, because touring shows encounter both at some point. In the U.S., I imagine they're predominantly 110, so straight to domestic mains should be fine.

As someone else mentioned, the actual fixtures will probably have c-form plugs, so you'll have to change those anyway.

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rmd
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Time:2008-03-06 01:18 pm (UTC)
they're usually 110. i believe there are some 230v models out there, but mostly they're just straight 110. you could hook them up to a junction box -- you might do better to have some kind of plug in line (i'd suggest a twistlock) so that you don't have to change the bulb in-place. it can be a bit awkward.

they generally come with an abnormal plug -- it's a standard, but for stage lighting, not normal NEMA sort of residential/commercial usage.

the lighting can be a bit harsh without something in front of it for prolonged use, i'd look for some kind of diffused or frosted filter.
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