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Capt.Chaos
12-18-2010, 09:04 AM
Hey Guy's,

I saw that website DARKLIGHT has LED's on sale and they look pretty cool and simple. last year our lighting worked but was pretty amateur. This year i want to really update my lighting. Has anyone used these lights? And if so what are your thoughts. Or is there a differant vendor you would recommend?

Thanks much. Appreciate your input.

Buck

xxxdirk
12-18-2010, 10:50 AM
I would suggest minispotlight.com We used those since about 2007 and have been very happy with them. Personally, I would also support them as I am pretty sure they invented the product and Bert is a great guy.

Allen H
12-18-2010, 11:51 AM
I make my own LED mini spotlights, and they work great. I think mini spots will cover 80% of your lighting needs. Mine come out to cost a little less than $1 a piece. I can send a doc to you on how to make them if you wish. The best part is even if you make your own LED spots they will work with Darklights controller. The cost of the lights adds up quickly because I often use 8+ in a room. shoot me an email and I will send the document.
Allen H

Nightgore
12-18-2010, 12:53 PM
Depends on what you're wanting to light! We use a mix of large/small parcans, pinspots, LEDs from Daklight for scenes (they cover more area with little loss in color than minispotlight), and LEDs from MiniSpotlight for scene details and smaller accents!

Also, it all depends on your theme! In our castle, we have lots of faux candles and atmospheric lighting. In our hospital we use lots of strobes, flickering fluorescents, some atmospheric lighting (LEDs), and pinspots!

-Tyler

legendsofthefog
12-18-2010, 01:26 PM
Allen,

Could you send me your doc w/ making led fixtures? We just started ordering our leds from all electronics magazine. they're incredibly inexpensive, but we're just looking for ways to mount them.

Allen H
12-18-2010, 04:14 PM
send me an email to
stiltbeast@gmail.com I cant attach a doc here or in a PM.

Jim Warfield
12-18-2010, 05:32 PM
Count the candles!
I once used candles only in the wine cellar a totally stone room. It looked really fantastic too! Three candle illuminated that room so well..but "The Ghosts" kept blowing them out..at least that is what my one former employee used to tell me when I would ask him why the room was totally dark.
Sure.
He's a ghost now but I don't have any candles for him.

terrormasue
12-18-2010, 07:50 PM
Jim, have you run out of your medication? LOL!!

Happy Halloween OOPS! I mean

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Sue

lonewolfmage
12-19-2010, 10:34 AM
Allen~

I too would like to request the word doc for the LEDs...

Thanks~

Jeff

lonewolfmage@gmail.com

spookhaven
12-28-2010, 08:00 PM
Allen: Are you getting the casing for yours? Or are you simply wiring them and taping them? I can't seem to find a casing like they use. Hobbie tubing is the closest thing I can find but it seems expensive. We too make out own and it is much less than purchasing them.

Dr Spooktakular
12-28-2010, 08:38 PM
Spookhaven, Allen showed me how to do these. I buy tomato stakes (4'), strip the green rubber coating off, its super easy, inside is a metal piping that the LED's fit into perfectly. I got a pipe cutter from Home Depot (size small), and then cut my sections at 1 1/2", the lights go in 1/2 way in the pipe and it works perfectly. I know the tomato stakes are out of season; however, if you have an Ace Hardware close, they carry them year round.

NightmareAftershockLLC
12-28-2010, 10:34 PM
I have bought 5mm leds off of three different websites, and have compared them to MINISPOTs that I have purchased, and they do not compare. The MiniSpots are still brighter, and even with the narrow beam that I purchased, they are not as even and spotty as mini. So yes, you can do it yourself, but to date, I have not found any LEDS that compare... YET.

Allen H
12-28-2010, 11:43 PM
Keegan,
go to Ebay, type in superbright LED they are brighter than the minispots, the blue is much brighter than the minispot blue as is the green. They also need to be in a barrel to be a spot light.
email me, I will send you the document with all of the info in it.
Allen H
stiltbeast@gmail.com

NightmareAftershockLLC
12-29-2010, 12:00 AM
Email sent sir =)

LightsAlive
12-29-2010, 08:20 PM
Check with us at Transworld. We have some new LED lights in the works that we'll have available at the show. These are lights designed and built in the USA by Lights Alive. Here's what I can announce so far:

* *- Flexible gooseneck for easy and precise positioning
* *- 12v AC or DC
* *- No resistor or controller needed
* *- Not polarity sensitive
* *- Weighted base for freestanding or mountable.
* *- Ultra bright LEDs
* *- Dimmable
* *- Numerous colors

In addition, we're working on a new high-end LED light with controls not offered by anyone else. Again, designed and built in the US by Lights Alive.

Stop at our booth in St. Louis.

Steve Peterka
Lights Alive
www.lights-alive.com

thrilltainment
03-06-2011, 03:41 PM
Hey Guy's,

I saw that website DARKLIGHT has LED's on sale and they look pretty cool and simple. last year our lighting worked but was pretty amateur. This year i want to really update my lighting. Has anyone used these lights? And if so what are your thoughts. Or is there a differant vendor you would recommend?

Thanks much. Appreciate your input.

Buck

Captain Chaos,

Thanks for considering us for your lighting solution --- there are several lighting vendors out there and each have something different to offer. If you'll be attending Transworld, you should check out the interactive haunted house and see how the lights are used. Both Bert's Mini Spotlights and our Precision Lights are showcased there. Adding lights to your haunt can be incremental, you can try out a few products from different vendors and see which works out the best for you. Buying a few lights to test out is a much less expensive commitment than an animatronic.

Mini spotlights were the original tried and true spotlights of that form factor, we have a similar product that is a bit pricier but has extra features for ease of use and durability. Our lights tend to be on the brighter end of haunt lighting, many people use our lights outdoors and in larger scenes.

And even though I'm speaking as a vendor, I also have my own haunted house (10,000sqft located in Shanghai, China http://www.shanghainightmare.com) where we use our own products. Since our haunt is completely indoors, we tend to use a lot of the smaller Precision X (similar to mini spotlights) and Precision Y (small flood light). We reserve the use of our Precision Z (high power spotlights) for lighting up the facilities before you enter the actual haunt.

Cheers,
Quan

Capt.Chaos
03-06-2011, 03:56 PM
Thanks Thrill! I appreciate all the advice.I will be attending Trans and I am interested in this interactive house. This is going to be on the show floorisnt it? I will stop by your booth as LED lighting WILL be purchased from someone at the show. See everyone there.

Chaos

thrilltainment
03-06-2011, 04:46 PM
Thanks Thrill! I appreciate all the advice.I will be attending Trans and I am interested in this interactive house. This is going to be on the show floorisnt it? I will stop by your booth as LED lighting WILL be purchased from someone at the show. See everyone there.

Chaos

no prob. although I'm relatively new to the industry, I believe this is the first year they're putting up the haunt --- Tattoo and crew are working really hard to get everything up and running in only 2 days! I think it's a great benefit for everyone because the customers have a much better idea before they make their purchasing decisions and the vendors will have a much better environment in which to showcase their toys 8-)