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  1. Question Help With Creating a Relay! 
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    So I purchased a PicoStorm (http://www.frightprops.com/FrightPro...ct.asp?ID=0796) and it can only power (2) 500 watt lights......that's not enough light! I was thinking more along the lines of theater lights, and the only thing i can think of is creating a relay that would plug into the lightning box then also plug into a 20 amp outlet (if using a theater light) allowing the box to work normally but with a more powerful light. I drew a diagram, as seen below. I'm not that high tech and would really appreciate it if someone could send me a link to the relay i would need and I believe that would be all is just a relay and solder or screw (terminals) the wires of some cut-up extension cords to it. Help would be great appreciated.
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  2. Default No dice 
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    Unfortunately that won't work. If you were using a purely digital device, just off and on, then a relay would work fine. But your dealing with an analog device that varies the output to produce a dimming & brightening effect, not just off and on. A circuit could be built using a triac or similar components but I think you'd be getting in over your head. Two 500watt lights are pretty impressive as is. That alone will pull over 8 amps. I suggest trying out what you have and see if you like it.
    Scott Ames
     

  3. Default If 1000 watts isn't enough 
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    Keep in mind Fright Props also carries the i-Zombie line. You can get up to 2400watts with those. Also lights-alive firefly goes up to 3000 watts.
    Scott Ames
     

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    You know I totally forget it does dim so a relay would be useless, as for firefly I am now interested and researching that. Thanks for the feedback!
     

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    We're happy to talk, and answer any questions. Demo videos are also on our web site and YouTube.

    Steve
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    Yah Steve, I'm pretty interested. I sent you a pm.
     

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    The fire fly controllers are awesome!! cant go wrong with one or two of those things!


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    Taylor go with the Firefly 501 i think is the series we have. You can use LED lighting for quicker flashes and it has an ambient light control on it so you could have a street light or porch light dim or flicker when the lightning flashes. I say go with this one and put your up on the boards or ebay.

    Greg
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    Thanks Greg, I actually have my eye on the 201 model as it is only $50 more then what I originally paid for my current one. Also with led I feel as if it would take too many units to achieve the bright wash i want so I will probally end up using (2) 1000 watt halogen worklights with some CTB gel and maybe some other gels. Its just I still beleive that leds are still trying to be improved and it takes ALOT of them to give out a huge output, don't get me wrong leds are amazing but as for large washes......not advanced enough yet. I just want to learn a bit more about product then I will be posting a for sale ad on here.
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    Taylor, I'm not sure I made myself clear. You can use regular incandescent lighting but this is the only machine that I know of that gives you the option of using LEDs if you want? I know the 5 series cost more but the end result of having the exterior lights flicker or dim enhances the scene dramatically.Not to mention the 4 channel lightning effect. Just my opinion. I realize cost is always an issue with all of us but the neat accessories firefly has can not be ignored. Whichever one you choose its a good buy so good luck and have a great season.

    Greg
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