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I own three of these!
on April 3, 2013
This is the best deal you will find for a dimmer pack. Can't beat it.
Now for the details. Having used these for more than a year, take note of these things when buying this unit:
1) It's the best deal. I searched long and hard for the best deal on dimmer packs, and this is it. Look no further. Priced under $100 and eligible for Free Prime Two-Day Shipping, this is an easy choice.
2) Note the amps, volts, and watts. Run the calculations for your setup. Google about this if you need to. Run the calculator. For my set up, I only use two of the eight plug-ins. Let me explain why. With this unit, you get four channels with two plugs for each channel. Each channel can sustain 5amps, and the entire unit maxes out at 15amps. This means that if you're using a 110 or 120 outlet, the most (and you don't necessarily want to max out these things) you would get out of the unit is enough juice to power one 575 watt lamp per channel, and even then, you can really only use two, maybe three channels. For my setup, I found that trying to run three channels with 575 watt lamps either tripped the unit or tripped by breaker. So, be careful, and do your research.
3) This unit DOES have full dimming capabilities, not just "on and off" capabilities, as other reviewers have thought. To use the full dimming capabilities, you must set the unit up properly.
4) Learn DMX protocols. This can be tricky for new users, but the manual does explain which dip switches to flip in order to start at certain channels on your board.
5) Fuses will blow. For me, after more than a year of using these, I've learned that fuses basically blow any time a lamp burns out. No big deal though, just unplug the unit and swap it out. That said, the fuses can be purchased expensively at Grainger Supply or inexpensively in bulk on the internet.
6) This unit can be used without a board. Just put the thing in sound mode, and it will change colors when it picks up a beat. Convenient for party use or solo acts.
7) This unit uses three pin DMX cables or XLR cables, not five pin DMX.
So that's my review. These things work well, and they are reasonably priced. Just make sure you read up on DMX stuff and watt/amp stuff so that you can eliminate any possible "user error" that my lessen your experience.