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#1 Joe Farris

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 06:53 PM

Does anyone have any opinions on the Mole HMI Pars? I am looking at buying a pair of 1200w and 575w pars in the next few months. I have used the Arri 1200 pars a number of times, their built well and are great lights. Mole seems to have an almost identical design for their 1200 Par. Any opinions out there? Thanks.

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#2 Chandra M.Mouli

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:54 PM

Arri:-

The Joker 1200, like all Joker type fixtures is a Par fixture, using a specular parabolic reflector. This 1200W HMI uses a special lamp, engineered by Phillips, which allowed K5600 to reduce the size of the unit and to create a compact kit. There are 4 different lenses available, to affect the intensity, quality, and spread of the light emitted by the fixture.

When fitted with an optional 1200 watt HMI bulb, and the optional Medium Flood lens, the fixture will throw a beam of 565 footcandles 6.2 x 3', from a distance of 15 feet.

The optional multi-voltage electronic power supply is silent, and dimmable by 10%. The optional HMI bulb is 1200 Watt MSR/SE single ended discharge, 5600° Kelvin, 400 hours maximum life. The head accepts 9" diameter accessories.

assorted lenses available

Mole:-

A highly efficient, compact source of daylight using a 1,200 watt HMI single-ended globe. A solid-state, electronic, flicker-free ballast is available
Hot restrike allows restarting immediately after shutting down the light.

Safety switch prevents fixture from turning on if the door to the fixture is open.

All aluminum construction.

Four lense assemblies from narrow spot to extra wide flood are available separately to alter the beam spread of the fixture.

The oval beam pattern created by the lenses may be rotated within the diffuser clips for vertical or horizontal beam orientation.

These are the key features of the fixures,compare the price and evaluate by your self.
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#3 Andrew Roddewig

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 09:47 PM

Arri:-

The Joker 1200, like all Joker type fixtures is a Par fixture, using a specular parabolic reflector. This 1200W HMI uses a special lamp, engineered by Phillips, which allowed K5600 to reduce the size of the unit and to create a compact kit. There are 4 different lenses available, to affect the intensity, quality, and spread of the light emitted by the fixture.

When fitted with an optional 1200 watt HMI bulb, and the optional Medium Flood lens, the fixture will throw a beam of 565 footcandles 6.2 x 3', from a distance of 15 feet.

The optional multi-voltage electronic power supply is silent, and dimmable by 10%. The optional HMI bulb is 1200 Watt MSR/SE single ended discharge, 5600° Kelvin, 400 hours maximum life. The head accepts 9" diameter accessories.

assorted lenses available

Mole:-

A highly efficient, compact source of daylight using a 1,200 watt HMI single-ended globe. A solid-state, electronic, flicker-free ballast is available
Hot restrike allows restarting immediately after shutting down the light.

Safety switch prevents fixture from turning on if the door to the fixture is open.

All aluminum construction.

Four lense assemblies from narrow spot to extra wide flood are available separately to alter the beam spread of the fixture.

The oval beam pattern created by the lenses may be rotated within the diffuser clips for vertical or horizontal beam orientation.

These are the key features of the fixures,compare the price and evaluate by your self.

I don't think Arri makes the Joker. Arri has it's own line of HMI's and I have found that the ARRisun 1200 is a very good light. The Electronic ballast is solid, although I beleive the hot restrike time is much longer than with the Mole models. It all depends on what your needs are, the joker kits are very handy for small productions and easy to transport, but they are somewhat notorius for being rather fragile and great care should be taken when using them.
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