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#1 David Calson

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 10:03 PM

I would like to how much weight I can put on one. Thanks.
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#2 Hemant Tavathia

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 10:24 PM

I usually don't hang anything larger than a 750Watt Mickey or a 2'*4 kinoflo on the scissor clamps. Always safety the light with trickline.
For larger lights, remove the panels and find a solid beam in the ceiling. Use a Maffer or Cardellini on the solid beam to rig heavier lights.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:41 PM

That's about the same weights as I am comfortable with. I have done a baby before but I made sure it was at a point directly under where the drop ceiling was tied off to the wire that holds it up. For kinos, you can usually just remove some panels and lay it on top of the structure. If you do it that way, still make sure to safety it.
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#4 Michael Nash

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:46 PM

Remember, it's not just the clamp but what the clamp is attached to, i.e. some flimsy aluminum strips held up by wire.

If in doubt, don't "hang" the light from the clamp, hang the weight of the light from something more substantial and just use the clamp as a mounting point for aiming the light.

That said, small units like Tweenies are usually pretty safe. Give the mounting point a test "tug" to see what flexes or gives before hanging anything from it.
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