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#1 Trevor Trombley

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 08:46 PM

I live in a place that doesn't have a lot in regards to Lighting and grip... Anything over a 2K is non existent, forget 6K's, 12K's etc...

If you were to be filming a night shoot. What's the word on a 9 light maxibrute... Would two of these lights be good. What are the pros and cons?

These lights are worth 3000 dollars, and I'm thinking about purchasing them... That way I can also rent them out to whoever else needs a solution for night exteriors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:26 PM

Bigger problem is powering them....
I think it's a 60amp bates connector on there, so you'd need a genny and/or a distro box you can tie i into for 'em.
They're big and bright, but you might be better served, on a low budget, by a bunch of PAR 64 fixtures. You can gang 'em together through some diffusion and get a big source (and the 9-lite basically is 9 PAR 64s) but you could conceivably run 'em off of put putts or a lot of stingers from existing locations.
Also, in terms of rental, you can break 'em up, and rent them here and there. Just my thought but again, I prefer having less "stuff" most of the time. This isn't to say that there isn't a place for the fixture, just that I always opt to buy the most versitile fixutres.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:40 PM

Yeah most (if not all) of them are 60 amps.

Also, they provide a lot of light, as in a wall of light, but they are not very good a focusing that light. So they are used to pump a lot of light into a set but they are somewhat limited otherwise, in my experience. I have never seen them used close to actors, mostly outside windows with heavy diffusion and in backgrounds and hanging from light grids far above the ground . . .
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:08 AM

I live in a place that doesn't have a lot in regards to Lighting and grip... Anything over a 2K is non existent, forget 6K's, 12K's etc...

If you were to be filming a night shoot. What's the word on a 9 light maxibrute... Would two of these lights be good. What are the pros and cons?

These lights are worth 3000 dollars, and I'm thinking about purchasing them... That way I can also rent them out to whoever else needs a solution for night exteriors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A con for this baby would be that you can use this light in steps of 9 by switching on or off the bulbs one at a time... so yes two would be great deep in the background racking across adding texture and depth.
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#5 Doug Brantner

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 03:48 PM

9- and 12-light Maxi Brutes have either a 100amp bates plug, or 3x 60amp bates... A single 60A plug wouldn't hold 9k worth of lamps.

The 9-light FAY aka. Mini Brute has a 60A plug but it uses 650w Par36 lamps
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Posted 13 September 2009 - 04:30 PM

9- and 12-light Maxi Brutes have either a 100amp bates plug, or 3x 60amp bates... A single 60A plug wouldn't hold 9k worth of lamps.

The 9-light FAY aka. Mini Brute has a 60A plug but it uses 650w Par36 lamps


9 light Fay Mini Brute is what I was thinking of, thanks for clarifying.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:38 AM

I would suggest a Barger Baglite. They're great for everything! But I'm a big fan of the maxibrute

I live in a place that doesn't have a lot in regards to Lighting and grip... Anything over a 2K is non existent, forget 6K's, 12K's etc...

If you were to be filming a night shoot. What's the word on a 9 light maxibrute... Would two of these lights be good. What are the pros and cons?

These lights are worth 3000 dollars, and I'm thinking about purchasing them... That way I can also rent them out to whoever else needs a solution for night exteriors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#8 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:32 PM

I would suggest a Barger Baglite. They're great for everything! But I'm a big fan of the maxibrute


Baglites are great as a soft source that can run off house power, but they're certainly not an alternative to a Maxibrute.
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