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Old October 22nd, 2003, 12:23 PM   #1
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Does any one use a generator when they are shooting outside . how much wattage is the generator?.

example:

lowel (2) dp lights
Lowel (1)omni liht

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13 sony tv for viewing

how much wattage should the generator be and can you recommended a quiet one.
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Old October 22nd, 2003, 12:48 PM   #2
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I helped a friend once this year and I know it was a small Honda and it was so quiet I keep looking to see if it was running. I'm sorry I didn't get more particulars about it but it was physically small.

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Old October 22nd, 2003, 02:46 PM   #3
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The Honda "putt-putts" come in two flavors that I have seen: the 6500 watt and 5500 watt that are rated at 50 and 40 amps respectively. The smaller one should accomodate your package as listed (around 3000 watts). Neither are quiet. The solution is to placed them as far from the scene as possible, preferably around a corner or behind a truck to baffle the sound.
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Old October 22nd, 2003, 04:03 PM   #4
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Thanks guy, I thought that would be the case.
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Old October 25th, 2003, 12:20 PM   #5
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I have a 2000W honda. Works great and with 100 feet of cable
you can never hear it over the noise pollution that surrounds us all.

Check out Hondas at
http://www.hayesequipment.com
where I purchased mine. The price has risen . . . they were under a grand
delivered not long ago.

Our Best Selling Honda Generator
Honda EU2000i

* 2,000 watts max.
* 1,600 watts rated
* Engine: 3.5 HP, 4 stroke, Single cylinder, overhead cam, air cooled
* Starter: Recoil
* Noise level: 53-59 dB (1/4 load & Rated load) 60dB is normal speech!
* Weight: 46.3 lbs. Dry
* tank size: 1.0 gallons
* Run time: 15.0/4.0 hrs. (1/4 load & Rated load)
* DC output (Requires optional cable)
* 20" x 11.4" x 16.7" Dimensions (LxWxH)
* Eco-Throttle - Engine RPM adjusts to amperage draw. (Scroll Down for More Information)
* Low oil shut down
* Ac and DC breaker
* Honda inverter technology provides a pure sine wave allowing computers and other sensitive testing equipment to be run with confidence (Scroll Down for More Information)
* Parallel operation with optional connector and second EU2000i doubles available power

I use a couple of source 4 parnels (575W) with the high output HPL lamps.
With full color correct gel they can almost keep up with bright sunlight,
but I still lust for a couple of 575 HMIs.
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Old October 25th, 2003, 12:27 PM   #6
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Jacques, thanks for the info this really helps. I was concerned about the noise. I just looked at a troy built 5550 watts generator. The cost was only 650 not to bad. They would not let me hear it run so I thought I'd check a few more places.
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Old October 25th, 2003, 01:27 PM   #7
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I would bet that Troy built is really loud. The other beauty of the honda
is you can run computers and things like audio interfaces off of them
because they use inverters to produce a nice clean sine wave,
where some of the cheaper generators output a lot of "square wave"
which can actually damage gear and cause other issues.
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Old October 25th, 2003, 01:54 PM   #8
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Thanks I will look at the honda then. I appericate your input.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 11:13 AM   #9
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EBAY Y2K generator surplus?

I always wonderd what people did with their generators after the Y2K scare-- I imagine there are plenty still floating around with little or no use on Ebay--anyone got any auction deals? Now could be a good time as people try to make a little extra cash before Xmas.
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Old November 20th, 2003, 12:52 AM   #10
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Greetings.

It will depend on the bulbs you use in your DP but
Lets assume you will use 1k bulbs in the two DP lights and 500 in the omni

Plus your monitor and some other things that may come up

1000
1000
500
500
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3000
3000 watts approx 30 amps.
Maybe two generators are better than one..

Anyhow you can push about 1500 watts off a 16amp breaker.
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Old November 20th, 2003, 09:19 AM   #11
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As a rule of thumb Richard is right, 100 watts per amp capacity will wind up loading a fuse or breaker at 80% which is code.

A 15 amp breaker should be loaded to approx 12 amps. 1500 watts will equal 12.5 amps which is close enough.

You might want to try using the 650 watt GE HIR bulbs which will give the equivilent of 1000 watts of light.
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