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Old August 3rd, 2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Simple question on 50/60hz

Hi Guys,

I'm confusing myself a little over hertz. I live in New Zealand, which is a 50hz country. Unfortunately, video lighting is extremely expensive over here and difficult to source so I've thought about buying fixtures from online US shops.

What I want to know is, are all the fixtures from professional lighting companies such as Arri 50/60hz compatible. I know the bulbs are different and I would need to use 50hz bulbs, but are the fixtures themselves a problem if I buy from the US?

Thanks to anyone who can help. As you can see I'm not a wizard in the electrical department.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 03:47 AM   #2
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Mains frequency is only a problem with fluorescent lights or HMI lights not fitted with a flicker free ballast.

For tungsten lights this isn't an issue unless you're shooting extreme slow motion, where you want the larger wattage (1k +) because the smaller units can show flicker when shooting at the higher frame rates.

The voltage is important, so you need to have the correct voltage lamps fitted.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #3
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Cheers Brian, nice clear explanation ;-)
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