SpaceBox Lighting Systems, Inc.

13351D Riverside Dr #511

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  

USA

www.SpaceBoxLight.com

 

(818) 538-8203

 

info@spaceboxled.com

 

© 2013 - 2019 SpaceBox Lighting Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

*US Patent Pending: 2013 - 2019

So, why is The King so happy?

Because the SpaceBox is The King of LED Spacelights and he just rented a bunch of them under budget!  

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How Do I Use SpaceBox?

 

Everything you need to know about how to safely and efficiently operate the SpaceBox LED Spacelight is right here.  You can learn all about the basics along with some more advanced features and techniques.  

 

Let's get started on the basics!  

 

Loading and Changing the Quasar LED Tubes in Your SpaceBox.

 

The SpaceBox LED spacelight operates using fourteen (14) of the 2’ Quasar T8 LED single color tubes.  The 14 tubes are divided into two channels, with each channel controlling seven (7) tubes.  Follow these steps to properly load the SpaceBox with the Quasar LED tubes:

  1. Use a solid, flat surface to place the light fixture on its top side so the bottom of the fixture is facing up.  This position will expose the sockets and clamps where the tubes will be loaded. 

  2. Disconnect all electrical connections and check to see that the mains switch is in the “Off” position. 

  3. Locate the “L | N” markings on one LED tube.  These markings represent “L” = Line and “N” = Neutral. 

  4. Place the L | N side of the LED tube into the socket and slowly rotate the tube until it locks into place in the socket.  A snap will indicate when the tube has been properly locked into the socket.

  5. Be certain that the opposite end of the tube is placed into the according support clip.  Note that although there are contact pins on the opposite side of the tube, there is no electrical current traveling through those pins.  Therefore, only the support clip will be on the opposite side of the socket.

  6. Repeat this process until all fourteen of the tubes are in place.  The SpaceBox is now fully loaded with the LED tubes and is ready to be tested and rigged for use. 

 

 

Basic Off / On Operation

 

Once the Quasar LED tubes are properly loaded into the SpaceBox light fixture, you can elect to operate it in a basic manual, off / on method or it can also be controlled via any number of dimming devices such as hand held dial dimmers (aka “hand squeezers”) or DMX controlled dimmer packs such as those available from Elation , ETC or RATPAC , among many others.  When the SpaceBox is used with DMX dimming systems, this also lends itself to being used via WIRELESS DMX control systems like ShowBaby from City Theatrical , Lumen Radio or the Lighticians ShineBox / Juicer app

 

#1 – Manual Off / On, Direct Plug-In

 

  1. Ensure that the LED tubes are properly loaded into the fixture.

  2. The main power switch must be in the “Off” position.

  3. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 1” input receptacle.

  4. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 2” input receptacle.

  5. Connect the opposite side of the two twist-lock adapter cables into the power source.

  6. The main power switch can now be put into the “On” position.

  7. This basic process will power up all fourteen tubes automatically into full power with no dimming.

 

#2 – Hand Held (Hand-Squeezer) Dimmer Operation

 

  1. Ensure that the LED tubes are properly loaded into the fixture.

  2. The main power switch must be in the “Off” position.

  3. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 1” input receptacle.

  4. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 2” input receptacle.

  5. Connect the opposite side of the two twist-lock adapter cables into the hand held dimmer device.

    1. NOTE: If controlling two channels is desired, then two hand held dimmers are required.  Otherwise, one hand held dimmer device can be used to control the entire fixture as one channel by “cube-tapping” the two adapter cables together.  The total wattage for fourteen tubes on one channel is 210 Watts @ 120 VAC.  Ensure that you’re using a hand held dimmer device that is rated for at least 600W. 

  6. The main power switch can now be put into the “On” position.

  7. The SpaceBox’s dimming levels will now be controlled via the hand held dimming device(s).

 

#3 – DMX Dimming System / Wireless DMX Operation

 

  1. Ensure that the LED tubes are properly loaded into the fixture.

  2. The main power switch must be in the “Off” position.

  3. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 1” input receptacle.

  4. Insert the twist-lock adapter cable into the “Channel 2” input receptacle.

  5. Connect the opposite side of the two twist-lock adapter cables into the desired channel inputs on the DMX dimmer system. 

    1. NOTE: The Edison connectors on the opposite side of the adapter cables can be plugged directly into sockets such as on the RATPACETC Smart Packs, Elation Dimmers or Doug Fleenor Design or they can also be routed through breakout adapters & Socapex cables leading into larger cable runs, sensor racks, etc.  Consult your lighting plan to properly assign channels and power to the SpaceBox fixtures when using this method. 

  6. The main power switch can now be put into the “On” position.

  7. The SpaceBox’s dimming levels will now be controlled via the DMX Dimming System’s controls.

    1. NOTE: Wireless DMX systems will control the SpaceBox when the wireless devices are connected to the DMX dimming system.  Consult the operations manuals of the wireless DMX systems for proper setup and use. 

 

 

Operating the SpaceBox in single channel mode or two channel mode.

 

The fourteen LED tubes in the SpaceBox are controlled by two independent power inputs or “channels.”  Each channel controls seven of the fourteen tubes.  This gives the user the choice of operating the SpaceBox as a single color system or a bi-color system. 

 

If single color mode is desired, all fourteen of the tubes will be of the same color temperature (14 x 3200°K OR 14 x 5600°K).  Single color mode can be controlled with the two standard channels working independent of each other, or the two input cables can be “cube-tapped” together to operate as one channel.  Refer to the steps in “Basic Off / On Operation” to properly connect power depending on your application. 

 

If bi-color mode is desired, seven tubes on channel 1 can be a certain color temperature (e.g. 3200°K) and the other seven tubes on channel 2 can be the opposite color temperature (e.g. 5600°K).  In this configuration, the two separate power cable adapters must be used and must be powered independently of each other.  Refer to the steps in “Basic Off / On Operation” to properly connect power depending on your application.

 

 

Properly and safely rigging your SpaceBox LED spacelight.

 

There are two primary methods to rig the SpaceBox.  The first way is the traditional spacelight hang with the four safety chains attached to the four corners of the fixture.  The second way is to use the optional Junior Pin adapter fitted to the top center of the SpaceBox fixture.

 

#1 – Standard Chain Hang

 

  1. Use the spring clamp on the end of each of the four 20” safety chains to attach to one central hanging point or four different points. 

  2. Be sure that your attachment point(s) are secure and can support the weight of the fixture. 

  3. DO NOT rig from the lift handles.  The lift handles are not designed to support hanging weight.

  4. OK to use rope to tie off at lift handles or U-bolts to assist in balancing when necessary.

 

#2 – Optional Junior Pin Adapter

 

  1. Attach the optional Junior Pin Adapter to the top center of the SpaceBox fixture with six (6) 10-32, 5/8” screws and six (6) #10 flat washers.  (Optional hardware available from SpaceBox Lighting Systems)

  2. Ensure that the screws and Junior Pin Adapter are in the correct position and securely fastened.

  3. Carefully place the SpaceBox fixture with the secured Junior Pin into an industry standard Female Junior receptacle and tighten down the turn knob to keep it in place. 

    1. If the SpaceBox is being mounted in an overhead position, proper elevation devices such as ladders or scissor lift may be required in addition to extra crew to support the ladder or raise the fixture during the rigging process. 

    2. If the SpaceBox is being mounted into a stand where it will be used as a directional fixture, be certain to use the correct Female Junior receiver to ensure safe rigging.  Extra crew may be required to safely lift and mount the fixture into position. 

Once the turn knob is tightened and the fixture is secured in place, secure all of the four safety chains of the fixture to the primary rigging point as an additional safety.

 

 

Routing power to your SpaceBox LED spacelight. (AC power)

 

The SpaceBox typically operates with Quasar LED tubes that are rated for 120 VAC (220 VAC tubes also available).  When using 120 VAC LED tubes, the amperage draw is approximately 1.8A ~ 2.0A when 14 tubes are operating at full power.  When the tubes are dimmed, the amperage will decrease depending on the level set by the dimming device. 

 

See sections “Basic Off / On Operation” and “Operating the SpaceBox in Single Channel or Two Channel Modes” for more information and configuration options.

 

 

Routing power to your SpaceBox LED spacelight. (DC power options)

 

Because the SpaceBox is a low power-consumption light fixture, it can easily be operated from DC sources such as small inverters or gasoline generators when needed in outdoor or remote locations.  Use the SapceBox in remote locations in place of large balloons or flimsy lanterns to create numerous area lighting scenarios, moonlight, etc.  See also the “Flickering and Effects” section to create lighting, fire and other similar effects.  In situations like this, these suggestions are a good place to start:

 

  1. Use a 12V DC to 120 VAC inverter and a car battery rated for at least 750W.  This can safely operate 2 ~ 3 SpaceBox fixtures at full power.  If more units are required, a more powerful inverter would be required.  Refer to user manuals for more detailed inverter operation.

  2. The Honda (or similar brand) 2K (2,000W) gasoline generator is one of the most popular accessories used for remote locations.  A generator of this specification or higher can easily operate numerous SpaceBox fixtures for outdoor or location lighting requirements.  Refer to user manuals for more detailed generator operation.

 

 

Flickering and effects.

 

Another great advanced feature of the SpaceBox is its ability to be controlled just like a traditional tungsten fixture when it comes to not only dimming, but also flicker effects.  There are a number of 120 VAC flicker generator devices on the market such as the all new Movie-Intercom LFX Master System or the Magic Gadgets Shadowmaker , among many other options. 

 

These accessories are particularly useful when you need to recreate lighting effects like fire, lighting, flashing signs, television screen flicker and the list goes on.  And don’t forget that because of the SpaceBox’s low power consumption, using these devices on location with inverters or generators to create these effects gives you more creative options in more shooting scenarios.

 

 

Mounting the skirts and target.

 

The SpaceBox LED spacelight uses white translucent skirts and blackout skirts to perform like traditional spacelights.  There are four components that comprise the complete skirt system. 

 

  • White Translucent, Mini “Los Angeles” Skirt (15” drop) – Standard

  • White Translucent, Skinny “Miami” Skirt (8” drop) – Optional

  • White Translucent, Target – Standard

  • Black, Zippered Corner Blackout Skirt – Standard

 

The typical way the skirts are used is the Mini “LA” skirt with the target.  This configuration gives the most spread and even fill over the largest area the SpaceBox can cover. 

 

Beyond that common configuration, the Blackout skirt can be added over the Mini LA Skirt.  This blocks light from going out the sides and forces the soft light downwards.  This is particularly useful when you want to create “pools” of soft, controlled light in a given area. 

 

However, one of the coolest features about the SpaceBox’s Blackout Skirt is that all four corners of the Blackout Skirt are zippered.  This means you now have a tremendous amount of flexibility built right in.  The zippered corners allow you to block light off on one side, but let it through another, giving you numerous opportunities to create, customize and control the light’s output path. 

 

The “Miami” Skinny Skirt comes into play where space and ceiling height are at a premium.  At a mere 8” drop, the translucent white, “Skinny” skirt gives you all the same function and output effects of the standard LA Mini Skirt, but only takes up about half the drop down area.  It’s perfect when used in conjunction with the optional Junior Pin Adapter and the SpaceBox really needs to “hug” the ceiling.  And to top all it off, the same Blackout Skirt works just the same to control the Skinny Miami Skirt. 

 

And finally, sometimes all you need to do is just run those LED tubes straight out with no diffusion at all.  Hey, it happens!  When you need to let those tubes rip and blast the source, you need to run the SpaceBox “Las Vegas” style.  No diffusion, as bright as can be and just let it all hang out.

 

 

General maintenance, transport and storage.

 

It is generally safe to keep the LED tubes loaded in the SpaceBox fixture when not in use.  When the fixtures are in permanent or semi-permanent installations, the LED tubes may stay installed indefinitely, but it is recommended that from time to time, the tubes are properly seated in the sockets and clips to ensure proper operation and safety. 

 

In rental environments where the fixtures are moved and transported frequently, it is recommended that before every use, the LED tubes are properly seated to ensure consistent operation and safety. 

 

It is also safe to stack the SpaceBox LED spacelight when it’s time to store them away.  The SpaceBox has one point on all four corners of its frame to allow for another fixture to stack evenly and safely onto the other. 

 

And be sure to always keep your LED SpaceBoxes clean because let’s be honest, everyone always likes to have clean gear! 

 

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