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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Strobe Light



Strobe Light.. Several years ago I got one but eventually it stopped blinking so I assumed the bulb burned out. I finally decided over the last few days to replace it. So I went to RadioShack and got one. Had to snip the wires off so it would fit in the holes where the other tube was, but when I turned it on it didn't work. I noticed though when getting ready to open it that it had already been opened and taped back together, so did they sell me a used bulb? I'm getting a little frustrated because I just wasted $5 and probably could have just gone to Spencer's and gotten a new light for $20. It was so awkward when they asked me what I do with a strobe light. I like to turn it on really low and try to play air hockey. That was kinda difficult trying to put into words, because I attempted to explain it works better if you play slow too.

Is there something I need to do in the back, or is the light just shot?

Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

Person2
You're correct that xenon gas tube strobe lights do have a limited lifespan. However it's not the only part that can fail. You would be better off replacing the entire unit at once. Chances are that one or more parts that generate the high voltage needed to strike an arc may have failed in addition to, or instead of the flash tube.

Person1
Sounds like I'll be making an otherwise dreaded trip to the mall!

Person2
If you have a pro audio, DJ supply or Guitar Center in your area, you might check out a DJ style strobe. You'll get a better made product than the cube style that most retail stores carry, and some of the LED models are comparably priced. I'm guessing that if you're replacing the strobe tube to save money, you might not have $200 or more for a pro quality unit, but it's a better deal in the long run.

Person1
Didn't even know Guitar Center sold strobes! I like to look at their keyboards because it's way cooler than the kinda stuff you find at Best Buy or in a piano store.

Person2
Back in the '70s and '80s, guitar Center was primarily for musicians, but had just enough sound reinforcement gear to keep a touring show up and running.

Recently I rediscovered Guitar Center after finding one of their stores in a mall when I had time to kill, and later discovering that the Best Buy closest to my new home had a Guitar Center boutique inside the store. One thing I noticed was that even the boutique carries a lot of DJ equipment of all kinds, including plenty of flashy lights of all kinds.

Back in my time, a brand such as American DJ would be one I'd avoid because of the many substandard brands of "less than pro" gear that preyed on entry level acts. However since ISO9000 quality standards have become nearly universal, and in no small part due to the decline of the live act and the rise of the DJ to fill the void, you now can get all sorts of dramatic strobe lighting that will last far longer than the old cube style strobe from the local radio Shack store.

Give it a look, see what you find.

Person1
Now I'll probably never go to RadioShack again! I've only been there a handful of times in my life and it always feels secondary to other similar stores, even Circuit City.

Person2
There's also the minor fact that they're going out of business. LOL

RadioShack under Tandy was a "better than nothing" alternative to the real electronics parts stores that preceded it. (Allied, Lafayette, Olson...probably before your time.) But the aggression training that they gave to all their employees since ~1985 made the stores almost unbearable to go into! Their reputation for "cheap crap" didn't help either.

Now if I need speaker wire or a fuse, I'll have to get it online. I've noticed that Batteries+ (now "Batteries Plus Bulbs") and big box hardware stores carry most of the oddball stuff that I knew I could find at a RS store...

Person1
I heard they've been struggling, didn't know they're actually going outta business.

I hate all these bungalow-style stores where you feel like the moment you walk in, the whole damn place notices and has to be like "How can I help you today?" before you finish getting your legs in the door.

Would be really curious what Radio Shack was like back then, before they stylized to RadioShack. They should acquire Kmart on their way out and close both down. It'd be like the time Home Quarters bought Builders Square and then immediately went out of business themselves.

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