[We can hear you asking yourself] 'Why should I use StageBites?|
Have we got an answer for you!
Well, how about superior Directionality, Durability, Small Size, Power Draw, Ease of Use, Ability to daisy-chain, and Flexible power options?|
Oh, right. You'll probably need a little more explanation. Here goes.
Directionality: Your standard everyday cliplight (with the large reflector) has a beam angle that is roughly 90 to 120 Degrees. In most situations this is quite a bit more than is wanted or required, so additional measures are usually put in place to control 'spill'. This costs extra time and money, and in most cases, has to be repeated on a per-show basis. StageBites come in a standard beam angle of 30 Degrees, which by most accounts is just about perfect for use in the tight confines of backstage, without very near zero need for 'spill' control.
Durability: StageBites are made of PolyCarbonate, one of the toughest plastics available, and a common component in bulletproof glass. They're made to take the abuse that stagehands seem to have a unique ability to dish out. In practical terms, this means no more broken bulbs, no more dented and mangled reflectors, no broken sockets or stuck switches. StageBites'll take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.
Small Size: Each StageBite measures just 2.25"L x 1.625"D x 1.25". The smallest reflector+bulb+socket combination takes up the space of 3 StageBites and their power supply. A complete backstage lighting kit for a medium sized space [2 Master Blocks, 8 Standard Blocks and 2 power supplies w/ assorted cabling] can fit inside a messenger bag. Let's face it, storage space is always at a premium in performance venues. There is simply no compare when it comes to the StageBite system's space-saving advantage.
Power Draw: Cliplights draw a minimum 7 watts each, and most will draw 25 watts (or more). The same 10 unit system mentioned in the paragraph above draws just under half of that wattage. Many LED products boast superior Lumens/watt figures compared to incandescent, but the difference is especially pronounced on the blue and red ends of the spectrum, where an incandescent lamp is converting greater than 65% of the energy input to heat through the filament or due to absorption by the color filter. StageBites use LEDs, which produce light only in a very narrow band, meaning more of the energy going in is coming out as usable light. As you can probably tell from the numbers above, in the case of the BlueBite, a LOT more.
Ease of Use: Hang your StageBites, daisy-chain together, plug power supply into master block, done.
Daisy-chaining: Here is a trick that cliplights can't do. Built into each StageBite are twin power ports. This means that you can create a chain of running lights, all off one Master block. No more tangles of three-fer extension cords! And since the connecting cords are RJ-11 [4 conductor phone cord] you have many options for color and length.
Flexible Power Options: StageBites run off 6-12 Volts DC. In most situations it makes sense to run them from our 9V AC/DC wall wart. 'But wait!' we hear you say. 'I've got a traveling scenic piece that stagehands are inside. They need to see, too!' This is the flexibility part of the section title. StageBites will operate quite happily from any DC source with sufficient voltage, including but not limited to motorcycle batteries and RC battery packs [our customers are very resourceful!]. Of course, run time on batteries is limited by the choice of chemistry and capacity, but at least the option is there!