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American DJ Dotz Par RGB LED Wash Light

BH #AMDOTZPAR • MFR #DOTZ PAR
American DJ
American DJ Dotz Par RGB LED Wash Light
Key Features
  • 1 x 36W (RGB) COB LED
  • High-Output, Low-Profile PAR
  • DMX Connectors Oriented Sideways
  • 60° Beam Angle
The Dotz Par from American DJ is a high-powered 3-color LED PAR designed to produce color washes with high-output and smooth color-mixing without RGB shadows, for theater stages, clubs, retail stores, or churches.
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American DJ Dotz Par Overview

The Dotz Par from American DJ is a high-powered 3-color LED PAR designed to produce color washes with high-output and smooth color-mixing without RGB shadows, for theater stages, clubs, retail stores, or churches.

The unit features COB (Chip On Board) technology allowing the 36W LED to fit in the compact and low-profile (4.5"deep) enclosure – ideal for use in applications where space is limited. Furthermore, the DMX connectors are oriented sideways so the unit can be set flat on the ground or inside a truss.

The Dotz Par gives you many creative options while still being easy to use. It offers automated programs such as Sound-Active, Auto-Run, Color Macro, Pulse & Strobe for fast setup, and DMX mode for in-depth control. The master/slave option lets you coordinate multiple fixtures without the need for a controller.

Other features include flicker-free operation (ideal when used for video applications), 32 built-in color macros, and an auto-sensing power supply. You can also daisy-chain power for up to 13 fixtures (at 110V).

The unit comes equipped with a single-yoke bracket that provides the head with a range of motion, and a lens kit to convert the 60° beam down to 25°. It is compatible with the ADJ Dotz Par RF remote control (available separately).

High-output, slim, low-profile PAR fixture
1 x 36W 3-in-1 (RGB) LED with COB (Chip On Board) technology – rated at approximately 50,000 hours
60° beam can be converted to 25° with included lens kit
Electronic dimming: 0-100%
4 x DMX channel modes
32 x built-in color macros
5 x operation modes – Dimmer, Sound-Active, Auto-Run, Color Macro, DMX-controlled
5 x selectable Dimming Curves – Standard, Stage, TV, Architectural, Theater
LED pulse and strobe effects
Flicker-free operation
Daisy-chain up to 13 fixtures at 110V and 28 fixtures at 230V
4-button LCD DMX display on rear panel
DMX inputs & outputs are oriented sideways, allowing for the unit to be set flat on the ground or inside a truss
Single-yoke mounting bracket
Auto-sensing power supply
Compatible with ADJ Dotz PAR RF remote control (available separately)
UPC: 819730012302

American DJ Dotz Par Specs

Light
Light TypePAR
Light Source1 x Color LED (COB) - 36 W
Light Source Life Expectancy50,000 Hours
ColorsRed
Green
Blue
Photometrics25°:
90.1 fc / 970 Lux at 6.6' / 2 m
24.7 fc / 266 Lux at 13.1' / 4 m
60°:
12.1 fc / 130 Lux at 6.6' / 2 m
Beam Angle60° (with Installed Lens)
25° (with Included Lens)
Zoom AdjustmentNone
DimmingElectronic with 5 Dimmer Modes
Performance
Operating ModesAutomatic, Color Change, Color Dimmer, DMX, Master/Slave, Sound-Active, Static Color
Macros / Programs32 x Color Macro
EffectsPulse (Variable Speed)
Strobe (Variable Speed)
GobosNone
Refresh Rate3.6 kHz
Control
Control ProtocolsDMX512
DMX Channel Modes4 Mode(s):
3 / 4 / 5 / 9-Channel
Remote ControlRF Remote (with Optional Equipment)
Display / ControlsLED / 4-Button
Connectivity
I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin DMX Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin DMX Output
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
AC Power ConnectorInput: 1 x IEC
Output: 1 x IEC
Cord Length: 70.9" / 1.8 m
Fuse120 VAC: 2 A
230 VAC: 1 A
Power / Current Consumption36 W
Power Linking10 Units at 120 VAC
22 Units at 230 VAC
Environmental
IP RatingNone
Physical
MountingSingle Yoke Only
Duty CycleNone
Exterior ColorBlack
CertificationsETL, as per Manufacturer
Dimensions6.5 x 6.5 x 4.5" / 165 x 165 x 114 mm (without Bracket)
8.7 x 8.2 x 4.5" / 222 x 209 x 114 mm (with Bracket)
Weight5 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11 x 9.5 x 6.8"

American DJ Dotz Par Reviews

Life is easy!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-26

I have used this system only 5 times so far but all 5 times I still am amazed at brightness and quality of the system! I was able to replace 4 of my old par38 four light systems with 2 T-par systems. I place this in the middle between our front monitors for our 5 piece band and shine each light on individual members of the band. Since the stand is black no one seems to mind that's in front of and just off center of the drummer so each member is visible completely. VERY bright and nicely saturated colors. Easy to use remote because I am a lead man and can change from static to sound activated for Hot sections of songs. I will also be using this system for my DJ / Karaoke shows. If you are running a large show or very large venues you probably would need 4 but for small to medium venues 2 parz system does the job nicely. I link them together with a 3 pin DMX cable and 1 remote runs the show! MY ONLY GRIPE IS THE STAND BAGS SUCK BAD, ZIPPER BROKE AND BAG RIPPED ON SECOND GIG! I would advise a heavy duty dual bag no more that 50 and less than 47 LIFE IS EASY!

couldn't be simpler!

By Ben at Cal Poly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-06-19

I'm an educator for a college campus that advises student organizations and make A/V equipment available to them. Easy setup is CRUCIAL for this. This product was out of the box and setup in my office within minutes and was INTUITIVE! I was able to get the sound activated pulsation to work with just the speakers from my computer! I'm ecstatic to see my students having dance parties and performances with this product!

Dotz Tpar Shines Brightly!!

By RumSlush
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-05

Have used this system only three times so far but all three times I still am amazed at brightness and quality of the system! I was able to replace two of my old par38 four light systems with ONE Tpar system. I place this in the middle between our front monitors for our four piece band and shine each light on individual members of the band. Since the stand is black no one seems to mind thats in front of and just off center of the drummer so each member is visible completely. VERY bright and nicely saturated colors. Easy to use footswitching while playing guitar and can change from static to sound activated for Hot sections of songs. I will also be using this system for my DJ show. If you are running a large show or very large venues you probably would need two but for small to medium venues ONE system does the job nicely.

Great product marred by poor QA

By NuSkoolTone
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2014-06-25

Grabbed this light recently and have gigged it a few times. Feature wise they really knocked it out of the park. Four 30w COB LEDs w/removable lenses for adjustable beam width, Foot control, RF remote, Full DMX, and ability to cut or add power to two add-on lights. Also, a case and a stand.So let's break it down:First, the lights. WOW! Brightest LEDs I've ever seen with uniform color. That said, dare I say TOO bright? I've actually had complaints because they're blinding bartenders and people! Since they don't make black or grey gels (Acetate) so I'm looking into 1/32 thick plexiglass cut to 5 round to dim them a bit without using DMX (Only because my bandleader wants nothing to do with DMX). Stock program colors: The Red and Blue are GREAT. Very rich and Saturated. The Green is very good but would have liked it a little deeper in color. The white is a nice uniform white as is the Yellow. The purple, Aqua Marine and pink are a little TOO pastel for my taste. They look like tinted white to me. Haven't messed with it on DMX (Yet) but I surmise it can do LOTS of beautiful colors with that level of control which would make my color complaints a moot point. I will talk about the programs and sound active at the end of the review as it ties in a few things together. The beam angle without the lens is VERY wide. IMO, a bit too wide. Great coverage, but hard to contain these VERY bright lights. The included removable lenses work very well, but they essentially become narrow spots. An Additional lens for in between no lens and the already included Spot lenses would have been perfect for us.The foot control is nice and sturdy with a DETACHABLE (Yes!) 5 pin DMX cable of good quality. It's not really DMX ADJ says, but what's nice is if you need to replace the cable they're readily available. The pedal is VERY easy to use and offers a lot of features with minimal foot presses. There are 3 small LEDs on the pedal powered by the DMX cable (No batteries needed) which make it easy to see if you are in color(red), Sound Active(green), Program(yellow) or blackout(All LEDs) mode. Very nice! The pedals themselves give good confidence they won't fall apart like the footpedal(Nightmare!) for the Chauvet 4Bar we had. A nice feature is a sensitivity knob is on the foot pedal! Though there is an oversight on the design here which I will get back to. Lastly there is an on/off switch on the pedal not mentioned in the documentation. Mine came shipped in the off position which is why I had to figure out why it Wasn't working. No one at ADJ knows what the real purpose of this switch is for. If you turn it off all it does is not send signal to the Main unit anymore, but stays lit up. So is it really off?The RF control works very well. If you're on stage with the lights, chances are you won't need to extend the antenna. Advertised range is about 80'. I would have preferred an internal antenna if the range was available, as the antenna it has is an Old School rabbit ear and could be easily broken by accident. The only real Complaint I have with it is it's a white remote with a baby blue sticker with button cutouts and white writing on it. It's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to read quickly if you're under the lights, so you'll have to either color the buttons with a sharpie or memorize which button does what. Last little thing: I would have preferred the battery for the remote been a AAA or something I can pick up about anywhere. It contains a battery unfamiliar to me that looks like a AAA chopped in half. Make sure to go to the pharmacy to get spares! If you don't, always bring your footpedal and cord if not using DMX!The turning on/off the auxiliary lights feature works GREAT. You either press a button on the RF control or hold down one of the designated pedals (For light 1 or 2) for 3+ seconds. If you're turning on DMX lights, there will be a delay for startup. Non DMX lights will be quicker and more appropriate here. Say two non DMX lights set to Auto Sound Active Mode. RF and Footcontrol CANNOT be used at the same time! It's one or the other as confirmed by ADJ. Sorry guys, that one's a fail IMO.The case: It's a nice case with a pocket in front that might hold the footpedal (I haven't tried. Probably not the cable though) but at least the manual, remote, and a few other small things. One complaint about the case: It will ONLY hold the main light bar inside and you CANNOT leave the round knobs for auxiliary lights screwed on without altering the case. So now you have to find somewhere else to put those. To me that's plain annoying because it's extra setup time and now greater risk of losing those parts EVERY gig because I can't just simply screw the washers and knobs on and leave them there!Stand: This is 3 parts to me. A.) It's a pretty good quality stand. Almost heavy duty (Has some heft to it!) and WORLDS beyond what type of stand you usually get included with these systems. B.) It's a bit of a pain to use, especially if you're used to nicer stands that setup in seconds. You have to deal with the 2 sections of the stand using pins etc... C.)Now this part is a FAIL! If you don't like the stand, too bad you're STUCK WITH IT! Why? Because the main unit has a stem that comes out of it that goes INTO the stand rather than the typical stand going into the T-Bar (An Outie vs. an Innie you could say). The Stem is narrow and wobbles unusably in a normal stand. You would have to rig something up to use it in a regular stand. So if you break the stand you can't just buy any stand and it will work. Further, you might have to buy ANOTHER of the same stand! In the end is this really a big deal? NO, but it's frustrating.Programming: The built in programs are very nice with lots of variety. Nice fades and chases.Sound Active: This is currently another sore point with the unit, but I believe there is a fairly simple remedy. This also has three parts to it. A.)The microphone is WAAAAYY too sensitive as shipped. Unless you're at living room volumes, the light goes into an instant seizure inducing STROBE like mode once you get to club for band volumes. This happens even at its lowest setting of 1 out of 31 (if you go to 0 it stops sound active entirely). You can't even see what the light is doing it's going through sequences so fast! B.) There is a discrepancy between the sensitivity range between the RF/Main unit and the foot pedal. The foot pedal has much more range and makes the light usable (but there's an issue with that I will get to in a moment in part C. What this means is: If you use the RF control or DMX for sound active and want to play music at club volumes, sound active is nearly USELESS IMO. I have made ADJ aware of this which they have confirmed and they are looking into it. C.)The pedal has greater range that makes it usable, but because of (IMO) an oversight of design it's VERY tricky to get it Just right. It's either practically static color or stobe lights with exception of a VERY fine amount of movement to get it in-between. I called ADJ and was surprised to get the worst answer EVER: It's an entry level (cheap) light and that's just the way it is. WHAT? OK, I suppose $+ tax is Cheap in the lighting world, but that's a good Reason? Now I was shocked cause every other ADJ rep I've spoke with has been GREAT and listened with much interest. I even told this guy what the probable SOLUTION was and not only didn't he understand (Which I forgive), he just didn't care (NOT cool!). So I'll consider the rep a fluke and give ADJ a break here.So I took it upon myself to open up the footpedal hoping it was a simple fix. Sure enough, looks like it is.HERE is the problem and solution: For the Sound sensitivity knob on the footpedal they are using a 20k pot with a LINEAR taper. What this is doing is going through the low values VERY quickly and by 12 o'clock it's basically already all the way up (Which is WAY more than most would need). The SOLUTION is: Replace the pot (It's just two solder connections) with a 20k pot with an AUDIO taper. What this does is it will give a more uniform response through the values giving you a lot more knob travel through the critical values that MATTER. You might even want to experiment with lower value pots such as 10k or 15k. I plan to try this next week and I'm almost certain it will solve the problem. Documentation: It's OK. The DMX is thorough, but some of the other features are poorly documented. Like Dim curves where only the names of them are listed with no indication to what they actually DO! No one at ADJ knows exactly what they do or the difference is between them and said you just gotta try them out. Which I assume is with a DMX controller which is where you might actually be able to see a difference. Also no mention of the on/off switch on the footpedal. Though overall, it's fineSo that's my review. Lots of great features and incredibly bright while running cool. Hopefully they will do a software update to the light to address some of the issues I've outlined and change the pot they're using for the footpedal. Maybe even make an adapter so you can use this with a regular stand? One can dream. In the meantime, I'm very happy with the light, it just requires a little more work than I was expecting to get the most out of it without going DMX ( I mean if you'd go DMX ,why not get HEX lights that do so much more?). Provided you know what you're getting into and how to work with it, I'd recommend this light.

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