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Friday, October 12, 2012

f.a.l. Kayman Units

SUPER RARE units from f.a.l.!  These are the Kayman fixtures.  I believe this was an attempt to design a similar fixture as the LAMPO Derby and Unico type units.  How these units work is quite simple.  Instead of spinning a lamp with a slip ring / brush assembly, this unit rotates a large mirror to make the 16 beams of light (through 16 lenses on the front of the unit).  Very primitive design, but very unique as you can adjust the mirror in each unit to make the beams swirl in a concentrated area or around the room in a large area.  These units were in very poor condition when they were received so they all were stripped down, sanded, repainted and reassembled to their current condition.  The unit uses a very bright 36 volt, 400 watt HLX lamp at the front of the unit with a guard around it so no light spills from the front.  The mirror rotates on a Micro Motor that is sound active.  If you notice the pre-restore pictures you can see the intense heat blistered the paint on the lenses that were close to the lamp.  Since this occurred I removed the paint on the bad lenses and kept the color on the good lenses.  Originally all of the units were colored, but now only 2 are because of the color removal.  The fixtures can be controlled by the sound active circuit via the microphone on the side of the unit (With an adjustable sensitivity knob), or 0 -10 volt analogue via the ¼” input on the side for manual remote control.  Very cool and SUPER RARE units made in Italy. 

After the restoration... 
Fresh from painting!!
Original condition of the units...