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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Clay Paky Marte Units

I picked up a set of 4 of these classic units. These are Clay Paky Marte beam projector units. The units feature a 36 volt, 400 watt EVD lamp at the rear of the unit that emits a ton of light. The light projects through 14 super high quality lenses creating a 180 degree arc of pencil thin beams. These units look awesome when used in multiples or on a chase sequence. Color can be achieved by using gels or changing out the clear lenses with colored ones on the front of the units. The unit is fan cooled and weighs a ton (42 Lbs.)! The fixture has separate circuits for the fan and lamp. The reason they are on separate circuits is that if you choose to use them on a chase controller or only for momentary bursts of light you will not constantly be turning the fan on and off thus reducing the fans motor life. Also the fan takes a while to get up to speed so if you were using it on a chaser the fan would never cool the unit. Currently the units are set for 220 volt operation, but changing out the lamp transformer and fan will make it 110 volt (a project for the future). Great units made in Italy.