Classic Par Can Look With All The Modern Benefits Of LED

Par cans have been a staple of concerts, theatre productions and in-house venue lighting systems for decades. Their look is iconic, but poor efficiency means that they waste a lot of electrical energy by producing excess heat that makes stages uncomfortable for performers and power bills high for venues. Offering the perfect solution, ADJ has given a new lease of life to this lighting classic by combining traditional Par can casings with potent and highly efficient LED light engines. The PAR Z100 3K, PAR Z100 5K and PAR Z120 RGBW are the perfect modern Par can for all kinds of stage and entertainment lighting applications.


These LED-powered fixtures look exactly the same as a regular black Par can, but inside their casing is housed a powerful LED light source. Offering output comparable to a 1000W sealed beam Par, but producing a fraction of the excess heat, the PAR Z100 3K, PAR Z100 5K and PAR Z120 RGBW are ideal for illuminating stages while ensuring that performers won’t get too hot.

The PAR Z100 3K and PAR ZP100 3K (Polished Aluminium housing) features a warm white 100W C.O.B. LED with a color temperature of 3000K, which offers a good approximation to the output of a traditional halogen lamp. The PAR Z100 5K is fitted with a cool white C.O.B LED with a color temperature of 5000K, which makes for a starker and more intense beam. Both models offer a CRI of 90 and adjustable beam angle of 9, 15, 20, 25 or 30-degrees, which can be easily changed using a manual latch system. This makes these fixtures extremely versatile, suitable for both spotlighting and stage washing duties. They are also supplied with gel frames that can be used to mount color and light shaping filters (sold separately), which adds to the flexibility of these unique fixtures.

The PAR Z120 RGBW and PAR ZP120 RGBW (Polished Aluminium housing) are a color version which harnesses the power of a 120W RGBW C.O.B. LED engine to generate an even wash and extremely smooth color mixing with no color shadows. By combining varied amounts of the red, green, blue, and white primary LED color elements, users can achieve an almost limitless palette of colors including bold vibrant hues and subtle pastel shades. It also offers variable color temperature for white light washes, making it an ideal fixture for stage lighting, covering both key light and color washing duties. Manual adjustment on this fixture allows easy selection between four beam angle options – 7, 11.5, 16 or 25-degrees – while a gel frame is also included which can be used to introduce a light shaping filter (sold separately) to offer further beam angle options.

With a life expectancy rated at 50,000 hours, the COB LED light sources that power these fixtures should never need to be replaced, no matter how much use they get. This is another significant benefit of these next generation Pars, removing the expense of replacement lamps and the worry that one will go part way through an important show! In addition to 0-100% flicker-free dimming, with a choice of five different dimming curves, these LED-powered Par fixtures also offer variable speed strobing up to a maximum frequency of 25Hz.

Each unit is fitted with professional 5-pin DMX input and output sockets and a 4-digit LED display screen, together with four corresponding push buttons, which allow for convenient DMX addressing and mode selection. The PAR Z100 3K, PAR ZP100 3K and PAR Z100 5K models require two DMX control channels (one for dimming and one for strobing), while the PAR Z120 RGBW and PAR ZP120 RGBW offers a choice of six DMX channel modes – 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 – allow for varying levels of control complexity to suit a wide variety of different applications.

Just like a regular Par, the Par Z fixtures each feature an adjustable hanging bracket that can be securely locked into place using two plastic thumb-tightening screws. The fixtures also offer locking power input and output connection sockets. And, thanks to their low power draw, multiple units can be daisy-chained together from a single power outlet.

All five models are the same size and shape as a regular Par can, measuring 491 x 275 x 224mm / 19.5” x 11” x 9” (LxWxH), and also have the same robust metal construction. The PAR Z100 3K, PAR ZP100 3K and PAR Z100 5K weigh in at a very manageable 3.6kg / 8 lbs., while the PAR Z120 RGBW and PAR ZP120 RGBW are only marginally heavier at 3.9 kg / 8.5 lbs.. This lightweight, yet strong design makes the units ideal for use on touring productions and one-off events as well as for permanent installation in theatres and concert venues.

The PAR Z100 3K, PARZP100 3K, PAR Z100 5K, PAR Z120 RGBW and PAR ZP120 RGBW allow lighting and stage designers to achieve the look of traditional Par cans but with the technological conveniences of modern-day lighting. With advantages including low power draw, high efficiency, minimal excess heat, no need for dimmer packs, variable beam angle, and a choice between two white light color temperatures or full RGBW color mixing, these next generation fixtures are the ideal professional choice for contemporary Par can use.

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