I have been through lots of houses and there aren't very many strobes being used.
One I bought for began with buying 8 of the cheap ones at wholesale for $10 each and one good one, or rather expensiver one at $30. These same ones were used and every year maybe one would die until there were only 4 little ones and no one liked the bigger one.
Lots of haunts I have noticed there are absolutely none being used. Like they are only represented in some lightening effect or considered cheap home decorating crap.
In trying to build your own things, the damn bulbs alone are $20 a piece and being a cheap bastard, when the stobes or anything else dies I actually clip and save the 6 foot extension cords off the backs and throw the rest away.
I'm not sure who would buy the StobeMaster 5000 or what it would do? Maybe it does 6 locations from a central black box? Then for lots of square footage you would need 3 or 4 of these? You run into different cultures in haunt design. One I worked for at one time had a stage lighting and effects company and thought nothing of building a $1200 box with a programmer and thought this thing to be such proprietary knowledge that they never considered selling one of them. Then the programer over time was something antiquated that doesn't sound like the thing to be excited about in the modern world. For the most part I think most are in the boat of what can I do for $10 catagory and lets just stick one of these things here. So plugging in something and seeing it becomes the full level of lighting design. No big scare predetermination, no degrees in strobology and no skits that are totally dependent on some machine making or breaking a certain actors purpose. It's more like this is confusing so lets do this.
Then it is a money thing. Okay after quite a few years, there are only 4 of the $10 units still alive, I could get all focused and make sure I go buy out what ever is left on 50% day after halloween and restock, but the operators really dont care. So what am I haunted Santa Claus and show up every year with $50 more in strobe lights?
In summary, what ever you come up with is going to cost $100 to $150 for the magic box and $30 per location and there is going to have to be a tremendous education media on what you even use these things for in order to make a product. Plus as far as strobes go, we are losing more and more stripper bars and they each only have one. Now the bulbs are used in every vehicle that has blinky lights for some kind of self important look of authority and they are planning on making it a country wide police state so blinky lights for cars as official vehicles might sell?
That's all I know, the Tiawanese and the shipping magnets of the world are getting them here with a cord, a little resistor switch, a bulb, a reflector backing and a case for $9 whole sale. They sell for $18.50 to $23.00 retail and they last a decade. If there was an application for the Strobe Master 5000, you would just hack 6 of those units maybe and put the circuits in a box maybe. Or maybe just the resistor switch is remotely available in a control room or something?
I do have a few infared spot light units hacked so things come on when people get to a certain point in a room that the strobe thing doesn't happen all the time but that is about it as far as high tech goes. Those also were bought for about $9 each and I still have two here to make back ups that have never needed to be replaced. Recently I kind of had an epiphiny that there are people that focus on different specialities. After years of being beat around, some focus on acting and everything an actor needs to have or make, others focus on the physical haunt build and codes and financial plan of whether that is sustainable or not. Others just wonder how many will show up with money in their hands. The bigger picture is that in a single haunt or in the entire industry, there has to be a certain intellegence to know you have to support the catagories you are not dominant in. Let them do their thing, even find them things that provide some fraction of an income. So if you are marketing something you have to somehow appeal to all 3 of those catagories and they somehow need to care or allow what every you are about to pass their sense of importants.
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