Martin Professional™ are keen to ensure that customers obtain the best possible performance from
Martin™ products while at the same time keeping operating costs and environmental impact to a minimum.
We are therefore issuing the following guidelines to help customers manage discharge lighting as
economically as possible.
Discharge lighting fixtures from Martin™ are built to withstand a reasonable number of mains power on/off
cycles with no detrimental effect on the fixture, its performance or its lifetime.
If light output from fixtures is not required for a period of one hour or more, it is generally a good idea to cut
lamp power from the control desk.
For longer periods when fixtures will not be in use, it is both safe and normal to cut mains power to the
fixture in order to reduce power consumption. When you do this, first cut power to the lamp from your
control desk but leave power applied to the fixture so that the thermostatically regulated cooling systems
can continue to stabilize temperatures. After 5 minutes you can then cut power to the fixture completely.
During normal operation, all Martin Professional™ fixtures fitted with an electronic ballast will automatically
reduce lamp power when the shutter has been closed for 10 seconds. To avoid unnecessary power
consumption, you should therefore ensure that all shutters are fully closed during blackouts.
Most double-ended lamps are specified to 600 ignitions during their lifetime. Using less than 600 ignitions
during the lamp lifetime will not have any negative effect on the lamp’s performance. However, exceeding
this figure will begin to reduce the overall lifetime of the lamp, so excessive strikes are undesirable.
Martin™ fixtures’ personality settings can be configured so that a command from the control desk is
required to power the lamp on after mains power is applied. We recommend that you use this feature in
order to minimize power consumption and hours of lamp operation. When you do this, power the lamp on
approximately 15 minutes before the fixture is used so that the lamp has time to stabilize at its correct