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  • AR500 Self Tests

    Note:  The following tests will not run on fixtures that have a Composer Lite sequence loaded.  A PC connected running Composer Lite is required to re-enable self test on the fixture.

    The following describes self test procedures for luminaires.  Self tests are performed by setting the address switches on the electronics plates. Currently, there are two versions of electronics plates; a DMX only version and a Composer controller version.

    DMX Only Version
    To start the tests, change thumbwheel address as required. Abort tests by moving address out of 900 range.
    Test Thumbwheel Address and Description of Routine
    900 All panels open, static.
    910 Blue panels only closed, static.
    920 Amber panels only closed, static.
    930 Magenta panels only closed, static.
    940 Diffuser/Douser panels only closed, static.
    950 Blue panels only cycling. All other panels open.
    960 Amber panels only cycling. All other panels open.
    970 Magenta panels only cycling. All other panels open.
    980 Diffuser/Douser panels only cycling. All other panels open.
    990 Sequential cycling of individual panels with an open state before the next panel closes.

    Composer Version
    Fixture address "00" (that is, both rotary switches set to "0") is the luminaire's self test address. Internal commands direct the luminaire to perform a predetermined self test routine when switches are set in this position and power is applied. No external data commands are required for this test.  In self test mode, the Least Significant Digit (LSD) or X 1 position of the rotary switches selects the mechanism to be tested. The following illustration identifies the LSD.

    To perform a self test:

    Step 1:
    Power-up unit with rotary switches set to "00". Within five seconds the Green LED will begin to blink at a rate of on for two seconds and off for two seconds.

    Step 2:

    Wait for approximately ten seconds. Within ten seconds the Green LED will begin to flash at a rate of two flashes per second. At this point the luminaire will begin self test, as detailed in the table below, for the MSD "0" (X 10 position) and LSD "0" (X 1 position) condition.  Once self test has begun, the MSD and LSD switches may be moved to other positions to test for proper operation of other mechanisms.
    LSD Settings (X 1) and Test Description

    0 Cycles each mechanism (blue, amber, magenta, diffuser/douser) back and forth one at a time. Then cycles all mechanisms at once.
    1 Cycles blue filter mechanism open and closed.
    2 Cycles amber filter mechanism open and closed.
    3 Cycles magenta filter mechanism open and closed.
    4 Cycles diffuser/douser filter mechanism open and closed.
    5 Cycles each mechanism (blue, amber, magenta, then diffuser/douser) open and closed.
    6 Cycles all mechanisms at once.
    7 Closes the blue mechanism and opens all others.
    8 Closes the amber mechanism and opens all others.
    9 Closes the magenta mechanism and opens all others.

    After performing these tests, continue to Step 3.

    Step 3:

    Return switches to the "00" address. Wait for slow flash of Green LED to indicate luminaire has returned to normal operation. When LED begins to flash at the slower speed, return address switches to original fixture address within ten seconds. Failure to begin setting address switches within ten seconds will return luminaire to test mode.

    Note: To exit self test mode, address switches must be moved to some test position other than "00" and then returned to "00". If test is performed only at "00" LED will not resume slow flash to allow exit from testing.