The PAR-can has been sold for more than 50 years now. In the end of the 1950s, the famous spotlight housing was introduced in the United States. In the beginning, the housing was made of heavy steel (partly with integrated cooling elements) until the material aluminium became dominant. PAR stands for parabolic aluminized reflector and refers to the lamp which mostly includes the reflector. The well-known sizes PAR-64 and PAR-56 also come from the US describing the housing diameter in eighth inches. Thus, a PAR-64 has a diameter of 8 inches corresponding with approximately 20 cm. Meanwhile, the Eurolite PAR-cans also have an exciting history of 30 years:
The original retailer for light and sound technology developed to a multinational enterprise, which today serves every show technic branch with more than 7,000 articles. Over the years, Steinigke Showtechnic consequently extended its offer and service, providing globally for great variety and quality with strong brands.
One of the first products was the classic PAR-64 spot or “the PAR-can”.
1988 The first imports come from Italy, Spain and Great Britain. European products of the sevent technology branch are now exclusively sold by the one-man business Bernd Steinigke Light & Sound, and represent a large part of the assortment. In the course of expansion the service, purchasing and public relations department is set up.
The conventional PAR-can of that time was made in Italy and sold throughout the whole of Western Europe. The oldest EUROLITE PAR-can was always delivered without power plug. In the 1980s and 1990s PAR-can weremostly directly connected with the mains and did not need a plug.
Another premiere: the first appearance at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
Steinigke Showtechnic GmbH was one of the first in the entertainment sector who directly went to South East Asia in order to produce PAR-cans in Taiwan and later in China.
Steinigke developed the PAR-64 Profi Spot with one of the leading manufacturer of event technology in South East Asia. Approximately 10 quality standards were defined in order to make the classic PAR-can a Profi Spot and to make a difference to cheap products. Profi means highly polished aluminium housing with burdeling at the front, longer cable and better hardware. The designation was PAR-64 Profi Spot because EUROLITE as a brandname was not available at that time.
The PAR-can is made a EUROLITE product although the product description does not start with EUROLITE but rather PAR-64 Spot. EUROLITE brought the challenge to offer products at a reasonable price and that everybody could use them. This led to a change in the technical definition of the PAR-can. From now on, an additional version with safety plug was integrated in the product range. “Plug & play” now sounded somewhat different because for the first time, starters without electrotechnical exam could install spots and lighting effects. This was ground breaking for the consumer market we know today.
2001 For almost 40 years, the classic PAR-can housing was the industry standard. From the new millenium, the classic PAR-can must give way to LED spots or moving heads.
2011 In the course of unifying the product designations, the following changes will be carried out until the Prolight+Sound 2011:
The designation PAR-64 Spot will be changed in EUROLITE PAR-64.
The PAR-64 Profi Spot will be changed in EUROLITE PAR-64 Long: parcan with a long tube made of aluminium for a PAR-64 lamp with GX16d base.
The PAR-64 Profi Spot short will be changed in EUROLITE PAR-64 Short: parcan with a short tube made of aluminium for a PAR-64 lamp with GX16d base.
The PAR-64 Profi Floorspot will be changed in EUROLITE PAR-64 Floor: parcan with a short tube made of aluminium for a
PAR-64 lamp with GX16d base. The mounting bracket is 2-fold so that the spot can also be placed on the floor.
PAR-64 Lite Spot: parcan with a tube made of sheet steel for a PAR-64 lamp with GX16d base.
T-56 Pinspot: spotlight with a short tube made of sheet steel for a PAR-56 lamp with G53 base.
T-36 Pinspot: spotlight with a short tube made of sheet steel for a PAR-36 lamp with G53 base.
The PAR-64 and PAR-56 spots with long tube come in three different versions (without plug, ready for connection with safety plug, with PAR-safe). Additionally, these spots are available in complete sets with lamp and color foils.
The first LED PAR spots were built with the classic tube shape known from the conventional PAR-can. These do without color filter holder which makes the LED PAR-spot slimmer and lighter. Whoever wants to have all features including color filter frames, barndoors etc. can buy the LED ML-spots. Very recently, LED spots are available in an extremely slim housing – the SLS-series.
Nevertheless, the classic PAR-can remains a classic which can be found on almost every stage in the world – no matter if with LED or without.
Overview conventional EUROLITE parcans
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Short silver||No. 42101092|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Short black
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with plug silver||No. 42100952|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with plug black
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with PAR-Safe silver||No. 42100970|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with PAR-Safe black||No. 42100972|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with cable silver||No. 42100950|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long with cable black||No. 42100960|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long Set silver||No. 42101000|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Long Set black||No. 42101001|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Floor silver||No. 42101410|
|EUROLITE PAR-64 Floor black||No. 42101310|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short with plug silver||No. 42000812|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short with plug black||No. 42000802|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short with cable silver||No. 42000810|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short with cable black||No. 42000800|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short Set silver||No. 42000826|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Short Set black||No. 42000825|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with plug silver||No. 42000552|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with plug black||No. 42000582|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with PAR-Safe silver||No. 42000600|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with PAR-Safe black||No. 42000602|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with cable silver||No. 42000550|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long with cable black||No. 42000580|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long Set silver||No. 42000760|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Long Set black||No. 42000761|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Floor silver||No. 42001005|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Floor black||No. 42001003|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Lite Spot||No. 42000410|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 Lite Spot Set||No. 42000420|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 CDM150 silver||No. 42000910|
|EUROLITE PAR-56 CDM150 black||No. 42000920|
|EUROLITE PAR-46 Spot silver||No. 41930100|
|EUROLITE PAR-46 Spot black||No. 41930200|
|EUROLITE PAR-38 Spot silver||No. 41929100|
|EUROLITE PAR-38 Spot black||No. 41929130|
|EUROLITE PAR-36 Short silver||No. 42103400|
|EUROLITE PAR-36 Short black||No. 42103300|
|EUROLITE PAR-36 Long silver||No. 42103200|
|EUROLITE PAR-36 Long black||No. 42103100|
|EUROLITE PAR-30 Spot silver||No. 42103522|
|EUROLITE PAR-30 Spot black||No. 42103520|
|EUROLITE PAR-20 Spot silver||No. 42103582|
|EUROLITE PAR-20 Spot black||No. 42103580|
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot MR-16 white||No. 50850300|
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot MR-16 silver||No. 50850100|
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot MR-16 black
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot GU-10 white||No. 50850352|
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot GU-10 silver||No. 50850340|
|EUROLITE PAR-16 Spot GU-10 black
|EUROLITE T-56 Pinspot||No. 5080310A|
|EUROLITE T-36 Pinspot with plug, silver||No. 50800410|
|EUROLITE T-36 Pinspot with plug, black||No. 50800365|
|EUROLITE T-36 Pinspot with cable, silver||No. 50800405|
|EUROLITE T-36 Pinspot with cable, black||No. 50800360|
|EUROLITE E-36 pinspot black||No. 50800363|