We've got a new and far superior studio space we're setting up, and I've renewed my war on flicker in our shots. I just purchased a voltage regulator, which I had hoped would bring a final death blow to my enemy, and it arrived this morning. So far I'm confused and disappointed. It seems to serve little purpose other than to act as a meter to tell me that indeed my voltage is fluctuating, but it has no dial to readjust the voltage after the fact, For example if we turn on the space heater in the garage the needle on the meter jumps up, but then there's no way to bring it back down, which I had thought was one of the primary purposes of the device, aside from converting voltage as well. We could not use the heater or other appliances in our unit while I'm animating, but we are one of six town homes in a building. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that what is happening in the other units will effect our voltage levels as well? This is the brand and model...
http://www.sevenstar.com/110v-220v-voltage-regulators1.htm
...I've got the AR-4000. I had noticed at the time that the lower wattage models had a dial on the front, and the higher wattage models(like the one I may have foolishly purchased)did not, but I assumed that the dial existed in the back of the unit, or wasn't necessary for some reason. Has anyone else purchased this regulator, or have some insights to share? I saw on a stop motion magazine video with Justin and Shel Rasch that they had a separate device wired to their regulator that gave an exact digital readout of their voltage level, but they still had a dial they turned to re-adjust their levels. I feel like I may have bought a crappy regulator.

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MartindeMadrid said:

Strider, I bet you LIVE in a Holiday Inn Express!

Lol well no - couldn't afford that, but I did post a video about one on this thread last night.. 

Thanks for the US pop culture 101 lesson Mike!

4000 watts does sound like overkill - it was for me too, I was thinking of the lights I used to use with film, I've cut my total wattage to less than half what I used to need.  And with LED lighting coming down in price, in time we can probably cut it down a lot further.   More capacity than you need is not a problem, it just costs a bit more than you might have spent.  If it is reducing your flicker, even if not 100 %, that's a good thing.

I'm a little late to this thread, but have been having the same issues, i think, with voltage regulation. Reading through, I'm getting the impression that a Variac 2000 watt voltage regulator will probably suit my needs and that the 4000 was overkill. Is this the general model that would be recommended?

http://www.roastmasters.com/variac.html

Unfortunately, I animate either during peak hours (3pm-7pm) or early in the morning (4am - 10am) - so trying to pick up a shot during the afternoon that got started early tends to be problematic...

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