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Old 10-22-2011
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Default Do you use strobe lights at your haunt?

I'm just grumpy cuz I can't go to DC's haunt in Mountain View since I just found out they have strobe lights (I have epilepsy). Which makes me curious, how many of you use strobe lights in your haunts? Those of you who do use them, do you worry about lawsuits since even people who have never had seizures can be sensitive to strobe lights and have a seizure when exposed to them?

Hey and anyone know of any non-strobe haunts in the San Jose area?

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I did some research on this online, and found that only a very small percentage of people with epilepsy react to strobe lights. People who have problems with strobes are usually aware of the problem as they have reacted previously to (get this one) driving down the road in a car on a sunny winter day....the sun coming through the leafless trees and the motion of the car creates sped up light/shadow & triggers a seizure. That being said, I am NOT using strobes at a school dance, because I don't want to find out who might be triggered. What does your doc say about strobes? Is there a medical test you can take to see if you might be triggered by them?
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Hazel, I completely understand. I don't have epilepsy, but I have a migraine disorder that responds to seizure medication... so I believe I might respond in much the same fashion - I cannot look at strobes without getting an immediate migraine that all but disables me quite a while. Hubby and I argue over it - he wants to use them, I don't think he really understands just exactly how much it affects me - but with me fighting against it for the past 5 years, he has quit trying
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I use strobes in my haunt and post a sign warning people of their use.
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Old 10-23-2011
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Debbie5 - during EEG's if they use a strobe I will start to seize - even if my eyes are completely shut. Since during one seizure I stopped breathing for almost a minute this is a bad thing. So no strobes for me.
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AAAAhhhhhh..k. Yeah- not breathing is not a good thing.
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I too use strobe lights. I never point them directly in view. I post a sign. As long as signs are posted, someone can't sue. Even if a sign wasn't posted, a person may have a hard time sueing.
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I have a couple, but they are visible from 50-100 feet away at very low intensity, (see video for the effect) so it's not like they would come as a surprise. Though I've been to many pro haunts, bars, dance clubs, etc where they fire off high intensity strobes with no warning. Don't ever recall seeing a sign?
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When I design lights for a play, if we use fog or strobes, we always post signs letting the audience know.
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I'm planning to use one inside of a machine. It will flash inside for a couple of seconds, not on the viewers per se. I hope it won't be a problem.
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