Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors: Part Two

The Firefly Cable Protector is the only illuminated cable protection solution on the marketA few weeks back, we examined the cost of choosing gaffer tape over a Yellow Jacket Cable Protector. Today, we’ll revisit that analysis with another variable added in: The Firefly Cable Protector. The Firefly is a unique cable protector, in that it is the only illuminated cable protection solution on the market. This makes it the perfect safety solution for the entertainment industry, in particular, concert venues. Loyal readers of the blog will recall that when we discussed the gaffer tape vs. Yellow Jacket scenario, we used a hypothetical situation involving a local Colorado venue.

Being based in Colorado, everyone knows that Red Rocks Amphitheater is the best place for live entertainment during the spring and summer months. Typically, they will average over 100 shows per season. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll round that number to 100 even. Let’s also say, hypothetically, that Red Rocks has a cable run which is 100 feet long and includes five different AV cables. In scenario one, the venue manager will choose to use gaffer tape. In scenario two, the venue manager will opt for Linebacker Yellow Jacket Series Cable Protectors.

For this exercise, we will be adding scenario three: the venue manager will opt for Linebacker Firefly Series Cable Protectors.

5-Channel Heavy Duty Yellow Jacket
  • Gaffer Tape
  • Price per foot
  • Price per show
  • Price per season
  • Price over 10 seasons
  • Gaffer Tape
  • $0.07
  • $35.00
  • $3,500
  • $35,000
  • Yellow Jacket
  • $85.00
  • $8,500
  • $8,500
  • $8,500
  • Firefly
  • $145.00
  • $14,620
  • $14,620
  • $14,620

There is, of course, one other expense not calculated in this chart: batteries. Each Firefly can run for 1,000 hours off of two AA batteries, which means 200 batteries will have to be replaced every 1,000 hours. If the average concert is 5 hours in length, then the batteries will have to be replaced every 200 shows. A package of 24 batteries typically costs between $12 and $15, so each total battery replacement will cost between $100 and $125. Depending on the frequency of shows at each individual venue, the cost of batteries can fluctuate further. Red Rocks typically hosts around 150 concerts per year, which brings their estimated battery costs for a 10 year period to $750.

In Part One of this exercise, we discussed how Yellow Jacket Cable Protectors provide additional value by ensuring cables cannot be damaged. Firefly Cable Protectors are made from the same high-quality polyurethane material that we use to manufacture our Yellow Jackets, and we even utilize the same manufacturing process. That means you can expect the same durability from a Firefly that you would from a Yellow Jacket, with the addition of extra visibility from the ultra-bright LED side ramps.

What is not indicated in the table is the added safety benefit of illumination. Illuminated cable protectors are highly visible, especially in dark areas, where traditional cable protectors are not as easily seen. Certainly, the Firefly is a premium cable protection solution, but it can prevent expensive lawsuits by avoiding slips, trips, and falls for both employees and patrons. More important than the money is the value of safety. Providing a safe working environment for employees and save venue for patrons is paramount and cannot be assigned a monetary value.

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