Softbox Light Kit on a Budget

Posted by Gary Ramey on June 27th, 2011

I found a bargain softbox light kit that I have been recommending to my students. In another post, I mentioned that I had made my own light kit out of 1″x2″ lumber and clamp-on lights when I was in college. For under $250.00 you can get a light kit that includes 2 light stands, 2 softboxes, 1 boom kit, and a carrying case. You can’t beat it for the price and I’m not so sure that you could build it for that much.

It is bright enough for me to have used it in a classroom with students handholding their shots while doing portraiture. The lights were six to eight feet away from the subject. The boom also has a softbox. I prefer these fluorescent lights because they don’t generate a lot of heat.

The kit contains the following:

  • Two (2) Top Quality Light Stands, One (1) Support Boom Stand
  • Two (2) 20″ x 28″ Softbox, Two (2) Premium Light Socket, Two (2) Power Cord
  • Ten (10) 45 Watt 5000k Compact Fluorescent Daylight Balanced Photo Bulbs, One (1) 65 Watt 5000k Compact Flurescent Daylight Balanced Photo Bulb
  • One (1) Quick-Setup Softbox with AC Socket, Three (3) Carrying Pouches for Softbox
  • One (1) 2 Section Boom Kit with Grip Head,One (1) Sandbag,One (1) Carrying Case

The case is big enough that I use it to also hold my flash kit.

The only caveat was that the eyelet on the sandbag pulled out the first time I used it. I got some iron-on fabric to strengthen it and a heavier duty eyelet to replace the eyelet that pulled out.

If you are on a budget, I highly recommend this kit.


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