Reviews Of The Best Studio Light Kits

Studio lighting kits are now more useful than for professional photographers. A lighting setup can be a great asset if you are looking to take photos or photograph products. This is especially true in the age of online platforms. Anyone can have an Instagram account, YouTube channel, or online shop.

However, if you are just starting out, it can be expensive and time-consuming to create your own lighting setup. Kits are the answer.

There are many options for studio lighting kits. It’s important to consider what you actually need. Continuous lighting refers to lights that stay on throughout the shoot. Are you looking for a strobe that flashes only when the photograph is taken? You might also consider light reflectors or a background. Are you looking for warm or cool light?

A lot of starter kits come with two to three lamps for continuous lighting. These top rate reviews are usually accompanied by an umbrella or softbox that allows for light diffusion and a variety of bulbs. Some kits include more accessories and gear. You’ll need to ensure that it is easy to set up and takedown, even if you don’t have studio space.

What We Like

  • Very flexible
  • Bright lights
  • Portable

What we don’t like

  • Boom is tippy
  • Ständer could be stronger

Fovitec Square EZ-Set-Up Softbox Light Kit (SPK10-037) from a trusted brand is an inexpensive and efficient lighting kit. The kit includes two 5-socket softboxes that can be adjusted and one single socket softbox that can be adjusted to provide overhead boom lighting.

The socket heads have three switches to accommodate different light configurations. The softboxes are also made of heavy nylon. Our reviewer said that although the kit is quite laborious (there is 11 light bulbs), the end result makes up most of the shortcomings of its budget-friendly build quality.

The stands included in the kit can reach up to 90 inches. However, they are very lightweight and quickly become heavy. You might consider buying something that is wider if you don’t think you will need the entire height.

Fovitec SpK10-037 Softbox Lighting System Review

What We Like

  • Quality for the price
  • Includes background setup
  • Complete portable setup

What we don’t like

  • Not very bright

Weifeng’s ePhoto Premium kit is basically a camera studio in a bag. The kit includes four adjustable lighting stands, two black and two white umbrellas, four 45W lightbulbs, and an eight-by-ten foot backdrop frame that can be used with three backgrounds (black, white, or green). This is an excellent option for professional photographers looking for a lightweight, portable travel equipment.

It weighs 26 pounds, and it is easy to set up and takedown. It is also very durable considering its price. One problem is that single-bulb stands don’t emit as much light as their five- or four-socket counterparts. You may need more power if you are looking for something that is really powerful.

What We Like

  • Multifunctional
  • Included is a tabletop stand
  • Lightweight

What we don’t like

  • Budget building

This budget-friendly option from Julius Studio will provide a solid starting kit for those who don’t want to spend too much upfront. The kit is lightweight at just ten pounds, and it comes with a bag that can be carried around. The kit comes with two adjustable stands measuring 86 inches and one tabletop stand measuring 28 inches.

This allows you to create a variety of setups. The bag also includes three 45W fluorescent lightbulbs and two umbrellas 33 inches in size. Each stand is equipped with a single socket head so it will not shine as brightly as the multi-socket lamp on this list. This kit is a great budget option for indoor photography.

What We Like

  • Brigh
  • It is quick to set up, and it’s easy to take down

What we don’t like

  • Only one stand

Mount Dog Softbox Lighting Kits are a set for one stand and a softbox. Although it is not a complete kit, it can be used as a standalone light or an addition to existing studios. It also makes a good starter set if you are looking to add to your collection over time. The light output is brighter than other budget options so it will provide sufficient lighting if you don’t require multidirectional lighting. The tripod stand can be adjusted from 27 to 80 inches.

It also has a single-socket, 210-degree rotating head that allows you to get the perfect angle. The softbox measures 20×28 inches. It has a white nylon screen that diffuses the light from the two 95W bulbs (two included). It is easy to set up and take down the tripod. The stand can then be folded down and collapsed.

What We Like

  • Flashlights up to 320W
  • Lightweight
  • Doubles as a continuous light source

What we don’t like

  • Expensive

Interfit’s Honey Badger320 two-lamp set is the perfect choice to transform your studio lighting. The kit comes with a pair of 24″ softboxes and two light stands. There’s also a remote control, two light stands, two flash heads, and a pair of Honey Badger flash heads.

These heads are extremely versatile, making this one of the most popular premium lighting options. You can choose between continuous 60W lighting that looks exactly like daylight (the temperature is set to 5600K), or flash heads with a seven-stop adjustable power range of 5W to 320W.

The lamps are extremely compact and weigh only three pounds. They measure six inches wide at their largest. This pair of Honey Badger lamps are ideal for anyone who travels, sets up small studios, or needs to maximize lighting and save space.

What We Like

  • Complete setup
  • Individual bulb switches
  • It feels solid

What we don’t like

  • Not very portable

Emart’s umbrella lighting kit is a great starter kit for studio photographers. It includes a complete softbox setup, which can be assembled quickly and can be customized to suit your growing skillset. The kit includes three lights: two 28-inch adjustable vertical stands with five socket heads and an overhead boom with one socket head. Each socket is equipped with an on/off switch to adjust the brightness.

The five socket heads produce 400W combined. The softboxes are 20×28 inches in size. This kit can be used to shoot portraits, product photos, or videos. The only problem is the weight. Many of the other kits on this list can be transported easily and are compacted into one bag, either 10 or 15.

This kit, which weighs in at 25 pounds and has two bags instead of one, is more suitable for studio use than for travel. It is also a little more stable due to its extra weight.

StudioFX 2400W Large Softbox Light Kit Review

What We Like

  • Extremely portable
  • Cordless
  • Flashlight 200W

What we don’t like

  • Rechargeable not
  • Stand not included

This versatile piece of equipment is sure to become a friend for any travel photographer. The kit includes the handheld eVOLV200 Pro Pocket Flash and the Glow 24-inch Hexapop diffuser. This combination puts a powerful, high-quality light source in your hand literally. The 200W cordless flash has a nine-stop adjustable range and a maximum power of 200W.

The flash can be remotely synced with all major brands of cameras and is just 6.8×2.1×2.9 inches. This makes it one of the most portable lighting options on our list. You can fold the Hexapop down to store in a bag. Although this kit doesn’t include a stand the eVOLV 200 Pro comes with an amount that can be used with existing equipment. Although the lithium battery cannot be recharged, it can be replaced.

What We Like

  • Complete setup
  • Included is an overhead boom
  • Bright

What we don’t like

  • Softboxes tend to be small.

StudioFX’s compact kit is ideal for those who want to create an indoor studio space. However, it doesn’t take up much space. The kit includes two 7-foot stands with four socket heads, one overhead boom with one socket head, an adjustable backdrop stand, three backdrops (black/white, and green).

Although the pair of four-socket heads are equipped with 45W bulbs, they put out a lot of light but are small at 16×24 inches. The overhead softbox measures 20×28 inches. The boom arm can be adjusted to almost six feet. Although this isn’t the most powerful kit, it’s a great option if you have a small space. This doesn’t affect the brightness of the lamps, which is their main selling point.

Final Verdict

Fovitec Square EZ-Set-Up Softbox Light Kit SPK10-037 is our top choice. It offers bright light and a flexible set up at a very affordable price. We recommend the Weifeng ePhoto Premium Studio lighting Kit, which includes four stands with single sockets and three backdrops.

FAQs

A light kit is a must-have for anyone.

A quality lighting kit can be used by anyone, from amateur photographers to professionals. A quality lighting kit can make any image look better, whether it is a product or glamour shot.

What wattage do I need to power my studio/shooting area?

Your lighting needs will vary depending on factors such as ISO and exposure. However, 2000W combined light is sufficient to allow continuous shooting in a small studio. A larger space might require more.

Do I really need a softbox to store my stuff?

Softboxes reduce the appearance of harsh shadows and jarring shadows. They diffuse light in a way that is pleasing to the eye, so they can be used as a softbox. Although they are not required, they can give your photos a professional look that traditional lighting cannot.

What to Look For in a Studio Light Kit

Level of experience that level of photographer are you? What are your goals for this hobby? You’ll need a better-quality kit if you are a professional photographer looking to make extra money.

PortabilityDo you plan to shoot mostly at home or will you be traveling to the homes of family and friends with your lighting rig? It is important to consider the weight of your kit. Some kits can be over 50 pounds while others are portable 10-pound systems. Consider both portability and weight when choosing a kit.

Controlling light you are an experienced photographer and you understand how crucial it is to control your lighting. If you are new to the whole process, constant, always on lighting (that you can test) may be a better choice. There are many options for control. Some allow you to control the lights individually, while others can be controlled continuously or with a strobe. A simpler setup will be more useful if you aren’t sure what you need.