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Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC)

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Product Highlights
  • 500 Watts Maximum
  • 21 x 21" (53 x 53 cm) Face

This is a Lowel Rifa-Lite EX55 Softbox Light This softbox opens like an umbrella. Its removable front diffuser measures 21 x 21" (53 x 53 cm).

Compact, lightweight, and self-contained, the Rifa-Lite uses a simple design approach as old as the umbrella to achieve its quick and easy setup and strike capabilities. The EX series of Rifa Lites enables you to change out the fixture's socket, to make use of cooler running fluorescent bulbs.

Front Diffusion
A State of the art, woven glass fabric, heat-resistant 21 x 21" (53 x 53 cm) front diffuser provides sufficient illumination with soft shadows.
Multi-Voltage
Accepts bulbs of different wattages and voltages, with the appropriate adapter(s).
Compact
Compact folded size (17") allows it to fit into many of Lowel's smallest location light kits.
Rating 500 watt maximum
Socket (Lampholder) 2-Pin
Lens (Condenser) Not Applicable
Reflector (Mirror) Silver interior softbox
Mounting Fits any standard 5/8" stand or stud
Yoke Not Applicable
Cable 4' Captive cable, 120V power cable, line switch, 120V Grounded Edison Plug
Focusing Not Applicable
Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
Dimensions Collapsed length: 24" (61 cm)
Face: 21 x 21" (53 x 53 cm)
Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC)
  • 16' Switched #18/3 extending power cord, 120V USA plug
  • 21x21" Front Light Diffuser
  • Carrying Sleeve
  • Two Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Bulb not included

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    LowelLC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC)
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Good color value (6)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Attach securely (5)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (7)
      • Indoors (7)
      • Low light (5)
      • Interviews (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

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      5.0

      Pro Video Light - Great Results!

      By KL

      from Tarzana, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Interviews

        Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

        The Rifa-Lite eX makes a wonderful key light. I shot an interview the other day with my Canon XF100, and it was great!
        This all in one light is easy to set up and take down.

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        5.0

        Great Light

        By TDM

        from Iowa

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light

          Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

          This is the 2nd one of these lights we've purchased to add to our kit. They work great for interviews because of the softness of the light.

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          5.0

          I love these lights

          By GaCarver

          from Rome, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy set-up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

              I use these Rifa lights to film on location interviews. The easy set-up makes them the perfect light for traveling. Everything about these lights feels beefy and well made – even the power cord.

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              5.0

              A solid and easy key light

              By Freelance video Jeff

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                This light does everything you think it should, and it does it well. It also breaks down into a relatively small and manageable package, which is really desirable to me.

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                4.0

                Great Interview Light

                By tyg5

                from Los Angeles, CA

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Expensive Accessories

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Interview
                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                This light is durable, easy to setup and great for location/travel interview lighting. I can't think for a faster way to get soft light quickly and as compact as this system. The light quality is very pleasing but does get extremely hot (a given). You could go the fluorescent route but I just didn't what to keep up with a bunch of individual bulbs. Aint nobody got time for that.

                You will most definitely want to purchase the separate eggcrate with this light as it spreads the light everywhere. It's a bummer that they (eggcrate) are so incredibly expensive. It should be noted that most of the accessories for this light are expensive so you should consider that before investing in this light system.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Portable Interview Light

                By AJB

                from BK, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Intervews
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                  Easily stowed in a tripod bag with a mini tripod. Lightweight, but with a good soft throw.
                  Fantastic.

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                  4.0

                  Great for Basic Interviews

                  By Robert

                  from Berkeley, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Interviews

                    Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                    Does everything I need it to do: Sets up and breaks down fast(er than an Arri light with Chimera soft box) and stows easily enough. I've used once for a three-day setup, but I'm not disappointed in it yet.

                    My only wish is that it had a better counterbalance built in than the one it already has. They sell an accessory balance, but I think they should just make it standard. It matters more on this light and the next size up. The smaller ones don't need it as much.

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                    5.0

                    Great Light- Excellent Company

                    By DP

                    from New Rochelle, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light

                      Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                      We own several of Lowel's softboxes in various sizes. The fixtures themselves are very reliable and provide a great light source for our video productions. My only complaint is that the front diffuser tends to become fragile after a year of moderate use. Also, don't pack them up until the bulb has cooled enough, otherwise the umbrella will get damaged. Other than that, these light are great. Easy to set up. Nice even lighting. I would definitely recommend an eggcrate to keep light off of your background.The customer service that Lowel provides is worthy of a mention here. They are local to me here on the east coast and provide us with fast, affordable maintenance when needed.

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                      5.0

                      I'll be purchasing more in the future

                      By Dave the AV Guy

                      from Near London ON Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast setupstrike
                      • Folds compact for travel
                      • Very versatile

                      Cons

                      • Should have strap for bag

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill
                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                      I'm using this softbox for video interview type settings. I love the quick easy set up and the accessory lampheads. I feel it's very good value for the money.

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                      4.0

                      Great little soft light

                      By Cali

                      from Little Falls, NJ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                            This is a great little compact soft light. It's light weight and easier to set up than a chimera but it's a bit delicate so treat it with care. I bought these to light a small green screen but I use them to shoot interviews and just about anytime I need just a bit of fill.

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                            5.0

                            Best all around

                            By freesolo

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Interviews
                            • Low Light

                            Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                            I use this lamp in professional video settings, lighting anywhere from one to 4 people effectively. A great, flexible instrument. If I had to bring one light to a shoot, it would be this one.

                            Compact, quick set-up makes it indispensable. The only drawback I can detail is the tungsten lamp gets real hot, so breakdown can be lengthy as you can't collapse the unit until the 'pistil' cools.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing travel light!!

                            By Zebra Media

                            from Orlando, Florida

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light

                              Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                              We have been using these lights for years, all over the country. Great to travel with and fast and easy to set up. I would highly recommend these lights.

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                              4.0

                              Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Lig

                              By Tom Zone

                              from Bethlehem, PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                                This is a great light for setting up video interviews. I use it for the key light in combination with a bounce card for the fill. It's relatively light weight helps it travel well. For protection, I do suggest buying the travel case or at least packing it in another safe case.

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                                5.0

                                A+ for Portability

                                By Stephen

                                from New Hamburg, New YOrk

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Portability
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                                  If you need great lighting on the road this is the ticket. Small and powerful. Great for interviews.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Softbox for 1-Person Shoots

                                  By MidwestGuy

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited functions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Lowel LC55EX Rifa-Lite eX 500 Watt Softbox Light (120-240VAC):

                                  The Rifa 55 is lightweight and great for productions where there's only one crew member: me.

                                  I've used it for both interviews and narrative pieces.

                                  Make sure to get the Rifa eXchange Fluorescent 3- Lamp Module. I got the one lamp version, and I'm wishing I had more light.

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