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Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)

B&H # SMKT500 MFR # 401430
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Product Highlights
  • 250W Max. Each Light: Total 500W

The KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V) is built around 2 standard Adapta-Lights which feature medium screw base phenolic sockets, 10' 2-wire cords and 5/8" stand mount. The reflectors are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize light output. The exteriors have a photographic black, baked-on enamel finish. Two 32" white umbrellas are included for softer lighting effects.

Even spread
Produces an even 50 degree beam angle
Reflector
The reflectors are made of heavy-grade aluminum, and are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize the light output
New knob
A new, comfortable, easy-to-tighten angle adjustment knob
Rating Max 250 watts
Socket (Lampholder) Phenolic socket
Reflector (Mirror) Chemically etched aluminum
Mounting 5/8" stand mount
Kit Weight 11.6 lbs (5.3 kg)
Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)
  • 2 x 10" Reflectors
  • 2 x Socket and Cord Sets With Stand Mount
  • 2 x ECA 250W Photoflood Lamps
  • 2 x RS8 8' Aluminum Light Stands
  • 2 x UM-6 Umbrella Mounts
  • 2 x 32" White Umbrellas
  • "Imaging with Light" Guide
  • 2-Year Warranty on Light Fixtures
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    Smith-VictorKT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)
     
    4.2

    (based on 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight kit (55)
    • Easy to set up (32)
    • Easy to setup (23)
    • Compatible (14)
    • Long sync chord (6)

    Cons

    • Short lifespan (7)
    • Unreliable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (45)
    • Portraits (38)
    • Artificial lighting (31)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Interviews (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (51)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Decent for the money

    We purchased this product to use at a formal banquet. We wanted to be able to take photos of singles, couples and families in their formal wear to commemorate their evening. The goal...Read complete review

    We purchased this product to use at a formal banquet. We wanted to be able to take photos of singles, couples and families in their formal wear to commemorate their evening. The goal was for them to have their picture taken, pay, and walk away with a framed photo. We pulled it off!! We had some printer issues, but the light kit was a good help. The lighting wasn't superb, but it definitely added something beneficial. Would've like more lighting. One complaint: one of the two bulbs burnt out the very first time we plugged it in and turned it on. I mean, it actually popped, blew a hole in the glass. So we had to buy our own replacement buls due to time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meets my expectations

    For the price, I did not expect heavy duty tripods or very bright lights. It met my expectations. [...] The instructions were included and were easy to read. The 32"...Read complete review

    For the price, I did not expect heavy duty tripods or very bright lights. It met my expectations. [...] The instructions were included and were easy to read. The 32" umbrellas, while looking pretty (and almost semi-professional) did not provide any additional functionality. I removed them. For macro photography, with the object on the floor, I ended up putting the tripods in their lowest position (base of light 30" from floor) and pointed the two toward the object; one on each side. The lighting was sufficient for my purposes. As for the locking screws: the tripods have hollow tubes. In each, a hole was drilled and tapped. They are made of a soft metal and the finger-tighten screws strip easily. I have to be very careful to avoid stripping the screws while trying to lock the lights at a given position. The umbrellas, although lightweight, made the problem worse. Eventually, I will need to retap the holes (and void the 2-year warranty). Apart from that, the tripods are reasonably sturdy and the bulbs were in good condition after shipment. Each power cord is 9 feet long - convenient for directly plugging into the wall. I would recommend these as a novice photographer's first set of lights.

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    4.0

    Pretty great!

    By mads

    from ontario, canada

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight Kit

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

        I was using this lighting kit to make a more professional video of myself explaining concepts on camera. It's very easy to put together and the umbrellas really make the light soft enough so there's no shadow casting on the wall behind me. One thing I do not appreciate is that no matter how much I tighten it, I have to be very gentle with the light otherwise the umbrella weighs it down causing it to point downward. Otherwise, no complaints.

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        3.0

        Smith_Victor 2 Light 500W Umbrella Kit

        By Aquatintman

        from Kutztown, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatible
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight Kit
        • Long Sync Chord

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography

        Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

        I am an artist and I use these lights to photograph my art work. I have an old set of similar lights and bought these to replace the old ones. The phenolic socket cracked and broke on one of them and the wiring was starting to get exposed on the other.This set was not as well made as my first set. The clamp did not fit well onto the globe due to the shape of the neck of the globe. It will still work and do the job but it will be weak and I expect better fit in order to hold the globe well.

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        4.0

        Not bad for high school student use.

        By ni

        from middletown ct

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight Kit

        Cons

        • Not Much Umph

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

        Rugged.
        ease of use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I'm gonna get ya

        By Kit

        from Garnett, KS

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatible
        • Lightweight Kit

        Cons

        • A Little Difficult To Set

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

        I am using these for a small room studio and traveling photoshoots. They are comming in handy and I like the quality and strength of light they put out. The only tricky thing about them is getting them set just right that the subject is not overwhelmed.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Brown Eye

        from Sumter, SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatible
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight Kit
        • Long Sync Chord

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Weddings

          Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

          I use the light every weekend for pictures. it has the right amount of light for picture taking.
          needs a bag to carry the lights and stand in

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          4.0

          Definitely thrifty!

          By Tyler

          from Surprise AZ

          Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

          When I opened the box I was surprised that there were no directions on how to assemble this kit.. At all.. The mount that held the light was in pieces and I needed to look on YouTube to find the right directions on how to piece it together. Works pretty well! For the price of this kit and what you get, you can't beat it.

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          4.0

          Lamps

          By Bitchinbeads

          from Scottsdale Arizona

          Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

          Service was great... But the bulbs did not last!!! :(( it was exactly what we wanted tho....

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          4.0

          Good Value and Just What We Needed

          By Snorkel-Mart

          from Bloomington, Indiana

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography

              Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

              We used this product to get better lighting on product photos. The quality was decent, but not top notch. The gear was a very good value and we weren't expecting them to be of the highest quality, but they worked great!

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              2.0

              REFLECTING LIGHT AND/OR BASIC POOR

              By Copo

              from Gainesille, Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight Kit

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                I tryed to used as shown in the catalog but the light the objet was reciving from the umblellas was very poor forcing me to close up the lights to the subjecct. thanks good i was ordere a two 500 watrs flood lites and i sirvived my wedding pictures.

                the swicth is to close to the lamp base and is not easy to operate i had to operate from the outlet.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Buy

                By linkwilliams

                from Maryland

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                I purchased this kit for myself, I am just getting started as photographer and I thought this would be good to start out with. IMO This kit is fantastic for a beginner. I also work on cars, these lights work great for a mechanic also :)

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                4.0

                Awesome and "light"

                By Jelly

                from Greenbelt,MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight Kit

                Cons

                • No Carrying Case

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                I use these lights for portrait photography, mainly. I am a very petite person and although i will have someone else setting them up they are very light in weight. And surprisingly that does not take away from the quality and durability of the set. It would have been great if it could come with a carrying case.

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                5.0

                Great starter kit

                By The Lioness

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight Kit

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                  This is my 1st venture into photography with lighting and I found the set up fast, easy and the results have been really nice! I am looking forward to setting up more lighting and really expanding equipment in my home studio. I also have to say B&H is beyond great with fast delivery and a wonderful interface on the iPad app!!!!

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                  4.0

                  Great lights, great price!

                  By Kanester

                  from Hollywood, FL.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight Kit

                  Cons

                  • No Set Up Instructions

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                  These lights are a fantastic deal! I'm shooting a documentary and whether I'm using them with the umbrellas or using them as a bounce light, they deliver great quality light!

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                  5.0

                  Great economy kit

                  By Threw a party

                  from Salt Lake City, Utah

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight Kit

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                      We bought several kits for a party to create some visual interest and add additional lighting for the photographer that we hired. It fit really well into our fashion oriented theme and they were inexpensive enough that we didn't have to worry about them getting knocked over or damaged. We had looked at renting something but at this price it made more sense to buy. The lights do get very hot.

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                      5.0

                      Quality Budget Light Kit

                      By jamielou

                      from West Lafayette, IN

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight Kit

                      Cons

                      • Bulb Wattage Too High

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoor Video
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                      Very happy with this light kit. Wide leg stance keeps lights balanced even extended to 8'. Perfect for the 12 x 12 video studio we're putting together. The only negative is the 250 watt bulbs. Even with the umbrellas they were too bright and made the subject squint. We bought 100 watt replacements that worked much better. A darker umbrella or thick diffusion paper would help as well.

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                      5.0

                      best price-value

                      By Javar

                      from Miami, Fl.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight Kit
                      • Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                          I doubt, and i did my research, that you can be find a better basic set of lights for the price you will pay for this one.
                          Everything in the set is well made and will last. It is simple enough to assemble and use.
                          I highly recommend it for the beginner and even intermediate.
                          Buy an extra pair of bulbs. They only last about 60hrs.
                          it does not come with a carrying bag but for the price i don't mind.

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                          4.0

                          Great for the price

                          By JKK

                          from Wilmington, NC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                                Very easy to assemble. Should do the job for portraits.

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                                5.0

                                Always dependable

                                By AC

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Lightweight Kit

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting

                                  Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                                  I use these lights to shoot houses- inside and out. I use them til they break and then I fix them and use them again. They can take a beating. They do exactly as described, worst thing that happens is eventually I break the sockets so I buy new ones and keep shooting!

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                                  1.0

                                  Thrifty indeed

                                  By Mambo

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • It's cheap

                                  Cons

                                  • It's cheap
                                  • Short Lifespan
                                  • Unreliable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                                    From the moment I opened the box I was worried that I might have gone too thrifty because the lights and light stands are cheap and flimsy. I put one light together to try it out and was impressed that it worked, but literally within 3 minutes it started flickering and then it dimmed for a minute before going off completely.

                                    I'm sure I just got a bad bulb or something, but I took no chances and returned it the next day for a single light kit that was around the same price.

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                                    4.0

                                    Light it up

                                    By TapinTed

                                    from Kansas City, MO

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight Kit

                                    Cons

                                    • Tad bit bulky
                                    • Umbrellas are translucent

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V):

                                    Good product at a reasonable price. Ready to go out of the box. Basic system that does the job.

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