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Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 Fluorescent Flood Light with 24" Square Softbox - 120 Watts (120VAC)

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The Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 Fluorescent Flood Light with 24" Square Softbox - 120 Watts (120VAC) offers a convenient yet economical method of modern studio lighting, suitable for use with conventional still digital or video cameras. It provides a soft uniform diffused light. It is ideal for portraits in a confined area or web based product photography, and can be combined with a light pod or pop-up light tent. The Super Cool-lite 5 uses daylight-balanced fluorescent lamps (included), equivalent to 500 watts of tungsten lighting per head for excellent quality results.

Five-way control switch on rear panel allows "dimming" of the power output
Noiseless operation and a cool output allows heat-sensitive products to be photographed with ease.
Includes five 24 watt screw-in fluorescent bulbs that have a life expectancy of 6-8000 hours.
24" (60 cm) softbox softens the light even more.
Input Voltage 110-120VAC,60Hz
Lamps 5- 24 Watt E26 Edison base
Ballast In bulbs
Mounting Baby (5/8") stand
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions 15.5" (40 cm) diameter reflector x 13" (33 cm) D
Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 Fluorescent Flood Light with 24" Square Softbox - 120 Watts (120VAC)
  • 5 x 24 Watt screw-in fluorescent bulbs (INT033)
  • 24" (60 cm) Softbox
  • 15.5" Reflector
  • One-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    InterfitSuper Cool-lite 5
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Good color value (3)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Photography (4)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Artificial lighting (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for function and value but not for speed

      You get a lot of value and flexibility in this light unit. The ability to selectively switch on and off each light (or just keep them on and use the Master switch), the...Read complete review

      You get a lot of value and flexibility in this light unit. The ability to selectively switch on and off each light (or just keep them on and use the Master switch), the choice between using the included soft box set up or the aluminum dome with shower cap gives you a lot for the money. However, the design is based on traditional bulbs/flashes. In this new era of spiral fluorescent bulbs (5 are included with the package) they are longer and as a group overall, wider than the traditional set up. This means you cant change set ups in a hurry (see below). The cooler (in heat) operating temperatures and color (K) are nice. You may wonder after dinging this item in design and functionality department why I didnt just return it? Again it comes down to value. The closest thing at this price (at this time) had 2 less bulbs and no controllability (fluorescent bulbs are happily dimmable) let alone a softbox option. I just have to plan ahead or make preparations for time in the future. If B&H/Interfit had this unit with just the dome (and a lower price) with the softbox as an option, they would sell even more. In the ad needs to be updated as it does not show the softbox black on the outside and silver on the inside with a white diffuser on the front; the normal setup. My dome was black not grey, silver or translucent like the picture.

      Expertise: Semi-Pro

      Problems Encountered: I dinged this item in design. Because the fluorescent spiral bulbs are longer and wider as a group and the use of the speed ring for the softbox is not practical. You have to remove each of the 5 bulbs before you can slide the softbox off the light unit. Be careful, the bulbs may still be hot and are $20 a piece! You then have to add the 3 set screws to add the 15 dome and the, in my opinion, slightly too small shower cap diffuser over it. Want to switch back? You have to unscrew the bulbs and unscrew the set screws (the speed rig wont mate otherwise). Another consideration is the added frontal weight of the lightbox. It is relatively light but on my 8 light stand (Interfit Air Cushioned) it is toque-ing it toward the front. You better have a weight or sandbag handy, or heavier, thicker poled, wider stand or it may fall forward from the weight. The lamp shade is fine. The inner diffuser which stretches across the front of the bulbs (you can see the 5 bulbs more readily through the outer light diffuser without it) physically touches the 5 bulbs. While the bulbs run cooler (very warm but touchable) than regular bulbs, I wonder if this will discolor the inner diffuser over time, or worse be a melting or fire hazard.

      Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Interfit / Paterson Interfit Fluorescent Flood Light with Bulbs, Light Stand

      Items I Recommend: Impact Compact Air Cushioned Light Stand, 4 Sections - Black, 8'

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      Worth the money

      Using this for video and still shoots.

      Pros: I love that the light is daylight balanced and doesn't throw a lot of heat. 5 individual switches allow for precise light level...Read complete review

      Using this for video and still shoots.

      Pros: I love that the light is daylight balanced and doesn't throw a lot of heat. 5 individual switches allow for precise light level control. Comes with a reflector, a reflector diffusion sock, and a nice softbox. Good little kit.

      Cons: The light is daylight balanced, meaning I have to gel it or color correct when shooting in mixed light situations (i.e., tungsten practicals in a room). Really a pain to have to remove the bulbs and protect them each time I take off the soft box, the reflector, or to transport.

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      5.0

      Fantastic light setup

      By CCK

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting

      Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

      More light is better...this setup allows individual bulb control with 10 lights total...maximum flexibility...one unit was damaged in shipping and B&H took it back without any questions...painless swap...strongly recommend

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      4.0

      Really nice light

      By MiamiMathGirl

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

        I bought this lighting setup for a home studio and for taking with me to nursing homes to photograph the elderly. The light is bright and cool enough to keep on for up to an hour at a time even close to the subject. It's not powerful enough for group shots or for shots where the light is a long way from your subject, but close up for half-body and headshots, this light is very good. It can be used as a hairlight for other situations or a backlight. The reflector that comes with this kit is large enough to be used as a small beauty dish, and the sock that goes over the reflector gives a nice soft concentrated light source. This makes the whole kit a very nice versatile combination.

        My only peeves with this lighting setup are that it's not quick to setup and you have to remove all the bulbs to put the reflector on and to take it off. This makes setup and takedown take a long time, longer than I would like. A few changes to the design could easily fix this issue. It's also not terribly portable as it doesn't come with a case for the kit.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Does its Job

        By Nick

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

        I used it for on location head shots.

        As long as you turn off all lights and maybe use natural light as fill it works well.

        You do have to unscrew all the bulbs to change from dish to soft box.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Worth the money

        By Chris Cavs

        from Lewiston, ME

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Cool
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Hard to transport
        • Have to color correct
        • Inconvenient setup

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Interviews
        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

        Using this for video and still shoots.

        Pros: I love that the light is daylight balanced and doesn't throw a lot of heat. 5 individual switches allow for precise light level control. Comes with a reflector, a reflector diffusion sock, and a nice softbox. Good little kit.

        Cons: The light is daylight balanced, meaning I have to gel it or color correct when shooting in mixed light situations (i.e., tungsten practicals in a room). Really a pain to have to remove the bulbs and protect them each time I take off the soft box, the reflector, or to transport.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Continous lighting in the studio

        By Les

        from Terrebonne, Oregon.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

          This a fine combination of possibilities.
          I am a professional photographer, studio portraits are my forte. Over 50 years experience.
          The light works perfectly.
          I began with the soft box to complememt a similar light. Being able to adjust the power is outstanding. Most similar lights do not have this capability.
          I have now switched to the parabolic reflector. the changeover was very easy. With the new bulbs the color is excellent.
          If you are into continuous lighting this combo is one of the best available ... and the price is right.

          Les Jacobs.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good budget video light

          By Paul

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                This is a good video light for those who can't afford the more powerful lights out there. The softbox design creates a nice quality of light, and is powerful enough when used indoors up close. It is not powerful enough to offset sunlit areas, no matter how close you get it to the subject. I tried lighting a subject indoors, using the sun as rim light, but the sun overpowered the video light to the extent that I had to do things differently. The sun was much brighter. Even so, the light is a good buy, and as long as you're not competing with the sun, it works well.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice light at a good price

                By Dr. Benny

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Price

                Cons

                • Setup

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                Bought this for filming interviews. The amount of light is great. Setup isn't the simplest but it's not too bad - and for the price it's well worth it. It's a bit top heavy so be sure to use sandbags on your light stand.

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                5.0

                nice light, great value

                By Andy

                from Omaha

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                  We've used this several times now for indoor studio work, both photo and video. It's essentially a big, adjustable lamp and it works exactly like you think it would. Each bulb has its own switch and the unit really throws light well. For the price, it seems like a pretty great deal - probably because so much of this type of stuff seems overpriced.

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                  5.0

                  cool lights are realy kool

                  By photoguy

                  from orlando fl.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Special Events
                    • Studio lighting
                    • Video

                    Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                    this light is a true value ,they work great and are easy to use.I love the fact that you can turn each bulb on or off by it self as needed.kool lights are the lighting sorce of the digital age.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    nice light

                    By anise

                    from san rafael, ca

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light

                    Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                    good beginner light for studio work. very cool and long running.

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                    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for function and value but not for speed

                    By Jay

                    from Orlando, FL

                    Comments about Interfit Super Cool-lite 5:

                    You get a lot of value and flexibility in this light unit. The ability to selectively switch on and off each light (or just keep them on and use the Master switch), the choice between using the included soft box set up or the aluminum dome with shower cap gives you a lot for the money. However, the design is based on traditional bulbs/flashes. In this new era of spiral fluorescent bulbs (5 are included with the package) they are longer and as a group overall, wider than the traditional set up. This means you cant change set ups in a hurry (see below). The cooler (in heat) operating temperatures and color (K) are nice. You may wonder after dinging this item in design and functionality department why I didnt just return it? Again it comes down to value. The closest thing at this price (at this time) had 2 less bulbs and no controllability (fluorescent bulbs are happily dimmable) let alone a softbox option. I just have to plan ahead or make preparations for time in the future. If B&H/Interfit had this unit with just the dome (and a lower price) with the softbox as an option, they would sell even more. In the ad needs to be updated as it does not show the softbox black on the outside and silver on the inside with a white diffuser on the front; the normal setup. My dome was black not grey, silver or translucent like the picture.

                    Expertise: Semi-Pro

                    Problems Encountered: I dinged this item in design. Because the fluorescent spiral bulbs are longer and wider as a group and the use of the speed ring for the softbox is not practical. You have to remove each of the 5 bulbs before you can slide the softbox off the light unit. Be careful, the bulbs may still be hot and are $20 a piece! You then have to add the 3 set screws to add the 15 dome and the, in my opinion, slightly too small shower cap diffuser over it. Want to switch back? You have to unscrew the bulbs and unscrew the set screws (the speed rig wont mate otherwise). Another consideration is the added frontal weight of the lightbox. It is relatively light but on my 8 light stand (Interfit Air Cushioned) it is toque-ing it toward the front. You better have a weight or sandbag handy, or heavier, thicker poled, wider stand or it may fall forward from the weight. The lamp shade is fine. The inner diffuser which stretches across the front of the bulbs (you can see the 5 bulbs more readily through the outer light diffuser without it) physically touches the 5 bulbs. While the bulbs run cooler (very warm but touchable) than regular bulbs, I wonder if this will discolor the inner diffuser over time, or worse be a melting or fire hazard.

                    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Interfit / Paterson Interfit Fluorescent Flood Light with Bulbs, Light Stand

                    Items I Recommend: Impact Compact Air Cushioned Light Stand, 4 Sections - Black, 8'

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