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Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)

B&H # IMVSD160 Mfr # VSD-160
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Product Highlights
  • 7" Grid Reflector, Sync Cord

The Impact Digital Monolight - 160W/s (120VAC) as part of the VSD Series of monolights is proof that a 160 watt/second monolight does not need to be expensive. The VSD160 provides enough stored power to light a head-shot portrait or small still-life setup. It has features found on monolights that cost twice as much.

This monolight has a digital readout coupled with its four-stop power variator. It accepts Bowens monolight reflectors and head accessories. The VSD160 has cushioned touch-pad function control buttons. Power is adjustable in 1/10 stop increments, from full to 1/8 power. Its model light intensity may be controlled coupled to, or independent from the strobe power levels you select.

The VSD160 is available as part of several complete lighting kits. Two more powerful versions of this light are the VSD300 and VSD400.

This monolight has a limited "Auto Dump" feature, which automatically fires the strobe when you reset to a lower power level.
Built-in optical slave "sees" the light from other flashes, and fires this monolight automatically.
A Sync Cord with miniplug to PC connection is included.
Its recycle beep tone may be switched on or off.
Maximum Watt/Seconds 160
Guide Number 115 in feet, @ ISO 100 at 10 feet
Recycle Time 2 sec @ full power
Flash Duration Not Specified by Manufacturer
Flash Variability Full to 1/8 power in 1/10 stop increments
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light Wattage 60
Voltage Stabilization Not Specified by Manufacturer
Flash Ready Indicator LED on test button
Operating Voltage 110-120VAC, 60Hz
Built-in Slave Cell Yes, 10 m range
Circuit Protection Fuse
Fan Cooled No
Auto Dump Yes - limited - strobe fires automatically as power is turned down
Dimensions 11.6 x 8.5 x 7" (29.5 x 21.5 x 17.7cm) with 7" reflector
Weight 3.5 lbs (1.6kg)
Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)
  • Flashtube for VS160 Monolight
  • 60W Modeling Light
  • 7" Grid Reflector
  • Mini to PC Sync Cord
  • Spare Fuse
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Included Free

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    ImpactDigital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)
     
    4.3

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (25)
    • Good color value (15)
    • Good power output (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Attach securely (11)

    Cons

    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (26)
    • General purpose (18)
    • Portraits (15)
    • Low light (10)
    • Studio (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Starter Product But

    Good Starter Product, nice light, for those of you that don't think you can do a lot with them, your wrong, good quality for starters, at a great price. They even ship...Read complete review

    Good Starter Product, nice light, for those of you that don't think you can do a lot with them, your wrong, good quality for starters, at a great price. They even ship it to Puerto rico, by ups, and it was deliver right when the guys at b&h told me. Very Happy with the monolights.

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    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!

    Learn from my mistake: I brought two Impact lights a year and a half ago. As soon as the warranty expired, the knob that attaches the light to the lightstand broke on both...Read complete review

    Learn from my mistake: I brought two Impact lights a year and a half ago. As soon as the warranty expired, the knob that attaches the light to the lightstand broke on both units. [...]

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    5.0

    Great for the value

    By Braineack

    from Chantilly, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

      I purchased two of these as my first strobes. They were sold as a kit with the 160 Watt-second monolight, and an 8 foot air-cushioned light stand, and an Impact translucent 43 inch umbrella for under $--an incredible value.I was impressed with the build quality of these for the price. The interface is very user friendly. The Bowen mounting system allows for a broad range of modifiers to be adapted. The 7 inch grid reflector being included is a nice touch and sets you up from the start to be able to use grids on the monolights.The one downside: You cannot, so far as I can tell, turn off the beep on button press. The audio button turns off the beep on recycle, but it doesn't silence the unit when you're changing the power or pushing any other button. I don't need to hear myself press a button.

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      5.0

      Easy to Use

      By Jules the Etsy Seller

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

          These lights worked perfectly for what I needed them to do! For a photo newbie these are simple to operate.

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          4.0

          Good light and value for the price

          By Daniel

          from Richmond, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

              Good lighting, stable. Attaches Securely.

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              4.0

              Good Starter Product But

              By Eddie

              from Puerto Rico

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

              Good Starter Product, nice light, for those of you that don't think you can do a lot with them, your wrong, good quality for starters, at a great price. They even ship it to Puerto rico, by ups, and it was deliver right when the guys at b&h told me. Very Happy with the monolights.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great lights for home studio

              By Dan

              from Nj

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • No Directions For Softbox

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

              I got this unit on sale and it was such a great buy. Came in 2 days and easy to setup.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great kit

              By George Picture

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                There is really no complaints for the price I paid. Everything worked at advertised, the control, the slave, the autodump.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Flash

                By photographybooths.com

                from delray beach florida

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                I purchased a 2 light flash kit and they are working wonderful in my photo booth setup. I am taking about 3000 photos a week per photo booth and they are excellent. How long do the bulbs last?

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                4.0

                Nice product

                By Pam

                from East Coast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                  I've used the lights twice so far, both for head shot business portraits. They give nice even lighting. They are of better quality than I expected. They seem pretty sturdy. I like the digital readout on the back. I don't like the loud beep when I'm changing the settings. It is SO loud. There's no way to turn that part off.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Perfect for what I needed

                  By Leeboy

                  from Mississippi

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                    Easy set up and provided perfect lighting for my needs. I do a few senior portraits and engagement shots

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Quiet Impactful!

                    By Photos In The Woods

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Weak

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                    For doing portraits, these lights are brilliant! I grabbed them for closer shooting, not to fill rooms or anything. So for the loot, def worth it! Soft rubber outside makes me a lot less nervous than the hard plastic that with every "clank" makes me worried something broke. Well made, and in the market for more lights!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Descent lights

                    By Weebol

                    from KY. USA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                        I got a kit with two of these lights; the upper and lower power settings are pretty even but at 1/2 and 1/4 power settings they differ. That's pretty minor really. Also I have the 24 x 32 inch softboxes and in close to the subject at low power I can't shoot wider than f/4 at iso 100, at full power I get f/11 at iso 100 at roughly 2 feet. I read so much about needing more power but in the spare bedroom I use, 160ws is more than enough.

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                        5.0

                        For the price, these get results

                        By Christopher

                        from Torrington, CT

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                          If you're reading this, you likely are, like I was,looking for the best possible light kit for the price without needing to do any real heavy lifting. These lights are perfect for the pro-sumer to new professional photographer looking to get comfortable with monolights before dropping serious money on a much more powerful set. This kit (includes lights, stands, softbox, etc.) for only a few hundred dollars has really met and exceeded my expectations.

                          The feel and build quality is much better than I thought to expect. These lights don't look like cheap fixes to clients and other industry folk with be impressed (or at least amused) with the quality of light for only 160W/S.

                          I recently took (just one) to a wedding reception for a little boost during the dancing. With a ten foot stand, a shoot through umbrella, and one light at 1/2 power, I was able to add just enough to get some really nice shots without overpowering the ambient light.

                          The optical slave works very well. Using the on camera flash from 20' away (pointing the opposite direction, no less) still fires these lights. P.S. - what a great way to mess with Uncle Bob's lighting! Wasn't deliberate, but still made me laugh. hahaha

                          I'd only raise three issues for the next generation:
                          It always, ALWAYS, beeps. You can lower the volume, but it will always beep.
                          There's no umbrella pass through on reflectors. I think only Alien Bees offers this as a standard feature, but it's real easy to become accustomed to the convenience.
                          The accessory mount a little weak & rattles some. This doesn't affect the light while shooting, but doesn't really inspire confidence, either.

                          All in all, for my first set of studio lights, these are great. You'll love them.

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                          5.0

                          Great entrance level set up

                          By Andy

                          from Coconut Creek, Fla

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light

                          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                          I consider myself semi-pro. I mostly concentrate on nature photography. But recently I have had many people ask me to break out into Individual and family portraits and child sport shots. I really don't want to invest in a studio set up at this time. What I needed was a "studio in a bag". The Digital Monolight 160W/s by Impact is a great entry level set up. I fine the lights recharge very fast, the light is more then sufficient at this stage of my entrance into portrait photography. I also purchased the Light Kit Bag - 34x13.5x8" by Impact to carry all my lighting gear and my background set up's. Again I was very pleased. I would highly recommend both items for the entrance level photographer.

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                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By Going Pro

                          from New York

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                              I love this product. It works perfect in my studio and my photos are better than ever! Highly recommended! (Get the soft box too!)

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great light!!!!

                              By Sabby Photo Miami

                              from Miami, FL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                This is a great light for outside shoots and inside as well. I recommend this to everyone.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Glad I Chose this.

                                By Flipout Photography

                                from Columbus, OH

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light

                                  Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                  I got this as part of a starter light kit for my studio to do better studio work and it is great. done a few shoots with it so far and exceeds my expectations every time.

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                                  4.0

                                  they do a god job.

                                  By Felix

                                  from Puerto Rico

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Color Value

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                    1. My Monolight is use in a Photography Studio for Portrait
                                    2. The Monolight give god light i have made som Photos wet it and i am Happy
                                    3. i hav en descover nothing bad yet

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                                    3.0

                                    Not a Ligth that can be used for video

                                    By Zach

                                    from Wyoming

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                    • Too Diffused
                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time

                                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                    I bought these lights knowing that they were built for photography but not realizing that they weren't bright without the flash. This was mostly my fault for not researching but i was still disappointed

                                    Even if I had bought them for what they were made for I still wouldn't give them a high rating. The loud beeping sound grates on the ears every time you hit a button and becomes very annoying very fast. The softboxes were difficult to set up and attach but that's just the nature of softboxes so I wouldn't say they're below normal.

                                    If you don't care about the problems above mentioned I would say you should buy them. I'm not a photographer but they seem very good for that use. Easy to use, sturdy, with everything you need in the box

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                                    5.0

                                    Excelent equipment

                                    By Santiago

                                    from Miami Lakes, FL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light

                                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                      Very easy to use and very affortable.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great

                                      By Noir13

                                      from Weston, CT

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attach Securely
                                      • Durable
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC):

                                        For the price this thing works great. Simple and efficient. In the past I have used professional grade equipment by Norman and for a small to medium sized studio these work perfectly. If you're thinking of buying them, do so, you won't be disappointed.

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