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Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)

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  • 7" Grid Reflector, Sync Cord

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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 1/1000s @ full power
1/2000s @ lowest power
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)
     
    4.4

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (26)
    • Good color value (15)
    • Good power output (14)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Attach securely (11)

    Cons

    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (27)
    • General purpose (19)
    • Portraits (16)
    • Low light (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    seems nice so far

    This is my first set of mono lights and I am still in the process of learning. The sets went together easily enough and the controls are pretty strait forward. I don't know enough...Read complete review

    This is my first set of mono lights and I am still in the process of learning. The sets went together easily enough and the controls are pretty strait forward. I don't know enough about them YET to say they if they're great, but I'm pleased with them so far.

    The cons: the 'instruction manual' is a joke. It probably would have been easier to leave it out and let me figure everything out. I would have liked tohave some more information on the settings, replacing lights, etc.

    I thought I was going to break the soft box when i tried to get it together (no instructions!)but finally managed. Definately don't want to take it apart.

    Overall, I'm happy with the set I got and will probably buy another light and some umbrellas to finish out the set.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Excellent Product

    By Chadly

    from Steubenville, Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      As being one of the lower watt/second models in the Impact VSD lineup, these 160's are packing some amazing power! I ordered 2 of these for a small beginner portrait setup and I could not be more pleased. I am quite picky when it comes to ordering anything that I plan on using professionally, but these came to me highly recommended by a photographer who's been in the business for decades and he knew exactly what he was talking about. I thought the 60 watt modeling lights would be too dim for the job, but with both modeling lights at full power, there is no issue at all. If you're looking for a beginner these are perfect, and they are also perfect for any professionals looking for a small studio setup.

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      5.0

      Great beginner lights.

      By Tom_golfer

      from Michigan

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

      I bought these heads in a complete package and really fell in love with them. Impact makes good product and I would recommend these monolights to any beginner.

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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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            • No

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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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                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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                  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!

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                      • 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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                                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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                                  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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