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Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC)

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Product Highlights
  • Mogul Base Sockets
  • 450 Total Fluorescent Watts Possible
  • 3000 Total Tungsten Watts Possible

The Photoflex Constellation3 is a multi-lamp, continuous lighting solution. The Constellation3 will accept Photoflex's CoolStar CFL lamps (daylight-balanced), their Starlite lamps (tungsten-balanced), or their Bi-Pin Adapter (available separately) for ceramic based, 2 pin G9.5 lamps. Other brands of mogul-base tungsten and fluorescent lamps are available. Also available separately are bi-pin G9.5 base lamps.

The Constellation3 features three lamp sockets, each with an individual power switch. One power cord can supply power for two sockets; two power cords supply full power to all three sockets.

This fixture includes an all-metal Tilt Swivel, two power cords, and rigid Transpac Carry Case. The fixture is fitted with a grounded 120V Edison plug. Plug adapters are available for 220-240 voltage. Lamps are not included.

Versatile
  • Holds up to three CoolStar CFL (or other brand mogul base) fluorescent lamps
    for daylight balanced lighting
  • Holds up to three Starlite (or other brand Mogul base lamps)
    for 3000 watt total tungsten balanced lighting
  • Holds up to three Bi-Pin Adapters for 2 pin G9.5 lamps
  • Dimmable by Switches
    Separate power switch for each lamp socket enanbles dimming without color shift
    Integral Speed Ring for Rectangular Softboxes
    Fits all Photoflex (and other brands) of medium, large,
    and extra large soft boxes, excluding octagonals.
    Lantern-Style Lighting
    Perfect solution for omni-directional lighting using the WhiteDome line of soft boxes
    Durable
  • Secure, all metal Tilt Swivel mounting design
  • Comes in its own rigid carry case
  • Rating 120VAC:
    Tungsten Amp draw: 24.9A (8.3A per each 1000W Starlite)
    Fluorescent Amp draw: 3.6A (1.2 per each CoolStar 150W CFL)
    Socket (Lampholder) Porcelain Mogul (E39) x 3
    Lens (Condenser) Not Applicable
    Reflector (Mirror) In optional softbox of choice
    Mounting Baby (5/8") Stud
    Yoke All-metal Baby Swivel Mount Bracket
    Cable 2- 10' (3 m) each
    Focusing Not Applicable
    Weight 5.5 lbs (2.5kg) including swivel mount
    Dimensions Fixture Only: (LxWxH) 9 x 10 x 10" (23 x 25.4 x 25.4cm)
    With CoolStar CFL Lamps: 10 x 19 x 11" (48.2 x 28 x 28cm)
    With StarLite Lamps: 15 x 10 x 10" (38.1 x 25.4 x 25.4cm)
    Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC)
  • Constellation3 Fixture
  • All-metal Tilt Swivel Mount
  • Rigid Carry Case
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Bulbs not included

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    PhotoflexConstellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC)
     
    4.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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          5.0

          Realy great light

          By LM

          from Huntington NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful
          • Runs cool
          • Well built

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Video

          Comments about Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC):

          Bought this light last month. For use in my head shot business. I was using my Photoflex half dome for years with my flash head. However I relay like the look of hot lights since it closes my subject pupils. Unfortunately "hot" light is just that, hot, and requires more power then I have available in my studio, so the Constellation 3 is perfect for this. I has so much power close to HMI it is easy to run with normal power and best of all it is cool. I can run it right next to my subject face without setting them a blaze. It fit right into my existing soft box with it's included speed ring.

          Now it is heavy and not so potable but the included caring case makes is tolerable to travel with.

          So the Constellation 3 gets very high marks for me I am considering buying a second.

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          5.0

          LOVED shooting with these

          By Dane

          from Pensacola, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Low power consumption
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC):

            My older ARRI 1.2K HMI blew it's bulb and it was gonna cost $600 to replace it. So basically I bought 2, new, Constellation3 lamps for the price of 1 HMI bulb...er...plus the cost of 6x 150w CF bulbs...but who's counting.

            I did the math, so I knew how much light I would be losing. However, the HMI's gave me SOOOO much headroom that the light loss wasn't going to be an issue.
            (ISO160 @ f4 vs. ISO 360 @ f3.2)
            Also, I was putting the light thru 8x6 silks, so control issues were the exactly the same.

            WOW! Smaller, lighter, faster, WAY cooler, 1 circuit to power my whole set, and no need to lug around my Combo stand; normal light stands were enough.

            One reviewer's comments about the head tightener being too flimsy to carry the lamp's weight worried me, but it wasn't even remotely a factor. I used my Med Softboxes, but there was easily enough strength to carry my large (3x4) boxes.

            PLUS! ...no flicker issues...which was always an issue with my HDSLR and HMI's.
            I was free to mix 'n' match shutter speeds and f-stops willy-nilly.

            As a soft source, GREAT performance and value.

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            2.0

            Nice light - poor mount

            By nick@skin

            from UK

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            Comments about Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC):

            Got to agree with the other review of this product. Using the large fluorescent bulbs makes this light so front heavy that it is impossible to balance it - very bad design from Photoflex and very disappointing. I bought the lamp to use for interviews for my television work, but will not actually take it on set because it is completely unsafe and could topple.

            So was forced to use smaller bulbs that don't have the same output as I thought I would get with the three 150watt bulbs, in which case I would have been better buying a much cheaper fixture !

            One other thing to note is that here in the UK we have had news coverage regarding the UV output from these lamps being dangerous from prolonged exposure, and I have personally fitted a Lee UV filter to all my bulbs, however they are fragile and if they do break, you will be releasing mercury !

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            4.0

            Nice Fixture, Poor Mount

            By Danny Grizzle

            from Longview, Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Comments about Photoflex Constellation3 Fluorescent Light with Case (120-240VAC):

                  I like the Constellation3 fixture, and wrote a lengthy review on the B&H website under the Photoflex 150w Fluorescent lamps.

                  This fixture has a nice rotating ring assembly supporting the Photoflex LiteDome. This makes it easy to orient the light box, though the ring does spin rather freely and does not have a lock, which can make rigging the LiteDome a bit difficult.

                  I'm enthusiastic about my first daylight source fluorescent. I believe the Constellation3 can also be used with Photoflex StarLite tungsten lamps, though you may want to confirm this with Photoflex before purchase if this application is important to you. If you do use hot lights, make sure you purchase heat resistant LiteDome fabrics, or you are asking for trouble.

                  I also use Photoflex Starlite fixtures. I find the Constellation3 much, much easier and faster to use than the awkward quad ganged configuration of Starlites.

                  The one downfall of the Constellation3 is the cheap stand mount. By the time you add all 3 fluorescent lamps to this fixture, each the size of a football, plus a Photoflex LiteBox, you are looking at significant weight. This requires a serious stand, and unless you are hanging the LiteBox from a counterbalanced boom, this light exerts a large amount of off-axis torque on the mount because the whole rig hangs off the side of the stand.

                  This proposition requires a beefy stand and 50+ lbs. of lead shot on the base to control, or maybe 25+ lb. shot bag on a boom counterbalance.

                  The tripod-head like mount supplied with the Constellation3 is fairly lightweight, like a Tiltall tripod head. Fortunately, this mount is completely detached from the fixture, so it may be possible to rig something more substantial, or to upgrade if Photoflex goes to something heavier.

                  Due to the mount limitation, I would not plan to use the Constellation3 with an Extra Large LiteBox. I'm using mine with a Photoflex Large LiteBox, though I think Medium is recommended by Photoflex.So far, the large LiteBox has been workable, with caution.

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