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Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts

B&H # PHL150SL Mfr # FV-SLCFL150KT
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  • Mogul Base, 5600K

This is the Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp. It is the brightest CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) available for photographic lighting. It is color balanced to 5600°K, allowing daylight balanced shooting.

Cool light operation allows for continuous lighting while using economical strobe-designed soft boxes. Its brightness is equivalent to 450-500W tungsten light, 8000 Lumens.

Fits the Starlite QL, StarLite 3200 and Constellation3 light heads, or almost any brand of fixture that accepts mogul-base bulbs
Code FV-SLCFL150KT
Application Stage and studio fixtures
Watts 150
Volts 120
Color Temperature 5600°K
Average Life Hours Not Specified by Manufacturer
Approx. Lumens Not Specified by Manufacturer
Still Scenario: Medium silver-interior softbox (@5') with single layer diffusion: 1/30 sec, f/2.8 @ ISO 200
Video Scenario @3': f/6.8 @ 125 shutter speed @ low gain
f3.1 @ 180 shutter speed @ low gain
f2.8 @ 250 shutter speed @ low gain
Base Type E39 Mogul base screw
Filament Type Not Applicable
Length ~10" (25.4cm)

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PhotoflexStarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (3)

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    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (4)
    • General purpose (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice Daylight Source

    I have a long history with tungsten lighting, particularly various Lowel fixtures, but also a Photoflex Starlite system. I have always worked with hot lights because I shoot both stills and video, which...Read complete review

    I have a long history with tungsten lighting, particularly various Lowel fixtures, but also a Photoflex Starlite system. I have always worked with hot lights because I shoot both stills and video, which dictated continuous source.

    The Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 is my first foray into fluorescent lighting.

    Mostly I shoot residential interiors, mainly log homes. Lots of wood, and lots of difficult nuances in hue and shading in the brown spectrum.

    I use Photoflex light sources within a Photoflex LiteDome, creating a large soft source key light, like a Chinese lantern. I usually haul these lights out when I have a large vaulted great room to illuminate, or else when I need a soft box for interviews.

    APPLICATION

    Obviously, there are huge plusses for this florescent light source:

    1) Daylight color balance. This solves a lot of problems for me because I am always fighting mixed source lighting. Tungsten lighting on interiors is fine, except daylight spill from windows, and views including windows and doors.

    2) Low power consumption. 3 StarLite CoolStar 150 watt Fluorescent lamps draw only 450 watts, far less than my quad Starlite heads, which draw 4,000 watts.

    3) Cool light. The fluorescent fixture runs very cool, and is a great choice for interviews.

    DOWNSIDE

    1) Not much throw. Even using 3 StarLite CoolStar lamps in a Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, light falloff is a major consideration. Unless you can work in close with the light, forget using small f-stops. This is especially serious when shooting stills where depth of field is critical.

    In fairness, my LiteDome enclosures were made for hot lights, and include a diffusion panel inside the "tent" structure. Since this diffusion is unnecessary with a fluorescent source, I might achieve a slight increase in output by removing it. Still, I'm afraid there would be little difference in throw.

    2) This is a huge bulb. It is roughly the size of a standard football. No featherweight, by the time you get 3 lamps mounted in a Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, you will need a beefy stand and shot bags to ballast the entire light. One major plus: the Photoflex Cruz Tube cases are superb. These appear to use a foot long section of plastic sewer pipe within the bag for protection. These are much better quality than the average Photoflex bag, and definitely road worthy. I would not consider purchase of the StarLight CoolStar without the Cruz Tube case.

    3) Not really a comment on the StarLite CoolStar lamp, but the Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, while quite nice overall, has an under-engineered stand mount. The light fixture plus three lamp, along with the LiteDome, exert considerable weight on the mount. The one Photoflex supplies with the Constellation3 is not confidence inspiring. In fact, you would be well advised to limit it to use with medium LiteDome enclosures, though I am working with a Large.

    4) This lighting system is fairly involved on location. It takes time to setup, time to move, and time to strike. Like any dome style light, it can be demanding to position. This would not be a problem for small product photography or a studio, but for my application of residential interiors, I am always backed into a corner, and every inch counts.

    Overall, I am very excited about this daylight source. For some people, this might be a great primary light fixture. For me, it is a fairly inexpensive addition that really opens up a lot of possibilities in the way I work. I think adding daylight source fluorescent lighting to my kit will change the way I work.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice light, but expensive and fragile

    An amendment to my previous review to note that, despite what appears to be excellent cases with a lot of protection, the large florescent bulbs are way too easy to break. I seem...Read complete review

    An amendment to my previous review to note that, despite what appears to be excellent cases with a lot of protection, the large florescent bulbs are way too easy to break. I seem to find a broken bulb on every shoot. Not sure if this is careless assistants who hide the damage from me, stress on the fixture when moving setups on location, or ineffective storage case.One thing for certain, these lamps are too costly, a deal killer. Also, a quick search of the Internet seems to indicate Photoflex is the only source.I wish they sold the bulb alone for guys like me who already have plenty of the cases, but apparently you can't buy the bulb without buying the case, which would appear to add $$ to the cost of each lamp replacement.My advice in 2013 is to look long and hard at LED lighting. Both florescent and LED are problematic non-continuous spectrum sources, but depending on what you shoot and the evolving quality of lights, it is definite that LED is the more rugged and reliable source.

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    4.0

    Super Bright CFs, but HUGE!

    By LM Photo

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

    Someone else had mentioned the size of these, but I was still shocked when I unboxed them. They are enormous, so be sure you have a large enough softbox to acomodate them. They are by far the brightest CFs I have ever seen though and should be great for product shots and video shoots, but I haven't actually tried them out yet. The small octoboxes I planned to use them in were just too small.

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    1.0

    Very disappointed...

    By cjones

    from Toronto, ON. Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

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          Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

          We purchased one of these bulbs about 2 years ago and by default it came with a case - for the same price as we've just paid and it wasn't a sale or special. Now they're shipped in styrofoam only that crumbles when you open the boxes. Needless to say we're incredibly disappointed with this purchase.

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          2.0

          Green color

          By Steve

          from Brooklyn

          About Me Pro Photographer

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                Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                I needed a day light bulb for my Photoflex softbox fixture and bought this one. When used with the camera set to 5600 Kelvin, the light emits a green tint. Not good. I will buy a Kino Diva fixture instead.

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                2.0

                Nice light, but expensive and fragile

                By Danny Grizzle

                from Longview, Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Fragile

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                    An amendment to my previous review to note that, despite what appears to be excellent cases with a lot of protection, the large florescent bulbs are way too easy to break. I seem to find a broken bulb on every shoot. Not sure if this is careless assistants who hide the damage from me, stress on the fixture when moving setups on location, or ineffective storage case.One thing for certain, these lamps are too costly, a deal killer. Also, a quick search of the Internet seems to indicate Photoflex is the only source.I wish they sold the bulb alone for guys like me who already have plenty of the cases, but apparently you can't buy the bulb without buying the case, which would appear to add $$ to the cost of each lamp replacement.My advice in 2013 is to look long and hard at LED lighting. Both florescent and LED are problematic non-continuous spectrum sources, but depending on what you shoot and the evolving quality of lights, it is definite that LED is the more rugged and reliable source.

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                    5.0

                    Great Daylight Balanced Lamp

                    By Jeff

                    from Bay Area, Ca

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                      I'm using the CoolStar 150 mostly in small product photography and some videos for the Web and have found to be a very useful in these respects. Highly recommended for long shoots in small spaces as it doesn't put out too much heat.

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                      4.0

                      Very Nice light

                      By Ric.

                      from Cincinnati OH

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                        Have several assignments this winter/spring to shoot video productions in artists studios and balance with window light. These have worked great so far, the right tool for this application.

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                        5.0

                        CoolStar 150

                        By Al

                        from Maui, HI.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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                              Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                              I already owner the 32K lamps but adding the Coolstar 150 to my lighting equipment has really given me much more options in lighting. Even using the two color temperature lights together has given me some really great looks.

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                              5.0

                              Great daylight balanced light

                              By Torkjob

                              from Santa Cruz, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                                High price but a great value considering the quality of the daylight balanced bulb, I would definitely recommend this item. I use this bulb usually indoors where there is a lot of light spilling through a window and you don't want 3200k lamps.

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                                4.0

                                A viable alternative to tungsten

                                By sweeperdave

                                from San Jose

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Tungsten alternative

                                Cons

                                • Not dimmable

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                                  Because I shoot in small and enclosed places such as offices, the use of tungsten lighting can be disturbing to talent who is not used to the glare and heat. Fluorescent lighting is a suitable substitute that dissipates a third of the heat and keeps the client comfortable.

                                  I use the StarLite CoolStar in PhotoFlex lightboxes where they perform nicely. Since I can't always shutter daylight streaming into a location, the 5200K output plays with natural light almost seemlessly.

                                  The lamps are shipped in a professional style case that protects with a hard shell and padding.

                                  As with all fluorescent lighting, the Coolstar lamps need a couple minutes to come to full output. They don't seem to suffer from color change as they warm up. Still, be sure to do a white balance before shooting. If you're a pro, I didn't really have to write that.

                                  I would like to see a dimmable version of the CoolStar.

                                  I expect pricing for the lamps to drop as competition comes into place where they will become a no-brainer alternative to tungsten.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Daylight Source

                                  By Danny Grizzle

                                  from Longview, Texas

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Low power

                                  Cons

                                  • Too Diffused

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Compositions wdaylight
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Small product
                                  • Talking head interviews

                                  Comments about Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 Fluorescent Lamp - 150 Watts/120 Volts:

                                  I have a long history with tungsten lighting, particularly various Lowel fixtures, but also a Photoflex Starlite system. I have always worked with hot lights because I shoot both stills and video, which dictated continuous source.

                                  The Photoflex StarLite CoolStar 150 is my first foray into fluorescent lighting.

                                  Mostly I shoot residential interiors, mainly log homes. Lots of wood, and lots of difficult nuances in hue and shading in the brown spectrum.

                                  I use Photoflex light sources within a Photoflex LiteDome, creating a large soft source key light, like a Chinese lantern. I usually haul these lights out when I have a large vaulted great room to illuminate, or else when I need a soft box for interviews.

                                  APPLICATION

                                  Obviously, there are huge plusses for this florescent light source:

                                  1) Daylight color balance. This solves a lot of problems for me because I am always fighting mixed source lighting. Tungsten lighting on interiors is fine, except daylight spill from windows, and views including windows and doors.

                                  2) Low power consumption. 3 StarLite CoolStar 150 watt Fluorescent lamps draw only 450 watts, far less than my quad Starlite heads, which draw 4,000 watts.

                                  3) Cool light. The fluorescent fixture runs very cool, and is a great choice for interviews.

                                  DOWNSIDE

                                  1) Not much throw. Even using 3 StarLite CoolStar lamps in a Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, light falloff is a major consideration. Unless you can work in close with the light, forget using small f-stops. This is especially serious when shooting stills where depth of field is critical.

                                  In fairness, my LiteDome enclosures were made for hot lights, and include a diffusion panel inside the "tent" structure. Since this diffusion is unnecessary with a fluorescent source, I might achieve a slight increase in output by removing it. Still, I'm afraid there would be little difference in throw.

                                  2) This is a huge bulb. It is roughly the size of a standard football. No featherweight, by the time you get 3 lamps mounted in a Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, you will need a beefy stand and shot bags to ballast the entire light. One major plus: the Photoflex Cruz Tube cases are superb. These appear to use a foot long section of plastic sewer pipe within the bag for protection. These are much better quality than the average Photoflex bag, and definitely road worthy. I would not consider purchase of the StarLight CoolStar without the Cruz Tube case.

                                  3) Not really a comment on the StarLite CoolStar lamp, but the Photoflex Constellation3 fixture, while quite nice overall, has an under-engineered stand mount. The light fixture plus three lamp, along with the LiteDome, exert considerable weight on the mount. The one Photoflex supplies with the Constellation3 is not confidence inspiring. In fact, you would be well advised to limit it to use with medium LiteDome enclosures, though I am working with a Large.

                                  4) This lighting system is fairly involved on location. It takes time to setup, time to move, and time to strike. Like any dome style light, it can be demanding to position. This would not be a problem for small product photography or a studio, but for my application of residential interiors, I am always backed into a corner, and every inch counts.

                                  Overall, I am very excited about this daylight source. For some people, this might be a great primary light fixture. For me, it is a fairly inexpensive addition that really opens up a lot of possibilities in the way I work. I think adding daylight source fluorescent lighting to my kit will change the way I work.

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