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Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC)

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You Pay: $279.90
Product Highlights
  • 2 Lights
  • 2 Light Stands
  • 2 Softboxes (20x20")
  • 120VAC

The Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC) is a great way to start shooting studio-type photographs: the kit includes two standard Edison lamp base light fixtures, two 85W daylight-balanced fluorescent bulbs, two 6.5' light stands, two 20x20" softboxes, and an educational DVD to get you started. The fluorescent bulbs each have an approximate life of more than 8,000 hours and are 5500K daylight bulbs.

2 Lights and 2 daylight fluorescent bulbs
2 Light stands and 2 softboxes (20x20")
Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC)
  • 2 x uLite Constant Lights
  • 2 x 6' Light Stand
  • 2 x 85-Watt Fluorescent Lamps
  • 2 x 20x20" Soft Box
  • Educational DVD
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    WestcottErin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC)
     
    4.2

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good color value (7)
    • Attach securely (5)
    • Durable (5)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    • Weak (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (10)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Low light (5)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Money Well Spent

    I'm a photo enthusiast and family photographer, so I use this product to take photos of my family, friends, products, and food. This product is easy to assemble, transport, and store....Read complete review

    I'm a photo enthusiast and family photographer, so I use this product to take photos of my family, friends, products, and food. This product is easy to assemble, transport, and store. I haven't found anything bad to say about this product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Handle with care

    As primarily a natural light lifestyle portrait photographer, I don't often have the need for lighting equipment. So when my old lighting set-up needed to be replaced, I didn't want to spend a...Read complete review

    As primarily a natural light lifestyle portrait photographer, I don't often have the need for lighting equipment. So when my old lighting set-up needed to be replaced, I didn't want to spend a fortune to do so. I bought this kit and gave it a go.

    The positives:
    1. The lighting was VERY natural and the softboxes diffused it nicely.
    2. The equipment was very easy to put together and disasemble.
    3. The equipment DID stay cool to the touch (which is a great benefit for me since I work with a lot of kids), and the lightbulbs themselves cooled down really quickly.

    Now, the negatives:
    1. One of the light stands BROKE the first time I used it! I must have tightened one of the bolts just a BIT too much because the whole piece snapped off in my hands, making it impossible to raise that section of the light stand as necessary. (Note: I do NOT have super-strength or anything.)
    2. I wish this kit came with a carrying case of sorts, as it is a bit awkward to move around on its own. I attempted to put things back into the original box and use that since it had a handle, but the equipment FELL OUT THE BOTTOM when I lifted. I had to use packing tape to reinforce the bottom of the box to use it to safely store the equipment.
    3. The lights aren't very powerful. While I found the equipment GREAT for individuals and even two kids, the light fell off quite drastically when I attempted to take a group shot of 5 kids.

    Bottom line: if you want to try out contant lights for the first time, or need them occasionally for your work, I recommend giving these a go. Just be GENTLE when handling them. And if you work with lots of GROUP photos or want more high-key images, I recommend looking elsewhere.

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: I contacted B&H to let them know about the damage, and they offered to replace the piece with a comparable light stand. They also provided me with all the manufacturer's contact info in case I wanted to contact them directly.

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    5.0

    awesomely portable

    By Art

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

      These lights are perfect for my small studio, and very handy for on location work such as weddings.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Value For The Price

      By Hockey Shark

      from Walnut Creek, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

      Great for a person in need of a very basic lighting kit. Easy to assemble, simple to use. Be very careful to go easy on the Light Stands. These are not heavy duty by any means, but if you take care, they work just fine.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Handle with care

      By the suitcase studio

      from orange county, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

      As primarily a natural light lifestyle portrait photographer, I don't often have the need for lighting equipment. So when my old lighting set-up needed to be replaced, I didn't want to spend a fortune to do so. I bought this kit and gave it a go.

      The positives:
      1. The lighting was VERY natural and the softboxes diffused it nicely.
      2. The equipment was very easy to put together and disasemble.
      3. The equipment DID stay cool to the touch (which is a great benefit for me since I work with a lot of kids), and the lightbulbs themselves cooled down really quickly.

      Now, the negatives:
      1. One of the light stands BROKE the first time I used it! I must have tightened one of the bolts just a BIT too much because the whole piece snapped off in my hands, making it impossible to raise that section of the light stand as necessary. (Note: I do NOT have super-strength or anything.)
      2. I wish this kit came with a carrying case of sorts, as it is a bit awkward to move around on its own. I attempted to put things back into the original box and use that since it had a handle, but the equipment FELL OUT THE BOTTOM when I lifted. I had to use packing tape to reinforce the bottom of the box to use it to safely store the equipment.
      3. The lights aren't very powerful. While I found the equipment GREAT for individuals and even two kids, the light fell off quite drastically when I attempted to take a group shot of 5 kids.

      Bottom line: if you want to try out contant lights for the first time, or need them occasionally for your work, I recommend giving these a go. Just be GENTLE when handling them. And if you work with lots of GROUP photos or want more high-key images, I recommend looking elsewhere.

      ADDITIONAL NOTE: I contacted B&H to let them know about the damage, and they offered to replace the piece with a comparable light stand. They also provided me with all the manufacturer's contact info in case I wanted to contact them directly.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Erin Manning Lighting kit from B&H

      By Luke

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attach Securely
      • Even Light Source

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Birthdays
        • Professional Work

        Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

        Purchased for my home video studio, this Erin Manning lighting kit was easy to set up and easy to use. Both strong and light-weight, I would certainly recommend this item for anyone setting up a small office studio.

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        • No

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        4.0

        great set

        By ktina

        from johnson, vt

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy set up
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light

          Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

          I bought these lights to do indoor portraits. It's very easy to set up and take down. The quality of the lights is better than I expected and the educational dvd was very informative. It was nice to see them in use since I have never used studio lights. The only reason for the missing star was that it came to me missing a part. I contacted B&H and the manufacturer sent it right out to me.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Weak. Light stands are not good.

          By Poly Woly

          from Rockville, MD

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

          • Weak

          Best Uses

            Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

            I ended up up returning this. The light stands are very cheaply built. Maybe I'm just too used to using Manfrottos but I found these light stands too difficult to open (I ended up jamming my fingers a few times). The quality of the lights is good but I found it to be too weak for studio photography.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lights!

            By Neilnwl

            from Rosedale, NY

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Even Light Source
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Work

              Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

              Great addition for a low-budget studio.

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              • No

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I would buy this product again

              By dcarter

              from paterson nj

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Too Diffused

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light

              Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

              Perfect for beginners and semi-pro

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              • No

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              4.0

              GREAT basic lights

              By MAC

              from NYC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                Simple effective CU lighting for interviews.

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                4.0

                Perfect for interviews

                By Jersey Joey

                from nyc

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Weak

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Interviews

                Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                I use these lights for mostly interviews. I just used it for an awesom hip hop cypher session. Very easy to set up. Not super bright tho.
                For the price excellent!

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Scott

                from Amhest ,Wisconsin

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                  This is a good product for the price. Very easy to assemble. Works great. The only negative aspect is it does not have a case, that would have been nice.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Versatile,easy to assemble

                  By Michelle,glass fusing artist

                  from Serena, il

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light

                    Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                    The light kit works great. It is easy to assemble and the stand is variable. The bulb has a true color.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Money Well Spent

                    By MsElle

                    from Brandon, Mississippi

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                      I'm a photo enthusiast and family photographer, so I use this product to take photos of my family, friends, products, and food. This product is easy to assemble, transport, and store. I haven't found anything bad to say about this product.

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                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      This a great product for the price

                      By MsElle

                      from Brandon, Mississippi

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Westcott Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit (120VAC):

                        I used this product to take photos of my daughter indoors without the harsh camera flash. I assembled the lighting system in twenty minute after watching the educational video. For the price I think the system is great to take photos of your family. The lamps are very bright, cool to the touch, and safe to use around small children.

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