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Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps)

B&H # IMOC6SB Mfr # OCTACOOL-6
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Product Highlights
  • 6x 32W Edison Base Lamps
  • Soft, Even Light
  • Ideal for Portraiture, Events
  • For Still Photo or Video
  • Daylight Balance: 5000 - 5500K
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • 8,400 Lumens @ 3.3 Feet
  • Quick Setup, Removable Baffle, Face
  • 3 On/Off Switches Control 2 Lamps Each
  • Low Power Draw, Removable Reflector

The Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps) is a great choice for the photographer or videographer seeking a broad, flattering light source with unique fall-off characteristics for portraiture, fashion or events.

Octagonal-shaped light sources have long had a reputation as the preferred portrait-shooter's light source. The shape offers an especially large surface area which produces that legendary "wrap-around" light, which envelopes the subject while creating natural-looking catchlights in the eyes.

The kit is comprised of a separate 6-lamp Octacool light head and removable Octabox. Each of the daylight-balanced 32W lamps outputs 1,400 lumens of light for a total of 8,400 lumens measured at 3.3 feet. Three switches on the rear of the fixture control 2 lamps each allowing you to vary the output in 2,800 lumen increments. The head's standard 5/8" receiver mounts to a huge variety of light stands and gripware with 5/8" studs.

The included Octabox has a removable inner baffle and front face allowing even greater flexibility from hard to ultra-soft light. The light head also comes with a removable aluminum reflector for a bright, contrasty lighting option.

Includes a 29.5˝ Octabox that provides a soft, uniform, diffused light
Noiseless operation allows clear audio for video productions
Cool output allows heat-sensitive subjects to be safely photographed up close
32W screw-in fluorescent lamps with a life expectancy of 6,000 - 8,000 hours
Input Voltage 110 - 120V AC; 60Hz; 3.5A draw
Lamps 27 - 32W screw-in (E-26) fluorescent
Output 8,400 lumens @ 3.3' (1 m)
Ballast In lamps
Mounting 5/8˝ standard stud
Dimensions Light head: 9˝ (29 cm) diameter
Octabox: 29.5" (75 cm) diameter
Weight Kit: 10.1 lb (4.6 kg)
Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps)
  • Octacool 6 Lamp Fixture
  • Removable Aluminum Reflector
  • 6 x Edison Base 32W Fluorescent Lamps
  • 29.5˝ (75 cm) Octabox
  • Internal Diffusion Baffle
  • Octabox Diffuser
  • 120V AC power cord
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ImpactOctacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps)
     
    4.6

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent (26)
    • Reliable (26)
    • Easy to set up (22)
    • Lightweight (19)
    • Good color value (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (30)
      • Portraits (27)
      • Artificial lighting (25)
      • General purpose (4)
      • Indoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (45)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best buy! Excellent product!

      Excellent for portraits and small groups!. Easy to set up light is very soft and the colors are excellent.The octcacool are cool & cool looking. The octabox is very well made. Good...Read complete review

      Excellent for portraits and small groups!. Easy to set up light is very soft and the colors are excellent.The octcacool are cool & cool looking. The octabox is very well made. Good buy for the money.

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      Decent light, misleading description

      The Octacool-6 kicks out a lot of light. I find i dont need to have all of them on.

      For the price it is well made except the stitching on the...Read complete review

      The Octacool-6 kicks out a lot of light. I find i dont need to have all of them on.

      For the price it is well made except the stitching on the Octabox. I can see a few seams have popped already.

      As far as the "cool to the touch light" statement made in the demo, - that couldn't be farther from the truth. These lights burn hot. I think what they mean is they don't emit as much heat as other lights. In any case, don't touch them.

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      4.0

      Great solution, great price point.

      By Jeremy Witteveen

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Difficult to disassemble

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

        I've used this for both video and still purposes. I lit several interviews with it as the key, and it's a great.

        It's too difficult to quickly disassemble for transport so I leave the unit with octobox intact. I bent the wire frames in transport once, and while it's possible to fix, it's not easy.

        On one location, I went from interview to a full-body portrait in seconds with an assistant. It wasn't perfect (didn't light the entire person), but definitely good enough for that purpose at that time.

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        5.0

        better than I anticipated!

        By newport

        from new york

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

        I just got the chance to assemble this light and I couldn't be happier with it. it's heavier than I thought and I knew it would be bulky so I decided to keep this for studio (video) use. I purchsed a few of the Impact FLUORESCENT READY COOL 110W fixtures for travel. Assembly was very straight forward. everything comes together nicely and quickly. if you have assembled a collapsable light box before this is no different. the only hickup was the interior baffle. the tiny clips are tricky but if you place the loop on top of the clip and push it in it works better than trying to hold the clip open and put it through the loop. maybe I'll just replace those with s clips. the other minor issue was one of the bulbs did not work. I switched around bulbs just to be sure it wasn't the fixture. hopefully I can get a replacement next time I'm in the store. the fixture is nicely made and all the hardware feels good. (not cheap that is to say)as usuall B&H shipped it the same day I ordered it and I got it the next day. Thank you.

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        5.0

        User friendly and functional

        By Flatrock

        from Billings, MT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

          I have a portable studio set up that moves to clients. This light has been easy to transport and set up. I just wish it had a carrying handle on the top or 2 opposing handles for easier moving.

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          5.0

          Awesome!

          By Emily

          from Fort Worth

          Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

          Really like the quality of light it gives. It is hard to assemble at first but you get the hang of it.

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          5.0

          Good Fill Light

          By Motion Monkey

          from Virginia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Frequently Borrowed

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

          Video and Photography of people and product. Used mainly as a fill light.

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          5.0

          Great Fill Light

          By Motion Monkey

          from Virginia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

            I use it light people and product. I mainly use it as a fill light.

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            5.0

            I want a set for my home studio

            By Macman

            from Sidney, Oh

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

              I was hesitant to think I could get the lighting I needed for what I could afford.
              These have been excellent for what I needed. They have performed above my expectations.

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              4.0

              Octacool Wins

              By JRS

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Great Diffusion
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Lighting Control Limits
              • Set up takes time

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

              Takes a few minutes to assemble but once done, it's a gem to use. Sturdy, durable, effective! Diffuses light well and is exactly what I expected.

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              5.0

              Glad I spent the extra money

              By Art Shop Man

              from North Carolina

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great lighting
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Challenging To Assemble

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

              I had considered a cheaper light kit but decided to spend the extra money based on a recommendation from B&H photo. This kit is heavy duty and the light is perfect for my application. It is a little challenging to put together but two of us got it done in about 20 minutes. It came with two long range diffusers that I wasn't expecting which was a nice surprise. Great product that I suspect will be very durable and give years of use.

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              5.0

              Great product

              By BCP

              from Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                I live that fact that it lights by pairs. True white color and very sturdy. I would recommend very highly.

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                4.0

                great

                By Zo

                from East Windsor, NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography

                  Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                  I used the lights for interviews mainly. They were great, beauitful light. One of the lights showed up with two faulty bulbs but other than that they were great. The softbox is a little difficult to set up but the hood on the light does a greatvjob too. But highly recommend taking the time to assemble the softbox. It usually takes me 5mins now after the first couple of times.

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                  4.0

                  Super Cooooooooool Light

                  By Kueen Photography

                  from East Orange, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                    USES:: In studio constant lighting
                    PROS:: Great for studio setup
                    CONS:: Difficult to assemble
                    I purchased this item to use in my studio that has POOR natural light. I wanted it to enhance the little light that I did have. I experienced some difficulty putting the umbrella together. It took me almost an hour to assemble because the umbrella spokes were weirdly positioned. Once assembled though, it worked GREAT.
                    I recommend this item to anyone who is beginning to build their studio.
                    Great value & GREAT BUY!!

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                    5.0

                    A real winner

                    By Dcon

                    from Tulsa Ok

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                      We use two Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kits in our studio.

                      Installation was straight forward, to ease the installation of the last rod for the soft box, we used a standard pair of pliers and applied some downward pressure about 2 inches out from the large end where it slips into the light head. This will align the end of the rod horizontal with the entry hole making it easier to insert.

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                      5.0

                      Great Continuous Setup

                      By dpksh

                      from Minneapolis, MN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                        I photograph a lot of children and newborns and didn't want the 'flashy-ness' of a strobe, the continuous provides a great amount of light in addition to the natural light I usually use alone. It is a little on the big side and takes some time to set up, but is very easy to put together.

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                        4.0

                        Hard to setup, but solid lamp

                        By WL Production

                        from Sherbrooke, QC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use

                        Cons

                        • Hard to setup

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                        This was my first time using this type of lamp. I bought it to shoot promotional videos, but haven't had a chance to use it yet at the moment of writing this.
                        Building the softbox was much harder than I expected. Akin to setting up a tent... maybe harder. Sticking the 8th metal spoke takes a lot of physical effort. I kept worrying that I would break something. But once it's done, it's solid. Just don't plan on removing the softbox at a whim, like I thought I would. Once it's on, that thing is there to stay.
                        Overall, the product is simple, to use. The construction appears to be of good quality and it has a professional look.
                        As for how "cool" it is, don't let the name fool you. The light that is emitted is pretty cool, but the lamp itself does generate heat from inside the softbox, and it will warm up a studio quite a bit over time.
                        One more thing: one of the six CFL bulbs in the kit was defective upon reception. I have returned it and I'm expecting a refund or replacement shortly.

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                        4.0

                        Good stuff, good price...

                        By M. Thibaudeau

                        from Montreal, Qc

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                          I bought this light with 1 octacool-9 and 2x9.5' heavy duty light stands about 9 month ago. I had the chance to use it several times since then.

                          On 2 occasions I did a shooting for a figure skating progam. I was set off the ice in a room with low neon ambiant light. I had to shoot from single skaters to group up to 20 persons. I have to say that those lights together were powerful enough. I did used the octacool-6 mainly as a fill light. For large group, I'm not sure this light would have been enough as main light source.
                          I was able to set at f:5.6, ISO 400 and at a shutter speed of 1/40 or 1/50s.

                          I also did some kids and baby pictures and having a continuous and cool lighting source is a must.

                          It is possible to switch on/off lights seperatly (3 switch for 6 lamps). The price is good for the amount of light in return and the general quality of the product is good. I was able to fit 1 octacool-9 and 1 octacool-6 into a 10"x18"x28" luggage (except for the light stands of course).

                          On the down side, setting up the light take some time and the softbox give me some trouble to assemble the first time. You must put the rod that hold the softbox in the head first and then in the outer edge of the softbox.

                          I am not sure if I had to use it, or travelling and disassembling it every day, that it would be the right product. In my opinion it is a good product for a starter kit, video, home studio and for those who have a small budget.

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                          5.0

                          Best buy! Excellent product!

                          By Adriano

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                            Excellent for portraits and small groups!. Easy to set up light is very soft and the colors are excellent.The octcacool are cool & cool looking. The octabox is very well made. Good buy for the money.

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                            3.0

                            Decent light, misleading description

                            By CanonPhotoGuy

                            from Toronto, Ontario

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting

                              Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                              The Octacool-6 kicks out a lot of light. I find i dont need to have all of them on.

                              For the price it is well made except the stitching on the Octabox. I can see a few seams have popped already.

                              As far as the "cool to the touch light" statement made in the demo, - that couldn't be farther from the truth. These lights burn hot. I think what they mean is they don't emit as much heat as other lights. In any case, don't touch them.

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                              4.0

                              Great Value!

                              By 4130 Studios

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography

                                Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                                Great price! Good Quality! The only thing I had go wrong was a defective bulb (not broken, but defective. Very impressed with the build quality and the light spray. I'll be buying 2 more.

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                                4.0

                                Fiddley to assemble but nice to use.

                                By Ken

                                from Berkeley, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Not easy to transport

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact Octacool-6 Fluorescent Light Kit with Octabox (6 Lamps):

                                The reflectors' ribs take some strength & dexterity to wrestle into place, but once in place, the operation is flawless, with cool, even light, easy-on/easy-off diffusers, solid construction.

                                Used mostly for portraits & interviews. HDVideo & Stills.

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