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Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)

B&H # IMOC9SB Mfr # OCTACOOL-9
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You Pay: $259.00
Product Highlights
  • 9x 28W Lamps
  • Ideal for Portraiture, Events
  • For Still Photo or Video
  • Daylight Balance: 5000 - 5500K
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • 12,600 Lumens @ 3.3 Feet
  • Quick Setup, Removable Baffle, Face
  • 5 On/Off Switches Control 1-9 Lamps
  • Low Power Draw, Removable Reflector

The Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 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.

Each daylight-balanced 28W lamp outputs 1,400 lumens of light measured at 3.3 feet for a 9-lamp total of 12,600 lumens. Five switches on the rear of the fixture allow individual control of the lamps allowing 1 - 9 of them to be switched on or off, varying the output in 1,400 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
28W screw-in fluorescent lamps with a life expectancy of 6,000 - 8,000 hours
Rear switches allow you to select to have only one bulb on, all bulbs on, or any number of bulbs in between
Input Voltage 110 - 120V AC; 60Hz; 3.5A draw
Lamps 27 - 32W screw-in (E-26) fluorescent
Output 12,600 total (9 lamps) 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: 12.5 lbs (5.6 kg)
Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)
  • Octacool 9 Lamp Fixture
  • Removable Aluminum Reflector
  • 9 x Edison Base 28W 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-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)
     
    4.6

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good color value (29)
    • Good power output (28)
    • Durable (24)
    • Attaches securely (15)
    • Lightweight (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (39)
      • Portraits (33)
      • General purpose (20)
      • Low light (16)
      • Night time (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (47)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent value and output, few quirks

      Love the high-quality, high-ish power output and affordability. Is it sturdily built and easy to use. Great for video lighting talking heads or room lighting. Included dish reflector is actually less efficient than...Read complete review

      Love the high-quality, high-ish power output and affordability. Is it sturdily built and easy to use. Great for video lighting talking heads or room lighting. Included dish reflector is actually less efficient than using the softbox solo, without the diffusers. Installing the box requires patience and strong fingers, so plan to keep it attached whenever possible. A full review with sample images and a nice headshot setup is posted on my blog if you are interested. For the price and output, I would definitely choose this over the Octacool 6.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good lights but bulky and heavy

      I've never been a fan of fluorescent lights but I needed a system that would be versatile for shooting videos and stills. So far the lighting looks pretty good so I'm happy with the...Read complete review

      I've never been a fan of fluorescent lights but I needed a system that would be versatile for shooting videos and stills. So far the lighting looks pretty good so I'm happy with the quality of the light. On the downside, the stands are pretty cheap, the lights are not balanced well and the units are not made for travel.

      First, the stands are very hard to pull apart and collapse. They are just standard stands, not the cheapest stands I've seen, just average. Probably my biggest complaint is the position of the stand connection on the lights. The lights are big and heavy and the stand connection is placed too far forward making the light very front heavy. When you add the baffle and soft box, the stand can barely support everything. I extended one light to about 6 feet and I thought the stand was going to snap in half from the torque. Finally, the weight and bulkiness of these lights makes them very difficult to take on location. Not impossible, I hope as I have a location shoot next week.

      Overall the lights are good enough to keep because I already have them but if I could have found a better solution at my local camera store, I would have gone with something else.

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      5.0

      Perfect For Studio Use

      By Larry

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Value
      • Soft even light

      Cons

      • Not So Portable

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Studio shooting

      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

      I bought mine from B&H at least a year ago, maybe further back. It produces a nice soft light, with good color temperature (daylight) while emitting very little heat - the main reason why I bought it. I have, on occasion, taken it on-location with me, and the only way to do this without obnoxious setup and tear down is to just put the whole thing as is onto my car's back seat. It's really not a "portable" light - a Kino Flo would be much better for portability. However, if you need a low heat, high output soft light for mostly studio shooting and you are on a budget, this is an excellent buy. I need more light for some upcoming video projects so I'm going to buy another one of these.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love this light

      By Nan

      from NY

      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

      I got this light for a third light in my studio. I all ready have two of them, but only the octacool 6 and love those too, but wanted a little bigger one. It works great. It is made very well. It was delivered on time and very easy to setup.

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      4.0

      Nice light good dimming ability

      By MNP

      from Roseville, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors

        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

        This light is great once it is setup. The assembly is a bit tricky and takes time. The 9 bulbs having to be screwed in without touching glass is not the desins issue just more work on an already tricky design.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great light source

        By Shane

        from Cincinnati, OH

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

        These Octaboxes are a great versatile light source! I love having the option to turn on 1-9 bulbs using the switches on the back.If you're looking for a broad, soft light source, these may be a little on the small side at 30". But that can be remedied by shooting through a larger diffuser. But even at 30", these still give a great look. I use them in a small video studio and I'm pretty happy with them.On the downside, assembling the softbox itself was fairly difficult. Fortunately for me, I only needed to set it up once and leave it in the studio. If you plan to assemble/disassemble it regularly, it won't be convenient.Overall, I'm happy with them.

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        4.0

        Music for your camera

        By Gomar2

        from Lincoln park, MI

        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

        Great value, good light, and simple set up. Construction of the set up is qualitative, would buy again!

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        5.0

        Makes my pictures look more professional

        By tuckerroger trucking

        from Canton OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

          One of the lights came with the handle that screws onto the back broken. I received a prepaid return label and will return asap.

          I appreciate the service at bhPhoto

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Great

          By Di

          from TN

          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

          Works great

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          5.0

          excellent product, love my picture now

          By Family pararazzi

          from Modesto, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                got my first home studio session with my friends and family. beatiful result. Bright light enought that I can shoot fast to avoid blurry pictures (lots of kids running around). I like being able to control the light intensity in the back of the unit.

                The plug/outlet in the back of the units don't fit well, so if I move the lights, they become loose and lose the power. I have to watch it to see if this problem gets worse as time goes.

                Overall, excellent products, highly recommend it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent & Versatile

                By Motion Monkey

                from Virginia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Frequently Borrowed

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                Video and Photography of people and product.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent & Versatile

                By Motion Monkey

                from Virginia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                  This light is used in video and still photography of people and product. It allows us to adjust the lighting for each situation.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Cool light, yet plenty bright

                  By Ensjohnson

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                    Use this for taking portraits for church directory of groups of 1 to 4. Provides nice even light.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good Lights

                    By Smitty

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                      Nice lights, especially for interviews. Just takes a little more set up time then I would like. Having to screw and unscrew 9 bulbs each use kinda makes for a time consuming set up and break down. But considering the cost and output, they are great. I did have to return one of my ballasts due to one of the sockets not striking. That was a major inconvenience. No other issues or complaints though.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great lighting for a fair price

                      By Drummer

                      from Philadelphia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Does Not Transport Well

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                      Will use this light for video
                      Great quality light
                      Very controllable
                      Does not pack well

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Pretty good!

                      By Big Bone

                      from Salt Lake City

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • inexpensive
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Not portable

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Video

                      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                      So far I like these lights. I've only noticed some very minor issues.
                      The Good:
                      The stands and light fixture it's self seems pretty solid. I love that I can adjust the luminance by just flicking a few switches. The multiple options for the spot, and soft boxes are handy (though can be a challenge to swap around). The who thing was very easy to set up. Provides a great amount of light
                      The Bad:
                      The CFL bulbs seem pretty cheep and some flicker (I'll be replacing them soon). The fixture creates a small buzz noise. It's hardly noticeable when filming but it is there. The take down on this fixture is not easy and I wouldn't recommend anyone getting these for portable use.

                      My conclusion is that this is a great kit for the money and they work nearly perfect in my studio.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great for me

                      By Gina

                      from PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                          just playing with our kids and portraits using a new camera I received for Christmas. This along with other items I ordered made a big difference

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Versatile

                          By Adam The Great

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Too Focused

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Night Time
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                          I am a beginner photographer and i purchased this light to do some basic portrait photographs. So far it has worked really well for what i want. I am happy with the purchase.

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy, Bright, and BIG

                          By Stryker

                          from Zebulon, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                            I use this in a very small home studio. It is packed very well! The bulbs are strapped in place by velcro straps. Re-useable for holding cables.
                            Having the ability to select sets of bulbs is great.
                            From soft fill to really bright.

                            Directions a good if you actually need them. Pretty easy to put together. It takes a good amount of force to put in the last few rods...so I am not sure I would want to take it apart often.

                            Comes with reflector (I am not using yet)and second diffuser to han inside. The back has velcro "flaps" I use to vent out the heat.

                            The front diffuser is shaped well and fits perfect. Just the right amount of velcro to keep things neat and in place.

                            I did have one socket that would not light. I had to go in and bend up the brass tab a bit to make contact. UNPLUG FIRST!! if you need to do this (Which I did)

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                            4.0

                            Great studio light

                            By John C

                            from Northern NJ

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Daylight balanced
                            • Durable
                            • Great Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Lacks An Accessory Grid

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography

                            Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                            Given the fact that this was a first purchase for continuous ligting, I am really pleased with the lights. The construction is good and it is well made. An outstanding feature is the ability to turn pairs of lights on and off. So in practice you can have one, three, five, seven or all nine lights on to meet your lighting needs.

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                            5.0

                            Very nice continuous lighting option!

                            By Colin

                            from Daleville, VA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Color Value
                            • Good Feature Value

                            Cons

                            • Impractical Disassembly

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                            I used two of these to light my subject, and some tungsten lights to illuminate my isolated green screen in the background. I love how white these lights are (I was used to Tungsten)! The multiple on/off switches are great but I expect I will usually need it full on for video. The flexibility of using the lights bulbs directly, with inner diffuser only, or with both inner&outer diffusers is very nice.These things run nice and cool - the hottest outer parts could still be touched after 30 minutes. This is ideal for a small studio that would warm up quickly.Only negative is that these are not a good solution for a traveling studio if you don't have room to leave the light assembled. I can't imagine they would hold up to more than 20-30 assembly cycles without tearing the flexible box material or something, though it is pretty good quality.NOTE: - They do make the typical florescent buzz when they start but it goes away in about 3-5 minutes. - It takes that same time to get up to full illumination, so DON'T start taking pics or vids until you're up to the full brightness levels.Overall, an excellent value, for photography or indoor video. I'm very glad I bought two of them.

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                            5.0

                            Easy to Use Lights

                            By X

                            from NYC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time

                              Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                              These lights are easy to use, have 5 switches to set different levels of brightness and are very adjustable. Great for small spaces because they are highly adjustable and dont take up much space.

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                              • You Pay: $99.99
                               

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