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Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W)

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Product Highlights

  • For Bulbs up to 500W
  • E26 (Edison) Base
  • Inline Switch
  • Stay-cool Handle
  • Ceramic Socket
  • Built-in Umbrella Mount
  • Compatible with Screw-on Reflectors
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The Impact Porcelain Socket with Umbrella Mount (500W) is a cost effective way to utilize a wide variety of E26 (Edison) based lamps for photo or video work. Options include simple household lamps as well as photoflood and quartz halogen bulbs. This highly versatile product has an adjustable metal mount with a 5/8" receiver for light stands and an 8mm umbrella receptacle. The Floodlight Socket tilts and locks in place at the desired angle by grasping the stay-cool wooden handle and releasing the locking knob. Lamps up to 500W won't melt the ceramic base which is impervious to heat. The socket also accepts screw-on reflectors of various sizes.

High-heat ceramic socket won't melt like plastic sockets
Supports 500W bulbs maximum
Wooden control handle stays cool
Accepts screw-on aluminum reflectors
10' 3-prong AC power cord with inline switch
Built-in adjustable umbrella mount
Rating 500W
Socket (Lampholder) Ceramic E26 (Edison)
Mount 5/8" (16 mm) receiver for light stand
Tilting action with locking knob
8 mm (standard) umbrella receptacle with locking knob
Cable 10' (3.0 m)
Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ImpactPorcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W)
     
    4.6

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (46)
    • Attaches securely (33)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Good power output (26)
    • Long-lasting (18)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (8)
    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (46)
    • General purpose (31)
    • Low light (26)
    • Portraits (26)
    • Night time (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (16), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (54)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Improved Design

    Much better than the previous inexpensive Impact version. The cord is three feet longer and the lock up on the tilt quite a bit better. Also it is now all metal and porcelain with...Read complete review

    Much better than the previous inexpensive Impact version. The cord is three feet longer and the lock up on the tilt quite a bit better. Also it is now all metal and porcelain with a metal spacer that allows reflector to be mounted with the throat at two depths.

    I am mostly interested in Compact Florescent conversions and this is very good for that. The CFLs have heavy ballasts when large wattage and it puts a lot of strain on the locking mechanism. There is a 55 watt "trumpet" head bulb available which cranks out 3600 lumens at 5000 K. It fits nicely in the 12 inch reflector for this socket. With the spacer on the outside pushing the reflector forward the big bulb sticks out just a bit and the flattish spiraled out design of the "trumpet" format fills the reflector effectively. It gives a very broad light that is somewhat soft.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    STAY FAR AWAY!

    I know that people who order this product do so because they are looking for the cheapest alternative for studio lighting. But I urge you to spend the extra money for at the very...Read complete review

    I know that people who order this product do so because they are looking for the cheapest alternative for studio lighting. But I urge you to spend the extra money for at the very least a Smith Victor product, because either this product or the bulbs/lamps used in it are defective. I will call the lamps bulbs for the purpose of this review, but the packaging states they are rated for some high number of hours, 50-75 or some such, but I have yet to have one last a full hour. maybe its 50 hours from manufacture and they lie in the box waiting to be exposed to light so they can blow then.

    I was shooting a video last month, and all of the bulbs I had brought as primaries and spares were blown within an hour. That's 4 bulbs gone in one hour. The stands were not dropped, bumped, touched or stared at. They simply winked out. All four. This was quite embarrassing in front of a paying client. I was not able to officially complete the project, but I made do in the end.

    Buy a quartz lamp and some kind of Smith Victor or Lowell fixture instead of these. You will get off cheap at first with this "impact" item, but in the end, you will have bought two sets of fixtures once you see that they are not worth even what you paid and are forced into buying something else. Granted, you can replace these lamps 4 to 1 against quartz lamps, but that is not good for the environment or something.

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    5.0

    Dump your clip lights

    By JC

    from Andover, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

      Dump those awful clip lights and get these. As you can see in the product picture, these fit any light stand and are far more secure. Also these come with a 1" spacer - mount reflector, put spacer in place, put lock ring in place and tighten -- very good design. And the porcelain socket means you can use those huge, continuous light daylight bulbs you might have lying around ... 'cause as you know, those get really hot. Better use would be daylight fluorescent or strobe flash bulbs, both of which are good light sources.

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      5.0

      Great Solution

      By Bstudio

      from Virginia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

      Very good quality for the price. Bought 3 light kit w/250 watt bulbs for client doing simple studio product shots on white bkgrnd for online sales. Buy extra bulbs as they only last 20 hours. They are hot of course so if in confined area you may want to consider flourescent or LED solution.

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      • No

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      5.0

      sturdy

      By Lisa the Nature Photographer

      from Yorktown, VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

        Purchased as part of an Impact lighting kit(two slaves with tripods and umbrellas.) has nice sturdy cords.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Very nice product

        By Jim

        from Fayetteville, AR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

          Works as expected

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great low cost light

          By Brendan

          from Los Angeles

          Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

          Works great, wood handle so you don't burn yourself.

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          5.0

          Great product for the price

          By John

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

            This mount is sturdy and comes with a long cable. I didn't even need an extension cord for it. The materials work well with a 500W lamp and don't seem to risk melting.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Better than previous version

            By jmod

            from Black Mountain, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

              This is a great lamp that is affordable and very helpful. We had the three point kit that had an earlier version of this lamp. The lamp has been imporoved with a better contact point on the inside (which is what broke on ours) and a more solid metal socket. We use an Eiko 105w (500w equivalent) flourescent compact and it works great.

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              5.0

              High-quality, Reliable

              By OwlMonkey

              from Michigan

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                Really high-quality. The porcelain fittings may be overkill if you are using LED or CFL.

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                5.0

                Well made Socket and mount

                By frank18944

                from Upper Bucks County, PA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                  I use this with tungstan lighting on a small tripod for 4/3 photography of electronics assemblies. I've used 250 and 500 Watt bulbs with no overheating issues. The wooden handle is a nice feature allowing adjustment without needing to let the light cool down. The clamp provides good adjustment range. The cord is well constructed, heavy duty and the in line switch is handy. I would buy this again and recommend it.

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                  5.0

                  Exactly what I ordered

                  By Shgar79

                  from American Canyon, CA

                  Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                  It is exactly what I ordered, and is exactly what was described. It arrived on time and was packaged perfectly to protect the delicate pieces. I will be using this gear for years to come. Thank you for being such a reliable source of photographic equipment.

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                  5.0

                  GOOD VALUE

                  By ab

                  from philly

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                    I USE IT FOR INDOOR PAINTING.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    No issues

                    By NZ

                    from Dayton, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Simple

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                      No complaints about this at all. Worked exactly as expected. Simple, useful design.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Affordable - does the trick

                      By MW

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                      I use these lights in my studio. They are a great cheap way to get your work done. Excellent starter light kit. The bulbs that come with the kits were busted, but they cost about $ to replace. Good for the value.

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                      4.0

                      They do the job

                      By Debra

                      from Florida

                      Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                      The aluminum flood is a little difficult to screw on to these and there were no directions. However, they are high heat sockets for daylight floods that are very servicable. I cant believe technology hasn't moved on with a better alternative for daylight lamps to photograph artwork, but I have been using these for 20 years and they do the job.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent lamp and practical application

                      By Brian at TAMUC

                      from Commerce, Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                        Fine quality construction and parts with very little risk of burn or electrocution - unlike other lamps. Can handle higher wattage and appears to be built to last.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very well made

                        By LMR

                        from Aurora, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                          I got this as part of a kit and I'm very impressed so far. This seems to be well made and has a heavy duty cord - unlike the other light I ordered. I expect this will last a long time.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Easy to handle

                          By Tom

                          from Melbourne, Florida

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                            I use this as a constant light source for fashion model photography in a small studio

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Good Quality and Substantial

                            By Photojim

                            from Vermont

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                              Very substantial and well made. Good umbrella mount and hd ceramic base rated for 500W. Mounts well on quality light stand. Bracket stays put when adjusted. Mounting ring on base for reflector is a little difficut to tighten and adjust so that reflector is mounted in alignment with mounting hole for umbrella.

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                              4.0

                              Heads above the competition

                              By Jeff

                              from Amherst, Mass.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Heavy Cord Inline Switch
                              • No Plastic
                              • Porcelain Socket

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                                This is a sturdy and thoughtfully designed low-cost hot light socket -- which is more than you can say of some of the better-known competition. I returned similar equipment by a well-known brand because it was so flimsy (bracket could not sustain position), and hard to handle (lack of cool control surfaces).
                                This unit clamps firmly in place, has good grasping surface, and made of sturdy metal casting and porcelain socket. No regrets.

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                                4.0

                                light socket

                                By photobug

                                from Craftsbury VT

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Impact Porcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W):

                                  Great price. Easy to set up and use. .......

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                                  • No

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