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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

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)
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    ImpactPorcelain Socket with Adjustable Umbrella Mount (500W)
     
    4.6

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (38)
    • Attaches securely (26)
    • Lightweight (25)
    • Good power output (24)
    • Long-lasting (15)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (7)
    • Flimsy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (39)
    • General purpose (29)
    • Low light (25)
    • Portraits (23)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (12), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (48)

    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.

    VS

    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

    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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        • No

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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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    5.0

                    Very good

                    By Seymour

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

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

                      I've just started to work with indoor portrait photography. I've chosen this socket as my first starting point and so far I've been very happy. 500W is the perfect amount of power. I will probably get a second one soon. The heat has not been a problem so far.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Fits my needs perfectly

                      By Bugi

                      from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to transport
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                      • O Ring Loosens Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light

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

                      I do photo shoots of human models in different indoor locations and these lights (I bought 2) are just what I needed to upgrade the quality of my shoots considerably and fit very well with my B&H purchased Impact air cushioned light stands.

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                      5.0

                      Good for the Value

                      By Noel Kline

                      from York, PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

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

                        I use this item to light airplanes and vehicles outdoors for night photography. Very well made and reliable.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very functional

                        By Allan

                        from Tampa Fl

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

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

                          Easy to adjust and get the right position

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          photos

                          By carla

                          from brazil

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                          • Loses Charge Quickly

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

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

                          i use to make clothes photos to web,

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          No complaints. good buy

                          By Dave

                          from Puerto Rico

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Pleased with this purchase, it looks professional and fits the 1.8m light stand you can buy here perfectly. I would recommend it.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                New Continuous Lighting User

                                By Market Woman

                                from NYC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Light Weight Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

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

                                  This seems to be a substantial piece of equipment.I am using it to light a maniquin wearing my jewelry designs. I loved the quality of the light..soft, bright, even, perfect.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Useful socket

                                  By pchealey

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light

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

                                    A cheap but useful piece of lighting equipment for using a variety of bulbs.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    STAY FAR AWAY!

                                    By JAMPro

                                    from Memphis, TN

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • There Aren't Any Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Blows Bulbs Blazing Fast

                                    Best Uses

                                    • A Doorstop

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

                                    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.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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