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 9-lamp Octacool light head and removable Octabox, and a light stand. Each of the provided daylight-balanced 27 - 32W (depending on supply) lamps outputs 1,400 lumens of light for a total of 12,600 lumens measured at 3.3 feet. Five switches on the rear of the fixture allow individual control of lamps allowing 1 - 9 of them to be switched on or off, varying 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. A sturdy 9.5' air-cushioned light stand rounds out the kit.
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.