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LowelTota-light Two-Light Kit
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Durable (13)
  • Good color value (11)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Long-lasting (9)

Cons

  • Runs hot (13)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (12)
  • Indoors (10)
  • Portraits (8)
  • Low light (7)
  • Artificial lighting (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product!

I had never used professional lighting like this. The instructions for setup and use were easy to understand. The product was easy to set up and it folds up into a small portable size...Read complete review

I had never used professional lighting like this. The instructions for setup and use were easy to understand. The product was easy to set up and it folds up into a small portable size for travel. I did not get the one with the carry case, but found a suitable carry bag for it. Come with cages to go around the lights to prevent glass from hitting you in the case of bulb shatter. They get very warm, but if turned off for breaks seem to be okay.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality suffers for more profit

I purchased the same tota Light kit 5 or six years ago and the Lamps are identical with exception of the switch on the cord. The switches seem to be a lower quality. The...Read complete review

I purchased the same tota Light kit 5 or six years ago and the Lamps are identical with exception of the switch on the cord. The switches seem to be a lower quality. The main issue I had was concerning the Impact Light Stands. The materials used are cheap and do not equal the ones that I purchased just a few years ago. I feel that I paid to much for the kit with the quality of the Light stands in question.

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4.0

Amazing performance.

By Salvador

from Guadalajara

Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

Great kit, its a very bold and solid geat. I'm very happy.

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4.0

Cheap, Hot, Effecitve

By Shooter Leet

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lots of light
  • Small

Cons

  • Runs Hot

Best Uses

    Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

    These are nice lights. They heat up a lot, but the amount of light output and cost far out weighs the extra cool off time. They are nice and small and still put out lots of good light. A good defuser or soft box is recommended as the light is fairly harsh. The stands are very nice and the bag is well constructed. The bag has a lot of extra room in it if you wanted to used it for more stands or misc. light gear.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Lights

    By d

    from ny, ny

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

        easy and intuitive set up, easy to use and folds away easily.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Light Kit

        By Mike D.

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

        This is a great little kit for on the go video or photo applications. Plenty of power and light weight. I've use them both indoors and outdoors for video mainly and they are a great set of lights for interviews and small productions.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Met my expectations

        By Kappa Krow

        from Fairfield Glade, TN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

          My first time using lights and I love them

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Good Old Tota Lights

          By Carlos Alexander

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Runs Hot

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

            What can I say other than, if you've worked with Tota Lights before, you know what you're getting. These are great workhorse lights. Worked well in lighting a green screen. They run hot, so allow enough time for them to cool down. Can't beat these old standbys, and particularly not for the price.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Awesome for weddings!!

            By Zo

            from East Windsor NJ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

            I use the product for wedding videos, usually the lighting is terrible when it comes time for dancing part of the night so i use the tota lights to help out. The provide a nice light and I can pick up a clean shot.
            Sometimes the light can be distracting because they are so bright but you have to place them properly so that they don't ruin the mood of the event as well be annoyance for the guests.

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            • No

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            4.0

            I Would Buy this product, but....

            By Tjay

            from Toronto ONtario Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

            Lights are very handy to use. puts a nice warm soft effect on subject, if you bounce it, But every good things comes with 1 or 2 things that you wouldn't like....
            STANDS!!! they are VERY LIGHT and not too high... We use these lights at banquet halls and very ofter people bump into them and these stands are so light if any one passes by they fall easily. i Had to bud extra sand bags to put a hold on them. other then that i am happy with lights.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazing Lights for HDSLR Night Shooting

            By Elias The Night Herder

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

              Just a great kit, the stands extend to the sky and the air cushioning is quite nice, especially to prevent a quick drop resulting in a broken bulb. The lights are incredibly powerful and produce beautiful and professional results.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice lighting setup

              By Dan

              from Knoxville, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

              These lights worked just fine for my purpose, which was photographing artwork for a friend. I still need to try them out for portraits. Somehow the quantity went wrong in my order so I only ended up receiving one bulb. I went to a home improvement store in the area and bought bulbs for each of my two lights. They were not frosted, but worked fine.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Old standby still works great

              By Davy

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

              Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

              Got these to replace an old set of Tota-Lights I never should he gotten rid of.
              I use them on architectural interiors, portraits and product shots, they are versatile, flexible and work great.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happy with Tota-light Two light kit

              By patsy

              from New York

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                These lights worked very well with the Chroma/blue/Chroma green Collapsible Background I purchased at the same time. Screen lit very evenly. Very important in postproduction keying.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By Pacuk

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Runs Hot

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                I bought these to complement other incandescent lights that I have. They were just what I needed and work great.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Exactly as Expected

                By Marc

                from Rochester, New York

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Runs Hot

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors

                Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                This is my first lighting kit that I have purchased, and so far I have been very satisfied. I needed something that was small, portable, and easy to assemble and disassemble. With very little effort I was able to connect the Tota lights to the Tota stands, install the umbrella, and begin using the lights. Of great note is the air cushioned stands that do not "drop" when you loosen the extensions. This provides some back up to prevent the light from falling quickly when you are disassembling at the end of the shoot. I found that using 750W bulbs were a bit too powerful for my talking head interviews. I switched to 500W (and in one case 300W) for my key light and obtained the look I desired. I have not tried to light a large area (perhaps for chroma keying purposes), but I imagine that the 750W bulbs would work excellently for this. With any wattage the lights get very hot, but this is well documented and expected.One small concern was installing the bulb/lamp into the Tota light. The springs are very stiff and installing the bulb takes quite a bit of pushing. At first I was concerned that pushing too hard would damage the bulb, so I was hesitant in pushing. After installing the bulb though I can see that my concerns were due to my inexperience with this light and the tight springs are both normal and necessary.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Hot Lights

                By Van Uxem

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Runs Hot

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                These continuous hot lights are great. They have a warm tone and work well for intimate sets. They do add a lot of heat so be warned, a sitting could get steamy. Overall, this kit is a great value.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works like a charm

                By Marsha the Painter

                from Gardiner, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                  These lights really get rid of reflective and raking light on oil paintings, which are very difficult to capture.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Lights

                  By L.A.

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                  Efficient and compact. Great for on the go.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Incredibly simple system

                  By EricRyan

                  from Lafayette, La

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Runs Hot

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                  As a college student with very little money at times, these lights were a brilliant buy for me. The setup for these lights is very simple. After placing the bulbs inside the heads, it really only takes moments to set the lights up. Plus, the lights are very reliable. I honestly have no legitimate complaints on this setup for the money I spent.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By Linda

                  from Wellesley, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                  I found these lights were very effective for filming in an artists studio, which was a small, tight shed converted to studio. Only one outlet with very limited space. My one concern is that they're very very hot. But overall, they worked well.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Portrait lights

                  By phoebe the photographer

                  from okanogan, wa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Powerful
                  • Reasonably priced
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Runs Hot

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Interviews
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Lowel Tota-light Two-Light Kit:

                  Great kit, very portable. Very versatile, can be used in studio settings and on location. I used both lights with 750w EMD lamps, and it didn't blow the circuit in the residence where I was shooting. The lights were quite hot by the end of the shoot, but cooled down quickly. All pieces of the kit were very well made and sturdy. This is a wonderful light kit to start with and very reasonably priced.

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                  • No

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