Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)

Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)

Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)

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  • 250W Max. Each Light: Total 500W
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The KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V) is built around 2 standard Adapta-Lights which feature medium screw base phenolic sockets, 10' 2-wire cords and 5/8" stand mount. The reflectors are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize light output. The exteriors have a photographic black, baked-on enamel finish. Two 32" white umbrellas are included for softer lighting effects.

Even spread
Produces an even 50-degree beam angle
The reflectors are made of heavy-grade aluminum and are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize the light output
New knob
A new, comfortable, easy-to-tighten angle adjustment knob
UPC: 037733001745
In the Box
Smith-Victor KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V)
  • 2 x 10" Reflectors
  • 2 x Socket and Cord Sets With Stand Mount
  • 2 x ECA 250W Photoflood Lamps
  • 2 x RS8 8' Aluminum Light Stands
  • 2 x UM-6 Umbrella Mounts
  • 2 x 32" White Umbrellas
  • "Imaging with Light" Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty on Light Fixtures
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    Smith-Victor KT500U specs

    Rating Max 250 W
    Socket (Lampholder) Phenolic socket
    Reflector (Mirror) Chemically etched aluminum
    Mounting 5/8" stand mount
    Kit Weight 11.6 lb / 5.3 kg
    Packaging Inforyvxabyxcbvdacq
    Package Weight 11.56 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.5 x 12.5 x 10.7"

    Smith-Victor KT500U reviews

    KT500U 2-Light 500 Watt Thrifty Basic Umbrella Kit (120V) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 71.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent for the money We purchased this product to use at a formal banquet. We wanted to be able to take photos of singles, couples and families in their formal wear to commemorate their evening. The goal was for them to have their picture taken, pay, and walk away with a framed photo. We pulled it off!! We had some printer issues, but the light kit was a good help. The lighting wasn't superb, but it definitely added something beneficial. Would've like more lighting. One complaint: one of the two bulbs burnt out the very first time we plugged it in and turned it on. I mean, it actually popped, blew a hole in the glass. So we had to buy our own replacement buls due to time.
    Date published: 2011-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lights for the Price! I use these lights for low/no budget independent video/film production. The stands are pretty solid, the reflectors are awesome, and the umbrellas are perfect to create soft light. Everything is great with this package except for the 2 ECA photo flood light bulbs that came with it. They burned out within 5 minutes of use. It's all good though, I bought some 3500K CFLs and they work just fine for what I do. Not as bright, but they'll last a long time and do not produce nearly as much heat.
    Date published: 2010-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value in lighting I bought this lighting kit to use with a shooting table to do product shots. It really helps to eliminate/reduce shadows and provides adequate light to show essential detail in key areas. This can also be good for basic portrait work too. The light stands, reflectors, and umbrellas that are included are of great quality and should last a long time if properly cared for. I only wish this kit included a case for storage when not in use. I recommend buying extra bulbs since I noticed the bulbs starting to get discolored after only the first use (the product documentation says to replace bulbs that are discolored because they might shatter). I will probably replace the tungsten lights with some halogen bulbs in the future.
    Date published: 2010-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Starter or Supplement Kit I received my kit a couple of weeks ago. The lamp heads were easy to assemble. The light stands are 8' and very sturdy. This height is nice for hair lighting or high fills. The umbrellas come with the removable black cover which is great for reflecting or shooting through. I've been using a 500W lamp for the key and a one of the supplied 250W lamps for diffused fill. A single 250W makes a great low-key lighting solution. Not the best single solution for high-key lighting. But still a great portrait kit for the money.
    Date published: 2010-02-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Stands Are Not Worth It So I bought this kit. Everything was going well, until one of my stands knobs stripped. I didn't think much of it, returned it and got a better stand in return. Few weeks later another knob on the other stand stripped and it's too late to return... everything else about the kit is fine. The stands are just poor quality and don't last long. Now i'm in need for another light stand. For the money you get what you pay for I guess, the electrical chords are also pretty sketchy and cheaply made. but this kit has brought me a long way. Still leaves me looking for a better set up though
    Date published: 2017-11-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meets my expectations For the price, I did not expect heavy duty tripods or very bright lights. It met my expectations. ... The instructions were included and were easy to read. The 32 umbrellas, while looking pretty (and almost semi-professional) did not provide any additional functionality. I removed them. For macro photography, with the object on the floor, I ended up putting the tripods in their lowest position (base of light 30 from floor) and pointed the two toward the object; one on each side. The lighting was sufficient for my purposes. As for the locking screws: the tripods have hollow tubes. In each, a hole was drilled and tapped. They are made of a soft metal and the finger-tighten screws strip easily. I have to be very careful to avoid stripping the screws while trying to lock the lights at a given position. The umbrellas, although lightweight, made the problem worse. Eventually, I will need to retap the holes (and void the 2-year warranty). Apart from that, the tripods are reasonably sturdy and the bulbs were in good condition after shipment. Each power cord is 9 feet long - convenient for directly plugging into the wall. I would recommend these as a novice photographer's first set of lights.
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy setup ... buy extra bulbs Using this setup for pictures with Santa at a local high school fundraiser. I was looking for an inexpensive lighting setup for snapping photos of kids sitting on Santa's lap. Previously, I have used aluminum shop light fixtures clipped to ladders, but this is going to be much better in both quality and quantity of light. Tip: buy extra bulbs ... I purchased an extra 3 with the kit and have already had one of the original bulbs fail after bouncing around a bit setting things up.
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I am a photography student at the Art Institute Online, and I need an enxpensive light kit to start out on. I read reviews about this kit and decided to buy it. When I got it a piece was missing and I was only able to use one light. I contacted the company about the missing piece and was told I would recieve it and it's been months and I still don't have it. I find that the umbrellas don't really make a difference in diffusing the light. Now I need to find another kit because I can't really do anything with one light.
    Date published: 2011-10-05
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