Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)

Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)

Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)

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Product Highlights

  • 9 x 28W Lamps
  • Ideal for Portraiture and Events
  • For Still Photo or Video
  • Daylight Balance: 5000-5500K
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • 12,600 Lumens at 3.3 Feet
  • Quick Setup, Removable Baffle, Face
  • 5 On/Off Switches Control 1-9 Lamps
  • Low Power Draw, Removable Reflector
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Impact OCTACOOL-9 overview

  • 1Description

The Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps) is a great choice for the photographer or videographer seeking a broad, flattering light source with unique fall-off characteristics for portraiture, fashion, or events.

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 wrap-around light, which envelopes the subject while creating natural-looking catchlights in the eyes.

Each daylight-balanced 28W lamp outputs 1400 lumens of light measured at 3.3 feet for a 9-lamp total of 12,600 lumens. Five switches on the rear of the fixture allow individual control of the lamps allowing 1 - 9 of them to be switched on or off, varying the output in 1400 lumen increments. The head's standard 5/8" receiver mounts to a huge variety of light stands and gripware with 5/8" studs.

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.

Includes a 29.5˝ Octabox that provides a soft, uniform, diffused light
Noiseless operation allows clear audio for video productions
Cool output allows heat-sensitive subjects to be safely photographed up close
28W screw-in fluorescent lamps with a life expectancy of 6000-8000 hours
Rear switches allow you to select to have only one bulb on, all bulbs on, or any number of bulbs in between
UPC: 847628012219
In the Box
Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)
  • Octacool 9 Lamp Fixture
  • Removable Aluminum Reflector
  • 9 x Edison Base 28W Fluorescent Lamps
  • 29.5" (75cm) Octabox
  • Internal Diffusion Baffle
  • Octabox Diffuser
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Impact OCTACOOL-9 specs

    Input Voltage 110-120 VAC; 60 Hz; 3.5 A draw
    Lamps 27-32 W screw-in (E-26) fluorescent
    Output 12,600 total (9 lamps) lumens at 3.3' / 1 m
    Ballast In lamps
    Mounting 5/8˝ standard stud
    Dimensions Light Head: 9" / 29 cm diameter
    Octabox: 29.5" / 75 cm diameter
    Weight Kit: 12.5 lb / 5.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.5 x 18.0 x 9.8"

    Impact OCTACOOL-9 reviews

    Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 76.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value and output, few quirks Love the high-quality, high-ish power output and affordability. Is it sturdily built and easy to use. Great for video lighting talking heads or room lighting. Included dish reflector is actually less efficient than using the softbox solo, without the diffusers. Installing the box requires patience and strong fingers, so plan to keep it attached whenever possible. A full review with sample images and a nice headshot setup is posted on my blog if you are interested. For the price and output, I would definitely choose this over the Octacool 6.
    Date published: 2012-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light source These Octaboxes are a great versatile light source! I love having the option to turn on 1-9 bulbs using the switches on the back.If you're looking for a broad, soft light source, these may be a little on the small side at 30. But that can be remedied by shooting through a larger diffuser. But even at 30, these still give a great look. I use them in a small video studio and I'm pretty happy with them.On the downside, assembling the softbox itself was fairly difficult. Fortunately for me, I only needed to set it up once and leave it in the studio. If you plan to assemble/disassemble it regularly, it won't be convenient.Overall, I'm happy with them.
    Date published: 2014-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Well With Others Everything arrived in working order after being delivered by UPS. The first shoot where this was unit was used involved integrating it with 3 Profoto strobes. I shot a quick custom white balance, and the lighting looked great. I used the Octacool as my main light, and the Profotos as fill, kicker, and hair lights. Since I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, using the Octacool as the main light significantly shortened the focus time on the camera in the low light situations that I typically use in the studio. I am looking forward to using this light in some Wet Plate photography in the near future.
    Date published: 2012-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice Studio Lighting We are using two of these lights for our 10'x12' studio and the lights wrap around our talent very nicely. We are using both the inner diffuser and the outer diffuser to spread the light as much as we can and we still get a nice 3 dimensional look for our video. The lights are positioned about 3 feet away from the subject at 45 degree angles. I've noticed this room easily heats up when we are filming so we went with the octacool and they still heat it up but it's a lot slower than most other lighting we've used and it's plenty bearable for what we do. These lights are almost a permanent fixture in this studio so like the other comments if you are traveling with these lights, plan on setting aside time for assembly and disassembly. Overall very pleased with the quality of these lights for the price
    Date published: 2015-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light, great price This light source is ideal for video. It provides plenty of cool, soft illumination. The construction is solid, the switches are of good quality, and the softbox material is plenty rigid. All nine lamps arrived in tact and everything was in good working order. Using just this one softbox and a 42 silver reflector I am able to light a subject for interview (of course, two softboxes would be nice). There is no discernable ficker or noise produced by this light - even using a shotgun microphone. I was a little skeptical, but pleasantly surprised. Using a custom color balance the video looks great straight off the camera (Nikon D7000).
    Date published: 2012-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fluorescent lighting i love this light, it is so soft and the color is amazing....my biggest issue with the light is that there is not enough light...i usually use studio strobes so this is so different...the great thing is that i can shoot wide open and get great background blur...this works great in a 1-2 kids max in studio and light has to be so close or there just isn't enough light. i did buy i second hoping i would get more light but it still was not enough....i love the picture that i have taken with it...it feels like natural available light...i will keep the light but only use for specific jobs otherwise i will continue using my strobes to get more light. i would recommend this light but not as your only light source.
    Date published: 2012-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For Studio Use I bought mine from B&H at least a year ago, maybe further back. It produces a nice soft light, with good color temperature (daylight) while emitting very little heat - the main reason why I bought it. I have, on occasion, taken it on-location with me, and the only way to do this without obnoxious setup and tear down is to just put the whole thing as is onto my car's back seat. It's really not a portable light - a Kino Flo would be much better for portability. However, if you need a low heat, high output soft light for mostly studio shooting and you are on a budget, this is an excellent buy. I need more light for some upcoming video projects so I'm going to buy another one of these.
    Date published: 2014-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not for location shoots. I got two of these for tabletop photography in my home studio. I love the amount of light they put out, and that there are multiple on/off switches. The size is just right for some of the taller products that I shoot. A negative is that they are a bit cumbersome and heavy - a bit too much for my basic light stands. Sadly, I don't have space in my little room for wide-legged stands, which would probably be better. Also, with 9 bulbs each they would be a giant pain to take apart and reassemble repeatedly. I could see leaving them intact and placing them carefully in the trunk of the car if I needed to use them on location, but it would still be a challenge to get them to and fro.
    Date published: 2012-03-12
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