To use the Impact Porcelain socket with a standard soft box, you'll need:* softbox of choice (must support hot lights of 500w or higher)* a speed ring that is compatible for the soft box above, designed for the Lowel Tota-LightAlthough the type of speed ring mentioned above is designated for the Lowel Tota-Light, the 5/8 male baby pin that is on the ring is a standard mount (as per a light stand). Therefore, the ring will accept any small light fixture that can be mounted horizontally (like the Tota-Light.) Any light bank manufacturer's ring (Impact, Chimera, Photoflex, etc.) for the Lowel Tota-Light will have the standard 5/8 male baby pin on it.I own a Chimera 24 X 32 Video Pro Plus softbox, the respective Chimera speed ring, a Lowel-Tota-Light, and a few Impact sockets.I mounted my Impact Porcelain socket onto the speed ring to try it out, and it mounted just fine! Since it is a bare bulb, the resulting light fills the box very nicely. Open-face fixtures are the best source for any soft box light bank -- bare-bulb fixtures are even better! If you're need the most cost-effective soft box solution, try this:* Impact Luxbanx Duo light bank that supports hot lights of at least 500 watts; I recommend any extra small (XS), small (S), or medium (M) size soft box, strip box, or octo box.* Impact speed ring for the Lowel Tota-Light* Impact porcelain socket with a 500 watt photoflood bulb* optional: Impact Luxbanx soft box grid (choose the appropriate size for your soft box, and degree coverage that best suits your needs)* optional: instead of tungsten lighting, you could get any of the reasonably sized Impact Fluorescent bulb sockets; I use the single socket with a 4-way adapter -- and 4 105w CFL bulbs. If you want the best CRI, use the 26w Kino Flo True Match KF32 bulbs for 3200K tungsten or KF55 bulbs for 5500K daylight.* optional: Impact 1000 watt dimmer for tungsten incandescent lights. You can't use these with fluorescent lights.
Date published: 2018-08-28