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Stellar Lighting SystemsCEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Attaches securely (6)
  • Durable (6)
  • Good color value (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (10)
  • Portraits (8)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Low light (5)
  • Night time (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

light is perfect! but diffuser too small

The light is everything i hoped for.......but, the diffuser that came with it does not fit. And i cant find one that fits this product.

The light is everything i hoped for.......but, the diffuser that came with it does not fit. And i cant find one that fits this product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but a few bugs

Very bright, dimmable flourotube is great in pinch. Easy to set up, light weight, comes in carrying case. A couple of issues - the pivot mounting head for your stand is very...Read complete review

Very bright, dimmable flourotube is great in pinch. Easy to set up, light weight, comes in carrying case. A couple of issues - the pivot mounting head for your stand is very sticky. In fact, the first ring light of this model I received from B&H was completely fused in a upward position and I had to send it back. Also, it comes with a diffusion cover that is about 2 sizes too small. Impossible to get it on. I've had to cut out diffusion and tape it to ring light which looks a little unkempt, but at least it works.

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1.0

Green Cast

By Jason

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

Can't be CRI 90 this light is unusable make the talents skin look very green. I will have to sell it very disappointing.

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1.0

Flourescent ring light

By love beautiful images

from new york, ny

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Harsh Color

Best Uses

  • General Use

Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

I felt like the light was a waste of time.Your better of using natural light to do your makeup or get professional light panels. I was setting up a at home photo lab and this was just a waste of time not professional enough for what I was doing this light ring is only a hype from instagram. For my professional use I returned this light ring and purchased an entire professional lighting system.

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  • Yes

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5.0

Awesome Ring Light

By Constante Photo

from san antonio, tx

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

    Used it for some test headshots as soon as it came in. The light is super bright at full power. The ring light in the eyes is a very neat effect. lifted it up towards ceiling at night just to see how much light bounces and this light lit up my room (about 12x15) nicely. I won't use it that way for video or photo but this just showed me how strong this light is. The dimmer doesn't show much of a difference between low power and full power, but I probably wont be using full power just yet, unless i'm bouncing the light. Overall, this thing is great and I would recommend getting one if you are thinking about it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Pure magic for talking head video

    By Videographer1234

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • AWESOME
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Great For Glasses

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time
    • Portraits

    Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

    Want your subject to look beautiful? Of course you do. Get this ring light, and all your wildest dreams will come true... unless your subject wears glasses, then you have to get kind of creative with light placement, but it's just such a large light that it flattens everything out REALLY nicely! We use it 2-3 times a week shooting video with a couple of Canon DSLR's and LOVE it!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent!

    By @SamHomsher

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

    I couldnt ask for a better light. Its very bright and does yhe job. The dimmer makes such a difference as well. B&H shipping was fantastic!

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By Shell

    from Detroit

    Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

    I love this product

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    4.0

    Great Light - Odd Mount

    By JP in BP

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Weak Mount

    Best Uses

      Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

      Overall, the quality of the light produced is very nice, so I'm happy with this purchase. It will be a great addition to my video lighting kit. However, the mount is rather confusing - like others have noted, it doesn't work well with standard light stand mounting ends and the fit isn't quite right. I'm not confident in the security of the mount and since the bottom is all one piece, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to alter it. Not sure why making the mount standard like any other lighting fixture was so difficult? Even the included mounting pin doesn't appear to fit securely. The power of the light and dimming option is great, but I have to knock off 1 star for the mount.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Catch Lights

      By James O.

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Catch Lights
      • inexpensive

      Cons

      • Little Loose On Stand

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Portraits

      Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

      I really like the quality of light from this product. I have been wanting a ring light for awhile and this is great and affordable. I did a shoot with it and it went great. The only issue for me is I find that the adapter that attaches to a light stand is not a perfect fit. At least on the light stands I use. Its a little loose and if knocked slightly the ring light will alter in position and almost look like it might fall off, although it won't. I have to find a light stand or something to keep it a little more securly attached in place.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best Packaging and Shipping available

      By Pankobunny

      from Toronto, Ontario

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors

        Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

        A number of distributors carry the Stellar Ring Light but we chose B&H because it received the most positive reviews especially in packaging and shipping. B&H was also recommended by our favorite photo shop in Toronto; Vistek. We weren't disappointed. The unit was packaged well in a box within a larger box filled with inflated plastic bubbles. You could have thrown the unit off the truck and it would escaped harm! Excellent job! And to top it off, it was shipped from New York to our home in Toronto, Canada in 3 days including clearing customs. Well done guys.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Tool!

        By Fit Dude Food

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

        Very easy to use, I had a video up in minutes!

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        • No

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        5.0

        You need a ring light

        By Dr. Robert

        from Chesapeake, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Includes Great Case
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Diffuser Installation

        Best Uses

          Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

          Women love these catch lights! Great product at a very reasonable price. Dimmer doesn't seem to work until it warms up.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Gorgeous results at a reasonable price

          By DanWuTV

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

            This is indeed a great ring light to consider if you're looking into having one in your arsenal. It's one of the most affordable ones and produces fantastic results. I recently got it from BHphoto and I'm very satisfied with it. Comes with a case but not a stand, so you're gonna have to get one separately. It's got a nice kick to it on full power and with the dimmer, you're able to easily control your light output. It comes with a diffuser but I'll tell you this right now. It's a nightmare to put that sucker on. I've read other reviews saying that it doesn't fit. It does. It just takes a lot of patience and strategy. The first night I got it, I gave up on it. I woke up with a fresh attitude to tackle it. I finally got it all the way around. It fits extremely snug around it. I didn't tear it so I know it was made for it. Am I ever going to remove the diffusion? Probably not lol.I'm a professional photographer and I've used it for several shoots. I got creative and used it as a back light several times as well. Comes with an extra ring bulb as well. Definitely a great buy.

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            • No

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            4.0

            light is perfect! but diffuser too small

            By headshot1

            from new york, ny

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

            The light is everything i hoped for.......but, the diffuser that came with it does not fit. And i cant find one that fits this product.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this light!

            By Jenkins

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

              I love how well this light emulates sunlight. It is also soft and really helps fill in shadows on peoples faces. As I push to make my videos have a more natural look, this light is an amazing tool!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Very Nice!

              By Kmusic

              from Florida

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time

              Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

              I use it for professional video and photo shoots and it works great amazing quality professional look brand new now defects very well packaged B&H is the place to shop online package delivered with no damage love it!

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              • No

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              5.0

              AMAZING CATCH LIGHT

              By TUR Photography

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

              I saw this being used by Lindsay Adler. But she was using the 12" one. This is amazing for headshots. You really get amazing catch light.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not bad, but a few bugs

              By da cuz

              from Montreal

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Accessories Need Work

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

              Very bright, dimmable flourotube is great in pinch. Easy to set up, light weight, comes in carrying case. A couple of issues - the pivot mounting head for your stand is very sticky. In fact, the first ring light of this model I received from B&H was completely fused in a upward position and I had to send it back. Also, it comes with a diffusion cover that is about 2 sizes too small. Impossible to get it on. I've had to cut out diffusion and tape it to ring light which looks a little unkempt, but at least it works.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Very Cool Light Source

              By Photodave

              from Gainesville, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Stellar Lighting Systems CEL-R18C 18" Fluorescent Ring Light with Dimmer:

                Excellent light source for the money. Fabulous light for head shots!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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