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Impact READY COOL 3-Point Lighting Kit – Initial Thoughts

By Anthony Thurston on May 12th 2014

One of my goals for the remainder of this year was to do more video content to go along with my written. In order to do this, I needed to have some lights as the lighting in my apartment is dreadful. To that end, I have been looking around for a good lighting kit that I can use to get this going.

A couple of weeks ago B&H sent me the Impact READY COOL 3-Point Lighting Kit to review, and I have been playing with it since then. Today I wanted to share my initial thoughts on this lighting kit before I get to my full review a little later on.

My Initial Thoughts on The Impact READY COOL 3-Point Lighting Kit

My first impressions of this kit were very favorable when they first arrived at my door a few weeks ago. This kit comes complete with 3 lights, and 3 light stands. Each light has an effective output of 500 watts, which combined makes for a total of 1500 watts between the 3 of them. Not a bad starting point.

When I was looking at this kit on the web I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I can say now, after a couple weeks of use, that I am very happy with them, and will very likely pick a set of these up for myself after my review term is over.

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Here are some quick things to note about these lights:

  • The lightstands are small and light. They are sturdy and hold the lights perfectly, but they are tiny. I would definitely use with sandbags.
  • The lights have a bendable connector to to the lightstands, meaning you can position and move the lights into almost any angle. Very cool feature that I was not aware of before I got them.
  • There is no power control on these lights, they are on or off. This is probably the biggest downside to this light kit.
  • The lights are made out of a heavy duty plastic. They seem well built, but I wouldn’t expect them to take much of a beating.

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I should also note that these lights do come with fairly nice carrying cases, which definitely makes traveling with these lights much easier. Being cool fluorescent lights these don’t put off a ton of heat, but they do still get hot, so be careful handling them after extended use.

Overall I am very happy with these lights, and I am looking forward to being able to use them for more videos in the next few weeks. Make sure to check back for my full review and thoughts.

In the meantime, if you liked what you saw and want to purchase these lights you can do so over on B&H here.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Terry Hogan

    I have found fluorescent video lights continue to have a slightly greenish unnatural color that is difficult to correct in post. Please comment on the color temperature and quality of the light from these fluorescent lights.

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