LOWEL TOTA-LIGHT TRANS-KIT, LB-35 SOFT CASE
A REVIEW OF THE LOWEL TOTA-LIGHT TRANS-KIT, LB-35 SOFT CASE
Looking for an affordable, extremely good tungsten lighting kit? Look no further than the LOWEL TOTA-LIGHT TRANS-KIT, LB-35 SOFT CASE from B& H Photo! This three-light kit is built around the famous Tota-light; a proven compact, rugged and versatile favorite.
Available exclusively from B&H Photo, this kit includes three Tota-Light Tungsten Flood Lights (120-240VAC); three EMD Lamps (750/120v); three Omni Light Stands (expandable to 9ft/274cm); three white 27in/68.5cm) Tota-Brellas; all packed neatly within a LB-35 Large Litebag Soft Case. Total cost? Just $832.95 plus shipping (although B&H regularly offers specials).
As an architectural/commercial/product photographer, I am out of my studio as much as in it, so I need a very versatile lighting kit. This lighting kit does the job for me. With three lights and stands, I can have a complete set-up in my studio, yet break down whatever configuration I need for an offsite location.
While the kit comes with EMD 750w frosted bulbs, these can be replaced with lower wattage bulbs easily found at any lighting store (at 750w, each Tota-light will emit a beam of 41 footcandles with the barndoors open at normal position, and 34 footcandles with the barndoors at 180 degrees from a distance of 10 foot/3cm. However, keep in mind when replacing frosted with clear EMD bulbs, the output will be approximately 20% brighter.
Each Tota-Light can be rotated a full 360 degrees using the plastic adjustment knob, however, these lights get very hot, so be sure to wear a pair of high-intensity gloves. My favorite is the Setwear Hothand Gloves that have been a favorite among film crews. As a side note: these gloves run small, so order at least one to two sizes larger than you think you need (I initially ordered Medium and had to return them for Large, but B&H exchanged them with absolutely no problem).
A ton of accessories are available for these lights, including gels, adjustable barndoors and much more!
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