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Photo Video 2400 Watt
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Professional Kit
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Strobe Studio
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Good

Great for lighting large rooms. 10-foot power cord. Stores and travels well. Backdrops included.

An economical way to light larger spaces. Comparatively, only the StudioPRO supplies more power.

Adequately lights a number of different angles. Includes durable backdrops and a crossbar.

A basic package for beginners that includes the essentials.

Outstanding accessories package for both still photographers and videographers.

Bad

No arm extension for direct overhead light.

Includes fewer accessories than other sets; a "bare bones" product.

Backdrops are a bit thin, but this does not seem to affect photo quality.

Only one lofted light bulb. (However, this bulb produces a bright 85 watts.) No backdrops.

Single-socket lights provide less light output.

Bottom Line

A robust package with seemingly endless creative possibilities. The very best photography lighting set on the market.

Excellent for those who want terrific lighting on a budget. The best all-around deal for the least amount of money.

A quality set that is particularly good for making YouTube videos.

A basic set that can be easily customized to the individual's photography needs.

An extremely versatile set with an enviable list of accessories and functions.

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Best Photography Lighting Sets

Whether you want to take family portraits, pictures of items to sell, videos for YouTube, or something else, great photographic lighting is essential. We surveyed dozens of cost-effective lighting kits for the home studio and came up with a top-five shortlist of the very best.

Products we Considered

StudioPRO
Complete Studio
LimoStudio
Photo Video 2400 Watt
ePhoto
Professional Kit
StudioFX
3-Piece Kit
Neewer
Strobe Studio

Considerations

Price

Hobbyist lighting prices begin around $50, but professional-grade film lighting can cost well over $10,000. In this review, we focus on introductory-level lighting kits that would be suitable for beginners and amateurs.

Power

When it comes to photography lighting, wattage and brightness are important concerns. Each product on our shortlist supplies the power needed to light a home studio. Our top five lighting sets utilize fluorescent bulbs and measure wattage on a scale relative to incandescent bulbs. Roughly speaking, a fluorescent bulb of equivalent wattage to an incandescent bulb produces five times as much light.

Accessories

An arsenal of tools -- stands, backdrops, umbrellas, flash systems, color gels, etc. -- can elevate the quality of a photographer’s work. When choosing a lighting kit, it's vital for potential buyers to contemplate these features. In this section of our ratings, we tell you what accessories you get with each kit on our list.

Versatility

Photography lighting kits that work in a variety of different settings are ideal. In this section of our ratings, we examine each kit's features and how well they are suited to different photography tasks.

Considerations

Price

StudioPRO 3000W Complete Photography Photo Video Studio

StudioPRO’s set is the most expensive of our contenders at $325. For the price, it’s a dominant kit in terms of power. You also receive gigantic backdrops enabling you to perform like a pro. Users praise the quality of the material and relish the strength of the lights. It comes as no surprise that customers repeatedly report this equipment is worth every penny. If you’re making vlog-style videos for YouTube, we can’t recommend this robust kit more.

LimoStudio Photo Video 2400 Watt

Generating 2,400 watts of power for only $129, the LimoStudio Photo Video kit is an astounding deal. There are some trade-offs for the low price: limited functionality and a lack of accessories. However, for photographers who need sufficient power at a budget price, the LimoStudio's potent three-piece set is a great buy.

ePhoto Professional Photography Kit

At $209, the ePhoto provides a cost-effective solution for photographers who require backdrops. It's a terrific kit; the lights pack a solid punch and the backdrops are a good size at 10 x 12 feet. ePhoto owners give the product top marks for including a crossbar – a feature the StudioPRO kit lacks.

StudioFX 2400W 3-Piece Photo Lighting Kit

At a price of just $149, StudioFX's 2,400-watt system is a valid contender. With five sockets in the softboxes and one in the overhead light, the Studio FX produces less overall light than the StudioPRO. However, the lofted light gives more control, and we can't forget that this product is considerably cheaper than the StudioPRO. If backdrops aren't important to you, the StudioFX would be an excellent choice.

Neewer 900W Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit

Neewer’s system runs $339, placing it on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. For the extra money, it supplies a lot of extra features. The features are like gold for still photographers; just as ePhoto’s product is geared more towards videography, Neewer crafted the Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit with static photography in mind. In terms of light, Neewer's commanding flash kit provides an array of options that lead to a more aesthetically pleasing product.

For photographers who need sufficient power at a budget price, the LimoStudio's potent three-piece set is a great buy.
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Power

StudioPRO 3000W Complete Photography Photo Video Studio

At five sockets per light bank, the StudioPRO system generates a total wattage greater than any other contender on our shortlist. Fifteen 45-watt bulbs are included, which clocks a combined power of over 3,000 watts. Maxing out each socket at 85 watts per bulb raises the output to over 6,000 watts -- and makes this system an absolute beast. If you have a large room to light, StudioPRO's kit is the choice for you.

LimoStudio Photo Video 2400 Watt

Photographers love the power they get from the LimoStudio 3-Piece Softbox Kit. For the money, nothing beats it. The output is equivalent to the higher-priced StudioFX; in fact, only StudioPRO boasts a higher output. In terms of cost per watt, LimoStudio is ahead of the competition. If your goal is to light your space for as little money as possible, your best bet is the LimoStudio.

Both of the ePhoto's grounded softboxes feature four light sockets and 45-watt bulbs to go with them. The overhead hair light has room for a single bulb running at 105-watts. Even though the ePhoto's power output is lower than StudioPRO’s product, photographers assert that it provides plenty of light. In fact, many owners tell us that the additional angles they get from the ePhoto offset the inconvenience of its lower power output.

StudioFX 2400W 3-Piece Photo Lighting Kit

The StudioFX produces a lot of light for a low cost. In fact, each grounded softbox produces more light than any of LimoStudio’s pieces. The lofted light bank holds a lone bulb, naturally generating less power than other five-bulb light sources. However, this bulb clocks in at 85 watts, creating plenty of overhead brightness. Customers are consistently thrilled with the amount the illumination they derive from this equipment.

Neewer 900W Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit

Neewer’s Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit features single-socket lights, limiting its output. The 75-watt bulbs cap the system at 900 watts (relative to incandescent lights). This wattage typically provides enough power for beginners, but more experienced photographers have used this system in conjunction with other lights. In other words, if you have a large space to light, the Neewer may not provide enough illumination. However, if your focus is close-range still photography, the Neewer kit could be an appropriate choice.

Maxing out each StudioPRO socket at 85 watts per bulb raises the output to over 6,000 watts -- and makes this system an absolute beast.
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Considerations

Accessories

StudioPRO 3000W Complete Photography Photo Video Studio

The StudioPRO 3000W's included backdrops add a lot of value and a professional touch that users love. The 10-foot power cord often eliminates the need for an extension and can reduce anxiety over tripping on a taut line. The lightweight equipment and small case store easily, and if you travel a lot, you would be hard-pressed to find a more portable model.

LimoStudio Photo Video 2400 Watt

There's no hiding the fact that the LimoStudio 3-Piece Softbox Set is a bare-bones set. The only accessories included with this package are three stands, three softboxes, 12 bulbs, and a case. The boxes and stands are of a good size, and the stands are adjustable to different angles. In the end, however, brightness (and a budget price) are the features that make the LimoStudio a standout.

ePhoto Professional Photography Kit

Like the StudioPRO, the ePhoto Professional Photography Kit includes a carrying case. Standout features include good-sized backdrops (10 x 12 feet) and a cross bar – something the StudioPRO lacks. Owners tell us the backdrops are a touch thin, but this appears to have little effect on the images. More importantly, they're durable.

StudioFX 2400W 3-Piece Photo Lighting Kit

While the StudioFX is a highly rated set, it lacks accessories. It’s a basic package, coming with only lights, stands, and a case. We really love the fact that this kit includes overhead lighting, but we wish the StudioFX included some of the backdrops, spotlights, and umbrellas found in other packages. If you don’t need backdrops, StudioFX provides the essentials a beginner needs to create professional images.

Neewer 900W Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit

Neewer takes the cake when it comes to supplementary gear. Umbrellas, a spotlight with four color gels, and a wireless flash system are pieces of equipment not found in any of our other shortlist kits. Still photographers ogle at all of these options. Videographers keenly appreciate the spotlights and color filters because they allow for some dynamic shots that competitors can't achieve. When it comes to accessories, Neewer’s kit offers an outstanding package.

The LimoStudio's brightness and budget price are two features that make it a standout product.
Considerations

Versatility

StudioPRO 3000W Complete Photography Photo Video Studio

We love the fact that each of the StudioPRO's fluorescent five-socket light heads features three light switches. This capability gives photographers an increased command of their light output (and thus their images). The StudioPRO lacks an arm extension to deliver direct overhead light, but owners find this to be a minor deficiency when compared to the kit's extra power and multi-switch functionality. The inclusion of a green screen presents limitless options, allowing a photographer's imagination to run wild. In fact, owners gush over what they can achieve with the handy StudioPRO set.

LimoStudio Photo Video 2400 Watt

One may glean from the LimoStudio's lack of accessories that there is little versatility with this equipment. However, there are two light switches per light bank, (offering output control), and the stands are adjustable. If you’re looking for extensive functionality and options, this kit isn’t for you. However, if you want a lot of flexible power at a low cost, the LimoStudio is a great option.

ePhoto Professional Photography Kit

The ePhoto's black, white, and green backdrops provide a professional touch, and owners rave about its overhead lighting capabilities. If you make YouTube films and want a leg up on the competition, this product would be a great choice. Still photographers also benefit from the tools the ePhoto provides; these tools go beyond the baseline essentials and offer terrific functionality – all for a great price.

StudioFX 2400W 3-Piece Photo Lighting Kit

The StudioFX Photo Lighting Kit may be lacking in accessories, but it makes up for that in the customization of each individual piece. The two grounded light banks have five switches that power each individual bulb. Photographers adore this function because it grants them total artistic control. In situations where less light is required, camera operators can decrease output as they please. Owners also appreciate the fact that the lofted softbox affords the opportunity to angle light as needed. Backdrops aren't included in this set, but if they're not relevant to your needs, you can't go wrong with this gloriously customizable package.

Neewer 900W Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit

The Neewer's spotlights produce a strong, focused light. When photographers use the spotlight in conjunction with the Neewer's barn doors, they enjoy maximum directional control of this product's robust energy. Gels afford photographers the opportunity to change the color composition of their shot. Umbrella reflectors produce a flooding light, which helps fill a room but is also harder to control. Users also give high ratings to the Neewer's wireless flash system. All of these features are unique to this model, and to put it bluntly, the versatility offered by the Neewer Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit makes some photographers drool!

Owners gush over what they can achieve with the handy StudioPRO set!

Best of the Best

Each of the introductory lighting sets on our shortlist is an excellent product. When all factors are considered, however, the StudioPRO 3,000-watt kit gets our highest rating.

This product's three 5-socket lights generate more power than any other contender by a landslide. What's more, users are given the ability to upgrade the bulbs to pump out over 6,000 watts of light! Owners love the creative freedom this feature grants them.

Each light bank boasts three switches, ensuring that images are never overwhelmed with illumination. Customers rave about the backdrops included in the kit, and we have to agree with them. Backdrop materials are durable, and at 10 x 20 feet, they’re absolutely huge! If you want to add a professional touch to your images, great backdrops are a must.

Green screens are an essential item if you want to make videos for YouTube. StudioPRO supplies you with this option. We also love how all of this great equipment packs up neatly in its carrying case, allowing for ample mobility.If you're looking to build a home photography studio, StudioPRO is, without a doubt, the best photography lighting set money can buy. It's a YouTube vlogger's dream and an opportunity for any beginner to operate like a pro.
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The StudioPRO 3000W is a YouTube vlogger's dream and an opportunity for any beginner to operate like a pro.

Best Bang for your Buck

If you’re on a tight budget and you want sufficient photography lighting at a low cost, LimoStudio’s 2400W set is your best option. It costs only $129, yet it ties for second place in total light output. Our research reveals overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding the value of this product.

The LimoStudio supplies photographers with adjustable stands that reach a good height, allowing for downward pointing light angles without a boom arm or crossbar. The softboxes are naturally user-friendly pieces of equipment that provide directional focus; in total, this kit features three boxes that swivel. Dual light switches allow for multiple levels of brightness, granting users an abundance of opportunities for creative lighting. For those planning to move to different locations, this set also includes a durable travel case. In terms of simplicity, the set is easy to assemble and comes with 12 bulbs -- meaning it’s ready to go in a matter of minutes!

In the end, we simply could not ignore the LimoStudio's watt-per-dollar ratio. If you want to light your home studio with durable equipment at the lowest possible cost, choose LimoStudio's 2400W set without hesitation.
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If you want to light your home studio with durable equipment at the lowest possible cost, choose LimoStudio's 2400W set .
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