A lot of users now have a 1x1 LED light as part of their kit. With low power consumption, no need for mains power and producing almost no heat it is easy to see why so many news and documentary shooters use them on a daily basis. It’s fair to say they may be the most commonly used lights out there. The problem with LED lights and I’m not just talking about the 1x1 style is they tend to be quite a harsh light. Instead of the light coming from one source LED lights rely on lots of small bulbs to create a larger source. One way around this has been to use a soft box to diffuse and soften the light. Popular brands like Chimera make a kit for the 1x1 Litepanels that retails for $250US and an egg crate runs you more than $75US which is quite expensive for some users. Enter Airbox Lights who have come up with a unique solution. I previously reviewed a smaller version that is available for more compact LED lights. The 1x1 version picks up from where the smaller version left off. It breaks down into a small compact, easy to travel with solution that for the budget conscience user is a great alternative to the more expensive options out there.
The kit includes the inflatable soft box, instructions and a puncture repair kit. An optional honey comb grid diffuser is also available. For more information go to airboxlights.com
The Airbox Lights 1x1 retails for $99.99US and you can purchase a kit with a grid diffuser for $129.99US.
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