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on February 4, 2012
Thankfully I am not required to use photo flood bulbs with this Studio Hut light stand like with my Smith Victor light mounts and the internals for the Studio Hut appear made better with more metal. It is great that regular BR120Watt or equivalent flood bulbs work on this light mount but beware you will not get the same lumens using BR bulbs but I find they are bright enough for my purpose, spotting, backlighting the background or as a focus light for the camera and using BR bulbs last days longer with regular use, BR bulbs are studier, are much cheaper than photo floods and I can pick them up from my local hardware store.

I do have a slight gripe though with this light mount. The umbrella mount/holder is a bit large in diameter inside for all my various umbrella shafts so they wobble, some more than others. This gripe would be less only if the screw mounted to secure the umbrella shafts was sturdier (larger diameter) or was mounted more toward the center rather than at one end of the mount itself...Yes, this would make the screw harder to get at to tighten or loosen your umbrella but it would perform its function a lot better so the umbrellas would stay where you put it easier.

I am looking to buy at least one more in the future and would consider buying this one even with its deficiencies if I cannot find one engineered better at a similar price point.
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on December 10, 2012
This light set makes it much easier to take portraits on a budget. Earlier posts say that the umbrella holder is too big, but either they fixed it, or someone was using a mighty small umbrella. I think they fixed it with the little metal spring clip. Anyway, it works great for me. I like the fact that I can adjust the angles of the lights independently. This allows for some creativity in lighting. As with all light mounts, the cord is a little short, though.
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on April 19, 2013
I use this with Alzo 45W CFL 5500K bulbs and a white shoot through umbrella. Works well although its made of plastic. I use it as fill light for my natural light portraits in studio.
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on June 12, 2013
There isn't much way you can mess up a bulb socket. But, that being said, I would have liked it if this setup was a bit easier to adjust. One side won't adjust by loosening the thumb screw. You have to loosen both side to the point of coming apart and then hold it right where you want it as you reassemble it and tighten it down.
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on October 17, 2010
I love the Studiohut Double Flash Light Stand because I can use it either for video with light bulbs or for photography using my Flashlite FL45i Monolights. It's reliable. I take them in a backpack and that way I have a lightweight portable studio with me.
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on May 29, 2013
I use these with a couple of light stands and umbrellas to provide continuous lighting for videos. These work very well. I really like having a separate power switch on each socket. The only thing holding me back from giving them 5 stars is that it can be a little awkward to adjust them. As someone else mentioned, both sides have a set knob and you have to manipulate both knobs together to adjust the angle of the umbrella and each light socket. It would be easier with 5 hands (one for each light socket, the umbrella, and each tension knob.

Aside from that, these are pretty decent light mounts.
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on February 16, 2012
One of the lights did not work at first. After doing some tinkering around with the connector on the inside I finally got it to work. I'm pretty happy with the results as my pictures has really come to life.
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on May 7, 2013
I think if they had charged a couple more dollars, they could have made a much better product. When you loosen the nut to position the sockets, both the sockets and the bar they are attached to spin. It's really just the one nut's friction/tension keeping it all in place, so when you undo it the whole thing is loosened. The sockets are spaced far enough apart to hold two super-big (i.e. 85 watt) lightbulbs, and sufficiently capable of powering them. The insulation on the cable is crappy feeling plastic, but again, works fine. Biggest issue here is that the screw that would a photo umbrella/softbox in place is badly positioned, and the whole for the stem too big. This means that the umbrella is held in crooked, which is not a big deal unless you're using a particularly small modifier. Also, because the whole thing isn't under a lot of tension, if you don't put the umbrella right up against the bulbs, the whole light will gradually sag under the umbrella's (inconsiderable) weight.

Nothing about this thing is bad, but I grudgingly give it 4 stars. As my mother says, "Bread and water can so easily be tea and toast."
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on October 23, 2013
I was very satisfied until I found an issue with this light socket.

When the item came in, I screwed in fluorescent light to each socket. There was no problem.
Then, I wanted to attach a total of 4 fluorescent lights so I used this twin light socket adapter.
I noticed that it screws in very tightly and could hear metal grinding. All 4 lights turned on
just fine. But when I tried to take it off, it literally got "frozen". Instead of having the light
bulb out, the metal socket on this item came off. I had to take a backside of mousepad to screw
off the "frozen" socket + light bulb.

I believe the problem is that this item uses aluminum as a socket material. If you have a light bulb
that also has aluminum thread, you will likely to create a large friction and will not be able
to take it out. You probably haven't seen this problem at home because most of the household light socket
uses stainless steel so the bulb screws in smoothly.

I will apply dielectric grease to see if this issue will go away. I will update the info when I find
out the result.
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on September 22, 2014
I have the single holder and now the double-bulb holder. There's no fooling yourself that these are entry-level quality the plastic itself even feels low quality. That said they do exactly what they should do. Hold 2 bulbs, they have enough spacing to hold 2 huge 300w equiv. spiral CFLs. The adjustment locks are a little clunky but once locked in (don't screw them down too hard) they stay where you put them. Nice long power cords on these also.

For anyone like myself exploring non-flash based studio lighting setups. Parts like these are a great way to have some options without spending a lot of money. Couple of these and some inexpensive brolly boxes or umbrellas and you have a cool (almost no heat) constant lighting setup that you can move around on a couple stands to really visualize how light changes on your subject(s) without learning curve of speed lights until your ready to tackle that.
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