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4.0 out of 5 stars Budget-friendly alternative, January 31, 2014
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This review is from: Square Perfect 3085 SP200 Professional Quality 16-Inch Studio In A Box Light Tent Cube for Quality Photography (Electronics)
I have been all over the place trying to find a good, cheap light tent to photograph my small jewelry pieces for my Etsy shop. I did quite a bit of research before buying this one and was actually pleasantly surprised. The tent itself is great, just the right size and surprisingly sturdy. The tripod was also unexpectedly sturdy and much better quality than my previous portable one, it holds up my Nikon D3100 fantastically and is very easy to use. To top it all off, the fact that it all folds up into a convenient carrying case which is really fantastic when you are short on extra storage space. I would have given this 5 stars if it weren't for the lamps....
To begin with, they burn REALLY hot. So much so that it smelled like something was burning. They are also not bright enough by a long-shot! Not to mention, I accidentally knocked one over and it fell less than 2 feet to the ground on a carpeted surface and the light blew. But I did discover something that obviously most people who write about the same problem don't know; the problem is the bulbs, not the lamp. The lamp fixtures are actually really great and super compact, I love them. Which is what made me so sad when I thought one was now busted because I couldn't figure out how to replace the bulb. So let me walk you through what I found that will make these work about 1000X better for you.
First, the bulb can be removed by unscrewing the very front cap of the fixture, it looks deceptively solid but it isn't and can be removed. Second, the bulbs it comes with are cheap Hallogen bulbs, which burn crazy hot and are just plain crappy. I replaced BOTH of my bulbs with 6000k LED 4w (35w equivelant) Daylight bulbs, and voila! No more crazy heat, no more smell, and they are MUCH brighter, safer, and a major energy saver.
So I highly suggest this product for anyone on a budget, and if the lights are a problem for you just replace the bulbs with 6000k LED 4w Daylight bulbs with a G10 base and there you've got the perfect setup. You can find those bulbs here on Amazon for about $7 a piece.
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Initial post: May 23, 2014 5:42:05 PM PDT
COH2000 says:
Thanks for your detailed comments, especially about the light bulbs.
If you can, I would appreciate a link to the bulbs that you are using now.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 4:00:28 PM PDT
BeagleMom says:
What a helpful review. You rock!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2014 9:47:45 AM PDT
nichero says:
I would also hope for a product link.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 3:29:10 PM PST
Meryl08 says:
Any suggestions for removing the halogen bulbs from the sockets? I removed the "coin edge" ring okay but the halogen is recessed in the fixture, making it impossible to grasp and pull out. Thanks in advance for any help.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2015 1:32:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2015 1:34:47 PM PST
Old_Bull says:
Meryl, I just got mine a few minutes ago. I was able to get the bulb out by applying light pressure and turning.
It's VERY poorly designed for changing or replacing the bulbs, as the reviewer has said they did.

Hopefully the reviewer will provide a link or ASIN number for the bulb she mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2015 4:39:35 PM PST
Meryl08 says:
Yeah, I finally got the bulbs out by putting a piece of rug anchor on top of the bulb and pressed down with my palm and turning the bulb and once the bulb was unseated, had to turn the lamp upside down and catch the bulb. Yoy get what you pay for I guess.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 8:54:46 PM PDT
Neil says:
Christine, I purchased 110 V 4W GU10 LED bulbs by Torchstar. 110V 4W GU10 LED Bulb - 6000K Daylight LED Spotlight - 50Watt Equivalent - 330 Lumen 45 Degree Beam Angle. They are longer than the bulbs that come with the studio. Did I pick the right ones? Did you use these and just leave the front cap off? Thanks! -Neil

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 2:59:31 PM PDT
Excellent review. It has given me the answer to all that I needed to know. Going to buy this (for similar reasons lol). Thank you for sharing. Also, I found "TGM LED 4W GU10 Daylight White LED Light Bulbs,35W Equivalent lights,320lm,Cold White 6000K,Recessed Lighting,Track Lighting,led ceiling lights,Pack of 5 Units" on Amazon. Are these the lights you suggest to use as replacement?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2015 10:32:49 AM PDT
Lisa says:
did these bulbs end up working with this fixture for you? thanks :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2015 10:33:24 AM PDT
Lisa says:
Hi did these bulbs work for you with this fixture? thanks :)
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