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Good value, decent quality
on May 27, 2014
I bought two of these to use with 4x 85 watt CFL bulbs. They fit and work perfectly. The build quality is so-so, to be honest. For $9 that's expected and reasonable. They aren't going to fall apart when you use them but I'd expect to replace these within 2 years. Again, that's A-ok in my book considering the price.
My biggest complaint with these is the tilting. In the photo you see a twist thumb screw on each side of the unit. These essentially rotate in conjunction and tighten down on the same axel inside the tube. Meaning you have to loosen both of them at the same time to move anything. This then loosens both sockets and the umbrella holder. It's kind of a mess to adjust when the bulbs and umbrella are in place. But it's not a deal breaker.
Having individual on/off switches for each socket is VERY nice. And the 3 meter cord is very useful. I'd be willing to spend more in the $20 range for this exact thing with a better tilting mechanism. But for now, these get my recommendation for the $9 price tag.
NOTE: I bought these to use with CFL bulbs and shoot-thru umbrellas. However, I learned that CFL bulbs output light to the sides, not straight forward. You'll want to use a softbox or "umbrella softbox" (aka brolly box). Be warned!