Flashpoint Spiral Fluorescent Bulb, 85 Watts, 5500k, Equivalent Output of 425 Watts, Fits Standard Household Sockets, E26 - E27


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About Flashpoint

Flashpoint Spiral Fluorescent Bulb 85 Watts. These 85 Watt Bulbs have an equivelant output of 400 Watts. Fits all Standard Household Sockets. (E26 - E27)
Rated 8000 hours

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good power output (11),Good color value (9),Durable (7),Attach securely (4),Long-lasting (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (11),General purpose (8),Low light (5),Portraits (5),Night time (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (8),Photo enthusiast (7)

Flashpoint Specifications

Illuminance measures
5000 Lumens
Color temperature
5500 +-
CRI 80
standard household Edison base
Length: 11 inches
Diameter: 4.00 inches

Reviews about this item

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(based on 18 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Best Price

This product is great for indoor photography when light is an issue. Works great on portraits or even with a camcorder. Great value item!!


Most Liked Negative Review


I would not buy this product again.

I purchased these to use for photographic purposes. I received these late due to weather and 2 out of the 4 bulbs were bad. Not happy with quality.

Reviewed by 18 customers


I would not buy this product again.


from Jackson, Tn  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased these to use for photographic purposes. I received these late due to weather and 2 out of the 4 bulbs were bad. Not happy with quality.


Flashpoint 70 Watt Bulbs now Rated 85


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

Flashpoint now rates their 70 watt fluorescent bulbs as 85 watt. The "85" watt bulbs I received from Adorama were identical in size and brightness to the 70 watt bulbs I already had. They were also not the size described in Adorama's technical specification for the 85 watt bulb. I notified Adorama of the problem and got a very poor response from customer service. They finally agreed to take them back but did not refund the shipping charges. I am very disappointed in both Flashpoint and Adorama.


cool and bright


from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

Nice, bright bulb. Good value.


First time using flourenscent


from Fremont, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

First time using fluorescent bulb and really like it. It will stick with it from now on. The regular 500W bulb is too flimsy and very short life. I believe this one can last many time longer.


I would buy this product again


from San Mateo  -  Photo Enthusiast

Cannot find a suitable metal reflector because the bulb neck is 3" dia. right to the metal screw.


Great Purchase


from Newark, DE  -  Casual Photographer

Great price for just what I needed. Received quickly - which was important as I had no backups and a shoot in a few days. Will continue to purchase these bulbs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good price point


from South East Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

All 4 arrived in good condition and they all worked. Items were packed very well. The 1st bulbs I recived a while back with the light boxes were 75 watt. I didn't try them as soon as I recived them. Months later I set up the boxes and one light didn't work but it was to late to return. The solder on the base of the bulb was bad and I guess the gases escaped from the bulb. Test the bulbs as soon as you recive them. I'll reorder when these burn out. Good value and free shipping.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Hot Studio.....Cool light


from Suwanee GA  -  Pro Photographer

I wanted to set up three types of studio lighting kits. one light setup using Speedlites when no power is available. One using a constant light source, and one using Strobe lights only . Two of the three setups was always hot, requiring a cool down time, aswell as a warm studio. I saw an ad about Fluorescent light kits, but I had my doubts about color value/temperature. Fluorescents tend to be hard to work with, giving off varing/inconsistent skin tones. This is especially true if your camera is limited to just one setting for fluorescent shooting. This Spiral Bulb is what is called a Daylight light emitter, (5500k). This is good, however if the camera you use does not have an array of fluorescent features such as Daylight /Fluorescent modes, this bulb may not be for you. But if your camera has simular in camera light setting capabilities such as my D7000, you will love this light, that this bulb produces. Using a two (If you can three lights is better always) light setup to give you main light, fill and back light features. You will get great results everytime. But the added bonus, you stay cool and get great results/color! They offer larger size bulbs 500 watts and up but this one works fine for me. Haven't used it for extremely long hours yet, so to determine long life I can't say. but what I can say, so far so good!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great light for wedding videos


from SW Florida  -  Pro Photographer

Wedding photography and videography

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Bulbs


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Pro Photographer

Incredible value - I bought a couple to test against the pricier ones. Couldn't be more pleased. These are a great value!


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Shopper  Has anyone used these bulbs with color film or slides? If so how was the color rendition? I know this is less critical for digital.
ROBERT M  I haven't tested this light with film but you are smart to doubt CFL with film still photography. A lot is written about the spike at the color specs
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JEFF K  I am new to lighting and these bulbs looked to be right for what I needed. So far, so good.
Éric S  How many hours those bulbs last ?
Dave B  If you read the spec sheet it tells you the 8000 hours is only if the bulb is on continuous. If the lights are turned ON/OFF then the 8000 hours is reduced dramatically.
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