JTL SL-160 Light Plus Kit, Versalight J-160 Monolight Strobe with Soft Box & Stand.


About JTL SL-160

• The Versalight J-160 is a unique strobe, perfect for photography students as a main strobe light and for professional photographers as a supplementary light source. The light provides 160 watt seconds output power (160 joules) on full and GN 120 feet at ASA 100.
• It features a built in reflector and power cable, remote sensor, Continuous power adjustor with fine-setting clutches, Angle-adjustable bracket with built-in umbrella holder, a recharge readylight, two way fixing stand adapter and an easily changeable fuse holder. In addition, a variety of accessories are available for the Versalight J160, including a 24" by 24" soft box kit, four leaf barn doors, honeycomb, color filter kits, snoot, and much more.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (4)

JTL SL-160 Features

  • Remote sensor / slave.
  • Audio signal for recharge ready.
  • Fixed reflector and power cable.
  • Built-in thermostat to avoid overheating.
  • Continuous power adjustor with fine-setting clutches.
  • Angle-adjustable bracket with built-in umbrella holder.
  • Dual-locking stand adapter for studio rail-road installation.
  • Color-temperature corrected (5,500K) circular flash-tube.
  • All kinds of lighting accessories available: barn-doors, snoot, color filters, honeycomb, soft boxes & umbrellas.

JTL SL-160 Specifications

Power (Watt Seconds)
160w/s (joule) in full
Guide Number
120ft/36m ISO100
Flash Duration
1/600 sec. @t=0.1; 1/1000 sec. @t=0.5
Recycling Time
0.5-3 seconds in full
Modeling Lamp
Halogen 75w
Modeling Bulb Base
JD E-14 screw
Built-In Slave
Slave Effectiveness
10m; 35ft
Power Input
AC110-130 volt, 60 Hz
Color Tempatute
Flash-tube Lifetime
Over 8,000 typical flashing
Power Setting
1/8 to full continuously
Lighting Range (Degrees)
55 degree
Synch Voltage
DC 6-9volt
f3-3/4"× 7-1/2" (f100mm × 195mm)
25oz (750g)
Mfr #

JTL SL-160 Reviews

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(based on 8 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Starter Light

I bought this to use along with my Canon 580 EX II speedlight flash for portraits. I have had good results so far and am very happy with it for the price.

Reviewed by 8 customers

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


WARNING - These strobes electrocute!!!


from San Diego, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this strobe because the price was right for beginging photography. I used it a few times with the synch cord in my living room and it worked fine, but the moment I started using it in my garage (with concrete floors) where I had set up my studio, I would get electrocuted through my camera! I got a few pretty serious shocks. Assuming it was the synch cord that was bad, I purchased a set of wireless triggers. I tried wth the wireless trigger and receiver and had my husband hold the receiver since it was dangling in the opposite direction and ZAPP he got shocked as well. [...] These strobes do NOT have a ground wire - they only have two prongs! Not smart for such a high voltage piece of equipment!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great Starter Light


from Newport News, Va.  -  Getting started

I bought this to use along with my Canon 580 EX II speedlight flash for portraits. I have had good results so far and am very happy with it for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I wish I'd bought two


from Greenwood, SC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

An excellent value. If you question your camera's indoor abilities, try this kit. Opens tons of possibilities.


great light for the price


from Nebraska  -  Professional

Nice little light for the price. Enhanced by backgrounds a ton:)


Light is OK but...


from Indianapolis  -  Getting started

They send the kit with a bulb that is too long. I was told I had to contact JTL to get a new bulb. When I called JTL, I was told to contact [...]...run-around!FINALLY - after 2 months of phone calls to JTL they sent me a new bulb.I would buy another brand if you are considering this type of light set.


Great Value


from Florida  -  Professional

Great value, slow to recycle

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice, inexpensive studio lighting


from San Francisco Bay Area  -  Professional

I needed an inexpensive lighting system for indoor pet portraits. I HATE using artifical light, and had never used studio lighting before, but sometimes I need to shoot in less than ideal indoor lighting conditions, so I shopped around a bit to find something that I could use. I found this system [...] and decided to give it a try. Once I figured out how to set it up (the included instructions are VERY skimpy), and then figured out how to use it with the Nikon D200-- well, the results were really good. No "blue eye", good color rendition, fast recharge time. Overall, I'm really pleased with the unit, but it would be helpful if the included documentation was more complete.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great value for money


from San Francisco, CA  -  Professional

Bought this strobe as a backlight for my table top product photograhy. I started off with the Cool Lights but ended spending way to much time correcting images. Since most of my clients want a white background for their websites I need a over exposed white background without any shadows. This strobe with softbox and a piece of Plexilite does the trick for me. The variable power is a must to keep things under controll...


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Questions about this item:

Alison K  Hi, I am just starting out. I would like to know if this is good for the Nikon D3200. In addition, I have an apartment and I am looking for something compact. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks! Alison
Alison K  Thank you Mark. Which is the best one to use for a compact space? Thank you for responding.
joe g  does this light come with the actual strobe light (bulb) and modeling light (bulb) or do customers have to buy these separate?
TAMMI B  It does come with the bulb. I have enjoyed working with this light and soft box. The stand itself is a bit lower quality than my other light stands, but with a bit of care it works just fine.
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