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Flora, a light bank with a revolutionary design, delivers powerful illumination. The light bank is suitable for still photography or filmmaking. Comparing to other high wattage light banks, Flora light bank has several distinguished advantages, including smaller in size, improved rigidity, easy installation and convenient in moving from place to place. Comparing to other light banks with similar size, the Flora light bank can install high-wattage fluorescent bulbs.

The body of Flora light bank is made out of flame-retardant Nylon. High quality nylon is used to extend the lifespan of the product and to reduce surface cracks through aging and normal wear and tear. The fire resistant nylon has passed several tests that fire will die out within three seconds after the source of fire is removed. The advantage of off-center tilting design firmly supports the light bank and allows the light bank to be compact in size comparing to other light banks in its class.

The conventional tilting mechanism is relative simple, but has a tendency of surface cracking after a long period of use since the mechanism cannot withstand the combined weights of the light bank and its bulbs. The newly designed off-center titling uses iron parts as its main source of material, which does not only maintain the merits of the old design, but also improves the titling rigidity. The installation of Flora light bank and its softbox is extremely simple. Smart design allows users to pop up the softbox with ease and completes the whole assembly for less than 30 seconds.

Constructed with the re-designed hexagon structure, the light bank tends be more resistant to impact. Flora light bank is capable of withstanding much greater impact that the bank shows no signs of cracks or failure even when it is dropped from the top of a three-story building. Flora light bank is designed for ergonomics that is designed with a large soft grip for easy and convenient handling. A larger handle allows users to better adjust and tilt the light bank. With the foaming wrapping around the handle, the design helps the user to grab the handle easily.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good power output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (3)

Linco Specifications

Material
Flame retardant nylon
Maximum Bulbs
6x 100w flourescent lamps, fuse: 8A
Light Base
6x E26/27 light base
Switches
2 switches, each controls 3 light bases
Dimensions
7.5 x 7.5 x 7.3" (190 x 190 x 185mm)
Weight
3 lbs (1.4kg)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Makes a lot of soft light

Arrived yesterday & used on location for a standing talking torso. Build quality looks very good. Although I am used to a heaver build on the angle clamp, which looked and felt very light plastic, the body has some heft and does not feel plastic. The body is made of nylon and is supposed to very tough and heat resistant. I used this with 6 85w CFLs and a 60" umbrella. The 6 enormous CFLs almost look comical in the unit. Like a space alien. But the laughing stops when you see the light produce...

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Arrived yesterday & used on location for a standing talking torso. Build quality looks very good. Although I am used to a heaver build on the angle clamp, which looked and felt very light plastic, the body has some heft and does not feel plastic. The body is made of nylon and is supposed to very tough and heat resistant. I used this with 6 85w CFLs and a 60" umbrella. The 6 enormous CFLs almost look comical in the unit. Like a space alien. But the laughing stops when you see the light produced. The 60" umbrella, white satin with a removable black rear (not silvered) gave a beautiful soft and bright light that filled a very large area. I shot about f5.6 @1/30 with ISO 100 on a 5DMkii. I used a Flashpoint medium sized single CFL soft box as a fill, and a Flashpoint 4 CFL bowl reflector as a kicker. The soft box shielded the camera from the kicker. I had no heat problems over 45 minutes of shooting and the bulbs cooled quickly enough that there was virtually no waiting period after shooting to disassemble. The kelvin was a little cool on the flesh tone but I think I can warm it up a little in post. I'm so used to shooting RAW stills that I sort of neglect to color balance on video (there is no white balance in RAW). This setup would also be great for shooting fashion or ADHD kids if you are willing to turn up the ISO to 800 or so to get a fast shutter. The big advantage I see of this is no flash recycle time. You can shoot as fast as your camera will allow under this light. The disadvantage is how to go on location with the six giant CFL bulbs. For my first shoot I used the individual cardboard boxes with the styrofoam inserts and filled a good sized corrugated box. However, I have on order a six-bulb divided soft carrying case specially for these large bulbs. That will save a lot of time on location over boxing and unboxing the individual bulbs. Five stars! if the angle clamp was as beefy as the rest of the unit

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great concept, flawed implementation

After reading several reviews I bought the Linco Flora, mainly for video. At first it appeared to be a reasonably well made device, but having used it a couple of times I now have some reservations. My primary complaint is simply the cheapness of it. A few minor upgrades would go a long way, as it is otherwise a very cool product. More on all that later. The good is that it is a cleaver design and it really works well. The size is about as compact as possible given that it holds rather large ...

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After reading several reviews I bought the Linco Flora, mainly for video. At first it appeared to be a reasonably well made device, but having used it a couple of times I now have some reservations. My primary complaint is simply the cheapness of it. A few minor upgrades would go a long way, as it is otherwise a very cool product. More on all that later. The good is that it is a cleaver design and it really works well. The size is about as compact as possible given that it holds rather large CFL bulbs. I bought 85W JTL bulbs and they just barely fit. They rub each other slightly at the base, but do not stress the sockets too much. I suggest that a slightly smaller base would be better. Even with six lights installed the overall weight is not too bad. The swivel seems strong enough and I don't have to over tighten to prevent drooping. I like the flora design and mounting an umbrella is easy and works well. Mounting the flora softbox is easy too, though it is easy to think it is properly mounted and later have it slip out. The switches are positive and decently placed. The light sockets are ceramic and should withstand heat. I have heard complaints about the foam grip on the handle, but mine appears to be improved in that respect, as it does not slip. Now for the bad. Out of the box one of the light sockets was missing a mounting screw and the other was also loose. Screws in other sockets were loose too. Obviously a quality control issue. The thumbscrew for mounting an umbrella, softbox, and the stand mount appear to thread directly into the plastic. The result of this is that the softbox threads have begun to strip. I am quite concerned that the plastic light stand mount will some day strip. One of the on/off switches stopped working, stuck on. Rocking it back and forth got it working again, but for how long? I have some comments about the softbox, which works, but I question the lack of vents. I will cover that in a separate review. Overall I do like the flora design quite a lot. It kicks out an amazing amount of light for such a compact unit, and being able to use it with my 60 inch Softlighter is great! For the money (or anywhere near this price) there isn't anything that comes close in terms of functionality and portability. I just wish they would beef it up for more serious users. My wish list in order of importance is this... 1) Beef it up for serious use. 2) Better Quality Control. 3) Socket for power cord. 4) Would be very cool if it could mount conventional softboxes. I'm not sure if the size would allow this, but mounting my large Photoflex box would be very cool indeed.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
3.0

Looks good but there are shortcomings

By

from Illinois  -  Casual Photographer

I use this as a portrait light, for product photography, and for video productions. The great thing about this light is that it is super cheap, and it works after a bit of tweaking. It provided 3 safety bulbs. And the light output is OK enough. The bad thing about this is that initially I had 2 light sockets (out of 6) failed to work. After 5 minutes of inspection, I had to use a screw driver to tweak the metal connection in the socket which connect to the light bulb. Finally got it to work. The light is some what weak. I tried with 6 100w light bulb (the cheap energy saving, day light color lights from home depot). This one light is just enough, and needed 2nd one to add extra lighting. But overall, I think it is worth the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Makes a lot of soft light

By

from Detroit MI  -  Pro Photographer

Arrived yesterday & used on location for a standing talking torso. Build quality looks very good. Although I am used to a heaver build on the angle clamp, which looked and felt very light plastic, the body has some heft and does not feel plastic. The body is made of nylon and is supposed to very tough and heat resistant. I used this with 6 85w CFLs and a 60" umbrella. The 6 enormous CFLs almost look comical in the unit. Like a space alien. But the laughing stops when you see the light produced. The 60" umbrella, white satin with a removable black rear (not silvered) gave a beautiful soft and bright light that filled a very large area. I shot about f5.6 @1/30 with ISO 100 on a 5DMkii. I used a Flashpoint medium sized single CFL soft box as a fill, and a Flashpoint 4 CFL bowl reflector as a kicker. The soft box shielded the camera from the kicker. I had no heat problems over 45 minutes of shooting and the bulbs cooled quickly enough that there was virtually no waiting period after shooting to disassemble. The kelvin was a little cool on the flesh tone but I think I can warm it up a little in post. I'm so used to shooting RAW stills that I sort of neglect to color balance on video (there is no white balance in RAW). This setup would also be great for shooting fashion or ADHD kids if you are willing to turn up the ISO to 800 or so to get a fast shutter. The big advantage I see of this is no flash recycle time. You can shoot as fast as your camera will allow under this light. The disadvantage is how to go on location with the six giant CFL bulbs. For my first shoot I used the individual cardboard boxes with the styrofoam inserts and filled a good sized corrugated box. However, I have on order a six-bulb divided soft carrying case specially for these large bulbs. That will save a lot of time on location over boxing and unboxing the individual bulbs. Five stars! if the angle clamp was as beefy as the rest of the unit

 
2.0

Save your money

By

from Santa Monica CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This light is very fragile. The first Linco Flora I orderd arrived damaged, so I returned it for another. The second one was great for 3 days, and when I went to turn it off the on/off switch came off in my hand, and I was unable to get it to work again. Too bad, because it's a great idea, and the soft box is super easy to use. I say save your money and buy a Spiderlite. It costs a lot more but seems to be solidly built.

 
5.0

Good

By

from torrance, ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

nice, easy to install

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A great concept, flawed implementation

By

from Lynnwood, WA  -  Pro Photographer

After reading several reviews I bought the Linco Flora, mainly for video. At first it appeared to be a reasonably well made device, but having used it a couple of times I now have some reservations. My primary complaint is simply the cheapness of it. A few minor upgrades would go a long way, as it is otherwise a very cool product. More on all that later. The good is that it is a cleaver design and it really works well. The size is about as compact as possible given that it holds rather large CFL bulbs. I bought 85W JTL bulbs and they just barely fit. They rub each other slightly at the base, but do not stress the sockets too much. I suggest that a slightly smaller base would be better. Even with six lights installed the overall weight is not too bad. The swivel seems strong enough and I don't have to over tighten to prevent drooping. I like the flora design and mounting an umbrella is easy and works well. Mounting the flora softbox is easy too, though it is easy to think it is properly mounted and later have it slip out. The switches are positive and decently placed. The light sockets are ceramic and should withstand heat. I have heard complaints about the foam grip on the handle, but mine appears to be improved in that respect, as it does not slip. Now for the bad. Out of the box one of the light sockets was missing a mounting screw and the other was also loose. Screws in other sockets were loose too. Obviously a quality control issue. The thumbscrew for mounting an umbrella, softbox, and the stand mount appear to thread directly into the plastic. The result of this is that the softbox threads have begun to strip. I am quite concerned that the plastic light stand mount will some day strip. One of the on/off switches stopped working, stuck on. Rocking it back and forth got it working again, but for how long? I have some comments about the softbox, which works, but I question the lack of vents. I will cover that in a separate review. Overall I do like the flora design quite a lot. It kicks out an amazing amount of light for such a compact unit, and being able to use it with my 60 inch Softlighter is great! For the money (or anywhere near this price) there isn't anything that comes close in terms of functionality and portability. I just wish they would beef it up for more serious users. My wish list in order of importance is this... 1) Beef it up for serious use. 2) Better Quality Control. 3) Socket for power cord. 4) Would be very cool if it could mount conventional softboxes. I'm not sure if the size would allow this, but mounting my large Photoflex box would be very cool indeed.

 
5.0

Solid construction and excellent enginee

By

from Minneapolis, MN  -  Pro Photographer

Sorry Folks, *I myself* am the reason for Adorama being temporarily out of stock since I bought the last head unit. I just received it in the mail along with all of the accompanying softbox, stand and bulbs and I've got to admit, the quality of the construction is superior to what I anticipated for this price range. I searched high and low all over the internet for months for less "overpriced brand name" softlight setups with absolutely no consumer feedback on this product since it was so new to the market. I decided to take the leap and invest my hard earned $$ in this product, and MAN, am I pleased with the construction build, light weight durability and gorgeous perfect daylight balanced light that glows on human skin and chromokey work. As a professional L.A. film cinematography vet who has worked on numerous tv sitcoms, network specials and countless national spots, I am looking forward to testing out this light with an already elaborate personal grip setup of HMI's, fresnels, nooks and cyc's and run some film through my Arri 435BL rig to test for balances. So far.....my light meter is beautifully resting at a perfect 5400K without any silks, scrims or gels. This light will soon go up in value once its popularity takes off, so the time to order is NOW!

 
5.0

Very nice Light Bank

By

from Tampa Bay, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have seen this product from online source, don't remember the site, but decided to purchase it to try it out, realize this is one of the best deal you can get for continuous lighting on the market.

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Shopper  Can you use this with a wescott apollo 50 or orb43" ?
WARREN S  It has a hole for mounting an umbrella shaft and that's all, no other mounting possibilities that I can see!
Shopper  Hi, can u use any kind of bulb for this units? Like for an example, the 6 pack of energy saving bulbs that u can normally buy at the local hardware store? Thx.
WARREN S  Yes you can, but you will likely not get the light output you need. The rule of lighting I have learned the hard way is this: You can never have too much light available. You can shut-off, unscrew, diffuse, bounce, or redirect to decrease light, but if you start out too low, you are toast. Department store lamps will not have the correct color temperature, will not be consistent, nor will they have the wattage required. Buy the photographic lamps, buy the higher wattages, and buy all the same model at the same time, you will not be sorry. Higher power, diffused down, always get the best results. It cost me hundreds of wasted $ to learn that lesson.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
WARREN S  Power, plain & simple. It works great and is a great value.
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