TD5 stands for Tungsten/Daylight - 5 lamps. You can insert up to 5 lamps into this one fixture using a standard E26 or common household base. What this light offers is the ability to run either five -150 watt (3200 Kelvin) Halogen lamps or five - 23 watt (5500 Kelvin) Fluorescent lamps.
This unit allows you to quickly change not only your color temperature but your environment temperature as well. There are 3 separate controls on this unit, one which pairs your top and bottom lamp, one which pairs your right and left lamp and one for your center lamp.
You can run any combination of lamps all with no shift to color temperature by simply turning on and off multiple switches. This allows the end user to set up lighting ratios when using multiple heads on one set.
The body is also constructed of solid metal as well as direct attachment points for a soft box onto the Spiderlite TD5. Both Spiderlite units offer a handle and may be easily turned to change position of a soft box from horizontal to vertical.
Reviewed by 3 customers
VERY POWERFUL AND FLEXIBLE.
I bought this as my first external video light. I wanted to use it for interviews. Being a still photographer, I have an assortment of softboxes, and this was the only fixture I could find that would use those boxes without having to invest in more adapter rings. The unit is well made, but overpriced for what it is. Just five light light sockets and three switches, and almost [$]. It is worth $100, tops. I was extremely disappointed in the little amount of light five of these 26 watt bulbs put out. Insanely dim. Additionally, there is no reflector you can put on this unit to focus the light.If you want to use the CFL bulbs, look at the Interfit Photographic line. For half the price, you get much more bang for your buck. Durability may not be as strong, and they can't use halogen, but the value is much greater, I feel.
it is easy to use my first time using flourscent lighting I like it because you see what you get.