Airbox Lights Review
Back at NAB I picked up a couple of Aibox Lights (airboxlights.com) right off the show floor. I wrote about these inflatable soft boxes during my coverage of the show (widenmedia.com), but I finally got around to properly testing them out. Overall I was really happy with how they performed.
What initially drew me to the Airbox Lights is that they are specifically built for LED lights; making them the perfect accent for my Ikan IFB-1024 lights. I’m tailoring my light kit to work more free-form/ run-and-gun and having softboxes that deflate and pack down flat makes them perfect for my kit.
The boxes themselves have straps that tighten them to the light. Attaching the Airbox Lights is quick and simple, meaning quicker setup overall.They also feature a sleeve on the front panel for sliding in gels. Airbox Lights also offers an egg crate (which I haven’t used/bought) that velcros right onto the boxes.
The hardest part about using them is that I had to completely remove the barn doors from the 1024’s. This was the only major downside that I found in using the Airbox Lights. Because I’m moving to a quicker style of lighting setup having to remove the barn doors when I want to use the boxes becomes tedious.
In testing the Airbox Lights I found that at 100% intensity the diffusion cuts down about a stop to a stop and a half of light. And they do a great job at softening the light and evening out the light.
Check out my video review here:
After the video was posted it was pointed out to me that the Airbox Lights aren’t any better than using straight diffusion. I haven’t done any tests to compare the two, but what I noticed from the Airbox Lights is that the light is dispersed in a wider pattern than the diffusion that comes with the IFB-1024. I’ll work on getting a video done to comparethe two.
If you’re in the market for a great way to cut down on the harshness of LED lights, then the Airbox Lights are a solid solution. The Model 1×1 fall in under $100, making them super comparable to other LED softboxes at higher prices. For more information about the Airbox Lights visit airboxlights.com and follow them on twitter (@airboxlights).
Airbox Lights Review