For several years, I have with delight followed the development in LED lights, as it has been quite clear, that good things were on their way. In november 2016, I finally took the leap, and went for a 100% LED setup for my small portrait studio, that so far had been equipped with a bunch of Elinchrom lights. The product(s) that I found covered my needs without emptying my wallet completely, was the Boling LED Panel Lights.
I stumbled upon the Bolings in a local photo lighting store, and after doing a bit more research about them and similar products, I went and got two 2280P and three 2250P. (“80” is for 80cm long and “50” is 50mm long. There is also a smaller one: 2220 at 20cm.) The P marks the daylight model (5600K). There are also color variable versions called PB. These will probably appeal to the video people, but I went for the P.
The basic idea was to make a Peter-Hurley-ish setup, making a rectangle with the 2280’s as sides and the 2250’s as top and bottom. The third 2250 was for lighting my background. I will talk much more about this setup in my next blog post, and focus on reviewing the Boling lights in present post.
They come very well packed, and they are shipped inside their padded nylon carrying bag which is inside a cardboard box. The carrying bags seem very nice, and will come in handy whenever transport is needed.
You get the panel itself, the mounting bracket, the power supply, plus a white diffusion panel and a CTO (orange) diffusion panel. I also got the softboxes, and they come with their own bag and (ta-dah!) grid. (BTW what´s up with the prices the brand names want for their grids? Are they perhaps sewn by Savile Row taylors? 😀 )