Cheap lighting setup for YouTube under $100

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Cheap lighting setup for YouTube under $100

I am in the process of setting up my home YouTube studio and just purchased my lights. If you have read some of my previous posts you will know I chose to rent my camera for the studio and ended up picking the Canon 70D. When it came to lighting I thought I would probably end up renting as well but wanted to see how buying a cheap lighting set-up compared first.

I was fortunate to be able to borrow some lights from our office and take them home to test in my studio. These were some basic softboxes purchased from eBay a number of years ago. I set them up in the studio and was so impressed with the quality of the lighting that I decided to see if I could find something similar online to see the pricing. I also did a quick comparison and found that renting a similar kit would be about $40 per month.

A lot of the US based YouTubers buy their equipment on Amazon but when I looked at the options and compared them to eBay it was more cost effective to shop on eBay especially for shipping. I ended up finding the below listing and was impressed by the price, seller feedback, purchase history and free shipping. The final price was AU$73.99 and so this made a lot more sense than renting. This wasn’t a big investment so I decided to take a chance and purchased them. Below is an in-depth description of the lights:

2875W Photography Studio Continous Lighting Boom Arm Light Softbox Stand Kit AU

Product Description:

The 2875 Watt Digital Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit/Boom Set is used in the studio to provide any form of lighting above the subject. This product is particularly effective as a hair light or back light, which breaks up the subject from the background. This kit is ideal for all level photographers. The softboxes gently focus the light, providing soft, very forgiving, shadow free illumination that makes even a beginner look like a pro photographer, videographer or filmmaker.

Specification:

  • 210cm Tall Quality Studio Light Stand:
    • Versatile, Hardworking & Lightweight
    • Black anodized aluminium
    • Max Height: 210cm , Min Height: 78cm
    • Compact height: 70cm
    • Tripod base width: 0.3m-0.7m
    • Stable & Quick Setup
  • Pro Photography Daylight Studio Bulbs:
    • 55 watt fluorescent light bulb = 275 watt Incandescent light bulbs,
    • 135 watt fluorescent light bulb = 675 watt Incandescent light bulbs, colour temperature
    • 5500K, total output is 2875w watt.
    • These high-output daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs are ideally suited for digital photography.
    • They also have very low heat so they don’t get hot like the more common photo bulb choices.
  • High Quality Ceramic 4 Head Bulbs Holder Light Socket:
    • Material: Porcelain
    • Operate 4 Bulbs separately to control light stream using 2 On/Off switch buttons located on the back
    • The head acts as a speedring for the dedicated softbox
    • Soften light intense through internal white cover and softbox
    • Built-in control handle to protect you from hot light body during operation
    • Operated with 4 Day-light Studio Light Bulbs (each holder – Total 4 Bulbs)
    • Work with 220V
  • STUDIO Ultimate Soften Light Soft Box:
    • Made of high-quality nylon
    • Size: 50cm x70cm softbox (W x H)
    • Ultimate soften light stream and remove shadow to make perfect shooting
    • Color: Black/Silver (Out/In)
      • Silver Internal Face: Minimize Light Loss & Maximize Light Spread
      • 2 Levels Light Control Available
      • 1. Soft Box Only
      • 2. Soft Box + External White Cover
    • It connects to the speed ring that is built into the light head
    • External Snow White Cover
    • Cover front softbox and spread light out evenly
    • Assembled by Easy Set-up Velcro
    • Made of premium Nylon
    • Rectangle Quick Setup Softbox with AC Socket
    • Made of high-quality nylon
    • Quick set-up design makes shooting a breeze
    • Size: 50cm x 70cm large softbox
    • Ultimate soften light stream and remove shadow to make perfect shooting
    • Code & AU Plug included
    • Color: Black/Silver (Out/In)
      • Silver Internal Face: Minimize Light Loss & Maximize Light Spread
    • 2 Levels Light Control Available
      • 1. Soft Box Only
      • 2. Soft Box + External White Cover
  • Boom Kit:
    • Solid quick release lever, fully adjustable
    • Boom arm adjustable from 76cm to 145cm
    • Adjustable 90cm- 223cm premium thick light stand
    • 1 x Studio Exclusive Premium Carrying Case:
    • Heavy duty carrying case for the photo studio softbox light kit.
      • Durability: Made of high-quality material.
      • Durable Premium 600D Oxford Nylon.
      • Heavy Duty Support up to 80 lbs.
      • Reinforced Seams.
      • Water Resistant.
      • Portable and convenient to anywhere.
  • Package Includes:
    • Three (3) Top Quality Light Stands
    • Two (2) 20″×28″ Softboxes
    • One (1) 20″×28″ EZ Softbox
    • Two (2) Premium Light Sockets
    • Two (2) Power Cords
    • Eight (8) 55 Watt 5500K Compact Fluorescent Daylight Balanced Photo Bulbs
    • One (1) 135 Watt 5500K Compact Fluorescent Daylight Balanced Photo Bulbs
    • One (1) Boom Arm
    • One (1) Carrying Case (FREE)

I ordered them on a Thursday and they were delivered on the following Monday. When I unpacked the lights I found that one of the light bulbs was arrived broken. I contacted the company the same day and within a couple of hours they had responded saying they would send a replacement. They ended up sending out two extra light bulbs and they arrived within a couple of days. Overall I was extremely happy with the quality of the product and service from the seller.

The only negative was that there were no instructions so it was a bit of a struggle putting the softboxes together but once I had worked it out it was pretty quick. I am going to be doing a demonstration video on how to set-up the lights. To get notified when that video comes out consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.

So if you are just starting our in YouTube and looking for some cost-effective lights definitely consider this set-up and purchasing from eBay. This is the seller I purchased from but there are a lot of similar kits like this available.

About the Author:

Hi! I am Elyse, a 29 year old Entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia who is video obsessed! My family has always loved filming videos and recording memories. It all started with my Grandfather who was an early-adopter of the video camera. With video becoming so popular I have decided to turn learn as much as I can about this booming industry and share my knowledge along the way on this blog.

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