A well-designed photography light box is an essential tool for high-quality product photography, whether you are a professional or amateur photographer. Here, we will take a look at and review one of the best photography light boxes out there, the Havox Photo Studio.
The Havox Photo Studio light box collection is a mid-range photography light box range but comes with a ton of handy features for product photography. The price tag, design and features makes this a suitable choice for frequent use at a home studio.
Features and Specs of the Havox Photo Studio
The Havox Photo Studio is an enclosed photography light box that you can assemble together in about 15 minutes. It does come with a custom nylon carry bag but given the assembly time, users prefer to keep it already built in their studio space.
|Light Type||Dimmable SMD LED|
|No. of Lights||120 LEDs|
|Color Temperature||5500 Kelvins (near daylight color)|
|Brightness||13,000 Lumens – 26,000 Lumens (depending on size)|
|CRi (Color Rendering index)||93 (!) (learn more about CRi here)|
|Power Supply||72W AC/DC|
The Havox light box is available in 6 different sizes, which are:
- Havox HPB-40XD – 16 x 16 x 16 inches
- Havox HPB-60XD 24 x 24 x 24 inches
- Havox HPB-80XD – 32 x 32 x 32 inches
- Havox HPB-160 – 47 x 32 x 62 inches
- Havox HPB-200 – 47 x 32 x 78 inches.
There are 6 different sizes to choose from and on the 3 smallest versions, opening the entire front flap of the box gives you the widest access. The other option is to only use one of the 3 smaller openings to shoot from.
There are 2 smaller openings in the front flap which you can use for a front angle from above or from below. The third small opening is found in the top flap which you can use for top-down shots.
One of the best features of the Havox Photo Studio is its lighting. This photography light box provides you with very bright light of 5500 Kelvins and 12,500 – 13,000 lumens. Learn more about LED color temperatures here.
Even more impressive is its CRi of 93. The combination of the lighting source and CRi ensures that the coloring of your objects are excellent.
The combination of the background and the strong bright lights could create some reflection or glare. To avoid this, use the provided overhead diffuser which can be raised and lowered.
You can also switch out the background color with the provided backdrops. You can choose between a white, black and orange background for your subjects.
What Is Included in the Havox Photo Studio?
Once you’ve gotten your hands on the photo studio kit, you will find included in the box:
- 4 dimmable SMD LED light bars
- A diffuser
- The required cables
- The outer lining and 3 different backdrop colors
- The metal poles to build the exterior skeleton with
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How Good Is the Lighting?
In terms of lighting source, the Havox Photo Studio gives you bang for your buck. The kit comes with 4 SMD LED light bars giving off a near to daylight color temperature of 5500 Kelvins and a luminous flux between 12,500 – 13,000 or up to 26,000 on the large models.
Each individual LED is dimmable which gives you a lot of play with the lighting. You also don’t have to worry about any flickering, even when the light is dimmed.
Each of the 4 SMD LED bars in the box can be moved along the sides and top of the light box. This is useful when you want to change the angle of the lighting source.
The coloring of your photos will be accurate given the CRi of 93. This is a much higher CRi compared to halogen or fluorescent lighting.
So, this photography light box has the technical specs to produce great lighting for quality photos. However, you will only be able to achieve the best results if you are using an appropriate camera, as well.
If you are shooting products using the camera on a cellphone or low-end digital camera, then this will be reflected in the pictures. Using such cameras can result in blurriness, dust spots and glare.
Rating the Ease of Use and Functionality
The Havox Photo Studio is very easy to use, even for amateur photographers. The company has even included a detailed manual to guide you through the assembly and how to get the best results using this photography lighting box.
Putting together the photography light box will take around 15 minutes. It is not a difficult process but it does take longer compared to some other photography light box models. If you do need a truly portable photography light box, it might be worth checking out our Foldio 3 light box review before you decide to buy.
For this reason, it is better kept assembled at a studio or elsewhere at home.
Once you’ve assembled the box, getting the right angles and lighting is reasonably straightforward. You can also check the manual for tips when you are new to using a light box.
There is a functional issue with the Havox Photo Studio. The light diffuser is placed above which can block out your shooting angle from the top.
Although there is an opening in the middle of the diffuser, depending on your camera, this opening might not be sufficient for top-down shots. So, if you find that you need the diffuser, then you have to limit yourself to front angles.
Havox Light Box Review Summary
Overall, the Havox Photo Studio is an easy to use photography light box with impressive lighting specs. It is a great tool for amateur – mid range photographers and online sellers that want to increase their product photography game.
Installing the photography light box is relatively easy and you can keep the disassembled parts in the provided nylon bag. However, if you’ll be mainly using it at home or at the same studio, you can save yourself a few minutes by storing it already assembled.
Choose the Havox Photo Studio if you need an affordable photography light box with amazing lighting specs. And if these aren’t quite big enough for what you need, you might be better off looking at photography studio umbrella lights instead.
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