Softbox Contest Entry

This DIY strip light is my entry for the softbox contest.


Full dislosure: this design is not fully my own. I first saw a "SaberStrip" being used by the crazy guys over at lightenupandshoot dot net.


The original is at saberstrip dot com.



It got me to thinking I could make a SabreStrip myself. The materials and excecution of this build are all my own.


Following is a description of my DIY SabreStrip as entry for the softbox contest.



  • Eric Adeleye 4y

    Excellent work.
  • Michael Sheehan 4y

    I still prefer the original SaberStrips as their tube material is lighter AND stronger. Their white sail cloth material covering is VERY durable, and their inside reflector is specially designed for even light distribution. Worth every nickel! They look very professional too.
  • Shelagh Howard 4y

    Yes, but since they are currently only available in the U.S., it's good to know how to build a replica.
  • Bjorn Moller 4y

  • Ismail Nathij Ahmed 4y

    fantastic work.
    i'm thinking a low pressure PVC pipe could be used instead of the flooring tube - but cutting of the rectangular area would be a challenge though.

    anyhow, i really like this.
    thanks for posting :)
  • Ismail Nathij Ahmed 4y

    one more question.
    what did u use to line the inside of the tube? did u leave it as it is?
  • Lyle Ball 4y

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    Granted it's not as slick as the original but it does the job.

    I posted a photo of the test I did of the light distribution. It spreads a lot more than I thought it would. I intend to add a grid or barn door-type wings to limit the light spread.

    I lined it with previously crumpled tin foil. I spread glue throughout the inside and applied the tin foil evenly. It doesn't need to be durable, just needs to reflect the light.

    The last photo has what I found to be the best flash settings.
  • Lyle Ball 4y

    A couple improvements for v.1.2, that I implemented on V1.0 as well:

    I changed the paint I use. I tried automotive Rocker Guard hoping for a tougher and rubberized finish. It certainly is a lot tougher so doesn't chip or peel but it doesn't have the rubberized feel I had hoped for. It is texturized though, which helps with the appearance.

    Also, I had some cotton sheet material cut and sewn to size with velcro added to the edges. So I can now stretch the fabric nice and tight over the opening. Also, it stands up well to location changes and being moved about.
  • Sakari Nylund 4y

    Hi, have you found these being useful light modifiers? I think I'll build one of these too.
  • James Stanworth 3y

    Michael Sheehan I don't this this is meant to compete against the original! Seems like you haven't quite got the idea of this competition.
  • Ralph Oechsle 1y

    great work, very well done !!!
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