Softbox doesn't seem powerful enough

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billthemountain Junior Member • Posts: 27
Softbox doesn't seem powerful enough

Hi all, a question I've been meaning to ask...

I own a softbox light rig which I bought off someone on Craigslist.  The light has 5 45w bulbs (that came with the rig) that I can independently turn on and off.

However, in using it for a portrait as a single source, I was surprised how dark it still was (even with all the bulbs turned on).  I had to really turn up my ISO which I'd rather avoid.

So my question - is 45w what you'd expect in a rig like this?  Would you recommend I invest in higher watt bulbs?

Thanks all for your help and patience while I try to learn lighting

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