In 1994 Lighttools® founder Stephen Pilby invented Soft Egg Crates® to give DP's an unprecedented level of soft light control with his patented construction of interlocking cloth strips that form light blocking cells. Lighttools continues to light the way through innovation, by inventing the Stretch Frame® to eliminate sag that can occur with the largest light banks. We have also created a truly revolutionary Soft Egg Crate, CUfocus®, the worlds' first, close-up soft light tool.

Lighttools Soft Egg Crates come in a variety of cell sizes each with dramatically different effects. They will fit softboxes as well as butterfly and overhead frames from most manufacturers. If you can"e;t get the perfect light from the 400+ configurations of Soft Egg Crates we manufacture, we will custom build to your exact specifications. Lighttools is at the forefront of soft light control. With original and CUfocus Soft Egg Crates, we offer a uniquely different way of shaping light.


Our original design has been copied but there is no match for our extensive range of products and impeccable quality. The collapsible, lightweight Soft Egg Crates are manufactured in North America by skilled technicians using superior-quality fabric that is exclusive to Lighttools. Backed by the best warranty in the business, our quality management ensures that only perfect products are sold. (6 year warranty on all Lighttools products). When the industry speaks, Lighttools listens. Lighttools understood there was a need for a close up soft light tool and made this a reality. With the addition of CUfocus, we are the only company to offer full source illumination with controlled light blocking. Achieve the perfect soft lighting for any scene, with Lighttools.