The main difference between LED light panels and soft-box lighting is the level of light diffusion each method provides. Soft-boxes are entirely constructed around the concept of light diffusion which is seen in its design concept. On the other hand, LED lights create bright hard lights that need to be softened by an external diffuser.
There are many ways to diffuse your LED panel light to create different lighting effects. It is common to see fabric, acrylic, and silicone diffusers used with panel lights. Using a cloth fabric or “flag” to diffuse your LED light panel is an effective way to soften light. This method can also be easily adjusted for different lighting outcomes. If you wanted to lessen the intensity and increase the area of the diffused light you can do so by simply moving the light source away from the flag.