One thing you might want to consider how repairable they are. Some stands are riveted together while some use stand nuts and bolts available from hardware stores. Mathews and Manfrottos are pretty repairable. Don't waste your money on cheap stands. Good light stands will last a lifetime. The last consideration is if you want to use grip equipment with your light stands. I have Mathews and Colortran stands that will allow me to use 40" gobo arms and use lights as well as flags and scrims. You might have to buy adaptors for your lights though.