What is a good basic lighting kit?

I am interested in purchasing lighting for a home studio, but I don’t know where to begin. Basic lighting, an umbrella? a soft box? slaves? I am looking in the $500-$1000 range and just need some advice on the “must haves” or basics. I use a dedicated flash now and bounce light off the ceiling and that works pretty well, but not perfect whites with my white backdrop. I just need a little extra light, but don’t know what would be best. Please help!


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