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When you’re starting as a streamer, it is important to buy a high-quality webcam. You need a camera capable of taking good HD footage to come across as a professional.
This isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. The lighting in the room is going to be equally as important.
Even the best camera won’t get good footage if you don’t have the right lighting in the room. Thus, many streamers decide to buy simple ring lights to get started.
These ring lights are relatively inexpensive and do the job of lighting up your face and room for the camera. And they create a nice catch ring reflection in your eyes.
Keep reading about the seven best ring lights for streaming and gamers.
1. Neewer Ring Light Kit
The Neewer Ring Light Kit (link to Amazon) is one of the most popular options on the market. This is a very simple light that is easy to set up for those new to streaming.
It’s an 18” light with a 55W 5500K LED light that can easily be dimmed. If you want to change the color temperature from daylight to tungsten (a warmer candlelight color), you can do so with the included orange plastic covers.
It also comes with a light stand to get set up wherever you need to position it.
Many people starting out doing YouTube videos or TikTok videos end up buying this ring light kit. It’s affordable and gives you everything you need to light your room.
This ring light is great for streaming and gaming, but I wouldn’t recommend it for something like beauty shots or fashion photography because of the color accuracy (those types of jobs require high-end equipment with a high CRI value)
But this is one of the best affordable ring lights for streaming games or shooting videos for YouTube channels.
2. Nanlite Halo 14-Inch Dimmable Bicolor LED Ring Light
Another great option for those just starting with streaming and vlogging comes from Nanlite (link to Amazon). This company produces a very affordable and easy-to-figure-out ring light with the options you need. And they’ve been making a splash in the video and vlogging industry recently because of their high-quality, affordable video lights.
This light is smaller than the 18-inch light mentioned above, which is great when you don’t have a lot of space available in your room. However, the light will not be as soft as the larger lights, so if you’re a beauty or fashion YouTuber, you should get the larger (but also more expensive 18″) to get soft skin tones.
But it’ll provide ample lighting for streaming and even making videos.
Adjusting this light is very intuitive as well, and you can easily tilt the light, so you can get the perfect lighting angles for live streaming or even producing a vlog.
It’s also easy to dim the light when needed, and you can change the color temperature from daylight to a warm tungsten color without adding plastic covers, as you have with the Neewer mentioned above. And the color accuracy is great, so your skin tones will look perfect (the CRI is around 95 out of 100!)
If you need to, you can add a smartphone (or the included mirror) in the center and power the smartphone from this light.
If you need great budget-friendly ring light, this is a great choice.
3. YingnuoST 10-Inch Ring Light
Perhaps you need a rather small ring light that you can use for live streaming. If that’s the case, the YingsuoST 10-inch ring light (link to Amazon) will fit the bill.
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This is even smaller than the Nanlite offering mentioned above, but it’s a great value. Anyone living in a small apartment knows that space is premium.
Having a small ring light like this that still offers good customizable lighting will be fantastic. Fx because this is an RGB light, you can set different colors when trying to convey a particular mood. You can even create flashy effects.
However, it doesn’t have as good color accuracy as the Nanlite above (CRI only around 90). So I wouldn’t recommend this for beauty or fashion vloggers.
Adjusting the light is simple, and you will find it works well. And it comes with everything you need right out of the box, including remote control, smartphone holder, and light stand.
Overall, you’ll love this light if you need something on the small side while still offering great lighting.
4. MACTREM 22-Inch Ring Light
MACTREM is a company that makes great professional-quality ring lights for consumers who are getting into live streaming.
The MACTREM 22-inch ring light (link to Amazon) is the largest light that has appeared on the list, and it truly gives you the brightness you would expect. Anyone who wants the clearest lighting while live streaming will appreciate this ring light.
And the big size gives you nice soft-looking skin tones. It even has a decent color accuracy of around 90 CRI.
You can adjust this light’s brightness and color temperature to a fine degree.
The light also comes with a convenient remote control that allows you to adjust things at a distance.
The tripod that this ring light comes with is very sturdy. It can bear up to 18 pounds and should be suitable for other ring lights, smartphones, and cameras.
All in all, the MACTREM is a great ring light for those looking for lots of light. And it doesn’t cost too much, considering everything you’re getting.
5. AIXPI 10-Inch Ring Light
Here is another 10-inch ring light option for those who need a light that’s a bit smaller and inexpensive. It comes with a table tripod, so it’s a great option for those who don’t have the space for a big light stand on the floor.
This is popular among YouTube content creators doing hair and makeup tutorial videos. To be honest, I don’t know why because the color accuracy isn’t great (only around 83 CRI), which is not what you want if skin tones and make-up color are important.
But for streaming video games, it works quite well when you’re first starting.
It’s a fairly simple ring light but offers three light modes and ten brightness levels.
The phone holder that it comes with is universal and works nicely. It has USB ports that can be used with multiple devices as well.
It should work out great for beginners who need small lights that don’t cost a lot of cash.
6. GVM Bi-Color LED Ring Light
This 18-inch bi-color ring light (link to Amazon) from GVM will suit your needs for live streaming. It offers everything that you need to get started.
It comes with an adjustable stand that will prove to be rather sturdy. It has an adjustable color temperature between 3,200 K and 5,600 K. The color accuracy is good at CRI, around 97 out of 100, so your skin will look natural and soft.
The lighting quality is truly very good for the price that you’ll be paying. This should be a solid choice for anyone starting with live streaming.
It’s also a viable lighting option for video content creation. This is a good light made by a company that puts quality at the forefront.
7. Lume Cube 18 Inch Bi-Color LED Ring Light
The Lume Cube bi-color LED ring light is among the best overall picks for a ring light.
You can get this in an 18-inch kit with everything you’ll need to light your live streams.
A bigger light will give you the bold and powerful lighting you’re looking for. For those with smaller rooms, this might not be as practical.
One excellent thing about this ring light is that it is completely dimmable from 0% to 100%. It also has an adjustable color temperature that ranges from 3,200 to 5,600 k.
It’ll allow you to get accurate color (CRI around 97 out of 100!) for your live streams, and it works great for shooting videos and selfies.
You can also take it with you as it can run on batteries (two NP-F750 come included) and AC power.
You’ll have to pay a bit more cash to get this light than for many other options on this list.
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I hope that you’ve found this guide useful and that it’ll be easier to choose the right option.
What you’ll want to buy will likely depend on various factors.
How much space do you have in the room where you’ll be live streaming? What types of features are you expecting the ring light to have?
Do you want the ring light to be affordable, or are you willing to spend a little more cash? What is your streaming channel about?
If skin tones and color accuracy are important, you should go with a ring light of less than 18″ and color accuracy of less than 90 CRI.
Lighting matters when you’re trying to gain traction as a live streamer, and these ring lights can help you present yourself in the best way to gain followers.
Check out all seven of the options above and then decide which one makes the most sense. You’ll be able to get started with live streaming, and everything will look great.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.