Selfie lights are quite useful during a video conference, taking videos, or a selfie spree. With the necessary brightness, the videos come out better. The best part is that stand-alone selfie lights are inexpensive and provide a good degree of illumination. At the same time, their small and compact nature means they can be carried in your pocket, and their versatility means that they can be used on both laptops and mobiles.
More importantly, they are useful in various scenarios, whether it's an interesting webinar or a fun Instagram reel.
If you are looking for a selfie light for your smartphone and laptop, here are some of our recommendations.
Rotolight's LED ring is a simple yet clever arrangement and comes in handy if you attend most of your online meetings from your phone. It's a small tripod with the phone holder and the LED light ring, thereby letting you shoot with ease. The phone holder is adjustable, and as long as you are not using a humongous phone, you should be fine.
The company also ships a couple of filters and diffusers to get a soft glow. Three AA batteries power this light. And a fully charged battery set should give you around 4 hours of light. Since the battery life is a little shorter, it would make sense to get hold of rechargeable batteries and a charger.
So far, it has attracted a decent number of reviews. Both the light and the phone balance well. Plus, the LED ring provides a decent amount of light both for calls and taking videos. The only downside is that you can rotate tthe holder to portrait mode.
The Cyezcor light makes for a good choice if you are looking for a simple clip-on LED light for your laptop. It's small and compact, which makes it apt for Zoom and Skype video calls. More importantly, the clamp at the light base is slim enough and is not likely to damage your laptop's screen.
It has a few added perks as well, and you can change the color temperature as per your preference.
This selfie light works as advertised and provides adequate lighting. It draws its power from the laptop via the in-box USB cable. The power cord is long and gives you the flexibility to route it as per your liking.
But at the end of the day, this one is designed for laptops and monitors and might not have the same impression on smartphones. On the upside, the clamp opens around 1.35-inches which makes it apt for slightly older monitors.
The Whellen selfie ring light brings the best of both worlds. This light is affordable and comes with a handy clip, making it perfect for mobiles and laptops. It's small and portable. You can switch between three degrees of color temperature. For the price, the brightness is apt and can power you through webinars and online Zoom meetings with ease.
The Whellen selfie light uses a USB cable to power itself. Since it's an inexpensive product, it has a few shortcomings. First off, the USB cable is short, and the battery life is just an hour long. On the upside, you can use it on a laptop by keeping it plugged in.
However, do consider the point that it's not the most durable product out there.
Another selfie light that works well for both laptops and mobile phones is the one by Qiaya. It has a similar design to the one above. Here too, the bottom half clips to the top of the phone or laptop. One of the most talked-about aspects of this light is its brightness. Its size (and price) gets very bright, and several users have backed this point.
However, the brightness also has a slight disadvantage. For instance, if you have the habit of working in a dark environment, the bright light may be a tad uncomfortable. On the upside, it provides ample light for photos and videos.
Naturally, it shares quite a few traits above, such as USB charging and short battery life. But considering that you can carry this gadget in your pocket, the battery is a compromise we are willing to make.
Another light that provides great illumination for online video meetings and selfies is the Auxiwa clip-on selfie ring light. It's almost in the same price bracket as the ones above. One of the features which separate it from the rest is the small padding at the back. Naturally, this padding ensures fewer scratches and scuff marks on laptops and smartphones. The lighting is adequate, and the good thing is that it works even when plugged into a power source.
It shares a similar predicament, though. On a single charge, the battery lasts an hour barely.
Nevertheless, it has received a fair amount of positive reviews from its user base for its brightness and easy-to-use nature. Again, it's not durable and is not the one for you if you look for something long-term.
If you spend the majority of your time in video meetings, you can have a look at the Razer Kiyo webcam. This unique webcam has a string of LED lights surrounding the primary lens and thus, solves two issues in one stroke.
Gloue's selfie lights are one of the least expensive and surprisingly, they have a pretty good track record when it comes to performance. It's slim, lightweight, and can be easily attached to the top of monitors and phones. Since it's a little bigger, you can expect minimum light bleed when you put it on top of the webcam. And they, there are tiny strips of silicone padding to prevent scratches.
The battery life is, again, on the shorter end. On a full charge, you can expect around an hour at max. Since it's a low-power USB gadget, you can charge it from several sources, including power banks and USB power strips.
Nevertheless, there are quite a few happy customers who are satisfied with their purchases. And provided this one costs less than $10, it's worth a bargain.
Let There Be Light
While selfie lights come into use in various scenarios, they are not one of the most durable gadgets out there. Most of these gadgets are for short-term use. However, if you are looking for a professional and durable lighting source for Instagram reels or TikTok videos, check out the ones from Lume Cube.