Ring light for Zoom video conferences: 5 extremely important criteria that you should definitely check before buying

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a good one ring light is simply part of the video conference equipment: A ring light makes a big difference in the quality of your image. For many, the image looks far too dark in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex, making them barely recognizable.

But you don't need an expensive film studio light for the video conference equipment to have a good picture! This is easier and also cheaper.

In this article we present the perfect lighting for video conferences in the home office, which is both easy to use and inexpensive.

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What is a ring light?

ring light is lighting in which hundreds of LED lamps are arranged in a ring. The ring-shaped arrangement illuminates the face more evenly so that no unsightly shadows can be seen. A ring light has different brightness levels and different color temperatures, so you can easily and quickly adapt your light to your environment. The ring light is on a tripod, which is usually height-adjustable.

What is the ring light needed for? This is where the popular professional companion comes into play

Did you know that the ring light is mainly used by beauticians and makeup artists? The ring-shaped arrangement of the LED lamps conceals blemishes on the face and not only makes the skin look smoother, but more radiant! But the ring light is not only very popular in the beauty industry: The ring light is also used by celebrities and influencers to shoot TikTok videos. 

Photographers use the ring light to take professional product photos and portrait photos.
This will also be the case in the home office ring light the ultimate companion for everyday life: the ring light is the inexpensive alternative to expensive and complicated soft boxes to ensure a professional appearance in video conferences.

The ring light for your Zoom video conference

Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips

 

Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
 
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips 
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips
Ring light professional video conference lighting tips

Ring light: 5 extremely important criteria that you should definitely check before you buy (#3 will save you a lot of stress)

Ring light zoom video conference lighting

Ring light criterion #1: Number of brightness levels

So that you are optimally illuminated, your lighting should have as many brightness levels as possible. So you can quickly readjust if it is particularly dark in your home office.

Ring light criterion #2: Different color temperatures

The different color temperatures also play an important role in ensuring that you are optimally illuminated. Usually at

ring lightern differentiated between three color temperatures: cool white, neutral white and warm white.

Ring light zoom video conference lighting

If the daylight makes you look too pale, you can counteract this by setting the color temperature to warm white.

Ring light criterion #3: Size of the ring light

Probably the most important criterion is the size of the ring light. The ideal size of the ring light also differs depending on the application. For video conferencing submit 10 inch ring light completely off. 

Ring light Criterion #4: Height-adjustable tripod

Not every ring light can be adjusted in terms of height. A Ring light with height-adjustable tripod is a must, however, in order to be as flexible as possible. If you work in the home office and have a permanent desk, a maximum height of 90 cm is sufficient. You can easily place the ring light on your desk.

Ring light zoom video conference lighting

If you want to use the ring light mainly for TikToks that you don't turn from your desk, an 18 inch ring light is probably more suitable for you. So you can easily turn TikToks while standing and are optimally illuminated from a greater distance.

Ring light criterion #5: Compatibility with other video conferencing equipment

With our ring light you can attach your smartphone to the ring light thanks to the stable mobile phone holder. Using the Bluetooth remote control, you can easily shoot your own photos and make videos.

Ring light zoom video conference lighting

The ring light in the test

Check out our YouTube video showing the before and after effect with our ring light demonstrate to you. Also find out what is important for video conferencing lighting for a good picture.

Ring light: the right application

So you can your ring light position:

  1. Place the ring light on your desk.
  2. With the help of the pull-out tripod, you can adjust the ring light to your desired height.
  3. For people who wear glasses, we recommend positioning the ring light a little higher to avoid reflections in the glasses.
  4. If necessary, tilt the ring light forward by adjusting the ball joint.
  5. Connect the ring light to your laptop via USB. Thanks to the long cable with USB 2.0 connection, the ring light can be connected to all standard smartphone chargers or to a PC.
  6. Adjust the color temperature and light intensity by pressing the slider. You can start the video conference without having to download additional software or make complicated settings.

 

Ring light professional video conference lighting tips

 

After using a laptop stand and the Logitech BRIO, my image follows in zoom ring light like this:

 

Video conference ring light home office lighting

 

The ring light as a video conference lighting is ideal for mobile workplaces because, unlike the Elgato Key Light, it does not have to be screwed firmly to a desk.

You can position the ring light flexibly on your desk. The flexible ball joint allows you to tilt the ring light slightly forward so that you are not directly illuminated from the front.

With our ring light with mobile phone holder and tripod you can also use your smartphone as a webcam for your video conferences.

Are ring lights also suitable for people who wear glasses?

Unfortunately, ring lights are not recommended for people who wear glasses because the light would be reflected in the glasses. But this phenomenon occurs with any light source, be it ring light or an LED panel occur. So this is not due to the light per se, but because the positioning of the light source has to be different for people who wear glasses: to avoid reflections, the light has to be positioned a little higher and with a ring light, the light can be tilted slightly forward using the ball joint . Then there is no reflection!

Here is a before and after picture with and without ring light:

Before After Ring light video conference

Video conferencing do's and don'ts Lighting

Video conference lighting ring light tips

Conclusion: Good video conference lighting in the home office does not have to cost a fortune.

Especially when it comes to equipping not only you but also your employees, our ring light is the ideal companion. Thanks to the easy handling and the flexible setting options, everyone can achieve a good picture in Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex. Especially for mobile workplaces is ours ring light very suitable. Get our now ring light!