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You don’t need to have your own YouTube channel to upgrade the lighting on video chats and Zoom meetings on your computer. Clip-on laptop lights are an inexpensive and easy-to-use solution that allow you to create a more professional lighting environment for whenever you need to be on camera — whether that’s with colleagues, family or followers.
What Are the Best Clip-On Laptop Lights?
You don’t need to go all out with an 18-inch ring light and tripod — just look for the ability to adjust for brightness and temperature, whether you can adjust the laptop light’s angle, and decide between a ring light or other shape.
Brightness and Temperature: A small light you clip to your device will not, of course, be able to match the brightness of a very large light. However, it should be enough to fully illuminate your face, with two or three brightness adjustments, as well as the ability to alternate the warmth of the light from bright white to soft gold.
Adjustable Angles: Incorrectly aimed lighting can create glare no matter how bright or warm the light is — especially if you wear glasses and you’re trying to avoid that distracting reflection in the camera. Our favorite clip-on lights can be adjusted for angle and position, allowing you to optimize the light setting.
Remote Control: An external remote control operating system or switch fall in the “nice-to-have” category, but we still like the option to alternate between brightness and warm settings from where you’re sitting rather than reaching for the button on the light’s face.
Portability: Each of this clip-on options are extra portable thanks to their small sizes, so you can easily pack them in your laptop bag or a backpack pocket when you’re commuting or traveling.
1. Auxiwa Clip-on Selfie Ring Light
This is a versatile LED ring light that clips right to the front of whichever device you happen to be using at the time — laptop, phone or tablet. Users like that it’s easy to use and carry around with you wherever you go (you never know when the urge to snap a selfie will strike), with three brightness settings. Simple and functional, it’s perfect for anyone who wants their workspace to be a little brighter.
2. Cyezcor Video Conference Lighting Kit
Rather than clipping directly to the face of the screen, the ring light is supported by an adjustable arm that clamps to the screen, making it easy to adjust, rotate and move the light wherever best suits your situation. It has five brightness settings and three settings for temperature (warm, neutral and white), which you can change using the included switch. Some reviewers say that they like how bright this model can get at 10W, as well as the range of customization options.
3. Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit
You’re not limited to ring lights when it comes to clip-on laptop lights, and the Lume Cube video conferencing light is a popular alternative style. This rectangular light is compatible with both laptops and desktop monitors, and can be adjusted between 1 and 100 percent brightness. It also includes options for warm or cool lighting temperatures, with a built-in diffuser in case you want to soften the glow.
4. Radiance Selfie Ring Light
Users say that this dimmable ring light, which clips directly to your device screen, is the perfect size for both at-home use and on the go. The clamp can be adjusted for width, so it fits a variety of screen sizes, from your phone to your laptop, and can be moved around on the screen to avoid potential glare. You can move between lighting modes, from Daytime Mode to Warm Mode, too. The manufacturer particularly notes its long, two-hour battery life. And if it does run out of juice, it also comes with a 3-foot charging cord.