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Elgato Key Light Review

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The Elgato Key Light has become the standard for Livestream lighting. It produces incredibly well-diffused light, allowing streamers to concentrate on their live audience. Elgato has two offerings for critical lights, the original Keylight and the Keylight Air.

Both of these offerings are of fantastic quality; however, the actual key light has a larger panel and it gets brighter. Let’s take a look at if the Elgato Key Light is worth purchasing for your Livestream.

Is the Elgato Key Light Worth It?

The Elgato key light is a popular choice with streamers of all sizes due to the wide range of color temperatures, lack of heat, and easy-to-adjust app-controlled brightness. It is of extensive value to anyone who live-streams or takes regular video calls due to the light’s ability to enhance overall video quality.

Elgato Key Light Features

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Elgato Key Light

Specs

  • Brightness: 2800 Lumens (Adjustable)
  • Color Range: 2900K to 7000K (Adjustable)
  • Power Consumption: Up to 45W
  • Dimensions: 30 x 350 x 250 mm (depth x width x height)
  • 2.86lb / 1.3kg

The Elgato Key Light works with virtually any device, allowing you to light up any area to maximize visual quality. Whether you are streaming to a live audience or creating YouTube videos to upload to your fans, this LED paneled light will meet your needs. It comes with 2800 Lumens, can mount to a desk, table, or another ledged surface, and produces glare-free diffusion.

The Elgato Key Light offers many features to increase the quality of your streams. These include the following:

  1. 1. Wireless Management

    One of the key draws to the Elgato Key Light is being able to wirelessly manage the light’s brightness and its color temperature, from the comfort of your PC. This is all handled by the Elgato Control Centre which can be installed from the Elgato website.

    Users can easily manage how bright they want their Elgato Key Light by moving the slider left and right. Similarly, they can control the Lights temperature from a range of 7000K to 2900K. Lastly, the Control Centre allows you to toggle the Key Light on and off.

  2. 2. Ease of setup

    One of the inherent benefits of any Elgato product is how easy they are to set up. The Elgato key light is no different; after completing the quick assembly, the Elgato key light is mounted to the table via a clamp system.

    After turning on the Elgato Keylight, you’ll be prompted to install the control center software, and the Keylight will then be recognized, and pairing it then is just simply clicking the pair button on the software.

    For my personal use, the Keylight has never once dropped connection since its initial pairing and is always ready to be used at any given notice.

  3. 3. Superior Diffusion

    Elgato Key Lights have a comprehensive diffusions layer built into the panel. Essentially this prevents the light from looking harsh, if you were to directly look at it, or if it was in your peripheral vision. This allows the streamer to continue concentrating on their Livestream, game, or chat – without being frustrated at a bright light.

  4. 4. Comfort

    The Keylight uses plenty of high-quality components, and ultimately these components produce low heat. Typical Soft Box lights, from other providers, will produce a lot of heat, which will directly face you. As a result, some Soft Box lights can make it uncomfortable to stream for extended periods, which is an issue you won’t encounter with the Elgato Key Light.

  5. 5. Brightness

    Elgato Keylights can get extremely bright, and in a typical streaming environment, usually, you won’t have a brightness setting beyond 10%. The Elgato Keylight can reach a peak brightness of 2800 Nits, which could be used for something like Product Shots if you’re a product reviewer as well as a Streamer.

    The Keylight uses 160 high-quality OSRAM LEDs, which are specific LEDs manufactured in Japan, and can consistently sustain that brightness indefinitely. The final layer of the Keylight is a silky-smooth opal glass face, which ensures excellent color reproduction regardless of the brightness setting.

  6. 6. Accessories

    Since the Keylight is part of the Elgato ecosystem, it integrates without Elgato accessories to make your streaming experience easier and up your production quality. The Elgato key light can be controlled with a stream deck, settings such as: brightness, temperature, custom brightness steps, on and off toggles can be maintained on the stream deck.

    The Elgato Solid Arm can be attached next to the Elgato Keylight which allows your DSLR camera to be directly mounted underneath your primary light source, which enables the camera to capture you in your best light!

Elgato Key Light Alternative

Many stream set-ups require more than one key light. At around $200 for an Elgato the price is often out of reach for many. If this is the case there are a few popular alternatives that have been tried and tested by those in our streaming community. The Neewer 5600k Dimmable LED Panel at around $45 with a pair of the SMALLRIG Ballhead Arm Clamp Mount at $15 apiece is a great option for those looking for an affordable substitute.

Elgato Key Light (Pole Mount)

  • Minimum 55cm, Maximum 125cm
  • Padded clamp – expandable to 60mm

Frequently Asked Questions

Is One Elgato Key Light Enough?

It is enough to have one Elgato Keylight; the product produces enough light to evenly distribute it across your whole face if it is set up head-on. However, there are creative ways you can implement a single light setup, by having the Elgato Keylight setup on an off-angle, you can create a dramatic effect of a portion of your face is lit up.

This produces a very cinematic effect and looks visibly high production quality to the average viewer. However, if you want a consistent, fully lit, effect you’ll have to purchase another light source to fill any excess shadows.

How Many Lumens Does the Elgato Key Light Have?

The Elgato Keylight has 2800 Lumens. This is extremely bright, and you’re likely not going to use even one-fifth of its total brightness capacity. 

About the Author

Igi

Igi is a Content Strategist from England and makes streams on Twitch and YouTube. He's big into self-improvement and loves fitness! He excels at data analysis and experimenting with new ideas.

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