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Proper lighting is a very important aspect of every streamer’s setup. It will give you a more professional look which will appeal to both viewers and potential gaming sponsors. As a new streamer, you won’t have to start out with state-of-the-art equipment. It is more important that you understand how to use the equipment you have and you can start out one piece at a time. 

This post will cover the basics of lighting equipment and cover our favorite lighting pieces for your setup. 

Lighting Equipment for Twitch

Basic Lighting Setup for Your Stream 

When you are first starting out, you may need to purchase your lighting pieces one at a time. While this post will cover the basics of lighting, we have also released a more comprehensive article on how to light your stream. It is important to note that the way you use your face lighting equipment is the most important element of lighting, rather than the physical objects themselves. 

Here is how lighting is typically used when creating a setup:

  • Key Light – your key light will ultimately become your main light source. Traditionally, they are placed at a 45° angle to your camera, slightly above and tilted down toward you. If you build your setup one light at a time, you’ll want to move and adjust the lighting to make it aesthetically pleasing. 
  • Fill Light – the fill light is placed on the opposite side of the key light and is used to fill in shadows made by the key light. These two lights together can make you look crisp and clear on camera.
  • Back Light – A back light is generally used to separate the main subject of the video (in this case, the subject would be the streamer) from the background. This subtle difference can make the gamer appear to stand out, giving them more dimension on video. 

Best Lights for Streaming

Aputure HR672S

  • CRI of 95+
  • Eco Friendly
  • AC adaptor and battery

Elgato Key Light

  • Compact
  • Low Heat
  • 2900 – 7000 K

Neewer Bi-Color

  • 3200 – 5600 K
  • 360° Rotation
  • Lightweight

Neewer Super Slim

  • Energy Saving
  • Low Heat
  • 3200-5600 K

MOUNTDOG Softbox

  • Two lights with stands
  • 210° Rotation
  • Soft Lighting

Emart 60 LED

  • Affordable
  • 180° Rotation
  • Colored Filters

Aputure Amaran HR672S

The Aputure Amaran HR672S light is perfect for casting an even white light. The product has a CRI of 95+ showing that the light cast looks both natural and falls where it needs to fall. The eco-friendly bulbs are built to last, providing at least 100,000 hours worth of work. 

If you occasionally stream away from your gaming setup, you can take the lights with you. Not only do they come with an AC adaptor, you can use lithium batteries to power them, making the possibilities for future use endless. 

The lights can be set to the perfect ISO for your surroundings so that you can create the best content for your viewers. The Aputure Amaran HR672S also comes with a wireless remote, a lamp bracket, an adapter, an orange filter, and more. 

Elgato Key Light

Elgato is known for creating quality products for streamers, and the Elgato Key Light is no exception. Setting up one of their products will allow your camera to capture you in better detail so that your viewers can watch your reactions and laugh at your antics. The color temperature ranges from 2900 to 7000 K. 

The Elgato Key Light comes with a very flexible stand that mounts directly to your desk. You will be able to raise or lower the lamp or tilt or rotate it to easily get the position you need for success. Its flexibility allows you to easily incorporate it into your current setup rather than having to rearrange everything from the ground up. 

Another benefit to using the Elgato Key Light is that it doesn’t give off a lot of heat relative to the brightness it produces. Stream rooms can get overheated in general, but you can avoid the sweaty look with this light. You can also easily adjust the light from the provided application on your PC. 

Neewer Dimmable Bi-Color LED

The Neewer Dimmable Bi-Color LED light comes with 240 white bulbs and 240 yellow LED bulbs to produce a white balance of 3200 – 5600 K. The long-lasting bulbs are built into an aluminium alloy frame that is both functional and elegant in appearance. 

The light can be attached to a stand or placed directly on another surface, allowing you to get the lighting angle you need to create quality content. The piece is lightweight and durable enough that it can be easily transported in the included carry bag without too much worry of it becoming damaged. 

The kit includes a white diffuser that can be used to enhance some tones. It can also be charged either through a power adapter or with a Sony NO-F5500 NP-970 Li-ion battery. You can rotate the light by 360°. 

Neewer Super Slim

The Neewer Super slim is a durable panel light that utilizes LED beads. These beads are energy saving and spread lighting through Ultra High CRI. The light allows you to capture a natural effect to enrich the colors being seen on video. You can adjust the brightness from 0-100% and the color temperature lies between 3200-5600 K and are controlled on the device itself. 

The light is durable and lightweight and dissipates heat evenly, allowing you to use it for long streaming hours without feeling uncomfortable. It is easy to set up on camera, handles, or light stands due to its standard mount base, making it a very versatile piece of equipment. 

While you can power it through a power adapter, the light can be fully charged through a USB battery charger, making it a compact piece that can be brought with you during your IRL streams. 

MOUNTDOG Softbox Lighting

If you are looking for soft lighting, you can find an affordable option with the MOUNTDOG Softbox lighting kit. This kit comes with two softbox lights that measure 20”x28”, two bulbs, two stands, and a carrying case for easy transport. 

The lights emit 6500K color temperature through their energy-saving fluorescent spiral bulbs. The lights are typically used for glamour shots or product photography and can be used for channels that want an all-around bright look. On their stands they can be rotated up to 210° on their stands that can be as low as 27” or as high as 80”.

You will need a decent amount of space in your steam room to set up these lights. They have a fairly large footprint and will need to be placed in the right places for the best results. 

Emart 60 LED

The Emart 60 LED lighting kit comes with 2 lights that can be set on top of your desk or table. The lights come balanced at 5500 K and provide 15W LED continuous lighting. While they are typically used to photograph items, they can work as a key and fill light if you can position them close enough to your body. 

The Kit comes with two lights that are powered through an AC / DC adapter and can tilt up to 180°. Four different color filters are also included so that you can change the lighting on your stream. Each light also comes with its own stand. 

Though they don’t provide the same lighting quality as other products mentioned on this list, they are affordable for small creators who need a little extra light to brighten their steam while they save up for better equipment.  

Should You Use a Ring Light for Streaming?

Whether you use a ring light for your stream setup is up to you. They are typically used by influencers who are working in the fashion or glamour industries because of how they set up a face for modeling. The ring can typically be seen in the eyes, which can be very appealing if set up correctly. 

Some ring lights allow you to attach your phone or another camera within the ring. This can make the product very useful if you want to have your camera set up or if you are doing IRL streams from around your home (such as a cooking stream). The extra lighting will help your space and you will know it will be directed at you. 

Best Ring Lights for Your Stream

Neewer Ring

  • 18″ Light
  • 61″ stand
  • 240 LED lights

Mactrem LED Ring 

  • 6″ Diameter
  • 3 Light Modes
  • 11 Brightness Levels

Crenova Ring

  • 10″ diameter
  • 120 LED bulbs
  • 360° Rotation

Neewer Ring Light Kit

The Neewer ring light is a high quality, versatile light. The 18 inch light is fully dimmable, allowing you to select the precise brightness that is right for you and your stream. The lights are built to have 240 LED bulbs that all work together to give you the quality you expect from this brand. 

The included aluminum-alloy stand will adjust to up to 61” in height, allowing you to create scenes around your home at a decent height. It also includes a ball head adapter that allows you to attach your cell phone or DSLR cameras to the center of the ring light so that you can maximize the effects perfectly. 

The Neewer ring light kit comes with the light, the stand, a carrying case, and 2 color filters (white and orange) so that you can get the hue you want in your stream. 

Mactrem LED Small Ring Light 

If you’re looking for a small ring light, the Mactrem LED is a budget-friendly option that comes with 3 light modes and 11 brightness levels. This 6” ring light can bring more charm into your stream as it lights up your face, giving you an overall glow. 

The light is a good way to remove the lines from your face or allow your viewers to see your reactions more clearly over time. The light comes with its own stand as well as a universal stand that will fit a variety of smartphones. 

The Mactrem LED small ring light is powered by USB. It can be easily set up in just a few minutes, allowing you to set up your stream area quickly and efficiently. 

Crenova Ring Light 

The Crenova Ring Light is 10” in diameter and comes with 120 LED bulbs that will adjust to 10 different brightness levels. The light will help ensure that your images come out shadow free to give you a young and healthy look. 

The included tripod will help keep it on your desk and is very stable with its low center of gravity. You can replace the tripod with a higher one in the future if the shallow tripod doesn’t meet your needs. It also offers 360° rotation to give you the perfect angle. 

If you stream from your iPhone or a different mobile device, you can attach it to the center of the ring light to give you the best results for your broadcast. 

Best Background Lighting 

Nanoleaf Panels

  • Syncs to Music
  • Custom Colors
  • Remote Control

Aputure LED Lights

  • Compact
  • Color Customization
  • Lighting Effects

Philips Hue Light

  • 2m Strip
  • Color Customization
  • Indoor/Outdoor

Nanoleaf Light Panels

With Nanoleaf Light Panels, you’ll be able to set up a background that can be set to the colors of your brand or changed depending on your content. The lights can be controlled by your voice, their app, or the included controller. They can also be integrated with their integration hub, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. 

Every panel can be placed one at a time so you can create a look or design that matches your aesthetics or blends with your environment. You can set the lights to sync with your music to create a subtle experience for your viewers that is aesthetically pleasing. 

Each light can be set to one of more than 16 million colors, allowing you to find the perfect hue that matches your surroundings and attracts viewers to your channel. They also have preset color options if you just want something that looks good immediately. You can set a schedule for the lights as well so that they change throughout the day (or throughout your stream) naturally. 

Aputure MC RGBWW LED Lights

Not only does the Apurture MC have red, green, and blue LEDs to create a myriad of colors, they also added two white LEDs. One of these white LEDs is balanced at tungsten and the second is balanced at daylight. The results are stunning, giving the user full HSI color control and 100 levels of saturation adjustment. 

With the Sidus link, you’ll have full control over the lighting effects. These effects include faulty bulb, fire, fireworks, paparazzi, party, cop car, lightning, and more. Use these effects to create excitement on your screen when something exciting happens on your channel. The more you implement special effects, the more your audience will be able to tell you are trying to create a high-quality product. 

While the Aputure MC RGBWW LED lights seem larger than life in the quality they bring, they are actually quite compact in size. This allows you to place them in the perfect places to bring the most quality to your stream. 

Philips Hue 2m Strip Light

With the Philips Hue 2m Strip Light, you’ll be able to either create your own lighting scenes or choose from their suggested lighting from the provided app. The strip is easy to install to your headboard, baseboard or desk, depending on how you want the lighting in your area to look. 

The lights come with many features that keep the product both interesting and functional. These features include easy dimming, smart control, your choice of more than 16 million colors so that you can match your branding perfectly, and timers. You can control all of it with your voice or have it light up as you enter your home. 

These lights will work in both indoor and outdoor spaces, giving you several options for use over time. You will be able to set up the perfect balance between warm-to-cool lighting to help you and your audience feel right at home within your channel. 

About the Author

Lachlan

Lachlan, also known as Eljayem_ on Twitch, has a background in video production. He is passionate about combining his love for video with community building. He’s been playing video games since he was old enough to steal his Brothers GameBoy Colour, copy of Pokemon Blue, and accidentally waste his Master Ball on a Dratini.

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