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The best ring lights for YouTube, Zoom, videos and more

The best ring lights
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Using one of the best ring lights can can drastically improve your photos and videos into something people will immediately respond positively too. And regardless of why you want one of the best ring lights - from Zoom calls to work on your own vlog - there'll be something in this article that will perfectly suit your needs. 

Once upon a time, ring lights were only really used by professional photographers and videographers. One reason was they used to be massive, expensive fluorescent things that did an amazing job of creating beautiful lighting effects, but were far out of the average buyers budget. Things have changed. Now, if you want soft lighting with diffused shadows that enhances your photography skills and conceals rather than highlights skin blemishes, a ring light is an affordable must for anyone.

Pretty much all of today's best ring lights are powered by LEDs, come in all sizes and won't cost you the earth. Most give you plenty of control over colour temperature and brightness, and some even have colour options and other lighting effects. We've picked out a range of the best ring lights for most use cases; whatever your needs, you should be able to find the right ring light for you and quickly upgrade the look of your video, photography and even Zoom calls. And if you're looking to upgrade more of your hardware, don't miss our pick of the best cameras for vlogging, the best camera for YouTube or best webcams

The best ring lights available now

Best ring light: Fositan 18-inch LED Ring Light KitCB

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01. Fositan 21-inch LED Ring Light Kit

The best ring light for YouTube

Colour temperature: 2900k-6500k | Weight: 3.12kg | Power source: Mains | Dimensions: 53.09 x 51 x 10cm

Super bright
Multiple phone holders
Plenty of extras
Mains power only

For looking your best on YouTube, Twitch or any other streaming platform, the Fositan 21-inch LED Ring Light Kit is a versatile choice and relatively inexpensive, considering what you get. Not only do you get a super-bright ring light with 112 LEDs spitting out up to 6500K colour temperature, there's also three built-in phone holders for broadcasting on multiple channels simultaneously or capturing different angles to put together in the edit. 

The light also comes with a tripod as well as a pair of remotes; one for triggering your phones, and the other for adjusting colour temperature and brightness on the fly.

Best ring light: Neewer Table Top 10-inch USB LED Ring LightCB endorsed

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02. Neewer Table Top 10-inch USB LED Ring Light

The best ring light for Zoom calls

Colour temperature: 3200K-5600K | Weight: 901g | Power source: USB | Dimensions: 33.3 x 27.9 x 5.7cm

Built for the desktop
Lots of settings
Built-in phone holder
Not as versatile as other ring lights

You don't want to be messing about with tripods if all you need is one of the best ring lights for Zoom calls; this 10-inch ring light from Neewer makes things nice and easy with its handy desktop stand. Its USB connection means that you won't have to find a power point for it, and if you're using your phone there's a built-in phone holder so you can go hands-free. 

With 120 LEDs it'll light you up well even in the darkest home office, and there are three light modes as well as 10 brightness levels, so with a bit of experimentation you'll quickly find a lighting setup that shows you at your best.

Best ring light: Mactrem LED Ring Light 6"CB endorsed

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03. Mactrem LED Ring Light 6"

The best ring light for iPhone

Colour temperature: Not specified | Weight: 440g | Power source: USB | Dimensions: 29x 19 x 4.2cm

Compact and lightweight
Adjustable settings
Lots of extras
Not as powerful as other models

If you need a simple, lightweight ring light to give your iPhone photography that little extra zing, this bargain mini ring light from Mactrem is an absolute no-brainer. The light itself is a little beauty, with three temperature settings and 11 brightness levels, and perfect for giving whatever indoor or natural light you're working with just the boost you need. 

As an added bonus you also get all the extras to make this light really work for you; it comes with its own mini tripod, plus a tiny tripod for your phone as well as a phone holder and hot shoe. The only extra you'll need to supply is a USB power bank to get the light going.

Best ring light: Neewer 20-inch LED Ring Light Kit

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04. Neewer 20-inch LED Ring Light Kit

The best big ring light for pro illumination anywhere

Colour temperature: 3200k to 5600k | Weight: 5.4kg | Power source: Mains/battery | Dimensions: 69.5 x 10.5 x 74cm

Massive 20-inch light
Mains and battery power
Impressive stand
Plenty of extras

For pro-grade lighting wherever you are, this absolute beast of a ring light from Neewer should fit the bill nicely. It's a whopping 20-inch model powered by 352 LEDs, with a wide colour temperature range that you can control with a good old-fashioned knob, and while it'll take mains power at home or in your studio, if you want to take it on location it'll also run off Li-ion batteries. 

Its heavy-duty stand enables you to set your light at anything between 90cm and two metres, and it comes with a phone holder plus a hot shoe so that you can shoot with your DSLR.

Best ring light: Neewer 12-inch RGB Ring Light

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05. Neewer 12-inch RGB Ring Light

The best ring light for added colour

Colour temperature: Not specified | Weight: 1.5kg | Power source: USB | Dimensions: 38 x 28.3 x 9.5cm

16 colours
Four lighting modes
Tripod, remotes and phone holders included
Lacks full RGB control

All of the best ring lights give you plenty of control over colour temperature and brightness, but if you want to bring a little extra atmosphere to your lighting then this RGB model from Neewer is a great choice. Instead of adjustable colour temperature it gives you 16 dimmable colours to work with as well as four lighting modes: flash, strobe, fade and smooth, so you have loads of creative options to play with. 

There are two remote controls – one for the ring light itself, plus a Bluetooth remote for your phone – and the tripod, which extends up to 54 inches, has two phone holders: one inside the ring light and another on the tripod leg.

Best ring light: Elegiant Ring Light 6.3"

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06. Elegiant Ring Light 6.3"

The best ring light for laptops

Colour temperature: 2700k to 5500K, | Weight: 288g | Power source: USB | Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 24cm

Handy clamp fitting
Three temperature settimgs
No phone holder

If you need a ring light to go with your laptop, this is a fantastic, versatile option from Elegiant. Instead of a tripod it comes with a simple clamp, enabling you to easily clip it to your laptop screen, the edge of your desk or anything else that's to hand. 

This ring light features 72 LEDs with three colour temperatures and ten brightness levels, and it's easy to adjust the angle and rotation of the light so that you can quickly create the perfect illumination setup for any situation.

Best ring light: Neewer Camera Photo Video Lighting Kit

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07. Neewer Camera Photo Video Lighting Kit

The best ring light for your home studio

Colour temperature: 5500K | Weight: 5.2kg | Power source: Mains | Dimensions: 61.4 x 51.3 x 11.2cm

Big ring light
Fine lighting controls
Good for DSLRs
Mains only

We're starting to get into serious lighting territory now. Here's a well-specced 18-inch model from Neewer, with 240 LEDs, a colour temperature of 5500K and a wide dimming range from 1 to 100%. 

Instead of colour temperature controls, this ring light instead comes with white and orange colour filters that you can combine with the dimming controls to get the temperature you need. It has a lightweight but strong tripod, and as well as a phone holder it also comes with a hot shoe so that you can work with a DSLR instead of your phone.

Best ring light: Ivisii 19 inch Ring Light

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08. Ivisii 19 inch Ring Light

The best ring light for creative control

Colour temperature: 3000K-5800K | Weight: 5.12kg | Power source: Mains | Dimensions: 58 x 51 x 11cm

Powerful lighting
Versatile colour options
iPad holder included
Mains only

Want to film with your iPad rather than your phone? This monster ring light from Ivisii is just what you need; as well as a phone holder it also comes with an iPad holder, and at 19 inches diameter it's big enough for you to mount your iPad within the ring light itself. 

The light gives you full control over colour temperature and brightness and fires out incredibly bright white light when whacked up to full power, and for more creative control it comes with a set of white, green, red and blue filters that you can mix and match in order to set up amazing-looking multicolour lighting effects.

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Jim McCauley is a writer, editor and occasional podcaster, and is available for space parties.