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Hollywood stars and social media influencers may have harnessed the power of light-up makeup mirrors and detachable ring lights to improve their content quality, but you don’t need to be a YouTuber or TikToker to benefit from a brighter lighting setup. The best portable LED ring lights are great for pretty much anyone who participates in video meetings, wants the best lighting for their makeup routine or posts the occasional selfie, as the customizable lighting brightens and flatters your entire face, mimics a range of environments, upgrades the quality of your photos and videos and may even give your space a more professional appearance during work meetings.
While they range widely in size, style and price, the most popular ring lights on Amazon and elsewhere tend to include useful features like an adjustable tripod; light brightness and warmth settings; and a wide rotation and angling range. In general, larger rings will produce the best light, while practical features (like a Bluetooth remote or a sturdy stand equipped with a balance level) can make a huge difference.
Ahead, check out our top picks for the best ring lights, including one spotted on the social media feeds of stars like Jessica Alba, Kyle Richards and other stars.
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1. UBeesize Selfie Ring Light with Tripod and Cell Phone Holder
BEST OVERALL RING LIGHT
One of Amazon’s most popular ring light choices with impressive output, the UBeesize selfie ring light comes with three color settings as well as 11 brightness levels. The light has a compact footprint, and the sturdy tripod has a convenient built-in phone holder and a compact footprint.
2. Littil Shine LED Ring Light with Desk Clip
MOST VERSATILE CLIP-ON RING LIGHT
Jessica Alba alongside Real Housewives series stars Kyle Richards, Teresa Guidice and Dorinda Medley have been spotted on social media using Littil’s LED ring lights. This handy option is one of the best portable ring lights, thanks to two flexible necks (including one that holds your phone) and a convenient desk clip that lets you attach the device to tables and other surfaces up to two inches thick without having to worry about space for a tripod. The 3.5-inch light has 24 LED lights that can be adjusted to several brightness levels.
3. Auxiwa Clip-On Selfie Ring Light
BEST CLIP-ON RING LIGHT
This small, on-the-go ring light clips right to your phone. Its portable size makes it easy to stow in a purse or pocket, allowing you to optimize your photos wherever you go.
4. Emart 18-Inch Ring Light with Stand
BEST LARGE PROFESSIONAL RING LIGHT
Designed for photographers, Emart’s large 18-inch ring light is easy to put together and use right away. The customizable brightness (from 10 to 100 percent) and color temperature (from 3200K to 5500K) helps to create more professional-quality lighting for digital cameras and smartphones alike, while the sturdy aluminum tripod’s adjustable height (from 33 to 70 inches) and articulated design allow users to extend and tilt the unit in a myriad of ways.
The built-in LCD display lets you see all of your brightness and color temperature settings, and you can also save your preferences for future shoots. The light comes with a remote control, a Bluetooth shutter remote for your camera, a stand, a cellphone clip holder, a soft tube, and a power adapter. The light can also run off its battery if you prefer to be totally wireless, and the convenient carrying case ensures that all of your gear is stored in one helpful place.
5. Inkeltech 21-Inch Ring Light
BEST COLOR TEMPERATURE RANGE
We like Inkeltech’s large and durable ring light for imitating a studio setting. At 21 inches, this is also a particularly large ring light, which, if you have space for it, is always preferable because it can produce a brighter light and can be customized by brightness (zero to 100 percent) and color temperature (3000K to 6000K). The remote control lets you change the settings from about eight feet away, and the light stand can be adjusted from 20 to 75 inches. The light also includes a shutter remote for your phone or camera, a USB port for charging, a phone or tablet holder that turns 360 degrees and a storage case.
6. Sensyne LED Circle Lights with Phone Holder
BEST COMPACT STANDING LIGHT
Like other models, this 10-inch ring light comes with a bag; wireless remote that works from up to 30 inches away; and an adjustable stand. It offers 10 brightness levels and three color modes (daylight, cool white and warm yellow), but what really makes this LED light stand out is the portable tripod, which can be adjusted from 15.7 to 50 inches tall, rotates 360 degrees and has a handle and balance level.
7. Brilliant Ideas Color-Changing Clip-On Selfie Ring Light Mirror
BEST COLOR-CHANGING RING LIGHT
This USB-charging clip light lets you set the mood of your selfies with a rainbow of color options. It’s also got a convenient mirror for making sure you’re photo-ready.
8. Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit
BEST FOR MOBILE VIDEO CONFERENCING
Though technically not in the shape of a ring, Lume Cube’s video conferencing lighting kit was specifically designed to turn your laptop into the perfect workstation for virtual work meetings, live streaming, online classes and more. It has a built-in frosted lens and diffusers so you can soften the light, and you can also adjust the brightness from 1 to 100 percent and control the color temperature from warm to white in order to complement your skin tone. Equipped with a suction cup or mount, this LED light runs off a built-in battery for when you’re on the go, or you can plug it into your computer’s USB port.
9. Neewer Ring Light Kit
BEST TRUE WHITE RING LIGHT
The Neewer is a very bright, true white light with a dimming range of 1 to 100 percent. Another bonus is that rather than a single bulb, this device comes from many small LED lights, which makes it less likely to break. Unlike similar ring lights with built-in settings for color and temperature adjustments, this model comes with two removable panel filters for warm or cool light.
10. Fotodiox Selfie Vlog Pro Ring Light
BEST FOR BEAUTY VLOGGERS
The Fotodiox Selfie Vlog Pro Ring Light is adjustable and fully equipped with features including the standout mirror attachment. While the mirror is designed to be especially useful for vloggers and makeup artists, it’s a useful feature for anyone who wants to check their reflection in the ring light before hopping on camera.
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