Best Lighting for Live Streaming

Best Lighting for Live Streaming

Good lighting can take your livestream from okay to great. Having a quality light setup will make a noticeable difference to your livestreams.

Lighting is a great asset whether you stream to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Linkedin, or any platform. Purchasing a quality light(s) will be one of the strongest ROI purchases you can make. If you are treating your livestream as a profession and you're serious about your growth - it is highly considered one of the best options to invest in.

Below we'll discuss:

1. Types of lighting

2. Light positioning

3. Light color variants and temperature

4. Recommendations based on feedback from 100's of creators

What are the types of lighting?

  • Natural light. No purchases are needed. You can position your streaming setup facing the window and you will notice an increase in quality and video production
  • Three-point lighting. A common setup in production studios where the subject is lit up from 3 different angles with 3 lights
  • Loop or Ring lighting. This is a common setup popular on social media today. End result is a well lit look

Light positioning:

  • Generally you want the light in front of your face unless you have a 3 point lighting system
  • Avoid putting the light behind you. If you are exposed to natural light - either face the window or close the blinds or else you will not look your best while on stream

Recommendations from creators


1. Selfie ring light from UBeesize


Pros: USB powered, affordable, flexile, comes with tripod, dimming range

Cons: Limited dimming range, longevity


2. Emart LED Video light


Pros: 4 color filters, adjustable tripod, US, dimmable, portable

Cons: Limited range, low power output than more upstream options


3. HPUSN Softbox lighting kit


Pros: strong output with 85W 5400K E27 socket; adjustable, 24month guarantee

Cons: durability of the stand


4. Neewer Ring


Pros: high color spectrum, carrying bag, dimmable, quality stand

Cons: n/a

Light color variants and temperature

  • This is more advanced, but you could play with different hues of light based on your environment
  • Light spectrum ranges from ~1.9K (kelvin) to 10K where the former is closer to room lighting such as a candle and the later is closer to a natural light that emits from the sky
  • Depending on your environment and your camera settings - you can play with different light hues to get the desired effect you want to see on your live stream

Great lighting will upgrade your livestream and help your audience make a greater connection with you. If there are lights that you have in mind that you want us to cover or if you have any ideas for us feel free to share your thoughts with us at, [email protected] Happy Streaming from all of us at Melon!